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Hello! I’m the brand new Membership Engagement Manager here at IPWEA NZ. It is a new role which I’m really excited to get stuck into, and hopefully I will get to know many of you. Prior to a year of quality time with our new baby I was working in communications in passenger rail as the Customer Experience and Communications Manager for Transdev. Working directly with customers and staff to improve their experience was a highlight in that role. ...
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IPWEA NZ Welcomes New Product Manager Mike Curry We're excited to announce a new addition to our team here at IPWEA NZ, Product Manager Mike Curry.  Mike brings with him a wealth of experience, which he will apply to managing and developing of our products to meet the ever evolving needs of our members, the sector and communities.  We asked Mike to introduce himself, but because he is too humble to blow his own trumpet, we will also proudly add ...
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Tena Koutou During this time of Matariki we look to the stars to acknowledge joy and peace in our lives, remember past loved ones and celebrate new life.  It’s a special time for all of us as New Zealander’s, our communities, on behalf of IPWEA NZ we wish you a wonderful Matariki! I have many questions to ask, and news to share with you today.  Most topical for many of us right now is reform. Water reform and the announcement of four proposed ...
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Decarbonising with dogs

Decarbonising with Dogs ~ By Sian Marek, Transportation Planner, AECOM Carbon emissions produced through transport need to be targeted to reduce their impact on the climate. There are many different ways to achieve this, such as through reducing the need to travel, denser land use, transitioning to electric vehicles, and increasing a mode shift to active mode use. Whilst there is not one simple solution, tackling carbon emissions ...
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Congratulations to the recently announced finalists for the Hynds Best Paper Awards 2021. They are: - David Pattinson, Engineering Manager at McConnell Dowell - with his paper: Daldy Street Outfall - John Tetteroo, Principal Engineer at GHD Limited, co-presenting with Veenay Rambisheswar, Senior Manager, Auckland Transport - with their paper: Prioritising Road Water Quality Outcomes to Deliver Safe Waterways and Harbours - Rebekah Robertson, ...
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Smartrak’s Corporate Mobility vision signals paradigm shift in fleet management Melbourne, Australia, May 28, 2021 – Smartrak believes the current fleet management environment is going to witness a shake-up in the near future. As proof of this assertion, the company points to three factors that will generate irresistible pressure to move beyond existing fleet management practices. Firstly, the ideas igniting debate around Corporate Mobility will ...
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Does Your Mother Still Pick Up After You By: Anonymous Fleet Manager I don’t understand why some drivers think it’s ok to leave their rubbish in a pool car when they return it. Food wrappers, note paper, empty drink cans, even face masks – sometimes the inside of the car looks like a landfill site! When we first had to deal with COVID, people had a greater focus on hygiene – but old habits die hard, and we can soon drift back to the old ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Winter Webinar Series 2021 (WWS). IPWEA Fleet will soon be presenting the highly successful WWS program for 2021 during the August and September timeframes. This is an opportunity for fleet practitioners and other key stakeholders to obtain knowledge that can be applied in a practical way to their organisation and community. The theme this year is called Making ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate goes from strength to strength As we publish this edition of FLEET intouch, we have just welcomed our second intake for the new IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate . It is very encouraging that both Course 2021/1 that commenced in February and the current Course, 2021/2, have been very well patronised with high participation numbers, but perhaps more importantly high completion ...
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I’m also very pleased to announce that Thomas Brayley – Manager Plant Fleet Services at City of Logan, has been appointed to Chair of the IPWEA Fleet Council. The Fleet Council is an advisory committee of fleet experts from around Australia who provide guidance in best practice plant & vehicle management in support of the IPWEA Fleet program. Read more about Thomas’ appointment here.
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The benefits of a dedicated Asset Planning Division By Jono Ferguson-Pye Infrastructure Manager, Palmerston North City Council In November 2019 the Palmerston North City Council established a dedicated Asset Planning Division (APD) as part of a wider restructure of the Council’s Infrastructure Unit. Historically there had been a lack of resourcing and focus on asset management (AM) practice across the Council. The overarching purpose of the ...
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Many of us seem good at hiding our pain – Jehan Casinader Jehan Casinader harboured a secret during his celebrated TV career. He was struggling with depression. In his new book, "This Is Not How It Ends", he explains how he found a way through. Jehan is a keynote speaker at the 2021 IPWEA NZ and ACE New Zealand joint conference - Future-Fit Aotearoa , in Auckland, 7-9 September.  In this interview Jehan shares what he learnt from this challenging ...
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Making decarbonisation planning manageable by Markus Benter-Lynch More and more organisations are committing to becoming net zero carbon. However, the level of expertise and resources at the disposal of organisations seeking to become net zero carbon varies widely. This article provides some practical suggestions for organisations with complex carbon footprints, such as local councils and manufacturing businesses, but with limited ...
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Infrastructure and politics – a fine balance How did you end up in the infrastructure sector? For me it started with a knack for maths and science and a desire to do something practical. So why is it, that in our engineering world of maths, science, logic and technical know-how, we are told that the skill we need most for the future is “political acumen”? At the 2020 NAMS Forum, keynote speaker Diane Edwards (Future Foresight Strategist) ...
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Morphum thrilled to sponsor IPWEA NZ’s Environment and Sustainability Award Morphum Environmental  is excited to announce our sponsorship of IPWEA NZ’s third Environment and Sustainability Award.  For the  2021 NZ Excellence Awards , IPWEA continue to recognise and commit to showcasing excellence in environment and sustainability, something Morphum is proud to support through sponsoring this award.  The aim is to promote examples of projects ...
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The buzz of face to face meetings – worth the wait! After several COVID-cancellations over 12 months, our Northern Branch meeting in Whangarei finally went ahead to much excitement We were all very excited to have our first face to face branch meeting in Whangarei on 6 May 2021 after numerous lockdowns.  Jointly hosted by Kaipara and Whangarei District Councils, a good mix of people were in attendance, including council staff, consultants, ...
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The bend in the road is not the end of the road, ……unless you fail to see it Industry leader insights, By Raveen Jaduram One of our emerging challenges is that society is increasingly gravitating towards the comfortable.  With comfortable, comes the notions of certainty. Change brings uncertainty and the anxiety that accompanies it.  The current Covid-19 pandemic across the globe is demonstrating the chaos that entails with ...
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Lessons Learned from Five Decades of Civil Engineering At the Northern Branch meeting on Thursday 6 May in Whangarei, Branch Chair Cushla Anich had the honour of presenting a special award to one of our members, Michael (Mick) Jones. As of 7 May 2021, Mick has been a member of IPWEA NZ for 50 years, since joining on 7th May 1971. Since his first job at the Ministry of Works in Dunedin in 1964, Mick has worked in councils and his own consultancy, ...
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Eyes to the horizon – CEO Column, April 2021 IPWEA NZ CE Murray Pugh shares some thoughts and reflections on the current state of play in Aotearoa's asset management sector.   Being a bit new to infrastructure and public asset management I have been especially intrigued by the current plethora of challenging questions being posed with eyes lifted to the 2050 horizon and beyond. While its refreshing to be thinking really hard beyond ourselves ...
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