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National Environment Standard

National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health At the start of this year The Ministry for the Environment introduced the new National Environmental Standard (NES) for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health came into force.  This NES relates to land which is actually or…

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Soil Contamination – What Lies Beneath?

By:  Craig McInnes I suspect that various government departments might be having a competition to see who can come up with the most unwieldy name for a document.  An early front-runner for 2012 would have to be the Ministry for the Environment’s National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human…

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Carl’s reflections on the Earthquakes

My reflections about how the earthquakes have changed our business since September 2010. Just to put things into context we at Fox & Associates are very lucky.  There was no loss of life and any physical damage we have individually suffered has been relatively minor.  However in saying this everything we knew about Christchurch has…

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Christchurch our lovely City – by David Fox

This is a copy of an article by David that was published in the Chamber of Commerce “Update – rebuild” document on 10th June. The site for the city of Christchurch was selected by Captain Thomas in the late 1840’s with the design and layout completed shortly thereafter – a seriously challenging task for Canterbury’s…

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Drama with Telecom

Oh, the drama we’ve had with Telecom! Suffice it to say that most of the Telecom people I dealt with were very nice. But it’s obviously such a bohemoth that they dont really know what they’re doing. At one stage I got transferred to one section of Telecom “because they’ll be able to sort it…

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Housing Affordability

By:  Mike Martin You might have heard some grumblings about housing affordability recently.  It’s obviously true that we’ve come to the end of a period of significant rise in the value of our housing stock and for some the increased asset value is good, but for others it has meant that buying their own home has become…

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The Bill

By:  David Fox An unfortunate political arrangement drives the proposed Marine and Coastal Act Bill. There are a lot of issues and matters that upset each and every one of us, but most we let slide by. The Select Committee I had never felt sufficiently moved to appear before a select committee before but in…

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Restrainers – who needs ’em?

By:  Michael Martin Over the Christmas break I read the following quote that set me thinking: “the age of heroism” will be followed by the decline of the “expanders” and the rise of the “restrainers.” Now, to be fair, in its original context “heroes, expanders and restrainers” are about growth and resource use – click…

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Best and worst performing Street types

An interesting article about street types….. If you live on a street called The Strand then you’re on a street type that has the highest average house value – over $1.4m. At the other end of the scale, if your house is on a Line, Belt or Street then your street type is amongst the…

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How to rebuild our Communities?

The Chinese use these two symbols to write the word ‘crisis’. One symbol means danger; the other opportunity.  In a crisis be aware of the danger but recognise the opportunity” – Richard Nixon Back in November 2008 we used this quote in our newsletter.  This was used at the time in respect of the impending…

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