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New Queenstown school fast-tracked

New Queenstown school fast-tracked

South Island construction company Amalgamated Builders Ltd (ABL) handed over the keys to Queenstown’s new Shotover Primary School on time for the first day of term. The company certainly wasn’t messing around at the back of the class, completing stage one of the project on January 30, 2015 — just 37 weeks after work started.  ABL quantity surveyor for the project Karsten Pedersen says the team was “hugely proud” to be part of such an important development for...
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Students help with housing for the elderly

Students help with housing for the elderly

Students from the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland are helping bridge the generation gap with their design for affordable, residential housing for the elderly. Wendy Zheng and Juno Huang spent their evenings working together to produce a new model of pensioner accommodation for a small registered charitable trust in Opotiki. The undergraduate students were delighted when their plans were chosen from dozens of submissions to be built by the Trust. Established in...
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Expert earthquake commissioner recognised

Expert earthquake commissioner recognised

An engineer who played a key role as a commissioner following the Canterbury earthquakes has been recognised as a Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). Professor Richard Fenwick was formally awarded the title at IPENZ’s annual Fellows’ and Achievers’ Dinner held at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Just 68 people have ever been recognised with such an honour in New Zealand. The honour is made for the &...
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Repeat offender fined for illegal work in Auckland

Repeat offender fined for illegal work in Auckland

An Auckland man has been convicted and fined $1500 for carrying out drainlaying work without an authorisation for a second time. Aaron L’Estrange Corbet carried out drainlaying work at a home in Glen Eden without authorisation. When the work was found to be defective by a certifying drainlayer who was engaged by the home owners to inspect the work, a complaint was lodged with the Board. Plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated industries in New Zealand, and it is illegal to do ...
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BRANZ national survey provides insight for builders to improve customer satisfaction

The results from the fourth national new house owner’s satisfaction survey contain some important messages for the residential building industry in New Zealand. The annual survey, undertaken by BRANZ since 2011, measures how well new house owners rate their builder, based on the experience of having a home built in the past 12 months. 88% of respondents are satisfied with the overall quality of their new home. Those who had built previously are the most satisfied and scored their builder...
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Ground-breaking artesian heating and cooling system on the rise

Ground-breaking artesian heating and cooling system on the rise

A revolutionary artesian heating and cooling system at Christchurch International Airport — the first large-scale application of its kind — is to be rolled out in the airport’s international terminal after its successful implementation in the domestic terminal. Designed and implemented by engineering consultants Beca as part of the airport’s $237 million integrated terminal project, the innovation has been labelled a game-changer for the industry. The system has recentl...
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CHA calls for mind shift from government in housing debate

The group representing community housing providers says the government focus needs to shift from asset sales to investment in families and healthy communities. Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) director Scott Figenshow says the Salvation Army’s announcement that it is no longer looking at purchasing state houses is no surprise. “Many in the sector have been saying that the only way they can make the sums work is if they are transferred at close to nil value. This will provide equity...
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Safety awards presented next month

Entries for the 2015 New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards are now closed. The awards acknowledge businesses, both large and small, and individuals who champion safety. They give national recognition to good ideas, superior systems, great initiatives and hard-working people who have made a difference over the past 12 months. The Awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner at the SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland, on Wednesday, May 27, which is day one of the Safeguard National Health...
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Making sure high visibility safety garments meet the standard

Safety depends on being easily seen in any situation where people are working alongside moving vehicles and machinery, whether it be on a construction site, at a factory or in a warehouse. High visibility clothing plays a vital role, but unless the clothing used is suitable for the conditions, the protection it provides may not be adequate. The best way to ensure workers can be clearly seen is to check that all high visibility gear complies with safety standard AS/ NZS 4602.1:2011. What is th...
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Landmark new home for police and corrections services

Landmark new home for police and corrections services

In a New Zealand first, a police station and a new Corrections Remand Centre have found a home under one roof in the recently resurrected New Plymouth Police Station and Remand Centre. The three-storey, eco-friendly building, located across the road from the New Plymouth courthouse, was originally meant to accommodate police on two floors, with extra space for future-proofing. But when designs were being finalised, news came out that New Plymouth Prison, built in the 1870s, was expected to clo...
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