INDUSTRY 4.0 IS KEY TO SECTORAL TRANSFORMATION – WHERE TO START?

By Dr Troy Coyle, HERA CEO I previously shared the findings of HERA’s 2021 research report, with research conducted by BERL. It established the potential economic impact of Industry 4.0 uptake in the New Zealand construction sector could be as much as $8 billion over the next five years. The potential for individual businesses andContinue reading “INDUSTRY 4.0 IS KEY TO SECTORAL TRANSFORMATION – WHERE TO START?”

When can you reclaim items in a subsequent payment claim?

By Alice Newell, solicitor and Victoria Bortsova, solicitor In the recent case of George Developments Ltd v Canam Construction Ltd the Court has held that contractors can claim the same or similar items in subsequent payment claims. The Court of Appeal held that a contractor could reference work done previously or the overall completion ofContinue reading “When can you reclaim items in a subsequent payment claim?”

Australia: When differences matter

By Daniel Taylor, head of manufacturing, NZTE It might be the one market of scale where we enjoy geographic advantage, but we still see too many New Zealand manufacturers making the mistake of assuming just because New Zealand and Australia share a common language (more or less) and a love of sport that our marketsContinue reading “Australia: When differences matter”

Late knowledge date: when can you get an extra three years to file a claim?

By Stuart Robertson, partner and Victoria Bortsova, solicitor The right to sue someone must be utilised within the appropriate limitation period. Under the Limitation Act 2010 (Act) this has been standardised to no more than six years from the act or omission, being the breach. If the claimant was not initially aware of the actContinue reading “Late knowledge date: when can you get an extra three years to file a claim?”

Managing maintenance safety

By Craig Carlyle, director at Maintenance Transformations An awkward gap exists between our health and safety responsibilities and the reality in many traditional maintenance workshops across the country. Our responsibilities extend to maintenance departments having safe work instructions for reasonably predictable maintenance tasks, and safe work tools such as JSA’s for unplanned events. The theoryContinue reading “Managing maintenance safety”

Understand the Health & Safety at Work Act in NZ

By Craig Carlyle, director at Maintenance Transformations The Health & Safety at Work Act lays out a series of guides, codes and insightful best practices around which every health and safety measure should be based. In particular, the Act provides businesses with an understanding of who is responsible, what they should do, and how theyContinue reading “Understand the Health & Safety at Work Act in NZ”

Filing amended pleadings after the limitation date

By Stuart Robertson, partner and Victoria Bortsova, solicitor It is often the case that the original claims made in Court are amended as a case develops. The High Court decision in ‘Body Corporate 355492 v Queenstown Lakes District Council [2022] NZHC 687’ provides useful guidance into how the courts apply the limitation provision under theContinue reading “Filing amended pleadings after the limitation date”

The sustainable future of steel in construction – the latest steps

By Dr Troy Coyle, HERA CEO Sustainability in construction, particularly reducing carbon emissions, is a hot topic in New Zealand. Government-led initiatives such as Building for Climate Change are directing change within the sector. This framework proposes to set mandatory reporting and measurement requirements for whole-of-life carbon emissions, including from the materials used in construction,Continue reading “The sustainable future of steel in construction – the latest steps”

The USA: a big prize but beware of false assumptions

I believe one of NZTE’s great strengths is the in-market expertise we’re able to call on, and it was my pleasure recently to talk to one of these experts in a key market for New Zealand manufacturing exporters – the United States. Albert Costilo, a business growth advisor in NZTE’s Washington office, talked me throughContinue reading “The USA: a big prize but beware of false assumptions”

A new licencing regime for engineers

The regulation of engineers has achieved greater public attention in recent years, particularly following the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes and the lessons learned in the aftermath. To give the public confidence that professional engineers are acting within their area of competence and to provide greater protection for the public, a bill is in development thatContinue reading “A new licencing regime for engineers”