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The Kerbside Collection Journey - Lessons learned by QLDC Infrastructure Operations Manager Erin Moogan Three months on from the roll out of its new kerbside collection service and the team at Queenstown Lakes District Council are breathing a sigh of relief. For anyone who's ever played a part in changing the way their community manages its rubbish and recycling they'll appreciate the challenge. Infrastructure Operations Manager Erin ...
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Digital badge AM 101 Introduction to AM receives positive feedback! Shane Browne gained the AM 101 badge as part of a pilot run in our refinement phase of the first IPWEA NZ digital badge - AM 101 - Introduction to Asset Management, congratulations Shane! Shane works as an Asset Engineer/Civil Engineer within Transport Service in Downer, splitting his time between providing technical structural engineer support to the Auckland region ...
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California Dreamin' IPWEA NZ fortnightly President's Column. Tena Koutou, It's been fascinating to watch around the world as cities and communities respond to China's waste import restrictions. For some, their legacy model of collection and processing recycling materials became unsustainable. One response has been to suspend recycling collection by some cities. Solid waste management is an essential, but often not well-understood ...
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IPWEA NZ are honoured to award Gary Boot with the IPWEA NZ President's Award - an award not bestowed easily.  The Chief Executive and staff of Waimakariri District Council presented the Award to Gary last week.  Gary has shone in every area considered for this award, described below. Gary received his Master of Civil Engineering in 1993 from the University of Canterbury.  Upon graduating he was employed by Opus International, followed by several ...
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IPWEA NZ's Vice President Priyani de Silva Currie reports back from the AITF Conference in France, June 2019 A positive and productive IFME meeting and AITF conference was held in Dunkerque in June with many of the participating IFME member countries including UK and Scotland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US and China present.  The new and direct leadership of John Thomson ...
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New Zealand Public Works Projects receive accolades at National Engineering Excellence Awards New Zealand’s best Public Works and Infrastructure projects were celebrated at a packed TSB Arena in Wellington, at the Institute of Public Works Conference in Wellington last Thursday night. Into their 14th year, the IPWEA NZ Engineering Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the often invisible efforts and achievements of the exceptional people ...
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Global recruitment programme, LookSee Build, along with a group of over 60 companies and councils from across the nation have come together, with the support of Immigration New Zealand, on a mission to fill the country’s urgent need for construction and engineering professionals. Every month LookSee Build hosts event weeks where highly skilled candidates visit New Zealand for a week of interviews with employers, informative seminars, networking ...
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Training - we're at a Tipping Point It feels like we are near the cross roads, reaching a tipping point, at a jumping off point, or whatever other metaphor takes your fancy. When it comes to training people to get the skills we need in the workforce: times, they are a changing. The 2017 Open letter from NZTalent pointed out to us that we have a skills shortage that our traditional way of delivering training is not filling. Our hiring ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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