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Communication
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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
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Risks and remedies for collapsing retaining walls

Retaining walls are an increasing feature of construction sites as sky high land prices add pressure to maximise the potential returns from each build Construction companies look to utilise every inch of land when planning new developments, and many projects require high retaining walls to achieve bigger results. Continue →
Energy
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Work Starts on Australia’s Biggest Wind Farm

A renewable energy option has started construction 250 kilometres north-west of Brisbane Due to be completed in 2019, the 453-megawatt wind turbine project will produce 1.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy annually – enough to provide power for 260,000 homes. Continue →




Environment
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Climate change report a step in the right direction

Local Government New Zealand has welcomed the release of the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group’s final report on how New Zealand can adapt to the impacts of climate change The Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group’s (CCATWG) report recommends that New Zealand needs a national adaptation action plan, a regularly updated national climate change risk assessment, a review of existing legislation and policy to integrate and align climate change adaptation considerations and an investigation into who should bear the costs of climate change adaptation and how it can be funded. Continue →
Local Government
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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
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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 →
Transport
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Australian road construction to hit record levels in 2018

Construction on Australia’s road infrastructure is expected to continue its growth in 2018 but could hit a trough in later years as governments turn their focus to rail projects According to BIS Oxford Economics’ Road Construction in Australia 2018 to 2032 report, national road construction activity will reach a historical high of over $20 billion in this financial year. Continue →


Water
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Water quality framework needs improvement says LGNZ

Local Government New Zealand’s Water 2050: Quality – Review of the framework for water quality discussion paper has identified three key issues for New Zealand’s framework for water quality The local government representative organisation’s report points to opportunities for change that could be a focus under the government’s Three Waters Review. Continue →
Compliance & Legal