News

27 September 2010 - 14:40

Prime Minister John Key announced on World Tourism Day, 23 September 2010, that funding of $13.9 million has been approved for five more cycle trails forming part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail project.

ViaStrada, which continues to have significant involvement with the project, welcomes this news which means that all of the planned eighteen Great Rides have now had their funding confirmed.

24 September 2010 - 11:06

In response to a number of enquiries from architectural firms, housing companies, and residential, commercial and industrial developers seeking further clarification of the process, the costs and benefits and some concrete examples of streamline applications lodged, we've put together a guide on the process and provided some examples of our streamline reports.

To find out more, view our streamline consent page.

10 September 2010 - 09:44

With the Canterbury region's focus shifting from the earthquake aftermath to recovery, ViaStrada is looking at how it can assist with expediting the building and resource consent processes for those wanting to rebuild their premises. 

This article looks at some of the options available and provides updates on any changes to these processes they come to hand.

Read more here.

5 September 2010 - 19:46

Thanks for all your support! We are still experiencing mostly-minor aftershocks, but (as of Monday 13 September) are back in the office. Business is slowly returning to normal!

26 August 2010 - 12:06

Standards New Zealand has completed a review of the New Zealand Standard for Land development and subdivision engineering, NZS 4404:2004. The Standard covers earthworks, roads, drainage, water supply, services, and landscaping, and is a guide to good practice. It sets out design objectives to be achieved and specifications that can be used as a means to comply with those objectives. For further information and assistance, contact Lisa Williams or Jeanette Ward.

11 August 2010 - 14:22

ViaStrada has begun a programme of professional development with Christchurch City Council's graduate civil engineers. Under the programme, the engineers work for six weeks with ViaStrada, as part of their general experience preparing for IPENZ certification as chartered professional engineers. Within the council, they will work in a variety of fields including traffic engineering, transportation planning, civil engineering, roading, drainage and structural design. ViaStrada is the first consultancy to be used by CCC in this fashion.

10 August 2010 - 10:46

At the recent 2010 Walking and Cycling Awards, Whakatane's District Council was awarded the ViaStrada Best Practice Walking Facility award, for its Warren Cole Walk and Cycleway. The 2.1 km all weather facilty links the Whatakane River Bridge to the Whakatane Gardens and CBD.

Other Golden Foot award winners are identified on the Living Streets Aotearoa website.

20 July 2010 - 17:15

The world's largest cycling conference, Velo-City, was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 22 to 25 June 2010. The conference, attended by ViaStrada director Andrew Macbeth, was attended by over 1,000 people from 60 countries.

When a city has many pedestrians and cyclists, you know it's a civilised place. Not only does Copenhagen boast one of the highest cycling mode shares (37% of work and school trips are by bike), more than half of its cyclists (55%) are female. A high level of women and girls cycling is a good indicator of high-quality cycling facilities and urban design.

12 May 2010 - 19:59

ViaStrada is proud to support the 2010 Golden Foot (walking) awards and Cycle Friendly Awards. Best practice (organisations and facilities) should be celebrated and emulated! Nominations for the walking awards close soon...

11 May 2010 - 12:50

At three years of age, ViaStrada is now a significant part of the traffic engineering and planning landscape, particularly in Christchurch and Nelson, but also in other parts of New Zealand. We have developed a vision for ViaStrada, as part of our business planning: To be the best traffic engineering and planning consultancy in New Zealand. Read more about our vision, purpose and values.