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ALAN TITCHALL looks at the relationship between an up-and-coming civil contractor and a young racing car driver with an eye on Bathurst. MARK NEILSON, managing director of MWN Civil, says it's one of the best business moves he has made since setting up his contracting company a decade ago and it has nothing to do with shifting dirt. “I know nothing about motorsport, but I do know something about starting companies, running teams and having support from family and friends. “When the opportunity came up to help Brad Lathrope and his racing team, I saw a connection; my team and his team just .... READ MORE HERE...

Featured photo: SIR GEORGE GREY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, AUCKLAND LIBRARIES It is a now a direct, all-sealed, and exceptionally scenic link between Queenstown and Wanaka, but Otago's Crown Range Road is perhaps more famous for a pub built on the original miner's track in 1863. THE DRUNKARDS' LAMENT ‘By the Dry Cardrona' briefly had the town of that name, and the Crown Range Road that served it, sharing the spotlight in the 1950s – thanks to poet James Keir (Hemi) Baxter. By then reduced to a single country pub and the remains of the old butcher's shop, Cardrona survived as just .... READ MORE HERE...

Fergus Gammie explains the meaning of ‘transport' from his role as the Transport Agency's new 
chief executive. By RICHARD SILCOCK. QUIETLY SPOKEN but confident perhaps best describes Fergus Gammie, the new chief executive of the Transport Agency. He took over the role in March this year, having moved back here from Australia. Since then he says has been reacquainting himself with the transport sector, meeting with key organisations and listening to staff at NZTA offices around the country. He grew up in the Wairarapa, attended Rathkeale College and went on to Victoria University in Wellington, graduating with a BA. He also attended...

The third article in our series on the roading big picture focuses on a NZ Transport Agency commissioned report on big project pavement quality. By ALAN TITCHALL. LAST YEAR the New Zealand Transport Agency commissioned Chris Olsen Consulting to prepare a report on pavement quality on its state highway network projects. The findings were delivered in a 26-page document called ‘Collecting Information on the Pavement Quality Of Construction Projects', and presented to the Transport Agency in November 2015. It was thought that the report might have been discussed at the Transport Agency/NZIHT roading conference at Waitangi late last year....

‘Towards world leading road operation, construction and maintenance' is the focus of the upcoming 2016 NZTA/NZIHT Conference. This annual conference is being held from Sunday October 30 – Tuesday November 1 at the Dunedin Centre. The organisers say: “We are delivering one of the largest land transport infrastructure programmes of recent times and it is essential that we use the most efficient and effective tools and techniques to deliver this. “At the same time, the country-wide roll out of our new Network Outcome Contracts (NOCs) for operating and maintaining the highway network is nearing completion. “Both these tasks demand a...
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Local Government

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