New infrastructure entity to help drive economic growth and wellbeing

Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced a new independent entity will be established so that New Zealand will get the quality infrastructure investment it needs to improve long-term economic performance and social wellbeing.

High public support for Otakaro Avon River Corridor land uses

Regenerate Christchurch has published the results of independent research by Nielsen which has identified an overwhelmingly positive response to the refined shortlist of land uses for the Otakaro Avon River Corridor regeneration area that was presented during a recent exhibition and public engagement.

Flagship InterContinental Hotel to anchor One Queen Street in Auckland

Auckland will welcome a flagship InterContinental hotel in 2022 with IHG and Precinct Properties, the largest city centre real estate owner in New Zealand, signing an agreement to open InterContinental Auckland.

Does BIM need a government mandate in New Zealand?

The low uptake of building information modelling in New Zealand will be just one of the topics to be discussed at the forthcoming New Zealand BIM Conference.

NZIOB announces 2018 New Zealand Building Industry Awards

The winners of the 2018 New Zealand Building Industry Awards have been announced by the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) at a gala evening at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland, on 24 August.

New-concept retirement village reflects baby boomers’ demands

Metlifecare has announced expressions of interest are open for phase one of Gulf Rise, a new $250 million development at Red Beach, north Auckland, that is set to redefine retirement village living.

Shipping containers at the heart of new Tauranga food and retail hub

The new ‘container city’ in Tauranga showcases the diversity, adaptability and unique design aesthetic that shipping containers can bring to an inner-city urban space.

UC engineering innovation boosts new city library’s quake resilience

Christchurch’s new state-of-the-art central city library, Turanga, incorporates innovative University of Canterbury (UC) engineering solutions that are designed to help it endure a large earthquake with minimal damage.

Wellington’s Aorangi House honoured at international Green Building Awards

Aorangi House, one of New Zealand’s most energy-smart buildings, has co-won the Leadership in Sustainable Design & Performance Award in the commercial category, alongside Barangaroo South in Sydney, Australia, as part of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards.

Major milestones for Transmission Gully – By Iain MacIntyre

Significant milestones are being reached at major interchanges within the Transmission Gully project, including beams recently being placed on a future flyover at State Highway 58 and traffic about to be switched onto a new bridge at the southern tie-in point of State Highway 1.

Connecting communities following the Lemons Hill slip

You drive 15 km out of Paihia on State Highway 11 towards Kawakawa to get to Lemons Hill. The road narrows through the bush-clad hills and climbs to a crest before plunging down to a left-hand bend and on towards the Kawakawa River. Above that bend is Lemons Hill. Or it was.

The workhorse with
creature comforts – By Lynne Richardson

Sometimes, the worst part of test-driving a new vehicle is having to give it back.

Lancaster Park comes down

In what has been described as New Zealand’s biggest demolition project, Christchurch’s Lancaster Park is slowly being dismantled and demolished piece by piece – with much of those pieces being found homes elsewhere.

Space Studio helps put Fijian touch on new Six Senses resort

Luxury travel and eco-friendly don’t always go together, but at Six Senses’ new Fiji resort, five-star opulence sits neatly alongside solar power, composting, zero waste and self-sufficiency – with Auckland design firm Space Studio front and centre in ensuring a Fijian flavour to the entire fitout.

Celebrating inspiring women in construction

Winners of the fourth annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards have been celebrated as “stellar achievers who are adding their unique voices to New Zealand’s construction industry” during a ceremony at the Auckland Town Hall on 17 August.