Ten lessons from cities that have taken the affordable housing challenge

A new report that highlights key lessons for the Victorian government when it comes to affordable housing could apply equally to New Zealand Tap Turners and Game Changers: Lessons for Melbourne, Victoria and Australia from affordable housing systems in Vancouver, Portland and Toronto is the result of Carolyn Whitzman of Melbourne University’s Melbourne School of Design Transforming Housing section visit the three Canadian cities to assess their approaches to affordable housing. Continue →

Christchurch Airport upgrades communications

The Orion Group has extended its advanced communications network across New Zealand with Motorola Solutions’ state-of-the-art digital radio systems The highly flexible communications network is enabling further growth and success for New Zealand’s critical industries including the aviation sector. Continue →


Construction industry suffering a technology value gap

Education and technology integration are holding the construction industry back from getting the full value of invested in technology The 2018 Construction Industry Survey: Technology and Skills Edition conducted by Teletrac Navman and Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) indicates that Kiwi construction businesses already employ a range of jobsite and measurement technology; from plant, machine and asset monitoring to GPS-based survey equipment. Continue →

Driving towards a low-emissions economy

There are several simple steps that New Zealand could implement to achieve the goal of a low-emission economy, says Toyota New Zealand CEO Alistair Davis   The Productivity Commission’s draft on the move to a low carbon emission economy through a Zero Carbon Act is a sound report on what lies ahead. Continue →


Latest climate report calls for urgent international action

The world will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels as early as 2030 That’s the stark conclusion of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which warns serious changes are needed immediately to cut the risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty. Continue →
Local Government

Funding and financing inquiry compromised by terms of reference

The Productivity Commission’s inquiry into local government funding and financing is welcome, but it is concerning to see the Terms of Reference will constrain an objective assessment of all options, says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen Selwood It is particularly disappointing that ‘asset recycling’ – the process of selling down public shareholding in one public asset in order to invest in another more valuable asset – has been precluded from the terms of reference, he adds. Continue →

Training & Management

Australian projects win major infrastructure awards

Two Australian projects on either side of the continent have been honoured in Bentley Systems’ prestigious Year in Infrastructure 2018 Awards Northern Engineering & Technology Corporation, MCC won the Mining and Offshore Engineering category for its SINO Iron Ore Mine in Perth, Western Australia. Continue →

Roading improvements welcomed

The country’s leading road transport organisation has welcomed announcements over roading improvements planned for Northland and the Horowhenua The National Road Carriers Association supports the plans announced by the New Zealand Transport Agency that include safety upgrades and new highways between Whangarei and Te Hana in the north and from Otaki to north of Levin. Continue →


How Bitcoin’s footprint is impacting water use

Mineral extraction – gold, silver, copper or iron – has always been constrained by access to water, Montgomery Simus observes Miners had to degrade or devour cubic metres of water to produce each gram, a virtual or ‘embedded’ amount known as each precious metal’s water footprint. Continue →
Compliance & Legal

Is your building dangerous?

When showing up for work, going down to the local mall, spending time in a hotel, visiting clients, going to see the doctor… are all those buildings perfectly safe and fit for purpose? Continue →