Cities
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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Planning pays off with construction software

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);Contractors often have their own way of doing things and have gotten comfortable with the solutions they have, but whatever the size of the business, it is likely that improvements can be made, says Bluebeam Australia The Urban Developer The construction industry is filled with tales of software bought and never used. Continue →
Energy
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Tapping the power of wastewater

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);Current sewage treatment systems consume between 1% and 3% of global energy output and make up over 20% of energy use on public utilities, but some countries are now using wastewater to their advantage Considering wastewater as a resource is a relatively new perspective. Continue →




Environment
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How growing cities can still cut road emissions

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);As Auckland’s emissions are set to worsen, Wellington reports a 7% decrease in net emissions over the last 20 years, despite experiencing a 26% population increase Wellington’s use of electric vehicle (EV) chargers has tripled in the last six months, and almost 11,000 Wellingtonians are now members of car share schemes. 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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Waikato DHB attack a wake up call on cyber security

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);The DHB has called in external help and says it refuses to pay any ransom demanded while clinical services are left scrambling Hackers of Waikato District Health Board (DHB) are believed to have gained access to their systems via an email attachment opened by a staff member. Continue →
Transport
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The problem with Auckland’s $685m cycle bridge

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);Following a protest on Auckland’s harbour bridge, the Government has given the green light to a second harbour crossing for cyclists and pedestrians while other transport projects are axed nationwide Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced the Northern Pathway, a bridge exclusively for cyclists and pedestrians to travel between Central Auckland’s Westhaven and the North Shore. Continue →




Waste Management
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China’s new age of recycling

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);As China faces rapidly mounting volumes of waste, it intends to have digitally monitored intelligent waste collection sites bring about an increase in the currently low recycling rate For a good 20 years, China has tried to increase its recycling rate, with only modest success so far. Continue →
Water
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Bold action needed to stop water infrastructure’s downward spiral

echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);New studies under Three Waters Reform Programme predict up to $185 billion is required in the next 30 years to get our drinking water, stormwater, and sewage infrastructure up to standard Work is already underway on a proposal to trim the country’s 67 water service providers – owned and managed by councils currently – into a small set of providers. Continue →