Sustainability engineer scoops inaugural New Zealand green leadership award

‘Beyond excited’ was how the very first winner of the Future Thinker of the Year Award, Kate Boylan, described her feelings when her name was announced at the celebratory ceremony in April.

Construction starts on Auckland’s Eastern Busway

High-frequency, rapid transit bus travel for east Auckland is a step closer with construction underway for the first stage of the Eastern Busway project.

Menard Oceania and March Construction JV recognised for commitment to H&S

Leading geotechnical engineering specialists Menard Oceania and sister company March Construction New Zealand have a good reason to celebrate. Their commitment to workplace health and safety has been recognised.

NZ Wood launches Timber Design Guides

Following a one-day conference that discussed why wood manufacturing matters, especially in our regions, WPMA’s wood design guide manager Andy van Houtte has launched ‘Design for Fire Safety’, the first of NZ Wood’s design guides in booklet form.

Mott MacDonald Digital Ventures launches new digital hub in Auckland

Mott MacDonald Digital Ventures’ new digital hub has been launched with the aim of expanding its smart infrastructure and digital delivery business across its Asia Pacific and Australasia regions.

Exciting times for NAWIC and all women in construction

The call has gone out for nominations for the 2019 NAWIC Excellence Awards partnering with BCITO, with entries closing on Friday 12 July.

Cache of swamp kauri unearthed at Auckland construction site

Construction workers at the site of the country’s largest retail store, currently under construction, have unearthed a significant cache of swamp kauri.

Greymouth lawyer helps rebuild the Waiho Bridge

Lawyer and New Zealand Army Reservist Sapper John Whitcombe was poring over notes for his latest case when the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) callout came to help rebuild the collapsed Waiho Bridge.

Golder helps Sumner Road repair project reach its destination

Sumner Road in Christchurch reopened on 29 March, eight years since the critical road linking Christchurch, Port of Lyttelton and the communities of Sumner and Lyttelton were badly damaged by the earthquakes that rocked the region in 2010–11.

Businesses need to promote their sustainability credentials more

Businesses aren’t doing enough to tell consumers and customers about the good environmental and social work they are doing. That’s the view of New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust general manager Francesca Lipscombe, who adds that ‘greenwashing’ is also still rife in New Zealand.

Rebuilding the Waiho River bridge and reconnecting communities

With torrential rain battering the West Coast of the South Island, the Waiho River – notorious for its dynamically fluctuating levels – became a raging torrent. The single-lane bridge carrying State Highway 6 never stood a chance.

New Liebherr crane provides a paradigm shift for McLeod Group

Scott McLeod, managing director of McLeod Group, says the arrival of their brand-new Liebherr LTM 1090-4.2 mobile crane – the first of its type in New Zealand – is opening up brand new opportunities for their business.

Relationships that drive recycling innovation

Globally, businesses are equipping themselves with ways to process and recycle commercial and community waste, in the war on plastics and pollution.

Vocational education reforms – good or bad for the construction industry?

In February, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced wide-ranging proposals that would reform New Zealand’s system of vocational education, and while submissions have now closed, were the proposed changes welcomed or renounced by the construction industry?

New accord set to change ‘rules of the game’ in the construction industry

Building industry leaders have welcomed the signing of an agreement with government that provides a platform to reinvent the construction sector, and improve its ability to contribute to the economic prosperity and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

MBIE boosts rapid building assessment resource — By Iain MacIntyre

Greater resource to facilitate prompt inspection of buildings in a state of emergency or transition period is being fostered by three specifically-targeted online courses recently introduced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE).

BDO helps build future construction tycoons

Leading accounting and business advisory firm BDO has integrated its business advisory expertise into Construction Tycoon, an interactive online game that immerses players in the construction business.