Putting the garden back into the Garden City

A short stroll through Christchurch and it’s clear that new life is being breathed into the city on every block. Greenspaces are in abundance, while thousands of new and exotic trees have been planted across the CBD, restoring its green image while also rebuilding the city’s heart. It’s been seven years since a 6.3 magnitude […]

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A challenge for KiwiRail, Bridge Replacement

Replacing a rail bridge’s piers without stopping the trains has set a unique challenge for KiwiRail engineers and contractors in the South Island. Bridge 72 on the Main South Line crosses the Opihi River around 2 km south of Temuka. The 512 m bridge was built in 1932 to replace the original, constructed in the […]

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Architect look to create an Airbnb for prefab flats

An architect is creating an online network that will allow Aucklanders to rent out their backyards through temporary prefabricated granny flats. Slimby, or shared living in my backyard, is a Master’s project that urban planning expert Tommy Honey is working on at Auckland’s Unitec’s Tech Futures Lab to bring together home owners wanting to subdivide […]

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Residential building hit 15-year high

Auckland residential building consents hit a 15-year high for May, while any gains in the South were relatively modest. Nationally, new residential consents for May rose from 2794 a year ago to 3407, which was the highest monthly total since June 2004, Statistics New Zealand construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said. “Auckland consented more new […]

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Fletcher Building Announces Auckland Factory

Fletcher Building will be releasing more details on its new high-tech fast house-building factory next month. Chief executive of residential and land development at Fletcher, Steve Evans, announced a soon-to-open Auckland panelisation factory which will increase the pace of house-building. “We have a panelised factory that’s being negotiated now. We’re in the process of negotiating […]

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$26b Auckland ‘build-it’ budget

Phil Goff has revealed his $26.2 billion plan to fix Auckland over the next 10 years. The so-called “build-it budget” tackles what the mayor calls “critical issues” of traffic congestion, housing affordability and protecting the environment. Transport investment will take a $12 billion share of the money, covered by an average rates increase of 2.5 […]

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Maternity Unit of Middlemore Hospital poses seismic risk

The executives of Counties Manukau Health recently held a meeting to discuss the fate of Middlemore Hospital’s maternity unit. Vui Mark Gosche, who took over as a Board Chair only short while ago, had toured the facilities, including the neglected Galbraith building, and examined the plans for the future development. He also held a meeting […]

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Using Prints in Commercial Interiors

Decor trends are always evolving. As such, the constant innovation in commercial interiors for public and private consumption are calling for more malleable, unique and interactive designs. Among a plethora of new trends, it is noted that 71 per cent of consumers are willing to pay more for personalisation. Moreover, the combination of new production […]

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Boarding House refuses to pay for heating unless tenants pay extra $60 a week

Eden Park Lodge is a three-building complex on Dominion Rd, with more than 100 rooms. In April, its tenants received a memo stating that “no heaters were allowed in rooms”, without written consent from management. Those who wanted it had to apply through management and would be provided with a heater at a cost of […]

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Winners of Dulux Colour Awards 2018 Revealed

The winners of Dulux Colour Awards 2018 have recently been announced at the National Gallery of Victoria. 15 New Zealand designers were shortlisted for the awards. The Crimson Education Office designed by Patrick Loo won the International category. Murali Bhasker from BOON was a judge at the 2018 awards and admired Patrick’s colour pallet in this project. Davina Harper, […]

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