Cities
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Australian cities rank better for remote work

Melbourne is the best place in the world to work from home, with Sydney coming in third and Auckland lagging behind at 37th, a study by Nestpick has found The Urban Developer It may have endured four hard lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic, but Melbourne has topped a global survey of the best place to work from home. 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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How construction looks under the traffic light system

CHASNZ has released a set of new protocols for the construction industry once New Zealand enters the new Covid-19 Protection Framework on December 3 echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); A construction industry advisory group revised the previous COVID-19 Alert Level system construction protocols in response to the Government’s recently announced COVID-19 Protection Framework – also known as the Traffic Light system. Continue →
Energy
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Is green hydrogen the future of energy?

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);Green hydrogen can be the real solution towards lowering carbon emissions, but Kalkine Chief Executive Kunal Sawhney explores whether it has a role to play in New Zealand’s future Hydrogen is increasingly being called ‘the fuel of the future’ and can prove helpful in filling in some of the gaps in the clean-energy jigsaw. Continue →




Environment
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The cost of the Government’s lofty climate promises

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);A highly ambitious pledge to cut emissions could cripple New Zealand’s agricultural sector and see billions of taxpayer dollars spent overseas It is unclear how New Zealand will meet its new emissions targets without investing heavily into international carbon markets. Continue →
Local Government
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Wellington decides on 10-year infrastructure plan

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);A 13.5% rates increase has been decided by Wellington City councillors, who met last week to decide the funding options for its Long-Term Plan 2021-2031 The plan addresses water infrastructure, supports a vibrant economy, invests in greater iwi representation, enhances city safety and makes civic buildings more resilient. Continue →




Training & Management
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Beacons Award winner sees beyond the dollars

Once New Plymouth District Council ditched the “lowest-cost” approach to projects and procurement, the value and benefits became clear echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0); New Plymouth District Council found that traditional and transactional procurement processes were not delivering high quality, cost-effective projects for its ratepayers. Continue →
Transport




Waste Management
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Wood waste could replace aluminium crisp packets

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);Aluminium plays an important protective role in food packaging, however it requires a lot of energy to produce and it can be difficult to recycle The crucial discovery has been made by Jiaying Li, who is working with the Dutch Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC), in collaboration with the University of Twente, Wageningen University, BASF and AkzoNobel. Continue →
Water