NZ-UK Free Trade Agreement – What does this mean for NZ’s Construction Industry?

On October 20, 2021, New Zealand and the United Kingdom reached agreement in principle on the key elements of a new free trade agreement between the two countries. While most covered related to the eventual gains by NZ’s food and wine industries, there will also be an impact on the construction industry writes Dentons Kensington Swan.

NBS, negligent misstatement and a duty of care

By Stuart Robertson, partner, Andrea Lim, solicitor, and Marlan Praba, law graduate, at Dentons Kensington Swan The NBS Rating System (NBS) is an evaluation procedure used by engineers as a means of assessing the ability of existing buildings to withstand earthquake loads from a life safety perspective. The NBS and its complex nature, however, hasContinue reading “NBS, negligent misstatement and a duty of care”

3D printing human 2.0

By Dr Juan Schutte, R&D engineer at UoA’s Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab The opening scene of HBO’s Westworld contains awe-inspiring scenes where robots (aided by the dramatic musical score) work to replicate and manufacture humans and animals. This concept of recreating/manufacturing human anatomy is extremely popular within science fiction. Much like the evolutionContinue reading “3D printing human 2.0”

Adoption of construction 4.0 worth $8 billion and likely to increase national GDP by up to 1%

By Dr Troy Coyle, HERA CEO Industry 4.0 is driving an unprecedented transformation across global industry, as new technologies promise to save time, boost productivity, reduce waste, expand business models, and be more responsive to fast-changing environments and consumer demands. While companies have the opportunity to position themselves at the forefront of this new wave,Continue reading “Adoption of construction 4.0 worth $8 billion and likely to increase national GDP by up to 1%”

The power of the niche

By Daniel Taylor, head of manufacturing, NZTE How to sustainably build a business is an interesting conundrum for manufacturers.New Zealand is a small domestic market, so if that’s your target, there’s possibly value in being a generalist. When you look offshore and start thinking about making your way internationally however, the power of the nicheContinue reading “The power of the niche”