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NZ’s water systems vulnerable to climate change – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 27th, 2017.

New Zealand’s wastewater and stormwater infrastructure have asset values well over $20 billion, but much of it was not designed to withstand the challenges climate change will bring, from sea level rise to the predicted changes in rainfall frequency and intensity. A new report from the Deep South National Science Challenge and Motu Economic and […]

Prof Shaun Hendy on cities and innovation

John Kerr posted in on July 24th, 2013.

Prof Shaun Hendy (Victoria University of Wellington and Callaghan Innovation) looks at the relationship between city size and smarts in an article for Unlimited. An excerpt (read in full here): Sex, (ideas) and the city Where are you most likely to have a good idea? On the train to work in the morning, or during […]

SMC Briefing: Electric car technology

John Kerr posted in on June 20th, 2012.

Electric vehicles are now a global reality, but what are the market and regulatory challenges we face in creating an infrastructure to support them? The Science Media Centre held a media briefing exploring the reality and potential of electric vehicles in  New Zealand ahead of the APEC Electric Vehicle Connectivity Workshop and expert meeting at […]

Expert response to Maui pipeline leak

John Kerr posted in on October 27th, 2011.

A leak in the Maui natural gas pipeline has caused a large outage of gas dependent services in the North Island, affecting businesses, hospitals and the dairy industry. Late Monday evening, a rupture was identified in the Maui gas pipeline near White Cliffs and Pukearuhe in the Taranaki Region. It is assumed that the 13cm […]

Building design in wake of Canterbury quakes

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 29th, 2011.

What does earthquake damage to buildings and structures during the Christchurch earthquakes mean for building design in the future? A new information paper launched today brings together the science and engineering expertise of several organisations — the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ), the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), the Structural Engineering Society […]

NZ Herald: Pacific coastal disaster risk to be assessed

Peter Griffin posted in on February 11th, 2010.

Eloise Gibson of the NZ Herald reports that GNS scientists will be spending the next 6 months travelling around the Pacific to assess the risk to infrastructure of another major natural disaster. The infrastructure to be looked at will include roads, houses, pipes and workplaces, with particular reference to the placement of much of the […]

Dissecting the Government’s infrastructure package

Peter Griffin posted in on February 11th, 2009.

The Government today outlined a $500 million package of spending that will fast track schools, roading and housing projects with the aim of keeping people in work through the recession. But how significant is the package in terms of the spending on infrastructure already underway in New Zealand each year? The SMC asked experts in […]

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