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.

Kaikoura earthquake recovery transport project nearing the end

The end is in sight for the highway and rail rebuild along State Highway 1 (SH1) north and south of Kaikoura, as well as the inland route to Waiau, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred in November 2016.

ArchEngBuild competition inspires building industry collaboration and innovation

At the recent ArchEngBuild competition, 30 top architecture, engineering and construction management students from around the country showed that the future of New Zealand’s building and construction industry is in good hands.

MBIE consulting on better health and safety regulations

A new discussion paper aimed at improving health and safety regulations for working with and around plant, structures, excavations and heights has been launched by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

BCITO launches new resources for apprentices

New Zealand’s largest provider of construction trade apprenticeships has launched a new set of resources for apprentice carpenters ahead of news of the proposed changes to vocational education.

Naylor Love Canterbury joins Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project

Naylor Love Canterbury has been announced as the main contractor consultancy services for the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral, joining the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project’s specialist consultant team.

In-the-moment guide to stress and anxiety a tonic for business and trade

A new book aimed at business achievers says they probably won’t notice when work-related stress and anxiety start to overwhelm them, because operating on adrenalin is also a hallmark of success. But it’s time they woke up, says speaker, mentor and business-anxiety specialist, Linda Wells.

Winners named in peak civil construction awards

A record-breaking pipeline in Auckland, a Napier roading upgrade to make a busy intersection safe, an Auckland wastewater station and a stormwater restoration in Wellington were amongst the winners of the 41st CCNZ Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards in Rotorua on 2 August.

Low heights have their own dangers

More people take chances at lower heights because they seem less of a risk, but these kinds of falls come with their own dangers.

Why insurers prefer base-isolated structures

The Insurance Council of New Zealand has released an insurance advisory, saying insurers are concerned about the vulnerability of commercial buildings, including apartment blocks, to earthquakes, and are particularly concerned about buildings in the Wellington region due to the area’s high earthquake hazard exposure, as insurance manager John Lucas explains.