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Morphum excited to sponsor IPWEA’s first Environment and Sustainability Award Morphum Environmental is excited to announce our sponsorship of IPWEA NZ’s very first Environment and Sustainability Award.  For the 2019 NZ Excellence Awards , IPWEA have created a new category for excellence in environment and sustainability, something Morphum is proud to support.  The aim of this award is to promote examples of projects that have identified and managed environmental impacts and have improved the quality of the environment in a tangible and ongoing way.  The award will be presented to the winner at the IPWEA NZ Annual Conference taking place 26-28 ...
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Nominations are invited for the IPWEA NZ President and the following IPWEA NZ Board positions for which the terms will commence at the completion of the 2019 AGM on 26 June, 2019. To be eligible for election to the Board, nominees must be current financial members of IPWEA NZ (including nominated members of Corporate Members) or Life Members.  No member shall be eligible to stand for more than one position on the Board. Note that Branch Chairs are members of the Board by virtue of holding that position. The current Board has indicated a preference of diversity and skills in the make-up of the Board given the changing public works environment. Current Board ...
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Morrison Low join the NAMS Partner Programme Morrison Low has had a long association with NAMS and its parent company IPWEA through our strategic asset management practitioners. Our team members have significant experience in advising a variety of government organisations in New Zealand and Australia on strategic asset management.  We have been a member of the NAMS Consultants Supporters Group in Australia since its inception by IPWEA in 2005.  Cushla Anich, a Director of Morrison Low and leader of our Asset Management practice is the Chair of the Northern Branch of IPWEA NZ. We think it is important to support the industry.  Our recent engagements ...
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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 – swapping out a key part of your bedding or adopting a new way to cook (or not cook, in some cases) your vegetables – can bring about these magical mood boosting benefits. So, if you want to wake up every day with a smile ...
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Otago Southland Branch have welcomed new honorary IPWEA NZ member Jasper Jones Jasper is the first child of Otago Southland Branch Chair and RIMS Chairperson: Erin Moogan. Jasper arrived a bit over a week before Otago Southland’s annual Clyde meeting in November with Deputy Branch Chair Craig Hughes providing Erin’s apologies for missing the meeting and welcoming Jasper to the IPWEA NZ family. Erin popped into the meeting in the afternoon to catch up with attendees and said she was blown away by the support shown by the industry. Everyone was really keen to check in on the family, and the infrastructure community shifted the conversation from asset ...
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By Tom Simonson, Principal Regulatory Advisor, LGNZ. Roughly two-thirds (65 per cent) of New Zealanders live within five kilometres of the sea, so sea level rise is a major issue for us.  Councils recognise that communities’ resilience to climate change depends in large part on what we are doing to adapt to sea level rise.  To create greater clarity on this subject, on 31 January LGNZ released its report Vulnerable: The quantum of local government infrastructure exposed to sea level rise .   Until now, councils have not had accurate information on the type, amount and replacement value of their infrastructure exposed to sea level rise, and therefore ...
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  Vice President's eNews Update Happy New Year   Welcome to 2019 – It’s an odd year. (maths joke, sorry)   As custodians of some of our community’s largest value assets, we engage with many; advisors, suppliers, politicians and members of the public as part of our professional responsibility. Together, we seek to optimise the asset lifecycles as they provide essential services to our communities and customers. Unlike some other sectors, we have to be focused on the long-term. Our sector cannot operate as a boom-or-bust industry. Therefore, we need to collectively focus and engage on those issues that impact long-term value and sustainability to ...
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The Conscious Beginning of Cities - Our Engineered Environments Myles Lind, Vice President of IPWEA NZ   I was looking for something to read while I had my lunch the other day. And in the pile of magazines stacked against the window of the office kitchen area was an Engineering New Zealand magazine. I grabbed it. Inside I found a great article on the engineering of New Zealand. There was one observation from a founding engineer that took my attention. They said, the cities we live in are engineered environments. The quality of life we have today is because we engineered buildings, essential services and amenities to make it that way. I’d never heard ...
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In June 2017, Jenna Neame was awarded the AECOM / IMNZ Young Leaders Award - in recognition of her ongoing outstanding performance in her work.  Over the next few months Jenna participated in the IMNZ Accelerate Programme , a transformational leadership programme.  IPWEA NZ Communications Manager Freda Wells asked Jenna a few questions about how she found the course, below. Q: In your presentation at the 2018 conference, you spoke about valuable take home learnings, I think you said 'unpeeling the layers'.  Can you explain what you meant by that? Here is an extract from my presentation which I think answers this one: Before now I never appreciated just ...
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Board Election Results were announced on Wednesday 20th of June, at the IPWEA NZ 2018 AGM held at the annual conference in Rotorua. Congratulations to newly elected Board member Gary Porteous of WSP-Opus.  Gary is the Sector Leader – Transport Asset Management at WSP-Opus, where he has worked for 24 years.  Gary brings a wealth of knowledge to IPWEA NZ, and has been a key member of the Roading Information Management Support (RIMS) committee for several years. Congratulations to Myles Lind and Al Monro for re-election.  Myles continues as Vice-President for the next 12 months. Congratulations to Hugh Blake-Manson, Contract Manager of Citycare Water in Christchurch, ...
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By Matt Hendry Transition Lead, Insights and Performance, Customer Experience & Behaviour, NZTA The Treatment Selection Algorithm, or TSA as it has become known in the road industry, was developed during the 1980’s to help guide future surface and pavement works over the short term.  The TSA has performed well in that time, and a measure of its performance was reflected in the NZ Transport Agency’s desire to review and update the algorithm given the length of time that had passed since its creation. This led to the release of the 2016 research report RR599 , entitled “ Review of the NZ Transport Agency Treatment Selection Algorithm ”. There has ...
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While many of us were glued around television sets as NZ battled out the final overs of the cricket test match against England, the new government was about to introduce its 10 year Transport Plan. This Plan is a significant change in direction for NZ in transport funding and focus. Key points include: The Government has released its draft 10-year policy statement on land transport A fuel tax increase of between 9 and 12 cents a litre has been proposed Aucklanders face fuel tax hikes of about 20 cents a litre if the Government's increases and a regional fuel tax are brought in Funding ...
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At the Land Development Engineering Group Forum on 15/16 March 2018 there will be an election for four 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 from the following IPWEA NZ Branch areas: Northern Branch x 2 East Coast Branch Otago Southland Branch If you are interested in standing for election, please contact Jacqui Carroll ...
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This diagram is designed to give you a clearer picture of how IPWEA NZ training courses map across to various council processes - helping you find the right course depending on your work needs.
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Local Government Infrastructure Management Forum 8-9 March 2018 Wellington IPWEA NZ in association with KPMG invites you to attend the Local Government Infrastructure Management Forum. Infrastructure Management is critical to our communities, to inform what infrastructure is needed to deliver the activities that our communities need, at the desired level of service; and then how that infrastructure is funded and how it is delivered. For New Zealand, a step change is needed, to deliver the right infrastructure, in an affordable manner. And how we deliver on the National Infrastructure Plan as well as to our local communities.  Infrastructure ...
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Funding   Funding of safe drinking water is not expensive.  Not when compared to the contamination of water at Havelock North which made 5,500 people sick and possibly killed three others. It’s especially not expensive when we think on a national level.  It’s a national problem, which should be approached nationally - not parochially and on a scheme by scheme basis.  We need to stop worrying about how the 250 residents of Punakaiki are going to provide infrastructure for 500,000 visitors and start thinking how New Zealand can pay for it.  Stage 2 report The real news of the Havelock North Stage 2 Report is that the authors think that far more than 700,000 ...
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UPDATE - NAMS Partners Programme The NAMS Partners Programme seeks to develop a relationship with organisations that see the value in supporting the work being undertaken by NAMS and investing in the development of the asset management industry. This includes: Progressing new and existing projects and activities of NAMS in order to provide an ongoing leadership role in the industry. Working to identify ways to improve asset management in the public sector through collaboration, exchange of information, development of tools and guidelines, and in an advocacy role. Our current partners are: The Partners meet with ...
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Are you an Enabler for Diversity? Are you giving your organisation and staff the best chance of success?  According to Priyani de Silva Currie and Samantha Almeida of Calibre it comes down to being an enabler for diversity.  This article describes the what, how and why’s of being an enabler for diversity.... Priyani de Silva Currie and Samantha Almeida, both of Calibre, think that without enablers and sponsors, diversity isn’t given the best chance to succeed.  Sam and Priyani’s research confirms that diversity trumps ability every single time, and that success and growth – of both individuals and organisations – are dependent on innovation.  ...
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Having trouble recruiting the engineers you need? Supporting this Engineering e2e research could help. Engineering e2e is undertaking research to understand more about potential barriers to recruiting engineers. The short online survey will be used to develop communications and tools to help both graduates and employers. “There’s anecdotal evidence that employers –especially small- to medium-sized companies and those outside the larger cities – have difficulty finding the people they need,” says Sir Neville Jordan, Engineering e2e Steering Group Chair. “We want to test that view and understand who is applying, and which qualifications are being ...
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Waipa District Council kindly hosted an excellent meeting of the Northern Branch of IPWEA NZ in Te Awamutu on Friday 12 August 2016. Papers were presented on a range of interesting topics, which were: Pipe Bridge across the Waikato River for the Cambridge Water Supply, Changes to the Construction Contracts Act, Coastal Asset Data Management for Auckland Council, Low Level Water Supply Intake on the Waikato River for Hamilton City, and the Frontier Road Water Reservior for Te Awamutu. All presentations were of very good quality, showing that our branch meetings are truly mini-conferences that provide great CPD for engineers and asset managers. It was clear from ...
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