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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Crews working to repair Christchurch’s extensive system of earthquake-damaged underground infrastructure have received a helping – albeit robotic – hand. The city’s vital horizontal infrastructure – including roads, fresh water systems, wastewater systems, stormwater systems – was devastated in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) is working to repair the damage to publicly-owned infrastructure ...
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Retrospect: Raurimu Sprial

WHAT Raurimu Spiral WHERE Raurimu to National Park, central North Island, New Zealand WHEN Constructed 1905–07 Railway workers in a cutting, during the construction of the Main Trunk Line at Raurimu. Tibbutt, Alfred George :Main Trunk Railway photographs. Ref: PA1-q-244-13. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. Considered an engineering masterpiece, the Raurimu Spiral provided an innovative solution ...
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Former INGENIUM President and Manager of City Enterprises at Palmerston North City Council, Ray McIndoe discusses living in an earthquake-prone country, the IPWEA merger, and more. by Gemma Black What originally drew you to a career in public works? As a young guy in the 1970s, I was working for a consultancy firm in the Waipara region of the lower North Island as a technician. I was having trouble finding time to do my course work, ...
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