Archives for Engineering and science

This a selection of John’s recent work. All his travel stories are published at:

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  • Volting ambition July 20, 2014

    Alison Andrew is a rare creature for an engineer; she’s as interested in people as much as in building things.

    Rare also that in a world where men still hold most of the top jobs ...

  • Collaborative Approach July 12, 2014

    Christchurch’s Mayor, Lianne Dalziel, is a big fan of engineers. They are the problem solvers, she says.

    But this hasn’t always been so. As a law student she and her fellows looked down on ...

  • Inspire innovate instigate May 13, 2014

    At its boldest, the concept of innovation, if fully applied as a philosophy, may well transform the world and the way we think about it.

    In its more minimalist mode, innovation is an incremental approach ...

  • Up Memory Lane December 11, 2013

    The cable car that runs from Wellington’s main shopping street of Lambton Quay to Kelburn, the hill above, is a beloved icon of the city. It is also an engineering feat of some magnitude, ...

  • Roads of National Significance December 10, 2013

    More money than ever before is being spent on the nation’s main roads in the name of economic growth and improved productivity.

    The Roads of National Significance programme (RONS) is tangible evidence of the National-led ...