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Reporting for hazardous work goes online

All notifications of hazardous work will now be able to be completed online, saving time and effort. Employers and contractors are required by law to notify the Department of Labour if they are planning any hazardous work at least 24 hours before the work starts. The Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995 define hazardous work as being “more than usually dangerous”. This includes any restricted work involving asbestos, and logging and tree-felling work for commercial...
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Hawkins achieves practical completion on Forsyth Barr Stadium

Hawkins achieves practical completion on Forsyth Barr Stadium

Hawkins Construction reached practical completion on Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium — the world’s largest, naturally grassed and permanently covered stadium, and the third biggest ETFE-roofed building in the world — on July 22, 2011. Hawkins were the main contractors for the $190m state-of-the-art stadium, and were awarded the contract to build it in April 2009. In reaching practical completion last month, the company successfully delivered on its promise to complet...
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Minister opens new Unitec Albany Campus

Minister opens new Unitec Albany Campus

Unitec’s new Albany campus was officially opened by Tertiary Minister of Education Steven Joyce at a ceremony recently. Previous studies have identified that there is a shortage of vocational educational provision in the North Shore and Rodney areas. Demand is likely to increase noticeably in the future as the population of Auckland north of the harbour bridge is expected to grow from 329,000 now to reach 431,000 in 20 years’ time. Unitec chief executive Dr Rick Ede says the c...
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DoL launches new literacy assessment tool

DoL launches new literacy assessment tool

The Department of Labour has developed a new tool called Take the Test to help employers assess the literacy skills of their workforce. Research shows about four in every 10 New Zealand employees have difficulties with reading, maths and communication. The country’s poor adult literacy rates have long been considered a serious issue that costs business through accidents and injuries, high wastage, mistakes, missed deadlines and low productivity. Take the Test is a leaflet designed to...
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Showcase timber building attracting international interest

Showcase timber building attracting international interest

A showcase building that breaks new ground in the use of wood as a structural building material in multi-storey construction is already attracting international interest. The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology’s (NMIT) Arts and Media Building is being constructed in a pinus radiata laminated veneer lumber (LVL) frame structure using new engineering technology developed by the Structural Timber Innovation Company (STIC). When completed next year, the building will become the w...
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Experienced industry man elected chairman of the Board

Experienced industry man elected chairman of the Board

Alan Bickers of Tauranga has been elected chairman of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB). PGDB chief executive Max Pedersen announced the appointment at the Board’s meeting held on July 26. Mr Bickers is a chartered professional engineer working in Tauranga in management, governance, alternative dispute resolution and as an independent resource consent commissioner. He spent much of his professional career in local government, and was chief executive of Tauranga C...
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Forklift owners and operators — ‘tell us your story’

Forklift owners and operators — ‘tell us your story’

Mitsubishi Forklift owners and operators are invited to be in to win in a “Tell us your story” competition. This year Centra Forklifts celebrates 30 years of an exclusive partnership with Mitsubishi in New Zealand, and the company wants everyone involved with Centra and Mitsubishi Forklifts to share in the celebrations. The Centra Mitsubishi Forklift “Tell us your story” competition invites Mitsubishi Forklift owners and operators across New Zealand businesses and i...
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NZ team triumphs in bridge building competition

NZ team triumphs in bridge building competition

This year’s Aurecon Bridge Building competition finished recently with first-time entrant, Auckland’s King’s College, beating high schools from across Australia and New Zealand with an astonishing 128kg load held by its bridge built from balsa sticks, glue, cardboard and string. This is the first time Auckland high schools have entered the competition, with this entry beating hundreds of high school entrants across Australia and New Zealand to win the Aurecon trans-Tasman ...
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Office building wins sustainability award

Peddle Thorp Architects has won the 2011 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award for its work revitalising the multi-storey office building at 21 Queen Street, Auckland, preserving its concrete frame and core while creating vibrant and thoroughly modern spaces inside and out. The award, presented at the ninth International Symposium on High Performance Concrete Design in Rotorua, recognised the “reuse – reduce” strategies adopted by the project principals. This strategy en...
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