Kia ora koutou
Last week we held the Local Government Infrastructure Managers forum. The theme was ‘resilience’. It was not just about flexible pipes, but building resilient communities. This will be a key focus area for NZ, and although it was the LGIM forum, it was attended by many of the key players from the wider public and private sectors.
IPWEA NZ is leading the way in that a likely outcome will be the development of more collaboration and alignment across the agencies and the industry.
Presentations will be uploaded to the website next week. The forum was chaired by your Vice President Samantha Gain; you can read more in Sam’s article
Notice of AGM and Elections
You should have received a personal email advising of the IPWEA NZ AGM to be held during the Dunedin conference on 22 June, 2017, and the call for nominations for the Board elections.
The term of Directors is two years. Each year, three positions are up for election.
As well this year, the position of President is up for election. I step down at the AGM after having served my two-year term.
Present Board members can be viewed at this link: http://www.ipwea.org/newzealand/aboutus/nzboard
Nominations close 22 May and voting will be electronic. Your notification will have links to the AGM agenda and nomination forms. If you are a member and have not received the notification, please contact Jacqui, email@example.com
And speaking of the IPWEA NZ conference, ‘Blurring the Lines – Integrating our Efforts’, highlights that solutions to changing circumstances can be often found by combining people and teams to work together in new collaborative ways. The 2017 theme throws a spotlight on how the industry can benefit from an integrated approach to the changes and challenges we are facing.
Our conference committee, chaired by Roger Oakley, has brought together a range of exciting national and international keynote speakers. They will provide a wider perspective of the influences on our industry. They will also take a closer look at some of the revolutionary developments that are expected to bring disruptive change to what infrastructure we provide and how we deliver it.
For those of you who haven’t yet registered – go to this link to find out about this exciting event and register. http://ipwea2017.co.nz/
And speaking of working together, here is the latest newsletter from Engineering E2E, with whom we have partnered to assist with developing more engineers for the industry. http://www.engineeringe2e.org.nz/Newsletter/e2e-news-30-apr-2017.pdf
Asia Pacific Cycling Congress October, Christchurch
For those of you interested in cycling, the Asia Pacific Cycling Congress is being held this year 17 – 22 October in Christchurch. Call for abstracts closes 9 May 2017. http://www.apcc2017.com/apcc17/call_for_abstracts