PRIME PUMP: When you need to over-pump an entire river

Gravel deposits swept into Nelson City’s largest river after flooding in August last year exposed the city to what was described by experts as an unreasonable flood risk. As such, local environment infrastructure firm Nelmac was tasked to remove gravel build-up and instal a flood wall to reduce erosion at a natural turn in theContinue reading “PRIME PUMP: When you need to over-pump an entire river”


Upper Nihotupu Dam back in business after repairs to flood-damaged watermain Watercare’s 100-year-old Upper Nihotupu Dam is again supplying water to Aucklanders after its raw watermain suffered damage during the Anniversary Weekend storm. The Upper Nihotupu raw watermain that carries dam water to the Huia Water Treatment Plant was damaged by landslips in multiple placesContinue reading “DAM GOOD…”


Watercare’s $1.2b Central Interceptor project sees busiest year There’s nothing like a tunnel boring machine (TBM) shaft break-through to get the blood pumping. And the recent completion of the first link sewer to connect to Watercare’s main Central Interceptor tunnel was the cause of real celebration for the whole 500-strong project team. t’s the firstContinue reading “ON A ROLL…”


Adapting at speed, when the worst happens When Cyclone Gabrielle wrought havoc across the Hawke’s Bay, the Regional Council faced the challenge of getting their overwhelmed stormwater network back up and running. Over 780mm of rain fell in nine hours. Flood waters breached stop banks, submerged pump stations and inundated the network with water andContinue reading “PRIME PUMP…”


Barber Grove to Seaview Wastewater Treatment Plant pipe duplication project Wellington Water and McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd have partnered together in a key infrastructure project to strengthen the Hutt Valley’s wastewater network in preparation for future growth and to reduce the risk of wastewater entering the environment in the event of a major earthquake. AgeingContinue reading “WELLINGTON WATER AND MCCONNELL DOWELL….”


‘Town of the Future’ to leap state highway Dubbed the “Town of the Future” 50 years ago by then Prime Minister Norman Kirk, Rolleston, south of Christchurch, is about to take its next big leap into the future says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. As part of the Government’s NZ Upgrade Programme, around $125 millionContinue reading “BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR ROLLESTON…”

Super size me…

WATERCARE’S CENTRAL INTERCEPTOR WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT TUNNELS ON As Māngere residents go about their lives, deep below ground magic is happening says New Zealand’s largest company in the water and wastewater industry, Watercare. The company supplies more than 400 million litres of water to Auckland every day. Watercare’s tunnel boring machine (TBM), Hiwa-i-te-Rangi is currentlyContinue reading “Super size me…”

Phoenix Metalman continues rise in NZ’s recycling market

Phoenix Metalman Recycling has announced the acquisition of General Metal Recyclers Limited (GMR). GMR has two sites located in Wellington and Levin, extending Phoenix Metalman’s nationwide recycling presence to 12 sites in total – adding to its 10 locations positioned in: Kamo, Whangarei, West Auckland, Penrose, Otahuhu, East Tamaki, Takanini, Hamilton, Kaiapoi and Christchurch. PhoenixContinue reading “Phoenix Metalman continues rise in NZ’s recycling market”

UK-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement welcomed

A leading Welsh manufacturer of patented concrete formwork systems, K-Form, has issued a statement welcoming the Department for International Trade’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with New Zealand. “As a Welsh manufacturer, we applaud the government in its efforts of securing this trade deal with New Zealand,” says Amanda Amoui, managing director at K-Form. “We believeContinue reading “UK-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement welcomed”