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Auckland and Wellington firms clean up

An Auckland contractor has taken gold at the Master Painters Awards 2015, New Zealand’s premier painting awards. Family-owned business Paul Schirnack Decorating Ltd was declared the overall winners for New Zealand Master Painter of the Year for its “outstanding” work on a character villa in the Auckland suburb of Remuera. The firm won five other awards across the residential sections, but Master Painters NZ chief executive Brian Miller says it was the company’s detailed ...
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Aurecon launches 2015 bridge building competition

Aurecon launches 2015 bridge building competition

Aurecon’s Bridge Building Competition is back on in 2015, and with more than 1000 students taking part across Australia and New Zealand last year, it is the region’s largest bridge building contest for schools. The competition aims to encourage students in years 8 and 9 (9 and 10 for New Zealand) to investigate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Students are given string, cardboard and glue, and set the task of designing and constructing the strongest ...
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New journey begins for Harker

One of New Zealand’s largest tunnelling companies launched its new look recently, and also has plans to launch its expertise and experience into international markets. Leading experts in underground tunnelling, pipelines and shaft construction, Harker Underground Construction is part of Hawkins Group. Harker undertakes work with other companies either as part of a consortium or as a subcontractor. It also partners with the team at Hawkins on major construction and infrastructure projects....
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WorldSkills NZ team to compete against 72 countries in Brazil

A 15-member team recently announced by WorldSkills NZ chief executive Bruce Howat will represent New Zealand in 15 of the 45 or more trade skills to be contested at the WorldSkills International competitions in Brazil in August. Around 1300 under-24 year old competitors from 72 countries will compete to win gold in their skill categories, and more than 200,000 visitors are expected to at tend the five- day competition in Sao Paulo. The NZ WorldSkills team has had three rounds of competition to ...
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Urban regeneration specialist Ockham opens Station R development

Urban regeneration specialist Ockham opens Station R development

Ockham Residential has launched the latest in its series of developments aimed at helping meet demand for high quality housing in Auckland while promoting urban regeneration. The 37-apartment Station R complex in Fenton Street, next to Mt Eden railway station, has seen a former factory site transformed into a complex of two and three bedroom homeswith balconies. Ockham co-founder Mark Todd says Station R, whose first residents have moved in, epitomised Ockham’s approach to development. ...
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How will the Skypath be built?

SkyPath will use leading marine technology composite material which is light and very strong, in the form of a series of U-beams that clip on to the underside of the eastern edge of the bridge with a composite foam core deck. Horizontal composite rods are spaced out across the enclosure to allow viewing and for maintaining safety. Composites are slightly more expensive than a comparable steel structure, but make up for this in terms of buildability, long-term service life, lower maint...
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$33.5m Harbour Bridge Skypath gets resource consent

$33.5m Harbour Bridge Skypath gets resource consent

The SkyPath cycling and walking attachment to the Auckland Harbour Bridge has been granted resource consent, meaning the $33.5 million public-private partnership can go ahead, and could be built as early as 2016. The decision was made by independent commissioners after resource consent hearings were held over two weeks in June. Conceived as a community initiative, SkyPath will be financed by pri vate sector funding as well as by the Auckland Council, where users pay an entrance fee to fund its ...
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Carpentry Apprentices go head to head in national competion

Entries for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition have now closed, with 145 apprentices from up and down New Zealand set to compete for the coveted title and a share of more than $100,000 worth of prizes. RMBA chief executive David Kelly is pleased to note that entry numbers are rising year on year, as construction activity is on the rise in some areas of the country. Entries are particularly strong in the Central North Island, with numbers up 66% from l...
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Carpentry Apprentices go head to head in national competion

Entries for the Registered Master Builders Carters 2015 Apprentice of the Year competition have now closed, with 145 apprentices from up and down New Zealand set to compete for the coveted title and a share of more than $100,000 worth of prizes. RMBA chief executive David Kelly is pleased to note that entry numbers are rising year on year, as construction activity is on the rise in some areas of the country. Entries are particularly strong in the Central North Island, with numbers up 66% from l...
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