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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Lockdowns did not stop our Tokoroa branch meeting Online Northern branch meeting - 3 March 2021 by Cushla Anich, Northern Branch Chair There was a great turnout for our industry branch meeting this morning.  We had to think quick on Sunday morning in response to the Government’s latest lockdown restrictions. So we moved our Tokoroa meeting hosted by South Waikato District Council to an online virtual session by Monday lunchtime. This ...
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At the Land Development Engineering Group Forum on 18-19 March 2021 there will be an election for five members of the Committee. The purpose of the Land Development Engineering Group (LDEG) is to provide leadership and strategic advice to the New Zealand Land Development industry on best practice Land Development Engineering. The Committee meets 3-4 times per year, and also has audio meetings around forum planning. Nominations are open for representation ...
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IPWEA NZ President's Column - Getting off to a Good Start ~ Myles Lind, President, IPWEA Aotearoa Tena Koutou, As public works professionals, we are well aware that advancing technology is one of the big change-agents in our world of infrastructure-based public services. On the back on the 2020 pandemic lockdowns, the transition to low-carbon lifestyles is gaining pace, providing new opportunities for our communities to demand that we use ...
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IPWEA NZ Appoints new CEO

IPWEA Aotearoa is delighted to announce that it has appointed Murray Pugh as Chief Executive following an extensive search to identify a suitable successor to Peter Higgs. Peter took up a new role as Principal Engineer, Waipā District Council at the end of 2020.   President of IPWEA Aotearoa, Myles Lind says, “We have very bold aspirations here at IPWEA NZ. Murray’s overall brief is one of building value, leveraging our proud history, and leading ...
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MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE National Public Works Excellence Awards celebrate the best in New Zealand’s Public Works Sector 3 December 2020. New Zealand’s best Public Works and Infrastructure projects were celebrated at a packed Dunedin Centre, at the Institute of Public Works Conference in Dunedin last Thursday night, 3rd December. Into their 15 th year, the IPWEA NZ Public Works Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the often ...
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IPWEA NZ Asset Management Digital Badges hit a millenia! Back in September 2019, the team at IPWEA NZ could not have predicted the pace at which our freshly launched digital badges programme would take off. The rate of badge registrations has confirmed the need that digital badges were designed to address - a looming asset management skills shortage and a dirth of accessible and affordable training.  The journey from original ...
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What is a ratepayer NPV? By Stuart Cross, Senior Consultant, Morrison Low Stuart is Wellington-based.   Is it time to reconsider traditional Net Present Value assessments? Net Present Value is becoming the de facto method of measuring and comparing the whole of life costs for major projects in most councils in New Zealand. This is for good reason too, with Net Present Value being a favoured approach by economists and investment ...
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IPWEA NZ Digital Badges build AM capability in the Pacific IPWEA NZ digital badges are already proving their value and delivering on their objectives of upskilling asset managers, this time with our neighbours in the Pacific. On September 8th, 35 asset managers from government agencies, government corporations, and the private sector in Fiji, received certificates at a ceremony to acknowledge their successful completion of IPWEA NZ's four foundation ...
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BUILD NEW ZEALAND NOW is an industry-led hub for the infrastructure sector in New Zealand. With the immense activity in the sector in terms of projects, the huge demand for talent and the need for educating the next generation of infrastructure professionals, it was clear that there was a hole in the market for an initiative that covered it all in one location. BUILD NEW ZEALAND NOW has been introduced to support all stakeholders involved ...
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Public Health and Gravel Roads Road managers in New Zealand have been investigating more customer-focused approaches to the operation of gravel roads Myles Lind , CPEng President, IPWEA NZ This article was originally published in the APWA Reporter , July 2020 issue Introduction Around 40% of New Zealand's road network is gravel (unsealed) roads. During dry periods, particularly in the summer months, dust is generated as ...
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