Aurecon challenges STEM students to build bridges to the future

The future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in New Zealand is looking bright, says Aurecon, after high school students from around the country participated in its annual bridge building competition in August.

The search is on for the best commercial builds in New Zealand

Entries are now open for the 2018 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards. Run by the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA), this prestigious programme sets the benchmark for commercial construction in New Zealand and celebrates collaboration and innovation across the sector.

No such thing as a bridge too far with the help of shipping containers

Work to replace Queenstown’s iconic Kawarau Falls Bridge with a two-lane bridge has presented many challenges for the developers – but they have overcome the elements, and a river running 43 m below, with the help of shipping containers from Royal Wolf.

Willis Bond & Co announces latest Wynyard Quarter development at 30 Madden

Willis Bond & Co has launched its latest development, 30 Madden, the next development in the company’s ambitious Wynyard Quarter residential project, which intends to rejuvenate an under-utilised area of the city and transform it into the new heart of Auckland.

Teletrac Navman reaches milestone – 100,000 vehicles tracked across ANZ

Puppies, pizza and pines – just a few of the items carried in the 100,000 assets Teletrac Navman tracks across New Zealand and Australia.

Waikato Expressway bridges opening soon

Two bridges that will cross the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway are expected to open to traffic before Christmas 2017.

Christchurch Arts Centre wins gold at national engineering awards

Technical excellence and the sensitive treatment of heritage features during restoration of two of the Christchurch Arts Centre’s oldest buildings has resulted in a national engineering award.

Grand designs south of Auckland

The development of a new community on former Wesley College land near Pukekohe has moved a step closer with the announcement of 12 build partners.

Property insurance costs tipped to rise

The cost of insuring some buildings could rise by more than 50% in just three months according to new figures from insurance brokers.

Subdividing sections a hot topic for Auckland homeowners

With the Unitary Plan making subdivision easier, more and more Aucklanders are looking to explore that option for their own properties.

Fifty years of restoration at Dunedin’s Larnach Castle – By Lee Suckling

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the RA Lawson-designed Larnach Castle being in the hands of the Barker family, and, perhaps not-so-coincidentally, 2017 also marks a milestone for the castle’s renovation efforts.

Crown and city council combine to support cathedral rebuild

Grants from the Christchurch City Council and the NZ government to help reinstate the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral are hoped to be the circuit-breaker needed to get things moving.

Waterview Connection leaves a legacy of innovation

New Zealand’s most ambitious roading project to date, the Waterview Connection, has finally opened to traffic, but the much-awaited project is so much more than just a new tunnel under Auckland’s western suburbs.

The Achilles heel of State Highway 3 – By Giancarlo (John) Hannan

News that the Manawatu Gorge road will be closed indefinitely has raised a storm of protest from residents and businesses in the lower North Island. Why is the route so unstable and what are the options going forward?

Tamaki regeneration building homes and careers

The replacement of old run-down state houses in Tamaki, east Auckland, is creating opportunities not just for builders, but also for those who are looking to get a leg-up into a new job after time away from the workforce.

Tools down! Stopping unsafe work under the HSWA – By Jennifer Mills and Jess Greenheld

As a result of the new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA), organisations have been required to prioritise the issue of their workers’ health and safety so that they are compliant with the stricter obligations placed upon them. While some have taken a diligent and proactive approach, others have been more resistant to change.

Celebrating successful women in construction

Winners of the third annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards have been celebrated as trail-blazing role models for women in construction during a ceremony at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 18 August.