Issue 11 - 3 May


President's Message 

Kia ora koutou

LGIM Forum

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:

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,

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.

Engineering E2E

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.

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.

Peter Higgs

Upcoming Events

IPWEA NZ Conference

IPWEA NZ Annual Conference
Thu 22 - Sat 24 June 2017 - Dunedin

Register now…. Online registration is open – click here

To view the programme – click here


Keeping up with the tourist boom – Paul Yeo, Industry Relations Manager, Tourism NZ

New Zealand is the clean, green, adventure playground of the pacific and the rest of the world loves it! Millions of visitors come from all corners of the globe to have the ‘100% Pure New Zealand’ experience every year.

This is great for our economy but places increasing demand on our infrastructure and as infrastructure managers we have the important role of ensuring our visitors have what they need, when they need it.

To effectively do that, we need to know what tourism in New Zealand will look like in the years ahead. What can we expect in terms of tourist numbers? What areas of our beautiful country do they most want to see and how do they intend to get there? Where do they want to stay and what services will they need? And, most importantly, how can we enhance their visitor experience through the infrastructure we provide?

In this presentation, Paul will help us to understand exactly what it is we need to plan for and provide to keep our tourist industry booming.

From Caitlin Donovan, Waitaki DC:  As a conference organising committee Young IPWEA representative, I wish to encourage all young engineers and asset managers to attend and participate in the 2017 IPWEA conference. The informative presentations, tours and networking events make this an excellent professional development opportunity. The Young IPWEA presentations were a highlight of the 2016 conference. We’d love to see you there!

If you require further information, or interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Email: Ph: 03 359 2615


IPWEA Branches
Northern branch
East Coast branch
Wellington / Taranaki branch
Northern South Island branch
Otago / Southland branch

IPWEA NZ Events and Training

IPWEA NZ are working on their training and events for 2017 -

The upcoming training can be viewed here