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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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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate goes from strength to strength With the latest round of COVID-19 lockdowns around the country, IPWEA has taken the decision to transfer this year’s planned face-to-face Fleet Management Workshops to a virtual event. We were all looking forward to getting back out in the field and catching up with everyone again, but restrictions on interstate travel have made this untenable. Instead, we will be running a Virtual Fleet Management Workshop on Tuesday 26 October 2021. The program will still cover the same range of professional development sessions and important industry updates. It is ...
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Fleet Practitioner Profile: Lee-Ann Kahl The fleet management industry has such a diverse range of people and roles, and everyone has a unique story of their journey in our industry. This month we caught up with Lee-Ann Kahl, Fleet and Fabrication Manager, Infrastructure and Environment Department, Ipswich City Council. FI: What have you gained and how do/did you feel doing the IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate course? LK: I completed the IPWEA Fleet Management Course at the same time as the Fleet Finance Partner. We both found the course to be very informative and helpful in fine tuning many of the practices Council already had in place. The bench ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Winter Webinar Series 2021 (WWS). IPWEA Fleet is currently hosting the highly successful WWS program for 2021 during the August and September timeframes. This is an opportunity for fleet practitioners and other key stakeholders to obtain knowledge that can be applied in a practical way to their organisation and community. The theme this year is called Making the EV Transition Happen. The 4-session online series is being run every other Thursday from August 5th through to September 16th, 2021. Session timing is from 11 am to 12 pm AEST. The session format includes 30-35 minutes presentation ...
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How to procure safe plant and equipment: a guide for local government By Matt Turner – Managing Director, Plant Assessor Safety is an important component to consider when purchasing a piece of plant and needs to be incorporated into both the pre and post purchase phases of an acquisition. The following information is designed to help plant owners fulfil their duty to implement a safe system of work for plant and equipment. Pre-purchase phase A procurement specification needs to be developed, which should include liaison with operators, and operations management, maintenance, and safety personnel. A procurement specification should consider the following ...
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What if you could snap your fingers and magically wake up every day with a smile on your face?   You’d do it in a heartbeat, right? Thing is, this sorcery exists, and you don’t even need to snap your fingers – or recite any hocus pocus. As detailed in a recent issue of Harvard Public Health, there’s an inextricable link between your health and your mood; improve one and you improve the other. Thankfully, even the tiniest lifestyle changes – swapping out a key part of your bedding or adopting a new way to cook (or not cook, in some cases) your vegetables – can bring about these magical mood boosting benefits. So, if you want to wake up every day with a smile ...
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Hello! I’m the brand new Membership Engagement Manager here at IPWEA NZ. It is a new role which I’m really excited to get stuck into, and hopefully I will get to know many of you. Prior to a year of quality time with our new baby I was working in communications in passenger rail as the Customer Experience and Communications Manager for Transdev. Working directly with customers and staff to improve their experience was a highlight in that role. Internally we rolled out an extremely popular staff app to get up to the minute information out to the team, particularly during rail disruptions and major changes such as COVID alert levels. I bring this customer-centric ...
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IPWEA NZ Welcomes New Product Manager Mike Curry We're excited to announce a new addition to our team here at IPWEA NZ, Product Manager Mike Curry.  Mike brings with him a wealth of experience, which he will apply to managing and developing of our products to meet the ever evolving needs of our members, the sector and communities.  We asked Mike to introduce himself, but because he is too humble to blow his own trumpet, we will also proudly add that he is award-winning at what he does. He also comes with a potplant called Robert, who grows so prolifically that he is regularly split off to provide off-cuts, could this be a new product in our product range? ...
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Tena Koutou During this time of Matariki we look to the stars to acknowledge joy and peace in our lives, remember past loved ones and celebrate new life.  It’s a special time for all of us as New Zealander’s, our communities, on behalf of IPWEA NZ we wish you a wonderful Matariki! I have many questions to ask, and news to share with you today.  Most topical for many of us right now is reform. Water reform and the announcement of four proposed new entities last week will be a period of uncertainty for many of our members.  We would like to support any concerns and your challenges as this changing of the landscape is lasting and profound, and can also ...
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Decarbonising with dogs

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Decarbonising with Dogs ~ By Sian Marek, Transportation Planner, AECOM Carbon emissions produced through transport need to be targeted to reduce their impact on the climate. There are many different ways to achieve this, such as through reducing the need to travel, denser land use, transitioning to electric vehicles, and increasing a mode shift to active mode use. Whilst there is not one simple solution, tackling carbon emissions will come from a range of initiatives. For each of these, it will require the right infrastructure being in place and a shift to encourage behavioural change. One immediate change that many can do is transitioning ...
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Congratulations to the recently announced finalists for the Hynds Best Paper Awards 2021. They are: - David Pattinson, Engineering Manager at McConnell Dowell - with his paper: Daldy Street Outfall - John Tetteroo, Principal Engineer at GHD Limited, co-presenting with Veenay Rambisheswar, Senior Manager, Auckland Transport - with their paper: Prioritising Road Water Quality Outcomes to Deliver Safe Waterways and Harbours - Rebekah Robertson, Disaster Risk and Resilience Specialist, copresenting with Alex Cartwright, Climate Change, Risk, & Emergency Management Consultant - both of Tonkin + Taylor, with their paper: How to communicate risk when ...
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Smartrak’s Corporate Mobility vision signals paradigm shift in fleet management Melbourne, Australia, May 28, 2021 – Smartrak believes the current fleet management environment is going to witness a shake-up in the near future. As proof of this assertion, the company points to three factors that will generate irresistible pressure to move beyond existing fleet management practices. Firstly, the ideas igniting debate around Corporate Mobility will fuel increasing demands by government bodies that businesses open up their fleet strategies to incorporate more civic benefits. Secondly, the explosive growth of the sharing economy has demonstrated that vehicles ...
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Does Your Mother Still Pick Up After You By: Anonymous Fleet Manager I don’t understand why some drivers think it’s ok to leave their rubbish in a pool car when they return it. Food wrappers, note paper, empty drink cans, even face masks – sometimes the inside of the car looks like a landfill site! When we first had to deal with COVID, people had a greater focus on hygiene – but old habits die hard, and we can soon drift back to the old ways. Well, it’s not acceptable! Maintain good hygiene and think about the next person to use the car – or face the consequences. To stop our Anonymous Fleet Manager (AFM) blowing a gasket, we created Internal Combustion, ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Winter Webinar Series 2021 (WWS). IPWEA Fleet will soon be presenting the highly successful WWS program for 2021 during the August and September timeframes. This is an opportunity for fleet practitioners and other key stakeholders to obtain knowledge that can be applied in a practical way to their organisation and community. The theme this year is called Making the EV Transition Happen . The 4-session online series will run every other Thursday from August 5th through to September 16th, 2021. Session timing is from 11 am to 12 pm AEST. The session format includes 30-35 minutes ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate goes from strength to strength As we publish this edition of FLEET intouch, we have just welcomed our second intake for the new IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate . It is very encouraging that both Course 2021/1 that commenced in February and the current Course, 2021/2, have been very well patronised with high participation numbers, but perhaps more importantly high completion rates. The compelling benefit of the IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate is its focus on practical, real-life knowledge and skills required by fleet practitioners to do their job effectively and efficiently. ...
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I’m also very pleased to announce that Thomas Brayley – Manager Plant Fleet Services at City of Logan, has been appointed to Chair of the IPWEA Fleet Council. The Fleet Council is an advisory committee of fleet experts from around Australia who provide guidance in best practice plant & vehicle management in support of the IPWEA Fleet program. Read more about Thomas’ appointment here.
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