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New health and safety system takes shape

In December this year, the new stand-alone Crown agency WorkSafe New Zealand will assume oversight of the workplace health and safety system. It is a significant step towards better health and safety outcomes for this country. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Health and Safety Group has begun laying the groundwork for the new agency. Group deputy chief executive Lesley Haines says changes need to be made throughout the system to achieve the vision of saf...
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Drilling students trained for Christchurch rebuild win awards

Drilling students trained for Christchurch rebuild win awards

Three drilling students who took part in a special programme to train drillers to help with the Christchurch rebuild have received Awards of Excellence by the New Zealand Drillers Federation. Two of the three are now working on the Christchurch rebuild, with the third working in Motueka. NZ Drillers Federation president Iain Haycock says while they had planned to only present one award, they could not choose between the three winners. “The calibre of the group was exceptional, and all ...
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First BASE-certified building in Christchurch gets underway

Construction is underway on the first new building in Christchurch to be built according to principles that the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) hopes to become a minimum standard throughout the rebuild. Knox Plaza at 148 Victoria Street is the first to register to achieve BASE (Building A Sustainable Environment) certification. It will complement the adjoining Knox Presbyterian Church, with a single storeyed “transparent” building at the front, so that there is a good vi...
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Forsyth Barr Stadium tops steel awards

Forsyth Barr Stadium tops steel awards

New Zealand’s structural steel industry celebrated outstanding steel construction projects at the biennial Excellence in Steel Construction Awards hosted by Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) in Tauranga recently. The awards, which were presented at a gala dinner during the Metals Industry Conference, recognise steel structures built by SCNZ member companies. Grayson Engineering secured the premier award in the Over $3 million category for Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium. Grayso...
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Geyser wins big at prestigious New Zealand architecture awards

Parnell’s landmark building “Geyser” has won two categories at the 2013 New Zealand Architecture Awards, the official programme of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. The annual awards, which honour the best architecture in the country, were held at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland recently. Auckland’s Geyser, New Zealand’s first 6-green star design rated building, took out the Commercial and Sustainable Design categories. The three-storey commercial spa...
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PM opens affordable homes plant

PM opens affordable homes plant

Prime Minister John Key has opened eHome Global’s new plant for manufacturing conventional (timber framed) affordable homes and apartments last month. The Kumeu, Auckland, facility is the first in New Zealand to use European concepts and equipment to produce conventional New Zealand apartments and homes in a factory. As a result of the manufacturing standards and the quality materials used, the homes produced are more durable, and have reduced whole of life costs than traditional houses....
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