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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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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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