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Pinesong: Passive Fire planning from the outset

Pinesong: Passive Fire planning from the outset Pinesong is a Metlifecare Retirement Village nestled in glorious gardens and native bush in Auckland’s Green Bay. Featuring spacious, up-market apartments and townhouses, Pinesong offers its residents wonderful views, breath taking outlooks and outstanding facilities. When Metlifecare engaged architects Peddle Thorp to substantially redevelop an existing three level […]

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SFPE President’s Report 2019 – Michael James

SFPE President’s Report 2019 – Michael James This report was presented by Michael at the FireNZ 2019 Conference as he concluded his term as President of SFPE (NZ). This is the end of my two year term as President and it is an opportunity to review what we have achieved in the last two years […]

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Passive fire protection – restrict, slow, contain

This is what passive fire protection is all about. Restrict, slow, contain – flames, gasses and smoke. When we think about fire safety, we think about fire alarms, sprinklers and good fire safety management practices. Top of mind in active fire safety is efficient escapes, fires put out and adjacent buildings being saved. Less likely […]

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Fire Engineering for Private Car Collection

Fire engineering for a warehouse that became a beautiful barn – a special space for a private car collection. There’s a special rental and storage space for a superb private car collection at Silverdale’s Highgate Business Park that was conceived as a warehouse and emerged as a sophisticated, modern barn with timber clad walls and an iron […]

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Library Lane Albany

Library Lane Albany – one stunning development Library Lane, just 20 minutes from Auckland’s CBD, is described as offering “all the advantages of urban living, but with easy access to nature and the gentle-paced lifestyle of Albany Village. Striking contemporary architecture, stylish interiors and a sensitive use of space all come together in one stunning development.” […]

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Welcoming in the Year of the Pig

On February 5 we celebrated Lunar New Year, the first new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The New Year has ushered in the Year of the Pig. In the Chinese zodiac each year is assigned an animal in a repeating 12-year cycle. After the Rat, the […]

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Time to Reflect

This year our Christmas party was held at local eatery Artusi, in their lovely outdoor gazebo in Remuera Village. We started with a game of ‘guess which famous person I am’ where we asked each other only yes/no questions. This was a great way to introduce ourselves to all our guests and make everyone feel […]

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Joining Auckland Zoo’s Future Journey

Auckland Zoo has reduced its admission prices as it progresses the biggest and most exciting development in its history – an expansive new precinct for South East Asian wildlife and a world-class immersive experience for visitors to open in 2020. The $50million+ South East Asia precinct in the centre of the Zoo is part of […]

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Coordination and communication for efficiency, compliance and success

At the FIRENZ Conference Michael James made the case for more communication and greater collaboration throughout the design process to ensure safety compliance is a logical outcome for all parties involved in the project. Michael observed that when architects and engineers work well together, design projects are more efficient, compliant and successful. “This applies whether […]

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Stepping up for the Steptember Challenge

The Steptember Challenge – Origin Get Moving As summer is just around the corner Origin Fire wanted to encourage staff to get fit and healthy. We decided to get on board to take 10,000 steps each day for 28 days through September. The challenge was called Steptember – Cerebral Palsy’s International Fundraiser. We formed two […]

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