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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, and contractors.  We spiced it up with young and more seasoned people alike.  A special award was given to Mick Jones for 50 years as an IPWEA NZ member (or half century).  His advice to younger members ...
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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 something that was always known to be a possibility, but never assumed to be what would happen to “us”. There are two points that I wish to raise.  The first is our ability to sense and read the signals that ...
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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, up and down the length and breadth of the country. Mick took the time to share some reflections on his life in civil engineering. " In reflecting on over five decades of a civil engineering career I am still amazed ...
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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 (and a 3 year election cycle) it doesn’t make the answers and decisions any easier. Take water reform for example. Districts that have past paid for and maintained their water infrastructure in top ...
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Are you a thought leader in climate change, sustainability, social responsibility, people and culture, digital and infrastructure innovations or risk? We're on the hunt for inspiring presenters to our national conference, Future-Fit Aotearoa . The 2021 joint ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ conference will attract around 350 consultants and engineers to Auckland in September. These people are professionals who are at the forefront of delivering critical infrastructure for our communities. They work alongside key influencers and decision-makers from central and local government who are involved in policy development and implementation. The conference will ...
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Member Profile: Matthew Smith The fleet management industry has such a diverse range of people and roles, and everyone has a unique story of their journey in our industry. This month we recognise Matthew Smith from Total Metering Services Pty Ltd for being awarded the 2021 IPWEA FLEET Award. This award is made to the highest ranked individual who completes the IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate in the preceding year. Matthew was recognised for his achievement at IPWEA’s recent virtual fleet conference. Matthew Smith is currently employed as the National Warehousing & Assets Manager for Total Metering Services Pty Ltd in Dubbo, NSW. The company is a ...
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Top 10 Novated Lease Vehicles in 2020 By Marc Sibbald, Fleet Auto News (originally published 23 March 2021) Fleet Auto News has contacted the top providers of novated leasing to find out which cars were the most popular with novated lease buyers in 2020. This annual survey highlights the changes in consumer preferences and market trends. It's released in March along with the annual Novated Leasing Guide. This list of popular novated lease vehicles reflects a true picture of consumer choice and new vehicle trends because they are all private purchases. They are using a novated lease to buy the car of their dreams with the accessories to match their ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Risk Based Replacement Tool Launch and Training . Join us for this interactive and immersive session on Risk-Based Replacement (RBR) and be provided with early access to the IPWEA RBR decision tool. This is an opportunity to learn about: The optimum replacement model Risk-Based Replacement and how it differs from traditional replacement planning Elements of a risk-based approach A model for risk-based replacement Each attendee will be provided with the easy to use and effective RBR tool developed by IPWEA FLEET. Register today for this 2-hour online workshop to ...
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Daily Checks – You’ve got to be kidding! By: Anonymous Fleet Manager You’ve got to be kidding! I’ve just been going through some heavy vehicle daily check sheets and they are R.U.B.B.I.S.H. Boxes not marked, writing that’s illegible, no name or date provided etc. etc. We’ve all seen it. Others look so clean, neat and tidy they must have been completed in an operating theatre rather than the depot yard? People need to understand that Daily Checks are part of our maintenance system that we are legally obliged to provide. And guess what – if an operator doesn’t complete them as instructed or doesn’t take due care, they are in the frame for the breach along ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET Fleet Replacement – Understanding the Risk What is Risk Based Replacement (RBR)? The short answer is that RBR is a multi-criteria approach that considers, and balances various risks associated with retaining a fleet asset instead of replacing it. As organisational budgets tighten, so too does capital allocated to fleet replacement. It just may not be possible to replace all of the assets you had marked for replacement based on a set kilometre or age target. RBR helps you answer the question: What should I replace? Further RBR provides a structure and consistency that can provide comfort to the organisation’s executive ...
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Lockdowns did not stop our Tokoroa branch meeting Online Northern branch meeting - 3 March 2021 by Cushla Anich, Northern Branch Chair There was a great turnout for our industry branch meeting this morning.  We had to think quick on Sunday morning in response to the Government’s latest lockdown restrictions. So we moved our Tokoroa meeting hosted by South Waikato District Council to an online virtual session by Monday lunchtime. This allowed for members across New Zealand to participate as well.  We had nine presenters ranging from building diversity in our workforce, new upgrades to the Tokoroa wastewater treatment plant, catering for freedom ...
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At the Land Development Engineering Group Forum on 18-19 March 2021 there will be an election for five 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: Regions of Representation: One Member from the Otago/Southland Branch One Member from the Northern South Island Branch One Member from the Wellington/Taranaki ...
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IPWEA NZ President's Column - Getting off to a Good Start ~ Myles Lind, President, IPWEA Aotearoa Tena Koutou, As public works professionals, we are well aware that advancing technology is one of the big change-agents in our world of infrastructure-based public services. On the back on the 2020 pandemic lockdowns, the transition to low-carbon lifestyles is gaining pace, providing new opportunities for our communities to demand that we use new technologies to improve public works outcomes through enhanced energy efficiency and reducing emissions. It is no easy feat to predict precisely how technology will affect our sector, but lessons from other ...
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What’s wrong with online!! By: Anonymous Fleet Manager What wrong with these bleeding hearts? “I wanted to go to the football”, “I wanted to go to the concert”. Bla bla bla. Fact is we can’t. COVID has messed things up and some people are really doing it tough. So, let’s stop griping and get on with it! I’m using the extra time I’ve found to work on some long overdue projects at home. A mate of mine has gone back to studying. With all the great online programs and offerings there is still plenty to do. Even Jimmy Barnes is entertaining us from his lounge room! Let’s get used to it – online is going to be around for good and in many ways it’s better ...
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FBT What is FBT? A fringe benefit is a 'payment' to an employee, but in a different form to salary or wages. FBT is a tax paid by employers which is separate to income tax and is calculated on the taxable value of the fringe benefit. The employer must self-assess their FBT liability for the FBT year (1 April to 31 March) and lodge an FBT return. Employers can generally claim an income tax deduction for the cost of providing fringe benefits and the associated FBT they pay. Employers can also generally claim GST credits for items provided as fringe benefits. Types of FBT There are many types of fringe benefits and associated taxes. FBTs most relevant ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference 2021 The 2021 IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference is fast approaching. This year’s virtual event brings new opportunities and a new way to think about the conference experience. Some leaders in the fleet community are using the special organisational rate as a way to get more of their team and other stakeholders involved. They are making the conference an “in-house” event by getting everyone together in the lunchroom to watch and discuss the presentations. Some will use the virtual format differently – attending priority sessions live and watching others at a convenient time in ...
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Death and taxes aren’t the only two certainties in life. A third is retiring from your last job. So, like most things, it’s good to prepare in advance and have a plan for succession. A key part of this is ensuring that all your corporate knowledge doesn’t walk out the door with you. This is true even if you’re not wanting to retire or leave your job just yet. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the corporate knowledge in our heads, also exists outside of us and in the business. This enhances performance and will greatly improve your own productivity, since others can access key information independently and in a timely manner, leaving you with less ...
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Virtual Conferences are yielding surprising benefits – be sure that you know how to get the most from those virtual events you attend. This year IPWEA made the unprecedented decision to hold the IPWEA Fleet Conference as a virtual event. This is understandable, given the current uncertainty around cross-border travel and fluctuating restrictions and health concerns when hosting in person events. However, unexpected boons of virtual events are emerging as, for many, attending them has become the ‘new normal’. We all know the types of things people like about physical conferences – some like getting away from work or family commitments and being able to immerse ...
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IPWEA NZ Appoints new CEO

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IPWEA Aotearoa is delighted to announce that it has appointed Murray Pugh as Chief Executive following an extensive search to identify a suitable successor to Peter Higgs. Peter took up a new role as Principal Engineer, Waipā District Council at the end of 2020.   President of IPWEA Aotearoa, Myles Lind says, “We have very bold aspirations here at IPWEA NZ. Murray’s overall brief is one of building value, leveraging our proud history, and leading our transition into an increasingly digital and online world for our members. Murray will be joining a highly motivated team, and I’ve no doubt that his previous experience of business leadership, commercial development ...
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Smart Community Infrastructure: Your expertise is needed Australia, via RMIT University, is currently represented on an ISO Working Group (WG6) entitled Disaster Risk Reduction. This working group sits within Technical Committee 268: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Subcommittee 1: Smart Community Infrastructures. This Working Group needs your help in identifying examples of disaster resilient smart infrastructure across Australia . The goal of WG6 is to identify examples of disaster resilient smart infrastructure, for example, smart infrastructure systems that are resilient to disasters and which then increase the disaster resilience of communities. ...
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