Rural Connectivity Group breaks down the digital divide

Five hundred new mobile cell towers around rural New Zealand are in the works with the second phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI2) now well underway. The five-year programme will increase the country’s mobile land coverage by 25% and is set for completion in 2023. READ MORE >>

Hawkins completes new Engineering School building for the University of Auckland

Pass through Auckland’s Grafton Gully and you’ll notice a new landmark that dominates the skyline. The 11-storey building on Grafton Road is known as B405 and is part of the University of Auckland’s Engineering School. It’s a 32,000 sq m facility for postgraduate research. READ MORE >>

Supreme win for Waikato civil infrastructure firm

‘No pain, no gain,’ as the saying goes, and nowhere is this more likely to resonate than in the construction industry. Dave and Margo Connell, founders of Waikato civil infrastructure firm Connell Contractors, can certainly attest to that. READ MORE >>

Push begins to boost engineered wood use in mid-rise buildings – By Dave MacIntyre

New Zealand is about to gain significant traction on a programme to increase the use of engineered timbers, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), in construction projects – an initiative that will not only enable architects and engineers to design tall, earthquake-safe, fire-safe and beautiful wood buildings, but have major environmental benefits too. READ MORE >>

The great convergence between virtual and built environments – By Jason Howden

Years ago, I never would have predicted that in 2020 we would be able to draw similarities between video games and architecture. READ MORE >>

Sports clubs benefit from North Shore construction project

World-class facilities for hockey, BMX and horse riding have been built on Auckland’s North Shore as part of a major construction project to improve motorway connections and community walking and cycling connections. The clubs were moved and improved to free up land next to State Highway 18 for the Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI) project. READ MORE >>

A fresh approach to the future of property development – how Ngati Whatua Orakei is changing the game – By Anahera Rawiri

Centuries ago, our tupuna (ancestors) may have inhabited the very first model of medium to high-density housing in Tamaki Makaurau. History tells us that some thousands lived on the slopes of Maungakiekie, taking up residence where they prospered for many a generation. READ MORE >>

Expanding Kainga Ora’s toolbox – the Urban Development Bill – By Nicky McIndoe and Liam Bullen

Urban development in New Zealand is set to be transformed thanks to the newly introduced Urban Development Bill. Currently at the select committee stage, submissions closed on 14 February 2020. READ MORE >>