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New scheme targets savings for retail sector

Energy Shop is a new scheme that aims to improve profitability in New Zealand’s retail sector — through lower energy costs. The New Zealand Retailers Association (NZRA) has partnered with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to improve energy efficiency and cut costs for retailers nationwide. “The Energy Shop scheme is a great opportunity for retailers to enhance their environmental credentials while reducing energy costs,” according to EECA comme...
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Pasefika students to take carpentry skills to market

Pasefika students to take carpentry skills to market

Fifteen carpentry students of Pacific Island descent have been putting the finishing touches to a house they have been building all year as part of their study towards a Certificate in Carpentry at the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec). The Pacific Island Scholarship students are part of the Government’s Pasefika Trades strategy where 300 are being trained in trades required for the rebuild of Christchurch, and to support infrastructure developments across the country. Ac...
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Concrete industry workshop connects students

Architecture students from Victoria University and engineering students from the University of Canterbury recently took part in the inaugural ArchEng workshop, where they collaborated on the design for a cultural centre on Wellington’s Cuba Street. Organised by the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), the initiative was primarily conceived as a way to encourage aspiring construction specialists from different disciplines to work together to incorporate the best in...
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Ready for 2013?

Ready for 2013?

So it seems insurance money is starting to flow in Canterbury, and a shortage of housing set for Auckland. These two centres look set to drive the industry, but things are getting busier across the board in the past few weeks. Certainly, Christchurch is going to be a hub of activity in 2013. Training advisors have been hired to keep up with demand which is already starting to hit pretty hard — 10 new advisors have been hired in Christchurch already! And Auckland’s not far behind...
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