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Wood Waste Could Replace Aluminium Crisp Packets

Thursday, 12 August 2021, 4:10 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Aluminium plays an important protective role in food packaging, however it requires a lot of energy to produce and it can be difficult to recycle. The crucial discovery has been made by Jiaying Li, who is working with the Dutch Advanced Research Center ... More >>

Climate Change Kicks Into Gear

Thursday, 12 August 2021, 4:06 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

New Zealand has warmed up by 1.1C deg and annual temperature changes have emerged above natural variability over the country in the last 110 years, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released today. Scientists are observing ... More >>

Infrastructure For A Better Future

Thursday, 5 August 2021, 4:10 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission recently called for submissions on its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand – Civil Contractors New Zealand and Infrastructure New Zealand had this to say. Infrastructure New Zealand ... More >>

Celebrating Civil Construction Excellence

Thursday, 5 August 2021, 4:05 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

The rescue of a Wellington icon, an infrastructure response that moved mountains, and a project with an outstanding safety culture were amongst the winners of the 42nd Civil Contractors New Zealand Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards. Held ... More >>

Seven Strategies Essential For Handling A Pandemic

Thursday, 29 July 2021, 4:17 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

International researchers have conducted a review of the published scientific evidence on early infection control, and identified seven strategies that they say are essential for stopping not just COVID-19, but any future pandemic. While various elements of ... More >>

Is Green Hydrogen The Future Of Energy?

Thursday, 29 July 2021, 4:04 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Hydrogen is increasingly being called ‘the fuel of the future’ and can prove helpful in filling in some of the gaps in the clean-energy jigsaw. There have been increasing talks in New Zealand, especially since last 3 years, on how green hydrogen ... More >>

EV Battery Breakthrough Reduce Need For Cobalt And Nickel

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 4:34 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Significant breakthroughs in recycling electric vehicle batteries could help the auto industry tackle criticism that EV batteries come with a heavy carbon footprint thanks to the effort of extracting mined materials used in their manufacture, Movemnt ... More >>

Australian Construction Sector Buckles Under $110b Infrastructure Pipeline

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 4:27 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Australian Constructors Association chief executive Jon Davies says the industry was at breaking point. “The government is essentially relying on a broken industry to rebuild the economy. “The building and construction industry has the highest ... More >>

Taking The Cost Out Of Domestic Travel And Cargo

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 4:14 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

A 40-seat battery-driven drone bus will be in the air for cargo in 2022 and passengers in 2023 if the FAA approves. Braeden Kelekona’s creation comes to life as an aircraft resembling a futuristic blimp capable of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL). ... More >>

New Zealand’s Largest Solar Farm Underway

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 4:10 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

The $30m facility will generate enough clean and renewable electricity to power the annual load of 3000 homes. The solar farm, which is being built in Pukenui in the Far North by Far North Solar Farm, will cover 12 hectares and contain 32,000 ... More >>

Australian Cities Rank Better For Remote Work

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 4:31 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Melbourne is the best place in the world to work from home, with Sydney coming in third and Auckland lagging behind at 37th, a study by Nestpick has found. It may have endured four hard lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic, but Melbourne has ... More >>

When Will New Zealand Have Herd Immunity?

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 4:24 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

The trans-Tasman bubble has been a step closer to normality with some semblance of overseas travel returning. Since then our borders have been shutting and re-opening to Australian states as new cases of Covid-19 emerge in their cities. This is not ... More >>

Five Simple Steps To Help Your Business Reach Net-zero

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 3:55 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Net-zero is a lofty goal for many businesses, but there are actions you can take right now to get closer to achieving this, according to emissions management experts at SINAI. Net-zero (short for net-zero emissions) means achieving a balance between ... More >>

Why NSW Just Hit Developers With A $12b Tax

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 3:53 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

New South Wales will start taxing increases in property values caused by state spending on infrastructure, and rezoning of land uses by councils, The Urban Developer’s Ted Tabet reports. A new “infrastructure contributions system” will be rolled ... More >>

Report Paints Promising Future For New Zealand Construction

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 5:27 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

New Zealand’s construction industry recorded an annual average growth rate of 6.6% between 2016 and 2019 before lockdown restrictions in the first half of 2020 saw the industry contract by 7.3% in real terms. However, growth is expected to return ... More >>

Should The Government Implement The Climate Change Commission’s Advice?

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 5:24 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

The Climate Change Commission has released its final advice to the Government detailing what it says are ambitious, achievable and equitable paths New Zealand can take to meet its climate targets. New Zealand has committed to reaching net zero emissions ... More >>

Bold Action Needed To Stop Water Infrastructure’s Downward Spiral

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 4:20 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Work is already underway on a proposal to trim the country’s 67 water service providers – owned and managed by councils currently – into a small set of providers. The government says the new analysis confirms the need for major change, both to ... More >>

The Problem With Auckland’s $685m Cycle Bridge

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 4:18 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced the Northern Pathway, a bridge exclusively for cyclists and pedestrians to travel between Central Auckland’s Westhaven and the North Shore. The project is expected to cost $685m and will take up to five years ... More >>

Wellington Decides On 10-year Infrastructure Plan

Thursday, 3 June 2021, 4:07 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

A 13.5% rates increase has been decided by Wellington City councillors, who met last week to decide the funding options for its Long-Term Plan 2021-2031. The plan addresses water infrastructure, supports a vibrant economy, invests in greater iwi ... More >>

The Problem With Procurement Processes In New Zealand And How We Can Do Better

Thursday, 3 June 2021, 4:05 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

New Zealand’s procurement processes are renowned for being complicated and incredibly slow moving, with the burden of risk laying with contractors rather than owners. This can cause significant delays and extra costs in construction projects due to ... More >>