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Plane Breaks the Record for the Longest Flight Ever!

Most people have heard of Airbus planes as they are one of the most commonly used planes by commercial airlines, but most don't know they also just created the plane that has broken the record for the longest flight ever! The Zephyr is an unmanned plane that fly's in Earth's stratosphere and has just broken the record after flying for 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes from when it took off from Arizona on July 11. The plane weighs in at only 75kg & harnesses the suns rays to power motors that drive its two propellers, a system that allows it to operate entirely on solar power. At night, the vehicle relies on power stored by its onboard batteries during daylight hours. Read more on the years of work going towards this success story here.

Thanks to Malcolm Wheeler for the link


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Season's greetings 

This is the final issue of Alert for 2018.The Royal Society Te Aprangi office will be closing on Friday 21st December and reopening on January 7th 2019. We wish you a restful break.

On-farm nutrient sensors and community-run diabetes intervention camps among solutions from Powering Potential students

The fourth Powering Potential event took place in Wellington this week with students coming up with solutions to diverse issues.

Code of Professional Standards and Ethics

Our new Code of Professional Standards and Ethics in Science, Technology and the Humanities was released this week. It sets out exemplary ethical behavior and world class research and scholarly practices.




Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Science: Who turned up to vote in the 2017 New Zealand election?

Royal Society Te Aprangi:  2018 RHT Bates Scholarship awarded to Ou Fang | 2018 Raewyn Good Study Award awarded to Cassandra Lewis

NZ Herald:  Two technicians killed at Antarctica science station | Climate change: Revealing its hand in today's extreme weather | Health approach to be taken for users of synthetic drugs, harsher penalties for suppliers

RNZ: Does Te Papa's new-look restructure answer its critics? | Wasp Venom antibiotics and genetic predispositions | Two of the most common synthetic drugs to be classified as Class A

NZ Herald: Two technicians killed at Antarctica science station | Climate change: Revealing its hand in today's extreme weather 

Stuff:  Christmas glitter, tinsel and 'pointless plastic' an environmental danger | A Kiwi scientist's haiku version of the latest global warming report

Our Changing World:  NZ falcons thriving in logged pine plantations 


Call for Royal Society Te Aprangi Medals and Awards: The call for nominations will open before Christmas with a closing date of 29 March 2019. Please note the date is earlier than in previous years.

Call for nominations for Fellowship of Royal Society Te Aprangi: The call for nominations will open in mid January with a closing date of 30 April 2019. Please note that this is a month later than in previous years.

2019 Royal Society Te Aprangi Charles Fleming Fund applications now open: The Charles Fleming Publishing Award for up to $8,000 to support preparation of scientific books and relevant publications | Charles Fleming Senior Scientist Award annual grant worth up to $10,000 to support the research of a senior scientist. Closing date 29 March 2019

2019 Royal Society Te Aprangi funding applications now open: The Hutton Fund for research in New Zealand zoology, botany, and geology, and the Skinner Fund for research in Mori and Polynesian culture.

Post doctoral Fellowship Ecotoxicology: For a recently qualified PhD to join the Cawthron Institute's Environmental Technologies team as they build their ecotoxicological capability. Closing date 6 January 2019.

Nominations for appointment to conservation boards: Harness your passion for conservation and your collaborative skills to represent local communities, advise DOC and protect local nature, there are 42 vacancies across 15 conservation boards nationwide. Nominations close 28 January 2019.


8th International Conference on Polar & Alpine Microbiology: 4-8 February, Hamilton. The first Polar and Alpine Microbiology conference in the Southern Hemisphere, this event will include oral and poster presentations with a mid-week day off to participate in a number of organised day trips into the heart of New Zealand.

3D Printing in Medicine Summer Course: 11-14 February 2019, Christchurch. This course is designed for health professionals, bioengineering or health-research students, and allied health innovators who want to quickly orient themselves to 3D printing technologies and their use in medicine.

Crazy & Ambitious 2 - New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge: 20-21 May 2019. Panel discussions, live Q&As, keynote speakers and quick-fire updates on the science and research being done across 18 National Science Challenge parties.

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Here is the latest Engineering E2E newsletter




  • Continued industry involvement
  • Oversight and support of ongoing initiatives
  • Communications with engineers and educators
  •  More evaluation

If you have feedback on any of our initiatives, please send it to engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz


Copies of all our newsletters can be found on our website http://www.engineeringe2e.org.nz/Newsletter.cfm

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The Engineering E2E Team





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Welcome to our October Issue


It is always sobering to remember that we see events such as Mental Health week 8-14 October, and you will find more information about it below. 2018 is almost over and we are all wondering if we are heading into a hotter summer than last. Good for our industry but adding pressure on you and your businesses. 2018 has been a tough year for many businesses in fact with several significant receiverships adding financial pressure to some members. This is where I say, look after yourselves, dont hesitate to speak up and ask for advice of us and your peers, we all go through bad patches at some stages in our lives or businesses and some cope differently to others. What should not change is how we support one another.

Health & Safety

Noise in the Workplace

Noise at work can be harmful to hearing, but hearing loss is preventable if you adopt noise control measures, and create an environment that protects the health of your workers.

The health of your workers is just as important as the health of your business. As a business owner, you have a duty to prevent harm to your workers health. One way that workers can be harmed at work is through exposure to noise.

Click here for more details



Research needed to understand construction suicide rate

Site Safe NZ, in partnership with the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), announced this week that they will be leading a new, in-depth study to uncover the underlying trends behind the high number of suicides in the industry.

Click here for full artical

Technical News

Rochester coronial investigation releases findings

The Coroner has completed its official investigation into the deaths of Barry Purtell and David Lobb. The two men, aged 34 and 52 respectively, died after gases from a refrigeration compressor ignited in the cellar of the Hotel Rochester, Bendigo in June 2014.

Click here for more details



Calling all tradies, technicians, and engineers!

We have just started a new membership incentive called Tap a Tradie on the Shoulder. If you can persuade a colleague or friend to join IRHACE and if they do, we will reward you with a $20.00 voucher!!

Its as simple as referring your friend to us, we will send them an application form, once their membership is accepted, well send you a voucher!

Help strengthen our membership by attracting your peers!

Email us at tapatradie@irhace.org.nz

New qualifications for the engineering industry

Technology and automation are rapidly driving change in the engineering sector and our engineering programmes are transforming to better meet the needs of your industry.

In one of the largest and most complex pieces of work ever undertaken by Competenz, the engineering programmes have been reviewed in consultation with industry experts across New Zealand.

Now enrolling new apprentices in programmes leading towards New Zealand Certificates, which will replace the National Certificates.

For more information on this click here

Podcast highlights HVAC&R Drawdown project

An initiative to apply the Project Drawdown approach to the HVAC&R industry has been highlighted on the Climactic podcast.

Project Drawdown is a worldwide project that lays out a plan to reverse global warming. It has drawn on more than 65 researchers and scientists from 22 countries to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change.

Click here for more details



Lessons from Europes HFC phase-down

Reports from Europe indicate the HVAC&R industry is feeling the effects of the HFC phase-down there known as the F-Gas Regulation.

Click here for more details.

International Events

National Events

  • Managing Employee Leave Seminar - Auckland on Thursday, 22nd November 2018, from 9.00am-11.00am. Location at the EMA Business Hub 145 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland. Click here for more details.

SimPRO NZ Roadshow 2018

  • Monday 15 October - Hamilton
  • Tuesday 16 October - Auckland
  • Wednesday 17 October - Wellington
  • Thursday 18 October - Christchurch

Click here for more details


Branch Events

  • Christchurch Christmas Party- 20th November 2018, at The Vines.
  • Auckland Christmas Party- 15th November 2018, at the Remuera Club

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If you have any feedback or suggestions, please send them to charlie@irhace.org.nz


January 2019



Welcome to Real Skills from the Industry Training Federation (ITF), bringing you monthly news from ITOs, industry training and apprenticeships.

Please contact us at the ITF with news tips, feedback or comments.



Industry Training in the media 

New Zealand's great employers recognised
"Training and mentoring such an amazing feeling"



ITF congratulates employers

In December the Industry Training Federation ran a series of 16 advertisements in newspapers across the country. We all know there would be no industry training without great employers who provide jobs, skills and qualifications in the workplace. 

We thought it was important to give thanks and congratulate all the employers around the country that supported their apprentices and trainees to complete this year, a total of 10,419 employers in 2018. 

Click here to see advertisements across all regions.



Careerforce announces new CEO
Careerforce has appointed Jane Wenman to be its new Chief Executive Officer.  She replaced Ray Lind who left the organisation on 2 November, after over 7 years as its CEO. Previously Jane was Careerforces Chief Financial Officer and joined the industry training organisation in September 2016. Prior to this, she worked in chartered accountancy with Grant Thornton New Zealand.
I have been very fortunate to have been part of Careerforces recent growth story, and I feel very privileged to lead Careerforce going forward," says Jane.

"I am really excited about furthering the role Careerforce plays in delivering better outcomes for New Zealand and to working very closely with our many stakeholders.

Read more.




Careerforce Christchurch outgrows offices

Reflecting the significant growth of Careerforce as an organisation across the last few years, the old Christchurch office on Armagh Street had been bursting at the seams.  As a result, were excited to announce that our new Christchurch home is now at:  Level 1, 6 Hazeldean Road.
According to Jane Wenman, Careerforce Chief Executive, this office shift reflects a real commitment from Careerforce to Christchurch, and a fantastic new home to our over 50 Christchurch based staff, and where weve had 33% growth in the last year alone. The new office provides a much more modern working environment, and were sure our staff are going to love it.




Connexis welcomes new Chief Executive

Connexis is excited to welcome Toby Beaglehole as their new Chief Executive. Toby is an experienced leader with a range of senior management roles, including Chief Executive of New Zealand Oil Services Limited and senior positions at New Zealand Post, Babcock and Brown Infrastructure, Meridian Energy and Ernst and Young.  Hes Treasurer at the Business Leaders Health & Safety Forum, and a strong believer in making New Zealand safer and more productive.

Im delighted to join an organisation that contributes in such a fundamental way to growing people and knowledge for New Zealand. We have some exciting new projects in progress for 2019 with a key goal to grow our industries and increasing the number of people across infrastructure who are upskilling.

Our ultimate goal is to develop a skilled and productive infrastructure workforce as well as encouraging new talent to join. The new suite of Civil qualifications launching in March strongly supportsthis goal. This is a big project and has been in the works for close to 18 months. Additionally, we are looking ahead to our 2019 Girls with Hi-Vis® events to encourage and introduce more young women to a career in infrastructure.



Top industry executive joins ServiceIQ

Top service industry executive Tony Laskey has been appointed as ServiceIQs new General Manager - Industry Engagement, from 4 February. ServiceIQ Chief Executive Andrew McSweeney says Tony is joining ServiceIQ at a time of continuing growth for New Zealand.

Read more.



First woman in New Zealand completes Civil Trades Certification

Pearl Jury is the first woman in New Zealand to gain her Civil Trades Certification leading the way for women working in the infrastructure industry.

Civil Trades Certification (CTC), introduced in December 2015, is the nationally recognised accreditation programme for civil contractors in New Zealand. CTC is run through infrastructure industry training organisation, Connexis.

Read more.



National award winner a cut above

Three and a half years ago, 22-year-old Tom Elers started as an apprentice canvas fabrication technician at Charmans Motor Trimming in Hastings. Tom admits that when he first started at the business, he wasnt entirely sure what canvas fabrication and motor trimming actually involved. But after three months, realised this was the industry for me I really love what I do.
Read more.



Local Farmers Given More Flexibility To Study in 2019

Primary ITO and Wintec will significantly alter the structure of the popular Diploma in Agribusiness Management for Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki students next year to help more dairy farmers continue to study during their busiest times of year.

The Diploma, which is offered in the central North Island through Wintec, will be broken into eight smaller modules instead of the traditional four, giving farmers and other agribusiness owners and managers more flexibility to tackle smaller chunks of learning.

Primary ITOs Diploma Programme Leader Rebecca Drummond says the full qualification normally takes 2.5 years to finish if students complete one module per semester. That can be a big commitment for people who are already working fulltime, generally running their own business and often raising a family, she acknowledges.

The course content will remain the same but now the larger modules will be split into smaller pieces of learning making them easier to manage.

From 2019, Wintec will deliver these smaller modules in a new three semester structure, with courses available between February and mid-May; mid-May to early July; and late September until mid-December.  Previously people have only been able to start a course in February or late September. This will be particularly useful for dairy farmers who calve in the autumn, but also for sheep and beef farmers and horticulture owners who are busy during the early part of the year.  It will also allow other farmers to pick up a smaller module in the winter while their cows are dry. 

Read more about the diploma.



New "fees-free" sign making apprenticeship launched

A new apprenticeship programme for the signmaking industry will give workers the skills they need to succeed and apprentices could qualify for two years of funding under the governments fees-free scheme.
Read more.



Guiding people out of the ordinary at Discover Waitomo

Taking people into underground cave systems is the ultimate bonding experience, says Angus Stubbs, and well-trained guides make sure guests who arrive as strangers leave feeling like friends.

Angus is the people and safety advisor for Discover Waitomo, which offers a range of cave experiences and tours for all ages and abilities in the central North Island.
Read more.



Changes to the Roofing Apprenticeships - onwards and upwards!

The journey of entering the industry to becoming an expert in a specialised field of roofing is one that all new roofers must take. To help make that path more straightforward for apprentices and employers who take on apprentices, The Skills Organisation has structured the new programme to now have five strands: 

"   Concrete or Clay Tile Roof

"   Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Cladding 

"   Metal Tile Roof

"   Roof Membrane Systems 

"   Shingle or Slate Roof

Read more.



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In order to ensure the building and construction sector continues to enhance New Zealands social and economic performance, we will provide a quarterly update to our key stakeholders on what is coming up.  This is the first of these regular updates.


This update gives a broad overview of the branch work programme, the key managers and their responsibilities, and an outline of what is coming up as we aim to transform the performance of the building sector. 



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Issue 87 - December 2018



BSP General Manager update  Codewords 87

In the final issue for 2018, Anna Butler looks at the areas of focus for Building System Performance, thanks the sector for their involvement in key projects, and lets you know about recently published documents including amendments to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods, and a progress report on the identification of potentially earthquake-prone buildings.
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Anna Butler
GM, Building System Performance
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment


Code and technical changes



BC Update 243: Acceptable Solution and Verification Method amendments November 2018

Seven Acceptable Solutions and four Verification Methods for complying with the New Zealand Building Code have been amended. Changes are effective from 30 November 2018.

Demolition planning lessons from Statistics House

Engineers, building consent authorities and contractors involved in the demolition of buildings with precast concrete floors should be aware of the learnings from the demolition of the Statistics House building in Wellington.


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LBP Registrar Update (Codewords 87)

In this issue Paul Hobbs gives an update on LBP fees and stakeholder feedback on the scheme, and discusses an article on built-up members in place of solid timber and the second article in the quantity-surveying and construction series.

Built-up members in place of solid timber

Jack studs and bottom and top plates must be solid timber members, but NZS 3604:2011 lets other solid timber members be replaced by built-up members. However, these need to be done correctly.

Quantity surveying and design work together

Including value engineering options during a projects design can help manage costs and avoid a budget blowout.

Design LBP fined for working without a licence

Xiang Bai has been ordered to pay a $3000 fine after he was found to have carried out design work after his licence had been suspended.

Design LBPs licence cancelled for incompetent and negligent work

Design LBP Graeme Taylor had his licence cancelled after he was found to have worked outside of his competence

Misleading contract results in disciplinary action

The Building Practitioners Board has issued a decision against an LBP who provided a contract to help a homeowner obtain finance, despite knowing the contract did not reflect the actual circumstances of their agreement.



Recent determinations



Deciding whether a structure is a building or a boat

This article summarises a recent determination about whether a structure is a building or a boat; and whether construction of this structure is considered building work under the Building Act.

Refusal to exempt seismic strengthening work from needing building consent

This article summarises a recent determination about a councils decision to refuse to exempt seismic strengthening work from needing a building consent.

Previous determinations

News and updates includes previous issues of Codewords and recent Building Controls Updates.

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Building Controls Update

30 November 2018 No. 243

Seven Acceptable Solutions and four Verification Methods for complying with the New Zealand Building Code have been amended. Changes are effective from 30 November 2018.

A large number of Building Code System documents require updating periodically to remain current with sector innovations and best practice. MBIE has started a Bi-Annual Building Code System Update programme to assist with this. This means there are two consultation periods every year in February/March and August/September about proposed changes to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. Amendments are published in June and November.

This move to a Bi-Annual Building Code System Update responds to sector feedback that previous updates have been ad hoc in nature, that stakeholders want more lead-in time to provide submissions, and they do not want lengthy consultation documents. The new programme will provide the sector more advanced notice of consultations, ensure relevant documents remain up-to-date, and give clarity, certainty and consistency.

The first consultation period in this new programme took place from 8 August to 21 September 2018. Amendments were proposed to eleven Acceptable Solutions and Verifications Methods, and it was proposed to revoke the Simple House Acceptable Solution.

Overall 29 submissions were received, the majority supporting the proposed changes. Some submitters commented on other matters and these have been noted for future consideration. The published amendments will follow the proposals except that the Simple House Acceptable Solution will not be revoked at this time.

MBIE appreciates the time and effort put into the submissions and would like to thank all those who participated.

Effective dates and transition

These amendments are effective from 30 November 2018.

The previous Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods will continue to comply until 31 March 2019 inclusive. If used from 1 April 2019, the previous Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods must be considered an alternative solution proposal.


Amendments have been made to the following Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods:

  • Building Code Clause B1 Structure: B1/VM1
    • B1/VM1 has been amended to reference a new Standard for designing composite steel-concrete structures and a new Technical Specification for specifying durability requirements for steel structures. These new documents expand on information currently available with the former providing design options for a wider range of composite structures and the latter enabling more designers to specify corrosion protection systems. B1/VM1 also now references the latest version of the wind loading Standard.
  • Building Code Clause B2 Durability: B2/AS1
    • B2/AS1 now includes durability requirements for steel structures and components. This amendment provides clarity on steel protection measures avoiding the need to justify alternative solution proposals.
  • Building Code Clause E2 External Moisture: E2/VM1, E2/AS1
    • Both the Verification Method and Acceptable Solution have been amended to include Extra High wind zones. Amendments have been made to the Verification Method to clarify the testing requirements for ensuring adequate weathertightness performance of claddings. The revised testing requirements apply to all new testing; current test certificates will remain valid.
  • Building Code Clause G12 Water Supplies: G12/VM1, G12/AS1, G12/AS2
    • Amendments have been made to the G12 Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods to reference amended Standards for the jointing of common stainless steel pipework. This means common stainless steel pipework installation no longer has to be treated as an alternative solution proposal.
  • Building Code Clause G13 Foul Water: G13/AS1, G13/VM2, G13/AS2, G13/AS3
    • Amendments have been made to G13 Verification Methods and Acceptable Solutions to reference an amended Standard relating to the testing of drains and inclusion of vacuum drainage systems. Use of these provisions will no longer need to be treated as alternative solution proposals.

Simple House Acceptable Solution (SH/AS1)

MBIE proposed to revoke SH/AS1 as part of the November 2018 Update. During consultation we learned that information on foundation design in expansive soils in SH/AS1 is not contained in any other Acceptable Solution. We now propose transferring the Slab-on-ground in expansive soils information to Acceptable Solution B1/AS1 as soon as possible as part of the Bi-Annual Building Code System Update programme. Once this is done, SH/AS1 will be revoked.



UPDATE to Fire Safety Design Guide for Residential Community Housing

On 28 March 2018, MBIE published the Fire Safety Design Guide for Residential Community Housing. The document provides guidance for building consent authorities, community housing providers and fire engineers when an alternative solution is used to demonstrate Building Code compliance.

This guidance was developed following stakeholder feedback on the 2012 edition of revised Fire Safety Acceptable Solutions C/AS1-7. The 2012 amendments to the Building Code and supporting fire compliance documents resulted in changes to the performance settings for treatment of residential community housing. These types of homes were classified with the same fire safety provisions as a hospital or prison.

Stakeholders noted this provided a one size fits all approach, without considering the differing levels of care and mobility of occupants in residential community housing and their ability to self-evacuate in the event of a fire.

The 2018 guidance forms a framework for development of an alternative solution and covers specific variations to the Acceptable Solution that are appropriate for residential community housing. All other aspects of compliance are expected to meet C/AS1, C/AS2 or C/AS3 as appropriate or alternatively by specific design to the relevant New Zealand Building Code clauses. It is expected that building consent authorities familiarise themselves with the guidance as it is valid to be used as a framework for an alternative solution.

The guidance is for new buildings and alterations as well as existing buildings undergoing work that requires a building consent in accordance with the New Zealand Building Act.  The guidance is a framework for an alternative solution and does not apply retrospectively to existing buildings unless there is building work that is being undertaken that requires a building consent. 

This guidance was jointly developed by MBIE, the Ministry of Health, New Zealand Fire Service, Housing New Zealand, Community Housing Aotearoa, New Zealand Disability Support Network, Disabled Person Assembly and a building control officer representative.

Public consultation on the proposed guidance document took place from 17 July to 11 September 2017.

Fire Safety Design Guide for Residential Community Housinghas further information.

If you have any further questions please contact firereview@mbie.govt.nz



Financial Reports

First Quarter 2018 Operating Results Cash Flow
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Second Quarter 2018 Operating Results Cash Flow
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Third Quarter 2018 Operating Results Cash Flow
Balance Sheet
Full Year Result 2018 Operating Results Cash Flow
Balance Sheet Financial Notes
Reviewers's Report


Minutes of AGM


Held by Video/Teleconference Conference


Spark City

167 Victoria St West

Central Business District



Spark Connect

16 Walker St

Central Business District



Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 7:35pm.


Ralph Boshier, Ian Brown,  Bruce Hurley, Levi Martin, Mark McKinney, Ross Muir, Keith Smith, Ross Weir, Malcolm Wheeler, Ian Woodhead



Bruce Jensen, Mike Duncan, Basil Orr, Peter Over


That apologies be accepted (Ross Muir /Ralph Boshier).



Minutes of Previous AGM

That the minutes of the previous AGM, held on Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 7.30 pm be confirmed as a true and accurate record (Ross Muir/Mark McKinney)



Matters Arising


Nil matter arising from the minutes.


Presidents Report

That Presidents Report be accepted (Ross Muir/Malcolm Wheeler)



Matters Arising


Nil matters arising from the report.


Secretarys Report

That Secretarys Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ralph Boshier)



Matters Arising

The Secretary acknowledged the work of the Spark Foundation and, in particular, use of the video-conference facilities for the meeting.


Financial Report

That Financial Report (refer above) be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir)



Matters Arising


Nil matters arising from the report.


EARB Report

That Engineering Associates Registration Board Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Levi Martin)



Matters Arising


Nil matters arising from the report.


Election of Officers





National President

Ross Muir

Bruce Hurley

Ralph Boshier

National Secretary/ Treasurer

Bruce Hurley

Ross Muir

Ian Brown

Auckland Branch Councillor

Ralph Boshier

Ross Muir

Bruce Hurley

Waikato/BoP Branch Councillor

Ian Brown

Mark McKinney

Gavin Petrie

Palmerston North Branch Councillor

Bob ODriscoll

Mark McKinney

Levi Martin

Wellington Branch Councillor

Keith Smith

Malcolm Wheeler

Arnold Darby

Christchurch Branch Councillor

Ian Woodhead

Ex Officio

2nd Christchurch Branch Councillor

Levi Martin

Elected by Christchurch Branch

Dunedin Branch Councillor

Terry Thomas

Ex Officio

2nd Dunedin Branch Councillor


Elected by Dunedin Branch


There being only one nomination for each position, all positions were confirmed without the need for elections.


Ross Muir advised the meeting, after 51 years on the executive, this would be his last term as President.  The meeting acknowledged the significant contribution Ross has made to the Institute.


Appointment of Financial Reviewer

That the current financial reviewer, Jeremy Barrett, be reappointed for the 2018 financial year (Bruce Hurley/Ian Brown)



2017 Subscriptions

That the membership subscription rate remains at $20.00 for the 2018 financial year (Bruce Hurley/Ian Woodhead)




Cheque Signatories

That the current cheque signatories (Ross Muir/Ralph Boshier/Bruce Hurley) be retained (Ian Brown/Ian Woodhead).




Nil submitted


General Business

The Spark Foundation

That a donation of $50.00 be made to the Spark Foundation in recognition of making the video conference facilities available the meeting (Bruce Hurley/Ian Woodhead).



Auckland VHF Group

That a donation of $50.00 be made to the Auckland VHF Group of the NZART in recognition of their continuing support through their standing invitation for Institute members to attend their meetings and access to their magazine, Spectrum (Bruce Hurley/Ian Brown).



The reduction of the Auckland VHF Group donation to $50.00 was based on the Institute no longer using the Groups club rooms for the AGM.   It is conditional upon the Secretary explaining the situation to the Groups Treasurer.


No further general business.



The meeting was declared closed at 8:05pm.



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