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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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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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The benefits of a dedicated Asset Planning Division By Jono Ferguson-Pye Infrastructure Manager, Palmerston North City Council In November 2019 the Palmerston North City Council established a dedicated Asset Planning Division (APD) as part of a wider restructure of the Council’s Infrastructure Unit. Historically there had been a lack of resourcing and focus on asset management (AM) practice across the Council. The overarching purpose of the APD is to achieve the long-term benefits to the Council and the community of effective asset management practice. These benefits include improved accountability, sustainability, risk management, financial efficiency ...
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Many of us seem good at hiding our pain – Jehan Casinader Jehan Casinader harboured a secret during his celebrated TV career. He was struggling with depression. In his new book, "This Is Not How It Ends", he explains how he found a way through. Jehan is a keynote speaker at the 2021 IPWEA NZ and ACE New Zealand joint conference - Future-Fit Aotearoa , in Auckland, 7-9 September.  In this interview Jehan shares what he learnt from this challenging period in his life. What alerted you to the fact that you were suffering from depression?   It felt like a big black cloud had descended on me. That happened quite gradually, and in the beginning, I ...
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Making decarbonisation planning manageable by Markus Benter-Lynch More and more organisations are committing to becoming net zero carbon. However, the level of expertise and resources at the disposal of organisations seeking to become net zero carbon varies widely. This article provides some practical suggestions for organisations with complex carbon footprints, such as local councils and manufacturing businesses, but with limited resources, to develop a robust decarbonisation plan. The article is focused on reducing organisational emissions. It doesn’t address reducing embodied carbon emissions beyond the requirements of ISO 14064-1:2018 ...
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Infrastructure and politics – a fine balance How did you end up in the infrastructure sector? For me it started with a knack for maths and science and a desire to do something practical. So why is it, that in our engineering world of maths, science, logic and technical know-how, we are told that the skill we need most for the future is “political acumen”? At the 2020 NAMS Forum, keynote speaker Diane Edwards (Future Foresight Strategist) lists 'political acumen' in her top skill picks for asset managers. That’s quite the departure from my maths and science – am I the only one feeling a little ill-prepared for this future? Why do infrastructure professionals ...
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Morphum thrilled to sponsor IPWEA NZ’s Environment and Sustainability Award Morphum Environmental  is excited to announce our sponsorship of IPWEA NZ’s third Environment and Sustainability Award.  For the  2021 NZ Excellence Awards , IPWEA continue to recognise and commit to showcasing excellence in environment and sustainability, something Morphum is proud to support through sponsoring this award.  The aim is to promote examples of projects that have not only identified and managed environmental impacts but have also improved the quality of the environment in a tangible and ongoing way.  The award will be presented to the winner at the  IPWEA NZ Annual ...
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The buzz of face to face meetings – worth the wait! After several COVID-cancellations over 12 months, our Northern Branch meeting in Whangarei finally went ahead to much excitement We were all very excited to have our first face to face branch meeting in Whangarei on 6 May 2021 after numerous lockdowns.  Jointly hosted by Kaipara and Whangarei District Councils, a good mix of people were in attendance, including council staff, consultants, and contractors.  We spiced it up with young and more seasoned people alike.  A special award was given to Mick Jones for 50 years as an IPWEA NZ member (or half century).  His advice to younger members ...
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The bend in the road is not the end of the road, ……unless you fail to see it Industry leader insights, By Raveen Jaduram One of our emerging challenges is that society is increasingly gravitating towards the comfortable.  With comfortable, comes the notions of certainty. Change brings uncertainty and the anxiety that accompanies it.  The current Covid-19 pandemic across the globe is demonstrating the chaos that entails with something that was always known to be a possibility, but never assumed to be what would happen to “us”. There are two points that I wish to raise.  The first is our ability to sense and read the signals that ...
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Lessons Learned from Five Decades of Civil Engineering At the Northern Branch meeting on Thursday 6 May in Whangarei, Branch Chair Cushla Anich had the honour of presenting a special award to one of our members, Michael (Mick) Jones. As of 7 May 2021, Mick has been a member of IPWEA NZ for 50 years, since joining on 7th May 1971. Since his first job at the Ministry of Works in Dunedin in 1964, Mick has worked in councils and his own consultancy, up and down the length and breadth of the country. Mick took the time to share some reflections on his life in civil engineering. " In reflecting on over five decades of a civil engineering career I am still amazed ...
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Eyes to the horizon – CEO Column, April 2021 IPWEA NZ CE Murray Pugh shares some thoughts and reflections on the current state of play in Aotearoa's asset management sector.   Being a bit new to infrastructure and public asset management I have been especially intrigued by the current plethora of challenging questions being posed with eyes lifted to the 2050 horizon and beyond. While its refreshing to be thinking really hard beyond ourselves (and a 3 year election cycle) it doesn’t make the answers and decisions any easier. Take water reform for example. Districts that have past paid for and maintained their water infrastructure in top ...
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Are you a thought leader in climate change, sustainability, social responsibility, people and culture, digital and infrastructure innovations or risk? We're on the hunt for inspiring presenters to our national conference, Future-Fit Aotearoa . The 2021 joint ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ conference will attract around 350 consultants and engineers to Auckland in September. These people are professionals who are at the forefront of delivering critical infrastructure for our communities. They work alongside key influencers and decision-makers from central and local government who are involved in policy development and implementation. The conference will ...
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Member Profile: Matthew Smith 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 recognise Matthew Smith from Total Metering Services Pty Ltd for being awarded the 2021 IPWEA FLEET Award. This award is made to the highest ranked individual who completes the IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate in the preceding year. Matthew was recognised for his achievement at IPWEA’s recent virtual fleet conference. Matthew Smith is currently employed as the National Warehousing & Assets Manager for Total Metering Services Pty Ltd in Dubbo, NSW. The company is a ...
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Top 10 Novated Lease Vehicles in 2020 By Marc Sibbald, Fleet Auto News (originally published 23 March 2021) Fleet Auto News has contacted the top providers of novated leasing to find out which cars were the most popular with novated lease buyers in 2020. This annual survey highlights the changes in consumer preferences and market trends. It's released in March along with the annual Novated Leasing Guide. This list of popular novated lease vehicles reflects a true picture of consumer choice and new vehicle trends because they are all private purchases. They are using a novated lease to buy the car of their dreams with the accessories to match their ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Risk Based Replacement Tool Launch and Training . Join us for this interactive and immersive session on Risk-Based Replacement (RBR) and be provided with early access to the IPWEA RBR decision tool. This is an opportunity to learn about: The optimum replacement model Risk-Based Replacement and how it differs from traditional replacement planning Elements of a risk-based approach A model for risk-based replacement Each attendee will be provided with the easy to use and effective RBR tool developed by IPWEA FLEET. Register today for this 2-hour online workshop to ...
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