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Well founded to be well funded

Preparing grant applications can be a daunting task requiring a lot of time and effort on the writer’s part. Having come out of three major funding applications prepared and submitted to government in the past three months (Regional Research Institute proposal, Research Partnerships proposal and Endeavour Research Programmes proposal), it’s safe to say – HERA…

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Auckland Transport – you got this one right!

In larger tenders, Government and most Public Sector Procurement Rules require best value for money rather than lowest cost as the decisive criteria – however despite this requirement best value for money (‘non-price’) criteria such as consideration of economic, social and environmental impact are seldom sought in the assessment of awarding such work. So, when…

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Radio NZ raise questions on structural bolts

As members may have heard from Radio New Zealand’s interview of Stewart Askey on 19 August 2016 -concerns have again been raised on the quality of steel imports. Whilst the interview was largely on steel products used in reinforced concrete construction, comments were made in the closing remarks about sub-standard structural bolts. The Kathryn Ryan-led interview outlined in a…

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Why a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude doesn’t work for Olympic athletes – or your business

If you’re like me – since the beginning of the 31st Olympic Games in Rio, you’ve been rushing home in the evenings to catch the highlights of the day’s events and see where New Zealand’s medal tally sits. The Olympics is an inspiring international sporting event hosting 207 nations in a celebration of sportsmanship and dedication,…