Water, water everywhere – how the NZTA is caring for wetlands along the Waikato Expressway

Water is always going to be front of mind when designing and building a four-lane highway across the Waikato. Innovative stormwater treatments, challenging stream crossings and creating wetlands are all part of the remaining three sections of the 102 km Waikato Expressway. READ MORE >>

Mobile tower crane a first for New Zealand

Hi Lift Cranes New Zealand is family owned and one of the longest-established crane hire businesses in Auckland. General manager and director Barrie Mabbott recently took delivery of a Liebherr mobile tower crane, the MK 88. Here he provides the background to the acquisition. READ MORE >>

Engagement brings win/win for communities and the Transport Agency – By Dave MacIntyre

Embedding customer engagement into its major projects is paying off for the NZ Transport Agency, giving communities more of what they want and clearing the way for greater agreement when proposals go before boards of inquiry. READ MORE >>

Reforms to the RMA – mere tinkering or complete overhaul? – By Gerard Cleary

Our planning system is not functioning effectively. This statement could be attributed to everyone interested in, or affected by, the development of our natural and physical resources. READ MORE >>

Build-to-rent emerging as a housing solution

Over the past decade, declining home ownership rates have resulted in an increase of households renting, often by people well into their 40s. This has elevated the need for a greater variety of products and a more sophisticated rental sector to provide affordable alternatives to ownership. READ MORE >>

Mental health in the workplace – lessons from the BRANZ research report – By Sarah-Lee Stead and Richard Monigatti

Promoting the psychological health and safety of workers at work is an important aspect of ensuring businesses meet their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act. In the construction industry, businesses should be especially aware that workers may be under significant stress from personal as well as workplace issues, and they may need your support. READ MORE >>

The other issues facing building and construction – diversity, talent and values – By Dr Troy Coyle

Many of our traditional industries in New Zealand, including construction, are often the last bastions of the old boys’ club, but diversity matters – and we should be worried. Why? Because it affects the future of the industry and its ability to attract talent. READ MORE >>

Succession planning for your exit – By James MacQueen

We are currently in the longest upward cycle in the construction sector in our lifetimes. As a consequence, it is too easy to focus on making the most of the growth opportunities and battling the challenges which have come with growth, rather than doing some serious long-term personal planning. READ MORE >>