Cities
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The top 20 most expensive cities in the world

Australasian cities are becoming cheaper to live in according to the latest global cost of living report, which ranks the most expensive cities across the globe Dinah Lewis Boucher – The Urban Developer Sydney is now the only Australasian city ranked among the top 100 most expensive locations for expatriates to live, having dropped 24 places to 97th position on ECA International’s index. Continue →
Communication
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New Zealand’s new advanced communications network promises major industry benefits

A state-of-the-art digital communications network being rolled out in New Zealand will enable industries to reach new levels of safety and productivity The network will be powered by Motorola Solutions’ advanced, MOTOTRBO Capacity Max technology providing highly secure, reliable and professional two-way radio solutions that give users access to feature-rich, next-generation networks and applications. Continue →

Construction
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What is composite rebar and why it could be the future of lasting infrastructure

As the demand for sustainable infrastructure increases, a renewed look at whole-of-lifecycle savings and the ongoing cost of corrosion is challenging engineers to look beyond conventional construction materials Glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite rebar, also known as fiberglass rebar, is one such material that in eliminating the risk of corrosion, is proving to be a leap forward in securing an extended asset lifespan. Continue →
Energy
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The beginning of the end for fossil fuels in New Zealand

Ara Ake, Taranaki’s New Energy Centre has been officially opened to help New Zealand transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy Regional Development Agency Venture Taranaki today celebrated the official launch of the national new energy centre, Ara Ake, by Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, and Minister for Energy and Resources, Hon Dr Megan Woods. Continue →

Environment
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Government’s $100m investment to protect jobs and the environment

$100m in government funding for climate change protections and infrastructure comes at a welcome time where shovel-ready projects are needed to help New Zealand bounce back against Covid-19 and create sustainable jobs for Kiwis, FIRST Union says “Our members in the quarrying sector are very pleased to hear that funding has been granted to 29 projects across six regions, with the aim of protecting important areas from climate change-related threats like erosion and flooding,” says FIRST Union Organiser Justin Wallace. Continue →
Local Government
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Loss in council revenue – what it means for us

Councils hit hard by COVID-19, who oversee half this country’s public infrastructure, require financial support from central government, says Paul Blair CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand Rates, which some councils are already choosing to freeze or cut, only provide 60% of council revenues, on average. Continue →

Training & Management
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Insights into a post-Covid-19 world

The Covid-19 pandemic will pass, and relatively quickly, but life will never be the same, which may not be such a bad thing Michael Liebreich – BloombergNEF For a time the world will be in recovery mode, and then the time will come when life will once again feel normal. Continue →
Transport
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The promise of reformed policies will advance infrastructure projects

The politicking over priorities and funding is underway over the National Party’s $31 billion infrastructure plans but the promise of pipeline clarity and the focus of the programme as a blueprint draws praise If elected in September, National will spend $31 billion on additional transport projects across New Zealand in the next 10 years with plans cemented for a further 10 years. Continue →




Waste Management
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Clean energy, incinerating waste and destroying viruses

New Zealand lags far behind in recognising that high temperature waste incineration can provide efficient and clean energy, plus it comes with the added bonus of destroying pathogens and viruses in the process with minimal effect on the environment The Spittelau waste to energy facility in Vienna. Continue →
Water
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Water sector’s future in the hands of local councils

With $761 million of Government investment announced for local councils who opt-in to its wider reform programme, they can now either step up, or carry on with the same old approach and use that funding as an excuse to cut their own “The Government’s long-awaited funding boost and water reform agenda is New Zealand’s best chance to create a high performing water sector for New Zealanders,” says Infrastructure NZ Chief Executive Paul Blair. Continue →