Editorial – February / March’20

The New Zealand Upgrade Programme, announced by the Government on 29 January, will see $12 billion invested in our roads, rail, schools and hospitals over the next five to 10 years – news that has been welcomed by the construction sector.

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.

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.

Editorial – December’19/
January’20

An awareness of mental health and wellness – or rather unwellness – at work is finally gaining traction in New Zealand, and not before time.

Why our spatial planning needs government intervention – By Phil Twyford

Some people may have been taken aback when I said recently that our cities are failing. But it wasn’t meant to offend local councillors or council staff who work hard to look after their ratepayers and their local environment, or the builders and construction companies that build and develop our infrastructure and housing.

Good governance is key to viability – By Kirsten Patterson

Prominent UK journalist Dominic Lawson wrote: “In a boom, envy; in a bust, anger.” It’s a quote that has some application to our construction sector. But many New Zealanders are probably wondering why, during a national building boom – with a critical shortage of housing and major infrastructure projects underway in most major cities – construction firms are going bust?

Editorial – October / November’19

Taking a walk along, over, through and under our major infrastructure projects – long before they open for the purpose they were built for – has become wildly popular.

Team focus improves quality, saves time and cost – By Graham White

At a time when all the talk across the industry is of poor procurement processes, forms of contract, and unfair sharing of risks – causing major problems for construction projects and companies – how can we find a new way forward?

The truth about vocational reform – By Warwick Quinn

Since the NZ government announced its Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) a number of myths and mixed messages have been circulated, which this article aims to dispel.