Cities
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Why New Zealand cities can’t keep up with Australia’s

The PwC Competitive Cities report released today underlines the urgent need for the Government to deliver affordable housing and efficient transport systems in our growing cities, says Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Selwood PwC compared the performance of 11 Australasian growth cities over the last decade and found that households in successfully growing Australian cities have enjoyed significant improvements in discretionary income, relative to New Zealand. 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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New hope for construction industry

The contracting relationship between government and the construction industry is set to be redefined, with new construction-specific guidelines created to accompany new government procurement rules coming into force tomorrow, says Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock If the new Construction Procurement Guidelines and the new Government Procurement Rules 4th Edition were properly implemented with agencies held accountable, it could signal a new era. Continue →
Energy
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Transforming waste into jet fuel

A planning application to develop what is expected to be Europe’s first commercial scale household and commercial solid waste to sustainable fuels plant has been submitted in North East Lincolnshire The project is being developed by Altalto Immingham Limited, a subsidiary of Velocys – a technology spin-out of Oxford University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the US – as well as British Airways and Shell. Continue →

Environment
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Tackling climate change is everyone’s duty

New Zealand has seen a groundswell in action against climate change as more people come to the realisation the time for talking is over, and the time for doing is now It’s a theme running throughout society and business, with scientific consensus around the problem translating into action at the grassroots. Continue →
Local Government
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Infrastructure sector calls for transformational government reform

Three-quarters of the infrastructure sector have called for transformation, rather than incremental change, of the culture and incentives between central and local government to work together to promote national well-being, says Infrastructure NZ CEO Paul Blair Infrastructure NZ today released the results of Beca-sponsored polling taken during the 2019 Building Nations Symposium from 21-23 August. Continue →

Training & Management
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Could virtual reality help solve our housing crisis?

Virtual reality technology is being used to boost training and employment opportunities in New Zealand within the construction sector The Ministry of Social Development has partnered with Joy Business Academy (JBA) to develop the Skills for Industry Virtual Reality Training and Employment Tool to improve opportunities for jobseekers and employers in the construction sector, upskilling people any time and anywhere. Continue →
Transport
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Aeromovel can reduce Auckland-Airport light rail budget by up to $5 billion

When Kevin Smith told rail conference delegates in Auckland on September 13 that a $6 billion Auckland-to-Airport light rail budget could be reduced to under $1 billion, he was greeted with silence Raised hands at question time from the audience of local and overseas rail transport experts also disclosed that the South American technology is still not well known in this part of the World, despite its first 18km line being installed in Jakarta 28 years ago. Continue →




Water
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Water regulation a major step forward

It is pleasing that the Government will act to protect and improve drinking, waste and stormwater quality through creation of a dedicated regulator, but further reforms will be needed, says Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Selwood The Government will introduce a new Bill which will extend regulatory coverage to all drinking water suppliers. Continue →
Compliance & Legal
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Kensington Swan to combine with the world’s largest law firm

Leading law firm Kensington Swan has announced that it intends to combine with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm Kensington Swan is recognised as a leader in the financial markets, infrastructure and government sectors and has a strong reputation in the environment, education, FMCG, manufacturing, healthcare and energy sectors. Continue →