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Christchurch International Airport – an ongoing story

Since its inception in 1936, Christchurch International Airport has been an unfinished project in terms of ongoing development. Richard Silcock traces the history and recent expansion of this piece of regional infrastructure – our second busiest airport. DURING THE EARLY to mid-1930s, with the increasing interest in aviation by the public, government and many local […]

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What full automation can do for asphalt plants

Imagine a future where asphalt pavement production is entirely automated. By James Careless. CONJURE UP self-driving trucks hauling raw materials to a fully-automated asphalt plant; unloading them in sensor-monitored, weight measurement holding areas. Think of the materials and fluids stored in these areas being constantly monitored by sensors tracking their humidity, temperatures, and other vital […]

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A day with a crane driver

Cranes punctuate Queenstown’s skyline as the town revs into overdrive on infrastructure projects to satisfy unprecedented tourism demand. Denise McNabb talks to Smith Cranes’ Queenstown manager Tupuarangi Kopa about being in the crane business in this resort town. AN ICY WIND blows off the Remarkables’ snow-drizzled peaks, chilling the Wyndham Gardens’ hotel and apartment suites […]

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Four options for troublesome Manawatu gorge

On the eve of making a final decision, the NZTA has identified four alternative routes to the slip-prone Manawatu Gorge and none involves the existing road. Hugh de Lacy reports.  EVERY FIVE YEARS or so the fractured and splintering greywacke rock that comprises the cliffs on the south side of the Manawatu Gorge gives a […]

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Second stage of the Kapiti Expressway underway

With the construction of the second stage of the Kapiti Expressway now underway. Richard Silcock takes a look at what’s involved. AFTER A TRANCHE of work involving some 12 months of final design, construction planning, consents, site clearing and enabling works, the physical work for the 13-kilometre second stage of the Kapiti Expressway, from Peka […]

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NZTA & NZIHT conference: Delivering our highway network

The 18th NZ Transport Agency & NZIHT conference at Trinity Wharf Tauranga was another rich discussion for our roading engineers. Alan Titchall was there. I WONDER IF the person who came up with the title of this year’s NZTA/NZIHT conference knew about the origins of the saying ‘Stand and Deliver’? Up until about the mid […]

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Recent trials test road markings

After a lot of research, newly developed road marker products are lasting longer on road pavement surfaces laid by roading contractors in this country. Richard Silcock explains. IN A THREE-YEAR research project that originally started back in 2010, the NZ Transport Agency has been testing a range of products used for marking road centre lines, […]

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NZTA & NZIHT conference: The view of a major road user

These are highlights from a presentation by Ken Shirley from the Road Transport Forum, made to delegates at the NZTA & NZIHT conference last month, with its ‘customer’ focus. By Alan Titchall. The Road Transport Forum is the voice of the New Zealand road freight industry which involves 22,600 people and has a gross turnover […]

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The relevance of NZTA’s 2017-2021 strategy for our industry

By JONATHAN BHANA-THOMSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NZ HEAVY HAULAGE ASSOCIATION WHAT WOULD NZTA’S ‘People-Centred Services’ look like for our ‘oversize transport industry’? The NZTA Strategy document for 2017–2021 states that there are three major strategic responses to the current and future transport situation. According to NZTA these responses are designed to deliver value to NZ, its citizens […]

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Skills a continuing issue

By HAYS RECRUITMENT NEW ZEALAND A MODESTLY IMPROVED global economy has seen labour market pressures ease slightly since 2016, as growing numbers of well-educated migrants provide a flow of skilled labour across countries. However, despite the slight easing in pressure, skill shortages remain as businesses continue to struggle to find skilled professionals in a number of specialist […]

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