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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 >>

Billions Poured Into Rail Revival

Thursday, 27 May 2021, 3:55 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

This is an outstanding level of investment from the Government which is truly revitalising rail for New Zealand, KiwiRail Chief Executive Greg Miller says. The Government says it is delivering on its pre-election commitment to invest in rail and develop domestic ... More >>

Waikato DHB Attack A Wake Up Call On Cyber Security

Thursday, 27 May 2021, 3:49 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Hackers of Waikato District Health Board (DHB) are believed to have gained access to their systems via an email attachment opened by a staff member. They have caused disruption to all clinical services in a bid to extort a ransom payment. This follows ... More >>

China’s New Age Of Recycling

Friday, 21 May 2021, 3:56 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

For a good 20 years, China has tried to increase its recycling rate, with only modest success so far. The more developed a country becomes and the greater prosperity it feels in even remote regions, the more urgent become its recycling problems. At present, ... More >>

10 Year Plan For New Zealand Rail Gives Pipeline Certainty

Friday, 21 May 2021, 3:46 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Rail provides $1.7 billion to $2.1 billion in value to New Zealand each year, according to an Ernst and Young report. The report shows that commuter rail saves 26 million car trips in Auckland and Wellington each year. Rail freight keeps 24,000 trucks ... More >>

Is Vaping The Way To A Smokefree Aotearoa?

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 3:55 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

E-cigarettes made their debut in the early 2000s as a potential cessation device or an alternative to cigarette products. Almost twenty years later, the long term effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown. In 2011, the New Zealand Government set ... More >>

Could Mexico City’s Bridge Collapse Happen Here?

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 3:45 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Government infrastructure spending boosts may provide a welcome opportunity to upgrade many of Australasia’s 57,000-plus bridges, some of which are in sore need of maintenance. The opportunity for maintenance is particularly significant for Australasia’s local ... More >>

New Zealand Needs A National Strategy For AI

Thursday, 6 May 2021, 3:49 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

We can learn a lot from other nations in how to leverage these technologies such as AI, but with limited funding and resources New Zealand has to be smarter and well aligned to get the best impact, so a national strategy or plan is critical. An AI ... More >>

Review Reveals Who Is To Blame For Transmission Gully Shambles

Thursday, 6 May 2021, 3:46 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Transmission Gully has long been a dog of a project, says Greater Auckland’s Matt Lowrie. “From it’s poor initial business case , to it being made a Public Private Partnership (PPP) that would see taxpayers forking out over $3 billion over the coming ... More >>

Review Of Local Government Presents Major Opportunity

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 3:59 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

The traditional roles and functions of local government are in the process of changing. A Review into the Future for Local Government was announced today to consider, report and make recommendations on this matter. The work programmes the Government is advancing ... More >>

80 Years Of Failed Health Reforms – Can Health NZ Break The Mould?

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 3:48 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

More than eight decades of health reform have failed, and the current landscape of public and private healthcare interests is unstable, say New Zealand researchers Murray Horn and Des Gorman. Future reform must improve equality of access and outcome, ... More >>

Built Wetland Opens In New Subdivision

Friday, 16 April 2021, 3:57 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

The constructed wetland at the 361 hectare Drury South Crossing subdivision, the country’s largest industrial and residential development, is designed to improve water quality in the area. It will form part of an extensive new public recreation ... More >>

COVID-19 Proved We Can Solve Homelessness

Thursday, 15 April 2021, 4:43 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

Homelessness is an extreme expression of a broader problem of housing security. Home ownership is a major determinant of housing security. In Australia there was a decrease in owner-occupier first home buyers, from 32 per cent in May 2010 to 28 ... More >>

Advances In Construction Long Overdue

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 4:14 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

While the manufacturing, healthcare, and technology sectors have embraced technological advances and refined their processes, construction has lagged behind, but Digital Twin technologies could be the solution. To achieve sustainable infrastructure, construction ... More >>

What Successful Light Rail Looks Like For Auckland

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 4:07 pm | AsiaPacific Infrastructure

The Government’s new light rail establishment unit represents an opportunity to rethink the wider transport and development vision for Auckland to tackle congestion, carbon and housing affordability challenges, says Infrastructure New Zealand Policy ... More >>