Wellington/Taranaki update - 17 December 2021

Hi Branch member,

Thank you all for the feedback on branch meetings format, content structure and topics of interest.  Most supported offering both in person and online option, combination of technical session and social networking opportunity, a tour of local projects and sharing stories on local practitioners’ successes/ challenges. These suggestions will help us built a good agenda.

The Branch Chairs caught up this week. We did discuss the branch meetings and locking dates into our IPWEA calendar.

For our Branch, I am looking at three branch meetings for the year – April/May and July/Aug. The last branch meeting will be a combined branch meeting with Bay of Plenty East Coast Branch in Oct/Nov. We will update our webpage once dates are confirmed.

We will re-engage again in the new year and don’t forget our Annual Conference in Auckland :  Future-Fit Aotearoa Conference - ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ Future-Fit Aotearoa Conference and Awards 2022 (futurefitconference.co.nz). Hope to see you there.

It has been an interesting year and hope everyone is taking time off with family and friends.

Take care, be kind and be safe.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

See you in the New Year.



Raj Suppiah | Group Manager -  Corporate/ IPWEA Wellington Taranaki Branch Chair

Topic: You cannot improve what you cannot measure
REG has been supporting the transport sector for several years now. Shifting from its initial focus to support quality improvement and culture change, REG has built a number of tools that support the transport sector measures it’s performance. Some tools directly relate to individual RCAs, others data quality and more recently supporting our people through the asset management competencies framework, a process that can be transferred across all assets.

REG is going to be around for the long game. Using the REG tools may support your longer term outcomes.

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A message from your Branch Chair

I am launching a series of short Kai and Korero branch meetings in October which can be attended in person or via zoom. I’m keen to try a different format, given the current uncertainty about alert levels and large spread of members across the Wellington and Taranaki region, so zoom conferencing will be offered for every meeting.

The format of the Kai and Korero will be 12-12.40 pm over lunchtime, with a 30 minute technical presentation, 10 minutes of questions and answers, branch update and then a chance for networking.

Wellington/Taranaki Kai and Korero series

  1. Thursday 7 October 12-12.40 pm – virtual meeting via Zoom. Topic is : You cannot improve what you cannot measure - REG Reporting and Assessment Tools are already making a difference to safety
    Presenter : Andrew McKillop Manager REG Partnership Programme, Waka Kotahi
  2. Thursday 28 October 12-12.40 pm. Topic and venue : TBC
  3. Thursday 11 November 12-12.40 pm. Topic and venue : TBC
We have the first speaker lined up, but are keen to hear if you have other topics you are interested in or could present on. Do not hesitate to contact me with ideas or suggestions on Raj.Suppiah@Tararuadc.govt.nz
The new Membership Engagement Manager for IPWEA NZ, Emily Liddell, will also be helping to organise these events.
We hope to catch up with you in October.
From your Branch Chair,

Meeting & Presentation Archive

Friday 28th February 2020, New Plymouth

Host: New Plymouth District Council
Click here

Friday 29 November 2019 - Climate Change Speaker Series

Kent Barrett - The Role of Ecological Infrastructure in reducing climate change impacts on built infrastructure - to come
Jose Beya - Hawkes Bay Coastal Strategy - click here
Steve Cave - Hastings District Council Major Projects Drinking Water - click here
James Hughes - Adapting infrastructure to climate change - click here

Thursday 26 September 2019
Agenda: click here
Presentations from 26 Sept 2019

Updating the IIMM - Colin Gerrard
IPWEA NZ Training Update - Digital Credentials - Steve Browning
Update to Government Procurement Rules;
& What the changes mean for NLTP funded procurement
Andrew Thrift, MBIE and Laura Cleary - NZTA
YIPWEA - Tales of an Asset Management Native - Damien Douglas
Tackling the Skills Shortage - What Can I Do? - Ross Waugh
Tackling the Skills Shortage - What I Am Doing - George Bowman
Transitioning to a Water Sensitive City - How integrated water solutions can support our future communities - Stu Farrant
Thanks to sponsors Waugh Infrastructure, Harrison Grierson and WSP Opus

Friday April 5 2019

Where: Palmerston North City Council Conference Centre
Agenda: click here

Friday 23 Nov 2018
Where: Dannevirke Golf Club, Off SH2, Dannevirke

Friday 7 September 2018
 Hutt City Events Centre, Laings Road, Lower Hutt
Agenda: Click here to view

13 April 2018

24 November 2017
Agenda:  view here

Meeting held on 7 April 2017

Download agenda

Presentations from meeting held on 20 February 2015
Featherston Water Supply
City Care Technology
Shared Services
Tuvalu borrow pits
Young IPWEA presentaion

Presentations from meeting held on 7 November 2014
Opus Research presents:Infrastructure Demand Forecasting Methodology
Shannon Water Treatment Plant Design
Tublar Bioreactor for Hydrogen Sulphide
How the Wellington Northern Corridor improvements will benefit the Horowhenua District
Levin Pump Station and Wastewater Rising Main Contract
Excellence in Routine MaintenanceHorowhenua District Council 
Palmerston North Area Traffic Model

Presentations from meeting held on 22 November 2013
Branch Meeting Update
IPWEA NZ Board Activities
Feilding Wastewater Plant
Innovations on the Himatangi Beach
Transport Corridors
RIMS Update
Feilding Wastewater Plant Actiflo Clarifier & Discfilter

Branch Info

Wellington/Taranaki Branch captures the following regional councils: Wellington, Manawatu-Whanganui, and Taranaki, but excluding Ruapehu District Council area.

Branch Chair
Raj Suppiah, Group Manager – Corporate, Tararua District Council 
contact: raj.suppiah@tararuadc.govt.nz.

Branch Secretary
Secretary position currently vacant. If you are interested to learn more about this role please contact: emily.liddell@ipwea.org 

Why attend?

These meetings provide learning, networking, and overall contribute to advancing our collective excellence as a profession. To quote one of our favourite presenters Dr Paul Wood; "challenge is the catalyst for growth" - branch meetings are a vital avenue for challenging ourselves and stepping into our stretch zone.  Extend this learning opportunity to your younger team members. Together we can build the next generation of public works professionals.

Ideas + suggestions?

If there is a topic you'd like to hear more on or to present on, please email Chair: Raj.suppiah@tararuadc.govt.nz.