20 years ago — December 1999:
• The preferred site for an indoor arena in the Auckland region — Quay Park alongside the heritage Railway Station in central Auckland — was identified by the Hillary Commission.
If built, the 10,000 to 14,000-seat arena would cater for sports and entertainment events too big for venues such as the Aotea Centre, but not suited to outdoor arenas such as North Harbour and Ericsson Stadiums.
The need for an indoor sports and entertainment facility of the size under investigation was well known among promoters and event organisers, who said the Auckland region and New Zealand was missing out on many events because of the lack of a high quality indoor venue.
15 years ago — December 2004:
• Otago’s booming construction industry and changes to regulations within the sector led to Otago Polytechnic — the largest construction education organisation in the South Island — launching a new two-year Diploma in Construction Management (Level 6) for 2005.
The new diploma was being launched as the polytechnic’s Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) programme was attracting record numbers of applicants.
Construction management programme manager Phillip Ballard said the new diploma would help create a clear career path for those working in the building industry.
10 years ago — December 2009:
• New Zealand’s largest annual sporting event, the V8 Supercar street race in Hamilton, was to be sponsored by ITM for the next three years.
“To secure a naming sponsor of this significance provides increased commercial credibility, and to achieve this outcome in the current economic climate speaks volumes for the stature of our event,” according to event director Steve Vuleta.
“The whole team at ITM is thrilled to be the naming sponsor for the ITM 400,” ITM chief executive Gordon Buswell said.
“We have built our brand to attract customers, build credibility with suppliers and excite our people. The ITM 400 undoubtedly achieves all three.
5 years ago — December 2014:
• Armitage Williams Construction’s latest project — the PwC Centre — received a building consent in 10 days thanks to a new Christchurch City Council consenting process.
The council was piloting a new scheme that aimed to reduce the delays commonly experienced under the existing process for which consent could take anywhere up to six months.
Armitage Williams director Ben Harrow said the pilot provided a streamlined, efficient process which ensured construction of the PwC Centre could get underway as scheduled.
“We have been particularly impressed at the speed of consenting under the pilot. A 10-day turnaround is amazing,” Mr Harrow said.