Rural Connectivity Group breaks down the digital divide

Five hundred new mobile cell towers around rural New Zealand are in the works with the second phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI2) now well underway. The five-year programme will increase the country’s mobile land coverage by 25% and is set for completion in 2023.

Hawkins completes new Engineering School building for the University of Auckland

Pass through Auckland’s Grafton Gully and you’ll notice a new landmark that dominates the skyline. The 11-storey building on Grafton Road is known as B405 and is part of the University of Auckland’s Engineering School. It’s a 32,000 sq m facility for postgraduate research.

Supreme win for Waikato civil infrastructure firm

‘No pain, no gain,’ as the saying goes, and nowhere is this more likely to resonate than in the construction industry. Dave and Margo Connell, founders of Waikato civil infrastructure firm Connell Contractors, can certainly attest to that.

Push begins to boost engineered wood use in mid-rise buildings – By Dave MacIntyre

New Zealand is about to gain significant traction on a programme to increase the use of engineered timbers, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), in construction projects – an initiative that will not only enable architects and engineers to design tall, earthquake-safe, fire-safe and beautiful wood buildings, but have major environmental benefits too.

The great convergence between virtual and built environments – By Jason Howden

Years ago, I never would have predicted that in 2020 we would be able to draw similarities between video games and architecture.

Sports clubs benefit from North Shore construction project

World-class facilities for hockey, BMX and horse riding have been built on Auckland’s North Shore as part of a major construction project to improve motorway connections and community walking and cycling connections. The clubs were moved and improved to free up land next to State Highway 18 for the Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI) project.

Hanmer Springs completes major redevelopment

Constructing New Zealand’s largest waterslide and the country’s most sustainable thermal pools was always going to be a challenging project. Doing it in an iconic tourism hotspot that values sustainability just added even more complexity.

Building future skills for construction – By Warwick Quinn

The number of Kiwis taking up building and construction apprenticeships has reached record high numbers, but we still have a long way to go to meet the demand of the sector.

Framing up mental health – By Chris Alderson

The construction industry is complex, and therefore improving the mental wellness of our workers is going to be a considerable challenge – but one that we are up for.

Used materials finding roading reuses – the rise of plastic pavements – By Iain MacIntyre

Promising initiatives to recycle plastic and other materials within road surfacing compounds are on the increase in New Zealand and across the Tasman, as appreciation grows that environmental solutions need to be found to address such issues as mounting plastic waste.

Camp Glenorchy showcases energy-efficient future for electrical infrastructure

In a small rural township at the end of the road 45 km from Queenstown, the Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat has forged an innovative, fully integrated energy generation and management solution to serve its business needs, as well as support its host community’s energy resiliency aspirations.

MATES In Construction launches in NZ

At a time when suicide rates are continuing to rise across New Zealand, MATES In Construction has been launched to find a way to improve awareness of the significance of suicide and to help those working in the construction industry.