News: University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety

p16776docThe University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact.

The university says the industry is building more than 1400km of new roads a year and the research, to be conducted by Dr Kris Brown, will help improve design standards.

“The importance of infrastructure is widely recognised by forestry stakeholders, but the New Zealand Independent Forestry Safety review panel has heard that the quality and adequacy of forestry roads, bridges and skid sites are variable and often not up to the mark,” says Brown. Continue reading “University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety” »

News: Lyttleton Port Company says yes to takeover


The board of Lyttelton Port of Christchurch has recommended shareholders accept Christchurch City Council’s takeover offer.

The decision – following a review of an independent report into the offer – was unanimous.

Christchurch City Holdings Limited already owns 79.7% of the port. Continue reading “Lyttleton Port Company says yes to takeover” »

News: Ports of Auckland increases freight rail service

rail_7Working with KiwiRail, Ports of Auckland has doubled the rail services between its Waitemata seaport and Wiri Intermodal Freight Hub.

The increased service starts this week and will bring the port to the doorstep of importers and exporters in South Auckland, potentially reducing the number of trucks coming into the seaport and opening up more space to handle growing volumes.

Ports of Auckland general manager commercial relationships Craig Sain says the improved service is just the beginning. Continue reading “Ports of Auckland increases freight rail service” »

News: Christchurch rebuild boom to continue

att45c17The ANZ Bank has debunked fears that the economy ‘will fall into a hole’ as the Christchurch rebuild stimulus fades.

While the rebuild stimulus is scheduled to peak in 2017, the ANZ say a number of factors will come into play to ensure that the current buoyant conditions continue in Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region.

  • The stimulus peak from the rebuild is just under 2% of GDP, but this has been steadily building over four years and the stimulus will fade gradually from its forecast peak in 2017. We suspect the rebuild will take longer, but irrespective, people know it will peak in the coming years and this gives them time to adjust and plan accordingly. Continue reading “Christchurch rebuild boom to continue” »

News: Coroner calls for trucking review

image011A coroner has called for a review of trucking practices over the case of a double fatality in 2012 near Waitara.

An elderly couple were killed when a 25 tonne load of steel pipes rolled off the back of a truck on State Highway 3 and struck their car.

It was later found the load had spilled because of a lack of restraints and poor loading. Continue reading “Coroner calls for trucking review” »

News: MARAC wins $1million payout

2209Marac is set to receive a $1.1 million payout as part of the ongoing legacy of the failure of vehicle distributor Rapson Holdings.

The financier, part of Heartland Bank, has been in a long-term battle with its insurer Vero over the issue.

The battle centres around former manager, Grant Atkinson, who from 2003 to 2008 lent significant amounts to Rapson. The High Court found last year that much of the lending was unauthorised, and Marac was left with debts of $4.4 million. Continue reading “MARAC wins $1million payout” »

News: Rubbish route wins award

gis_awards_thumbnailPalmerston North City Council has scored another award for GIS (geographic information systems) technology to improve the city’s rubbish and recycling system.

At the New Zealand Esri Awards, the project won the Eagle Technology Excellence in GIS Award – this follows on from it being awarded the 2014 GIS Project of the Year Award back in April.

GIS analyst and programmer Lucas Mostyn says GIS is all about using technology to analyse and display geographic information. Continue reading “Rubbish route wins award” »

News: Early bird pricing for IMVIA 25th closing soon.

imvia-letterheadEarly bird pricing for tickets to the IMVIA 25th celebration ends today – and tables are becoming scarce.

More than three quarters of the tables at the black-tie gala event are sold, with just eight of the 40 still available.

For tables ordered after the end of today, the price will be $1957 plus GST, rather than the $1870 plus GST discounted price. Continue reading “Early bird pricing for IMVIA 25th closing soon.” »

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