WorkSafe NZ – workplace preparedness for novel coronavirus (Covid-19)

WorkSafe New Zealand has released guidelines for businesses regarding health and safety and the risks emerging as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Infracom to focus on infrastructure outcomes

The Infrastructure Commission Te Waihanga (Infracom) is kicking off work to improve New Zealand’s infrastructure and lift the country’s long-term planning and capability.

Green light for Christ Church Cathedral stabilisation works

Much-anticipated physical work gets underway shortly on Christ Church Cathedral following a critical resource consent being granted that allows the project to begin stabilisation works for the cathedral.

Young hairdresser stuns mum with switch to construction

Education snobbery continues to be a challenge for the construction industry – and BCITO is hard at work to help shift these perceptions.

Former Maori All Black Slade McFarland joins MATES In Construction

Slade McFarland, stalwart of North Harbour, Chiefs, Blues, Crusaders and Maori All Blacks rugby teams, is pulling on a new jersey as he joins MATES In Construction as a dedicated field officer to help with their new work with Kainga Ora.

Entries open for the 2020 New Zealand Building Industry Awards

Entries for the 2020 New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) Awards are now open. Now in their 27th year, the awards acknowledge and celebrate the practitioners behind New Zealand’s most successful building projects.

Ex-cyclone Gita clean-up works in Kaikoura wrapping up

Resilience work on Kaikoura’s coastline affected by ex-cyclone Gita is close to wrapping up, two years on from the extreme weather event.

Engineers and architects take a giant step forward

The New Zealand architecture and engineering industries have marked the official launch of the Diversity Agenda Accord – a public commitment made by CEs and business owners of leading industry firms to achieving truly diverse and inclusive professions.

Generator to launch in Wellington

Generator, Auckland’s leading shared workspace provider, is coming to Wellington in mid-2021. City centre specialists Precinct Properties will open the first Wellington Generator site following the successful purchase of the Dunbar Sloane building in the capital’s city centre.

Kauri dieback precautions adopted for SH12 resealing works

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has been working hard to help protect the precious Waipoua Forest from kauri dieback disease, committing to using special preventative measures for workers and equipment.

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.