Bay of Plenty / East Coast

Branch update - 17 November 2021

Congratulations Natalie Rooseboom!
New Bay of Plenty/ East Coast Branch Chairperson

We are really pleased to announce the Branch Chairperson for the newly enlarged Bay of Plenty/ East Coast Branch as Natalie Rooseboom. It was exciting to have two such strong candidates in this election so thank you to Jako Abrie for nominating for the role.

We hope this marks a new chapter of activity in the branch with regular branch meetings and additional support and representation for our local members at a time of significant change and investment in asset management.

Natalie’s first board meeting as the Bay of Plenty/ East Coast Branch Chair will be on 2 December. The branch chairs are in the process of planning for 2022, so watch this space for upcoming branch meetings. It looks like COVID passports and traffic light levels will be rolled out for 2022 so this should provide more certainty for planning events in the new year.


Branch update - 2 November 2021

Meet the candidates for your new branch chair

All current financial members of IPWEA NZ get to vote for their preferred candidate of the two excellent nominations we have received:

 Voting closes at 5pm on 15 November, so why not take the time to vote in just two clicks now!

As a current finanical member located in BOP/East Coast you should have received an official ElectionBuddy voting ballot link via email at 9am on Tuesday 2 November. Please check your spam and junk folder, or let us know if you have any issues with the email or ballot by contacting



I'm keen to organise local events that will give professionals in our region opportunities to share knowledge and get to know each other better.

I’m passionate about asset management that leads to practical outcomes, and enjoy providing insights and information that changes decision making.

During my career I have:

  • Held governance roles in local government and charitable organisations
  • Completed asset management maturity assessments and developed asset management plans, strategies and policy for electricity generators, local councils, and government agencies
  • Managed projects using ACENZ contractors for professional services, and NZS contractors for maintenance programmes and construction projects.

I’m a Charted Professional Engineer with Engineering New Zealand, a member of the Institute of Directors and a Certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute. My education includes a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Master of Engineering Management (Hons) and a Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance. 




I work for Tauranga City Council as Manager for Asset Services and look after teams that cross over the entire life cycle of assets. These teams include our infrastructure development code and land development engineers and monitoring advisors that focus on the detail design and construction phase of assets and the asset information and asset planning teams that support activities in operation, maintenance and renewal planning.

I am a civil engineer with more than 20 years local and international experience and have a master’s degree in engineering studies, specialising in sustainability, from Auckland University.

This provides me with a unique opportunity to understand and make improvements to how we do Asset Management at the Council to support a more sustainable community with our infrastructure.

I have attended IPWEA conferences, branch meetings and training sessions for several years and would love the opportunity to get involved and help the newly proposed Bay of Plenty / East Coast branch. 


Branch update - 12 October 2021

Tēnā koutou

Branch Boundary Changes

At the recent 2021 AGM we made some changes to the IPWEA branch boundaries to combine our former East Coast Branch with the Bay of Plenty region (which used to be part of our Northern Branch). This change helps to balance branch member numbers and will increase the opportunity for participation in branch activity in this newly formed Bay of Plenty East Coast Branch.  

New Branch Chair required

Following the boundary change we are in need of a new Branch Chair. This is a great opportunity for a passional asset management professional to lead the Branch’s public works engineers during a time of reform and change.

The Branch Chair is also an IPWEA NZ board member, joining our four other Branch Chairs, six Elected Board Members and the President who together govern our organisation.  Being a part of IPWEA NZ’s governance body and leading your Branch can be a great addition to your CV.  Our five branches directly support 950+ members with the Branch Chair playing a critical role in engaging with the local members and chairing stimulating local meetings to explore valuable and interesting topics with guest experts and commentators relevant to our profession. You are not doing this alone as you have the support of the IPWEA NZ office to support the organisation and delivery of these regular events.


Call for Bay of Plenty East Coast Branch Chair nominations

Today we open the call for nominations for a Bay of Plenty East Coast Branch Chair.  The Branch Chair does need to be a financial member of IPWEA NZ and be located in the Branch area.  The nomination process is simple - just fill out the digital form available from our website by Wednesday 27th October and email it to

Download the nomination form here.

If there are a number of candidates a simple election will be used to select the Branch Chair, with Branch members invited to cast their vote online.

I encourage you to consider submitting your nomination and to be part of this important process.

Ngā mihi nui

Murray Pugh


^ Map of the new IPWEA NZ North Island boundries from September 2021

Archive (past meetings)

Friday 29th November - agenda here
Thursday 15 August - Napier - Agenda: Click here
March 2019 - Agenda: click here

Friday 23 November 2018
Dannevirke - Agenda: Click here
Friday 10 August - (View agenda - click here)
25 May 2018 Meeting (View agenda here)
9 March 2018 Meeting (View agenda here)
24 November 2017 Meeting

6 October 2017 Meeting

Presentation from 2 June 2017 Meeting

Asset management and long term planning: Learnings from Audit NZMartin Richardson


Presentation from 10 August 2016 Meeting

External RelationshipsMatthew Rodwell

Optimised Decision MakingDylan Stuijt