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Last week we were delighted to go ahead with the Water Asset Management Forum – both in person with COVID Level 2 rules in place, and online. It was the inaugural event, co-hosted by IPWEA NZ and Water New Zealand. It was a full day, including an open discussion over lunch on the Three Waters Reform. The networking dinner on the Wednesday night allowed for networking with many of the presenters who were in attendance. The opening ...
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Kia ora koutou Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced this week that the Government will legislate the three waters reform to apply to all councils. This will provide certainty for councils and, importantly, those professionals (council team members, consultants, and contractors) now involved in delivering three waters services for our communities across Aotearoa. Our weekly eNews here sets out the key announcements of importance to our IPWEA ...
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This morning, Minister Mahuta announced that the three waters reform programme will proceed with an ‘all in’ legislated approach in order to provide certainty for all communities on the pathway forward.     This approach supports the view that the case for change is compelling and that to pause the reforms now would result in at least a decade’s delay in addressing the shortfalls in and constraints on water infrastructure investment.  As pointed ...
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In the last month the Future for Local Government Review panel released its interim report Ārewa ake te Kaupapa – Raising the platform. (futureforlocalgovernment.govt.nz) The panel has identified that in designing the most effective system of local governance for New Zealand’s future, several key questions will need to be considered: How should the system of local governance be reshaped so it can adapt to future challenges and enable communities ...
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Otago Southland Branch welcomes new Chair Quinton Penniall IPWEA NZ are delighted to welcome the new chair of Otago Southland Branch, Quinton Penniall. We asked Quinton a few questions to get to know more about him and his vision for Otago Southland Branch. Tell us a bit more about yourself Kia ora koutou I’m Quinton Penniall the new Otago Southland Branch Chair. I am currently living in Cromwell with my wife and our two dogs, ...
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Kia ora koutou Let’s face it AGM’s can be a bit, well, boring.  Not so the 2021 IPWEA NZ zoom version!  Last week we ushered in a range of changes that are set to take IPWEA NZ into a new phase of supporting the asset management profession in Aotearoa - with resounding support from the attendees. First, we formalised our new IPWEA NZ Vision and Mission:  Sustainable communities enabled by public asset management excellence – (that’s our vision ...
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Kelly LaValley is the new Chair of the LDEG – Land Development Engineering Group .  Having been instrumental in the success of the 2021 LDEG Forum, we're excited to see her taking the Helm of the LDEG group and bring her energy and enthusiasm into this hugely important space.  Land Development Engineers encounter unique challenges in their work, and make decisions that can have real long-term impacts to communities and cities.  We asked her to share ...
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NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2021-2022 At IPWEA NZ's 34th AGM on Friday 24 September, the board election results were announced. As a result, we are thrilled to welcome back Nicola Chisnall for another 1 year term, and to welcome first time Board members George Bowman, Steve Browning and Fleur Tytheridge . We are excited to welcome such expertise, experience and dynamism to the Board. George Bowman Since George ...
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Past President's distinguised service recognised at 2021 AGM At IPWEA NZ's 34th AGM on Friday 24th September, the members elected outgoing President Myles Lind as a Life Member, in recognition of his particularly outstanding and distinguished service to IPWEA NZ and to public asset engineering and management, both in Aotearoa and internationally. A Chartered Professional Engineer by trade, Myles has a Bachelor of engineering (Hons) and Certificate ...
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Andrew Brickell Awarded Life Membership for Outstanding Services to IPWEA and the industry At IPWEA NZ's 34th Annual General Meeting on 24 September 2021, Andrew Brickell was awarded with Honorary Life Membership of IPWEA NZ, in recognition of his particularly outstanding and distinguished service to IPWEA NZ and its predecessors and to public asset engineering and management. ​ Since 2008, Andrew has been one of IPWEA NZ's principle ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 – ...
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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. ...
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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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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 ...
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Decarbonising with dogs

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 ...
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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, ...
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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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