Editorial – April / May’18

Slip sliding away … what started off as a wonderful summer deteriorated rapidly, with three tropical cyclones between late January and early March causing havoc around the country for our roading crews.

Wood-first and wellbeing – By Nick Collins

The purpose of public policy is to improve lives now and into the future, and Treasury’s newly released discussion papers on human, social and natural capital set us up to do that, measuring progress across prosperity, sustainability and inclusiveness.

Pushing the (rural urban) boundaries – By Jenny Chung and Christina Sheard

The ‘Big Little City’ envisioned by the Auckland Unitary Plan (operative in part) (AUP) relies on the identification inside the rural urban boundary (RUB) as a method to achieve a ‘compact urban form’ in Auckland. As a general rule, only land within the RUB is land identified by the AUP as being suitable for urban development.

Editorial – February / March’18

Cultural sensitivity can be a minefield when it comes to planning new infrastructure, most recently demonstrated by the track built by the Craggy Range Winery on land they own on Te Mata Peak in Hawke’s Bay.

Business case first, pretty pictures second –
By Paul Haggath

There is a term used in the construction industry that makes me laugh and cry in equal measure – ‘value engineering’.

When the roof caves in – councils’ duties to building owners – By Karen Kemp and Jessica Hanning

In 2010 the roof of Stadium Southland, in Invercargill, collapsed under the weight of snow following a winter storm. The root cause of the collapse, however, was seeded many years previously during the initial building of the stadium in the late 1990s.

Still work to be done to overcome the threats to our industry – By Neville Simpson

No one is better placed than those in the construction sector to know how cyclical New Zealand’s economy is – and how difficult that makes it for businesses to have certainty about making long-term plans.

Long-term joint ventures – surviving the honeymoon – By David Thomson and Catherine Miller

Sometimes two heads are better than one, especially when it comes to business. The advantages that a successful joint venture can bring to collaborating parties are significant.