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Last week we were delighted to go ahead with the Water Asset Management Forum – both in person with COVID Level 2 rules in place, and online. It was the inaugural event, co-hosted by IPWEA NZ and Water New Zealand. It was a full day, including an open discussion over lunch on the Three Waters Reform. The networking dinner on the Wednesday night allowed for networking with many of the presenters who were in attendance. The opening had a strong focus on Te Mana O te Wai and the importance water plays in the circle of life and its significance in Maori culture and therefore Aotearoa as discussed by Tina Porou. Smart metering ...
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Kia ora koutou Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced this week that the Government will legislate the three waters reform to apply to all councils. This will provide certainty for councils and, importantly, those professionals (council team members, consultants, and contractors) now involved in delivering three waters services for our communities across Aotearoa. Our weekly eNews here sets out the key announcements of importance to our IPWEA NZ members. IPWEA NZ has been working with the Department of Internal Affairs on the reforms emphasising the importance of competency and capability development in, and deployment of, asset management best practices ...
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This morning, Minister Mahuta announced that the three waters reform programme will proceed with an ‘all in’ legislated approach in order to provide certainty for all communities on the pathway forward.     This approach supports the view that the case for change is compelling and that to pause the reforms now would result in at least a decade’s delay in addressing the shortfalls in and constraints on water infrastructure investment.  As pointed out in our IPWEA NZ joint letter to the Minister (available  here ), these shortfalls have been well understood and identified for at least 20 years without rectifying action.   Also announced today is the ...
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What is it with people wanting to live in the past! By: Anonymous Fleet Manager I tell you, if some of the people I’ve met lately had their way we’d be fashioning horseshoes in the forge and putting steel tyres on wagon wheels! Change is inevitable and we need to be at the front end holding the reins – not at the back cleaning up the manure! – Have I taken the horse analogy too far? Seriously – Lets grasp new technology and all the potential benefits. The diagnostic equipment that is available, the smart electrical systems on new vehicles, new high performing engines, smart control systems on plant, electric vehicle batteries, even management apps ...
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Genesis Presents Vision for Sustainable Future Genesis unveils the blueprints for electrification of its entire vehicle lineup to usher in sustainable future Under the dual electrification strategy, all new vehicles will be purely electric starting from 2025 with fuel cell EVs and battery EVs Genesis plans to become a 100 percent zero emission vehicle brand by 2030 and aims to become carbon neutral by 2035 2 September 2021 Genesis globally announced the vision of electrification for a sustainable future with the live stream release of its vision statement film, “Futuring Genesis,” available here . Since its launch in 2015, Genesis has been ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Virtual Fleet Management Workshop . The Virtual Fleet Management Workshop will include a mix of interactive professional development sessions and industry briefings in an easy to access on-line format. You will still be able to participate and ask questions of the presenters from the comfort of your office or home. The workshop will run from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm AEDT on Tuesday, 26 October 2021. Fleet Management Certificate . The IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate is a recognised industry qualification addressing key principles and practices to effectively and efficiently manage ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET It’s well worth being part of the upcoming Virtual Fleet Management Workshop I’m looking forward to our Virtual Fleet Management Workshop to be held on Tuesday 26 October. This is the second year that we have run the workshop in a virtual format due to travel restrictions. The format has proven to be very effective and opens up availability to not only those in lock down but also fleet practitioners in more remote areas. Past participants have told us that they like a mix of training, industry information and to hear from other fleet practitioners at these events and we’ve managed to build that into the program again ...
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Australians ready to embrace electric cars and want their pollies to back the switch: Poll Originally published by the Electric Vehicle Council, 7 October 2021 A majority of Australians are ready to get behind the wheel of an electric car and want their governments to back the switch, according to an exclusive new poll of over 3000 car buyers. The poll was created by the Electric Vehicle Council and conducted via leading car sale and review website carsales.com.au during July. Key findings from survey respondents include: 54 per cent would consider purchasing an electric vehicle as their next car 49 per cent see themselves driving an electric ...
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IPWEA FLEET Survey 2021 – Informative Results By Ken Goldberg – Consultant, IPWEA FLEET The results of the IPWEA FLEET Sustainability Survey 2021 are soon to be presented at the Virtual Fleet Management Workshop on Tuesday, 26 October 2021. The survey gave fleet practitioners an opportunity to provide a response on Sustainable Fleet Management. It covered several areas including business strategies and policies, fleet performance monitoring, trip planning, efficient vehicle use, and emissions to name a few of the areas the fleet community have expressed interest in providing feedback. The good news is that this was the best response we’ve had to ...
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In the last month the Future for Local Government Review panel released its interim report Ārewa ake te Kaupapa – Raising the platform. (futureforlocalgovernment.govt.nz) The panel has identified that in designing the most effective system of local governance for New Zealand’s future, several key questions will need to be considered: How should the system of local governance be reshaped so it can adapt to future challenges and enable communities to thrive? What are the future functions, roles and essential features of New Zealand’s system of local government? How might a system of local governance embody authentic partnership under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ...
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Otago Southland Branch welcomes new Chair Quinton Penniall IPWEA NZ are delighted to welcome the new chair of Otago Southland Branch, Quinton Penniall. We asked Quinton a few questions to get to know more about him and his vision for Otago Southland Branch. Tell us a bit more about yourself Kia ora koutou I’m Quinton Penniall the new Otago Southland Branch Chair. I am currently living in Cromwell with my wife and our two dogs, I am passionate about public infrastructure - it is instrumental in helping communities prosper and thrive now and into the future, mindful that it’s my future too. I have understood IPWEA’s value since I presented ...
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Kia ora koutou Let’s face it AGM’s can be a bit, well, boring.  Not so the 2021 IPWEA NZ zoom version!  Last week we ushered in a range of changes that are set to take IPWEA NZ into a new phase of supporting the asset management profession in Aotearoa - with resounding support from the attendees. First, we formalised our new IPWEA NZ Vision and Mission:  Sustainable communities enabled by public asset management excellence – (that’s our vision – what we aspire to achieve) by representing, developing and enhancing the public asset management profession for Aotearoa (that’s our mission – what we will do to achieve our vision).  Our new vision and mission underpin ...
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Kelly LaValley is the new Chair of the LDEG – Land Development Engineering Group .  Having been instrumental in the success of the 2021 LDEG Forum, we're excited to see her taking the Helm of the LDEG group and bring her energy and enthusiasm into this hugely important space.  Land Development Engineers encounter unique challenges in their work, and make decisions that can have real long-term impacts to communities and cities.  We asked her to share a little bit more about herself and her vision for LDEG going forward.... Tell us about yourself?    I am currently the Project Delivery Manager for Waimakariri District Council which sees me oversee at team ...
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NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2021-2022 At IPWEA NZ's 34th AGM on Friday 24 September, the board election results were announced. As a result, we are thrilled to welcome back Nicola Chisnall for another 1 year term, and to welcome first time Board members George Bowman, Steve Browning and Fleur Tytheridge . We are excited to welcome such expertise, experience and dynamism to the Board. George Bowman Since George gained his BSc (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of the West of England in 2015, his career has moved from strength to strength. He worked in Flood & Coastal Risk Management for ...
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Past President's distinguised service recognised at 2021 AGM At IPWEA NZ's 34th AGM on Friday 24th September, the members elected outgoing President Myles Lind as a Life Member, in recognition of his particularly outstanding and distinguished service to IPWEA NZ and to public asset engineering and management, both in Aotearoa and internationally. A Chartered Professional Engineer by trade, Myles has a Bachelor of engineering (Hons) and Certificate of Management. Myles' career has seen him hold a variety of senior leadership roles, including Manager of Asset Management at Queenstown Lakes District Council; Compliance and Performance Manager, Watercare ...
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Andrew Brickell Awarded Life Membership for Outstanding Services to IPWEA and the industry At IPWEA NZ's 34th Annual General Meeting on 24 September 2021, Andrew Brickell was awarded with Honorary Life Membership of IPWEA NZ, in recognition of his particularly outstanding and distinguished service to IPWEA NZ and its predecessors and to public asset engineering and management. ​ Since 2008, Andrew has been one of IPWEA NZ's principle course trainers, and has been responsible for delivering face to face training to 2,226 individuals who have attended 229 days of his IPWEA NZ and Ingenium’s NZS 3910, Engineer to the Contract, Engineer’s Representative ...
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Kia ora koutou All of NZ woke up in Level 4 today, which was an almost immediate but not unexpected transition, and what is needed to get ahead in this new COVID world. Thankfully much business activity can continue in ways that used to be impossible with video calls and working from home now part of our everyday professionals toolkit.  With much family, social, educational, business and cultural activity curtailed, it can be an emotional and reflective time. There is a lot of advice and assistance available to support you and your at home and at work teams – www.covid.govt.nz is a really good place to start with links to resources for business, mental ...
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DIA 3 Waters Update webinar recording On Friday 13 August IPWEA NZ and the Department of Internal Affairs hosted a webinar to deliver an update on the Three Waters Reform Programme. Over 100 people participated, we had excellent engagement and a very valuable Q+A session at the end. You can view the recorded webinar on our youtube channel: https://youtu.be/3NXyui0l9X4 To download the slides from the webinar, click here. The Regulatory Impact Analysis Department of Internal Affairs - Regulatory Impact Analysis - Decision on the reform of three waters service delivery arrangement – 30 June 2021 Deloitte report Deloitte ...
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We are thrilled to welcome onboard Zelda Botes, IPWEA NZ's new Governance and Administration Assistant. Zelda has only been onboard a couple of weeks, but her impact is already being felt, with her cheerful, friendly and proactive presence! We decided to put Zelda on the spot and asked her to share a few words to introduce herself to our members, she says: Hi, as the new Governance and Administration Assistant, I am very excited to be part of the dynamic IPWEA NZ team .  New Zealand has now been home to me and my family for the past 5 and a half years. For the last three and a half years I worked as the office manager for two pre-school centres in ...
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HOW HARD IS IT? By: Anonymous Fleet Manager How hard is it? You look at the odometer before you get out of the cab You fill the fuel tank You give the console operator the fuel card You TELL THE CONSOLE OPERATOR THE ODOMETER READING! However, this “complicated and onerous” process is apparently too much for many drivers. Just for background, we need the odometer reading of your car, ute, truck etc. so we can ensure it is maintained properly, understand its utilisation and plan for its replacement. By the way – having a guess doesn’t help! It’s amazing when I look at fuel reports how many odometer readings are round numbers – 25,000, ...
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