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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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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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