Ngati Whatua to buy Ports of Auckland?

Auckland’s Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust is keen to buy the city’s port, which has been valued at $1.1 billion Trust spokesman Ngarimu Blair says it’s committed to building a consortium, which could include other iwi and a major super fund, to buy the council-owned Ports of Auckland. Continue →

New report offers a bold vision of a digital future

New Zealand’s leading tech organisations have released a ground-breaking manifesto for the country’s digital future The digital copy of the New Zealand’s Digital Future report has been sent to every member of parliament and to key government officials throughout multiple agencies as technology is far-reaching – from health and education to regions, small to medium businesses and social and primary industries. Continue →

Plain English helps fight against corrosion

Engineers need to use plain English to explain the costs and benefits of having an effective protection plan for infrastructure assets, a recent corrosion seminar was told One example could be a galvanized boat trailer to demonstrate the benefits of maintenance washing, Dr Jonathan Morris of Opus International Consultants told the Australasian Corrosion Association’s New Zealand branch, citing the increased life of the trailer when it’s regularly and thoroughly washed. Continue →

Scientists discover South Island geothermal activity

A collaboration by scientists who drilled nearly 900 metres into the South Island’s Alpine Fault has revealed surprisingly high temperatures and the potential for large geothermal resources in the area The Deep Fault Drilling Project, jointly led by Victoria University of Wellington, GNS Science and the University of Otago, was carried out in 2014 in Westland, north of Franz Josef Glacier. Continue →


Estimate quake death tolls to save lives, expert urges

Earthquake survivors could be rescued more quickly if the media communicated the number of likely fatalities from the outset, argues Professor Max Wyss For a decade, seismologists have been able to generate fast, reliable estimates of the number of people likely to have been killed in an earthquake, to within a factor of two or three. Continue →
Local Government

Tourism infrastructure package draws mixed response

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett’s announcement of a new $102 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund alongside $76 million in new funding for the DOC Estate has received a mixed reception Local Government New Zealand says the funding is “a step in the right direction”, but the Green Party believes it “falls short of what’s needed to cope with skyrocketing tourist numbers”. Continue →
Training & Management

Women key target to boost infrastructure numbers

The government’s announcement of an $11 billion investment in infrastructure signals the need for recruiting more quality workers into the industry a leading training organisation advises – particularly women New Zealand’s infrastructure industry is already short of skilled staff, with a prediction of 25,000 more workers required to meet industry demand over the next three years. Continue →

Budget commitment to rail welcomed

KiwiRail has welcome the government’s two-year commitment of $450 million in capital funding  The funding will ensure the reliability initiatives of the past two years continue to drive productivity and commercial outcomes for KiwiRail and its customers, Chairman Trevor Janes says. Continue →


Infrastructure body welcomes irrigation investment

Infrastructure New Zealand has welcomed new government support for economically and environmentally sound irrigation proposals – with one important caveat “Equity investment is preferable over debt funding to maximise public benefit,” says Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Selwood. Continue →
Compliance & Legal

Workplace death convictions highlight H&S challenge

Nineteen-year-old rubbish collector Jane Devonshire died on 10 August 2015 when the truck she was working on crashed down a bank after its brakes failed The legal consequences which have flowed from this case demonstrate the particular health and safety management risks in multiple-contractor work sites, say Garth Gallaway and Marie Wisker The judgment was issued in October last year but the sentencing notes, providing the basis of the court’s decisions, have only now been released. Continue →