There’s no option B(ee)

19 September 2019 Chloe Brigden

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An innovative design approach is connecting Aucklanders to nature’s pollinators in a way that benefits community and the environment

Presently, there is no machine, technology or device that can cross-pollinate crops to the same efficiency that our species of pollinators can. 

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Green water workforce training

19 September 2019 Chloe Brigden

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WSP Opus and Auckland Council have joined forces to address the growing skills gap and improve water quality, a move that will result in savings to ratepayers and offer a more sustainable approach to stormwater management. 

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Insights : Evaluating Diversity in NZ's Water Sector.

17 September 2019 Chloe Brigden

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A recent survey undertaken by Water New Zealand and WSP Opus water experts, Troy Brockbank and Liam Foster has uncovered some interesting discrepancies between the water sector and wider industry concerning diversity in the workplace. 

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Insight: Dated labour laws deter women from STEM

10 September 2019 Chloe Brigden

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A recent visit to Korea and networking with women from different backgrounds has led to some dramatic insights for WSP’s Rochelle Kirby, Mechanical Graduate Engineer.

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

10 September 2019 Chloe Brigden

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Te Reo Māori has been an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand since 1987, and is a taonga (unique cultural treasure) for all New Zealanders to enjoy.

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Australasian award for Margaret Mahy Family Playground

2 September 2019 Kate Palmer

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An iconic project that has bought laughter and joy into the heart of post-earthquake Christchurch has received recognition from Australia's leading municipal engineering body - the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA).
 
Tākaro ā Poi - Margaret Mahy Family Playground – was a key part of the Christchurch regeneration. It is the biggest play project undertaken in New Zealand and is the largest playground in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
Last week, at its biannual awards, IPWEA gave the project top honours in the Best Public Works Project over $5.0m section which had 14 finalists from across Australasia.
 
This is the latest in a long list of award wins for the remarkable project that infused the CBD with hope and life. Technical Principal - Landscape Architecture Catherine Hamilton was the Project Design Leader and says it was a privilege to work on the project that transformed an entire city block from ruins into a vibrant public space for play.
 
“The project site had been laid bare by the effect of the earthquakes and I started imagining what was involved in creating a new landscape. I wanted to represent the diverse landscapes of Canterbury - wetlands, plains, coastal edges and the Port Hills - and these are all reflected in the different play zones.”
 
Catherine, who has been involved in numerous playground and park projects in her career, says that in creating a place for children, play value needs to be central in design decisions.
 
“What are the things that will develop a child physically, cognitively and socially, and how can we create all of those stimuli within the site to build stronger, more confident children? How can we encourage children to reach and overcome their fears, and learn to manage risk? In every design decision that’s made we think about how children will interact, how it will challenge them physically, how it will stimulate their imaginations.”

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Diversity key to the future of engineering

30 August 2019 Kate Palmer

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Image: WSP Opus engineers and talent managers connect with SPIES

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Dangerous driving spot sees NZ-first safety innovation

30 August 2019 Kate Palmer

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Users of a notorious Waikato intersection will benefit from an innovative road safety solution – the first of its kind in New Zealand.

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Passionate restoration gets judges tick

30 August 2019 Oliver Hill

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A restoration project for one of Canterbury’s prized buildings carried out by WSP Opus and Higgs Construction has been recognised with a swathe of industry awards.

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