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0 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 →
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0 Which AsiaPacific cities compete as global tech hubs?
CBRE conducted a study of AsiaPacific’s leading tech cities and found that unlike Silicon Valley, which provides a strong well-rounded environment for tech sector development and growth, individual cities in the AsiaPacific possess distinct strengths and weaknesses The study took place between January – March 2019 and considers more than 20 factors under three major criteria – business conditions, innovation environment, and cost and availability – then assigns each city with a score out of 100 and gives them an overall rank. Continue →
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0 Developer on track to build $5b Smart City
Developer Celestino’s plans are on track to develop Australia’s first smart city, Sydney Science Park in Western Sydney By Dina Lewis Boucher first published by The Urban Developer Celestino and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) met with transport and infrastructure experts along with technology providers on Friday to discuss how autonomous vehicle use can be built into greenfield smart cities. Continue →
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0 The three biggest threats to humanity
Obesity, undernutrition, and climate change represent three of the gravest threats to human health, the environment and our planet, highlights the latest Lancet Report The distinguished medical journal identifies the three pandemics affecting human health as “the global syndemic”. Continue →
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0 Recycling city infrastructure for special needs children
Obsolete equipment from throughout Christchurch is getting a new lease on life as it finds its way to a special children’s playground in New Brighton’s Rawhiti Doman The sensory playground is designed to give all children, especially those with special needs, the opportunity to explore their senses through interaction with nature and their environment. Continue →
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0 New authority an important step but wider reform needed
The new Housing and Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will help the government cut through red-tape to deliver urban regeneration in our largest cities, an infrastructure expert believes But to deliver affordable housing the government must now turn its attention to greenfield development and wider policy reform, says Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zealand. Continue →
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0 New infrastructure financing scheme a major step forward
The pilot scheme to bring forward infrastructure for housing is a significant milestone and establishes a new direction for growing New Zealand’s cities, Infrastructure New Zealand says The government has announced that third party debt will be used to finance the roads and water infrastructure needed to unlock land for development in Milldale, north of Auckland. Continue →
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0 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 →
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0 Could plants replace street lights?
New research from MIT could see public street lights replaced with luminescent plants   Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been experimenting with the idea that making plants and trees glow brightly would drastically reduce the need for electricity MIT hopes that their glowing flora could be used to provide low-intensity indoor lighting, or to transform trees into self-powered streetlights. Continue →
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