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Stand up and move: is sitting the new smoking or bacon?

Sitting for long periods is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. This makes it a serious health and safety consideration with emerging awareness of its impacts. A range of studies show growing evidence for the serious consequences of pro-longed sitting.…

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Flashback project: the beauty of steel at Te Rewa Rewa – Novare Design | Fitzroy Engineering

Te Rewa Rewa iconic bridge design and development Client: New Plymouth District Council Duration: 2007 – 2010 Location: Taranaki, New Zealand Project value: NZD $2.85 million   Novare designed an iconic pedestrian and cycle way bridge that achieved economy and beauty simultaneously. Not only has this footbridge become a strong community symbol and tourist attraction…

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Notice – Welding consumable levy increase due to come into effect 1 February 2019

We’re pleased to announce that the Heavy Engineering Research Levy Notice 2018 has now been published and listed on the legislation.govt.nz website. This means a levy increase from 5c to 10c per kilogram of welding consumables is due to come into effect on 1 February 2019. We want to thank everyone who responded to our…

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Building real estate in innovation leadership

Property infrastructure is on our radar for the month of October. And, not surprisingly it got us to thinking about what infrastructure needs to be developed to create a better organisational leadership culture. To answer this, we took inspiration from the Founder of Doblin Larry Keely who said “Innovation is the elegant integration of many…

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Our NZ metals industry is the first to assess ourselves against Treasury’s Living Standards Framework

A new report commissioned by HERA shows that the NZ metals industry is a strong contributor to the NZ economy and the living standards of New Zealanders. It was prepared by leading economic research and consultancy company Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) using Treasury’s Living Standards Framework (LSF). We understand we’re the first industry…

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Use of NZ fabricated steel aligns well with ‘Shaping the Future of Construction’.

Shaping the Future of Construction: Insights to Redesign the Industry is a white paper released by the World Economic Forum in 2017. This paper identified six challenges to the future of construction: Project Delivery – creating certainty to deliver on time and on budget, and improving the productivity, quality and safety of the construction sector.…

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Five megatrends you need to know to deconstruct construction risk

What are the big five megatrends in construction risk? And how do they relate to our members? Last week, I attended the launch of the Willis Towers Watson Construction Risk Index (CRI). The results reiterate what our members are already telling us. They also reiterate what we are asking our members to consider. That is,…

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Why lean startup applies to you – even if you’re not a startup!

Lean startup is an innovation process with an unfortunate name. Although it is based on lean principles, it isn’t the same. And, although it was based on startup evidence, it also applies to businesses of all sizes, Government agencies and not-for-profits. It also applies to well established businesses who are well past the startup phase!…