This is the story of a small country at the end of the world. When the first immigrants arrived in New Zealand after a voyage of 20,000 kilometres and four months at sea they found a country whose landscape was virtually untouched.
The first engineering structures were lighthouses to guide the way for those that followed. From then until today civil engineers have set their stamp on New Zealand in steel and stone, concrete and timber. Their innovation and skill has been responsible for much of the prosperity this country enjoys today.
This is the story of Civil Engineering in New Zealand. It is told as a six part video series written and presented by Ian Gunn, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Auckland, and produced and directed by Kerry Fowler, Pandora Productions.
The video series is presented in the six posts following this Introduction.
Part 1: Timber Stone and Water
Part 2: Gold – Yellow and Black
Part 3: The Way Through
Part 4: Against the Elements
Part 5: Designs for Probabilities
Part 6: The Environment, Engineering and the Community