Vodafone gets poor reception in latest telco survey

Good communications is essential for safety, but the latest Consumer NZ survey reveals some telecommunications companies aren’t getting the message Telco customers rated Vodafone last for both mobile and broadband services in Consumer NZ’s latest satisfaction survey, the same place it occupied last year. Continue →


Construction sector productivity compromised by delay and uncertainty

Cancellation of major projects, delays in new projects coming to market and uncertainty about future transport funding are forcing the contracting sector to release skilled staff just at the point at which the government wants to increase the speed and scale of construction, an industry expert says “It is natural for infrastructure priorities to change with new leadership, but the scale of change in recent months combined with high uncertainty over future transport funding is having a particularly heavy effect on a sector under pressure from rising input costs,” says Stephen Selwood CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand. Continue →

Billion-dollar waste-to-energy deal in Hong Kong

Waste to energy and infrastructure firm Keppel Seghers and its Chinese partner, Zhen Hu, have been awarded a contract worth US$4 billion for Hong Kong’s first integrated Waste Management Facility Artist’s impression of the facility off the coast of Shek Kwu Chau and south of Lantau Island that is expected to be completed by 2024 Waste to energy and infrastructure firm Keppel Seghers and its Chinese partner, Zhen Hu, have been awarded a contract worth HKD 31 billion (US$4 billion) for Hong Kong’s first integrated Waste Management Facility to be built on a reclaimed island off the coast of Shek Kwu Chau. Continue →


Auckland Council exploring Green Bonds

The New Zealand dollar-denominated bonds would be used to invest in environmental assets and projects Auckland Council intends to be the first council in New Zealand to establish a Green Bond framework and to consider the issue of NZD Green Bonds later in 2018 as it looks to significantly invest in infrastructure to lower emissions and adapt to climate change. Continue →
Local Government

Christchurch – city of choice?  

Christchurch has a golden opportunity to become New Zealand’s number one city of choice as the rebuild takes effect, outgoing Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Peter Townsend claims. Continue →

Training & Management

First scaffolding apprenticeship designed to help boost construction

New Zealand’s first apprenticeship in scaffolding is being launched in a bid to support the surging construction sector Scaffolding, Access and Rigging Association of New Zealand (SARNZ), the industry body representing the leading companies in the sector, has worked closely with Skills (The Industry Training Organisation) and training providers to develop the apprenticeship. Continue →

Bridge corrosion a costly problem

Degradation of bridges caused by many different factors, including corrosion and other stresses from both the environment and heavy vehicles passing over them, costs millions of dollars annually   #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ A ‘Weathering steel’ narrow-gauge rail bridge in New Zealand The centre pylon of the Makatote viaduct in New Zealand prepared for restoration The yearly cost of asset maintenance in Australia alone is estimated to be approximately A$32 billion. Continue →


Satellite sensing detects global water movement

A new tool empowers anyone with a web browser to observe water’s constantly shifting courses, an International Water Association report reveals A team at Deltares, a water research institute based in Delft in the Netherlands, has unveiled a revolutionary tool that allows anyone, anywhere, to visually monitor the comings and goings of the Earth’s surface water on a timeline from 1985 through to the present. Continue →
Compliance & Legal