Podcasts, videos, radio interviews, and tv appearances by New Zealand's Independent Research Organisations
Podcasts and audio
HERA: Weathering Steel
30 September 2020: In this episode of Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with with Raed El Sarraf. Raed El Sarraf is the Technical Principal – Materials & Corrosion with WSP in New Zealand.
Raed has extensive experience in corrosion engineering and asset integrity management of structural steel (and other metallic) structures. This includes durability assessments, specifying protective coatings systems, and detailing the correct use of corrosion resistant materials, such as weathering and stainless steels. He has also been involved in the publication of a number of articles, papers, and guidance documents in Australasia. These include the New Zealand and Australian versions of the Weathering Steel Guide for Bridges, as well as the New Zealand and Australian versions of the Steelwork Corrosion and Coatings Guide.
HERA: Who wins in a fire – Steel vs Timber?
17 September 2020: In this episode of Stirring the Pot, HERA talks with Associate Professor Charles Clifton from the University of Auckland. Charles is currently engaged in an ongoing funded research project on the development of composite structural assemblies as well as being involved in ongoing development of the seismic and fire research topics.
Arguably one of New Zealand’s leading researchers on the topic, Charles sheds some light on the burning question of who wins in a fire – Steel vs Timber.
RNZ: Nailing down the true cost of new build defects
14 September 2020: RNZ Nine to Noon. Michael Bealing from the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) and Matthew Curtis from BRANZ talk with Kathryn Ryan from Radio New Zealand about the economic cost of quality defects.
A new report puts the cost of having to fix defects in new house builds at $2.5b each year. The figure's been hammered out by the NZIER in an analysis of direct costs to the construction industry of quality defects, as well as the indirect effects on productivity and housing supply.
So when and where do the defects occur? And what would be the benefits of eliminating them?
Video and tv
TVNZ Breakfast (TV1) – Covid-19 vaccine for New Zealanders needs to be the 'right' one, expert warns
31 August 2020: With the search on for a Covid-19 vaccine for New Zealanders, an expert is warning we need to make sure it's the "right" one.
Professor Graham Le Gros, who heads the Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand – Ohu Kaupare Huaketo, told TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning any vaccine needed to be safe and able to be easily manufactured.
Te Karere TVNZ – Simplified asthma pump considered particularly beneficial for Māori, Pasifika
24 August 2020: A new analysis of a study on treating asthma has found a simplified “2 in 1” asthma pump is particularly beneficial for Māori and Pasifika, who suffer greatly from the respiratory disease. Te Karere TVNZ's Eruera Rerekura reports on research by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ).
Research into using wool for masks
18 August 2020: Sarah's Country: Lincoln Agritech is adopting technology to utilise wool in biodegradable protective masks as part of the country’s covid response. New materials group manager Rob Kelly will explain.