What lies beneath – By Lynne Richardson

At the bottom of Auckland’s Queen Street lies the Chief Post Office, and below this is Britomart Train Station and the new twin tunnels for the City Rail Link. But how do you hold up a 14,000 tonne heritage-listed building while two tunnels are constructed beneath it and the tolerance for damage is zero?

New procurement rules to help construction companies

New government procurement rules will help keep construction companies afloat by promoting better practices when awarding multi-million-dollar construction projects.

Fletcher Building opens New Zealand’s largest offsite home manufacturing facility

Fletcher Building’s new offsite home manufacturing facility, Clever Core, is up and running following an official opening on 16 October with Minister for Housing Megan Woods, Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa and newly re-elected Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff.

Market reacts to KiwiBuild reset – By Iain MacIntyre

Housing Minister Megan Woods fronted media at the beginning of September with the frank admission that the 100,000 houses over 10 years target originally set for KiwiBuild had been “overly ambitious”.

Exclusive golf course provides dream project for construction industry

One of the country’s most exclusive golf courses, Tara Iti, has created some dream opportunities for the New Zealand architects, engineers and builders who are fortunate enough to be involved in this unique development.

Digging into the potential of 5G – By Kate Tulp

In August, Vodafone set the stage for ushering in a new era of connectivity across New Zealand, announcing a commercial rollout of 5G, the fifth-generation mobile network. The initial rollout is slated for December across parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Water, water everywhere – how the NZTA is caring for wetlands along the Waikato Expressway

Water is always going to be front of mind when designing and building a four-lane highway across the Waikato. Innovative stormwater treatments, challenging stream crossings and creating wetlands are all part of the remaining three sections of the 102 km Waikato Expressway.

Mobile tower crane a first for New Zealand

Hi Lift Cranes New Zealand is family owned and one of the longest-established crane hire businesses in Auckland. General manager and director Barrie Mabbott recently took delivery of a Liebherr mobile tower crane, the MK 88. Here he provides the background to the acquisition.

Engagement brings win/win for communities and the Transport Agency – By Dave MacIntyre

Embedding customer engagement into its major projects is paying off for the NZ Transport Agency, giving communities more of what they want and clearing the way for greater agreement when proposals go before boards of inquiry.

Reforms to the RMA – mere tinkering or complete overhaul? – By Gerard Cleary

Our planning system is not functioning effectively. This statement could be attributed to everyone interested in, or affected by, the development of our natural and physical resources.

Build-to-rent emerging as a housing solution

Over the past decade, declining home ownership rates have resulted in an increase of households renting, often by people well into their 40s. This has elevated the need for a greater variety of products and a more sophisticated rental sector to provide affordable alternatives to ownership.

Mental health in the workplace – lessons from the BRANZ research report – By Sarah-Lee Stead and Richard Monigatti

Promoting the psychological health and safety of workers at work is an important aspect of ensuring businesses meet their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act. In the construction industry, businesses should be especially aware that workers may be under significant stress from personal as well as workplace issues, and they may need your support.