Overcrowding in Auckland schools

Auckland’s population growth has also meant an increase of students enrolled in schools, causing overcrowding. Such an example is Rowandale School in Manurewa which has seen a 30% increase of students since 2014 – an increase of 144 students to its total roll. In order to make space for more students, the school has had…

First Insolvency Working Group report released

This blog post was written by James McMillan, a partner at Kensington Swan specialising in insolvency and restructuring. Each year the construction industry is affected by a large number of insolvencies, ranging from the failure of small ‘one man band’ operations to large contractors and principals.  The effects of insolvency can be devastating on parties who…

Protests put Bakken pipeline work on hold

Following days of protests, developers of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline halted construction at the North Dakota site on Tuesday. The following day, a North Dakota federal court ordered the protesters to stop blocking the construction work. Several protesters had been charged with disorderly conduct or trespassing at a construction site. Also known as…

The real losers of the Olympics

When asking someone to describe the worst thing that’s happened at the Olympics, you may expect the answer to involve our underwhelming men’s sevens performance or this morning’s narrow defeat on the cycling track. On a more serious note, it has been hard to ignore a number of worrying issues in the lead up to…

Project Bayhill in Timaru

Timaru is welcoming a $42 million development overlooking Caroline Bay. The proposed development will include a six-floor office building incorporating food and beverage tenancies and commercial tenancies, single to three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, and 68 x 4 to 4.5 star hotel rooms. The project will be one of the biggest ever seen in Timaru. It…