Contractor

And after all – we are only ordinary men

By Wayne Scott, CEO, Mining Extractives Health and Safety Council  I PLAY THE SAXOPHONE in my spare time. You may know one of the classic sax tracks is from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album. It’s called ‘Us and Them’. The lyrics are as good as the music, describing ordinary men sent into battle. ‘God only...

Time for tough decisions around 
water funding

By Peter Silcock, chief executive, Civil Contractors New Zealand  THE NATIONAL SURGE in infrastructure investment and election promises to invest more are good news for us all. However, most of the new investments and promises are focused on transport while our ageing three waters infrastructure is increasingly becoming the poor cousin. The...

DIY drug testing not the answer

By Kirk Hardy, CEO, The Drug Detection Agency DRUG USE IS A REAL workplace problem. Drug testing, properly conducted, is an important tool in combatting it. There’s no cheap fix for drug testing. Despite a growing body of evidence highlighting the problems and pitfalls of DIY drug testing New Zealand companies continue to look for...

Crane Association Conference 2017

A wet and wild Rotorua was host to this year’s Crane Association conference. ASSOCIATION CEO ROD AUTON kindly gave delegates a heads up via email about the impending storm, advising that raincoats and umbrellas be included in the packing. I can attest from experience that the umbrella served no purpose in the sideways downpour, except...

Is there a perfect engineer?

By Brendan Cash, partner, and Tamzin Dempste, solicitor, Kensington Swan’s Construction & Major Projects Team IT IS IMPORTANT to understand the role of the engineer under NZS 3910, and to understand where the individual performing that role sits with the principal and the project. This will help you assess the decisions being made by the...

Underground tactics: City Rail Link update – Contract 2

The Connectus JV team is delivering Contract 2 for City Rail Link, which represents about 10 percent of the 3.45 kilometre length of the twin-tunnel underground rail link in central Auckland. Connectus project superintendent Kerry Phillips. CONTRACT 2 INVOLVES the construction of twin tunnels within the Albert Street road corridor from Customs...

Working better together

Chris Hunt delivered the Transport Agency’s update 
at the Civil Contractors’ conference last month. 
ALAN TITCHALL summarises his presentation. TOMMY PARKER, general manager of the NZTA’s System Design and Delivery team, was scheduled to present the annual agency update to the CCNZ conference last month, but...

Local Government

Innovations in wastewater management

Thermal hydrolysis, improved aeration and digestion processes, and better tertiary treatment practices are all part of the drive to find smarter ways...

Finding the funding

Hastings District Council has accessed external funding to significantly increase its investment in the Hawke’s Bay Opera House. Here’s...

Q&M

Colin Welsh: An industry legend

Long-time quarry man Colin Welsh has spent over 50 years in the industry and knows a thing or two about what make a quarry profitable. He was...

EnergyNZ

Energy NZ Perspectives 2017

The eighth edition of Energy NZ Perspectives, an annual publication written by industry peers, from government agencies to industry associations and...