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Wellington, Christchurch (coming soon)



Galaxy-hunting tech used to stop poachers hunting endangered animals

For the first-time technology being used to identify far off galaxies is now being pointed back at Earth to help protect endangered species from the threat of poachers. Scientists and researchers from the UK are in the process of conducting trial using infrared cameras which will be able to detect and identify the unique thermal signatures of animals and humans. The hope is that the technology can help game wardens and conservationists to better track animals and for poachers to be identified and stopped earlier. You can read more about the technology here.

Thanks to Malcolm Wheeler for the link

EMEX 2018




Industry 4.0, Advanced Manufacturing (3D printing) and Robotic Automation will heavily feature in the newly created INNOVATION QUARTER. Do you wish to advertise and market your products to over 5000 industry professionals?  Book your spot in the Innovation Quarter NOW. 

In conjunction with the Manufacturers' Network and Competenz, the industry apprenticeship organisation, we will offer Apprenticeship Workshops and speed meet sessions for motivated high school students looking at starting a career in engineering or manufacturing. 

Machine Tooling Exhibitors will, of course, demonstrate the latest (CNC) machines with sessions at regular intervals. Welding equipment suppliers will have digital augmented reality welding competitions for visitors to participate in.

Plus so much more!

view the new floorplan now






EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING HUB - including apprenticeship workshops and 'speed meet'








Showcase your services to New Zealands premier manufacturing and engineering companies who are leading the world in technology advancement and innovation.

Download the Sales Pack HERE>>
Or view it online as a Flipping Book>>
View the Floorplan HERE>>


EMEX 2018 is 80% booked already. Dont miss out on this powerful and exciting opportunity to grow your business through engaging directly with 5,000+ industry professionals and decision makers.


For 40 years EMEX has been providing an opportunity to showcase innovative products and technology.

This Trade Only event offers a professional and comprehensive sales & marketing platform bringing together industry buyers, suppliers and educators to share ideas and develop business relationships.  With potential onsite buying power of $422,000,000 (FreshInfo Economic Evaluation Report 2016)

Independently audited attendance data clearly shows over 75% of the visitors are the makers of purchasing decisions. Dont miss out on EMEX, your best sales and marketing opportunity for 2018.

For a taste of what EMEX is like,view the 2016 video on YouTube or check out the 2016 Show Image Gallery.


E2 E


Here is the latest Engineering E2E newsletter.


IN THIS ISSUE& We lend our support to TECs Roadmap 2020 project, launch phase 2 of the degree apprenticeship programme and feature what weve learnt from the secondary-tertiary pathways projects so far.


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

Best wishes

The Engineering E2E Team




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Nominations for the 2018 Awards are now open!

The national Women in Governance Awards programme recognises and celebrates innovation, excellence, creativity and commitment to diversity by both organisations and individuals.

The finalists will be announced at the Women in Governance Awards Gala Dinner being held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on Thursday 10 May 2018.

Entries close 6 April 2018.

Click here for more


Whats on this month


Job Board

Board/Council Members Wanted

2018 IRHACE and CCCANZ AGMs are fast approaching and with these are the need for several new board members. RLNZ also see several vacancies coming up in coming months. Please apply as below, or if you wish to recommend someone please contact Christine Johnston below

We are calling for applications from those interested in getting involved, vacancies are as follows:

IRHACE Council 1 x Vacancy 2018
CCCANZ Board 2 x Vacancies 2018
RLNZ Board 2 x Vacancies 2018, 1 x Vacancy 2019

Who will you be?

  • Prepared to provide your time on a voluntary basis
  • A strategic thinker, with a collaborative leadership style
  • Have a broad understanding of your particular entity, the issues facing the industry, along with what makes this industry tick
  • A people player, probably with a passion to give back
  • For RLNZ you must have a working understanding of training or apprenticeships and all they encompass
  • Able to commit yourself to approximately of 7 x ½ days per year, along with approximately 2 additional hours per month.

Whats in it for you?

  • You can broaden and shape your skills in governance on a small but important board
  • Get to work with like-minded board members who are equally as committed to make a difference
  • You will see results and have the satisfaction of helping lead and develop your industry
  • You must commit to a minimum of 2 years
  • Essential costs, travel etc are paid by the entity

Applications close 12th April 2018

Contact Christine Johnston - christine@irhace.org.nz or 021929729 in the first instance


Whats News

SNUG a Home in my Backyard

Introducing the SNUG - a PrefabNZ design competition for 'a home in my backyard' SNUG Registrations: Please register your interest by end March by email olly@prefabnz.com

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Public Holidays

Public holidays As well as their four weeks of annual leave, employees are entitled to 11 public holidays each year (if the public holidays fall on days theyd normally work). Staff who choose to work on public holidays are entitled to be paid time-and-a-half and get a days leave to take later. Work out if youre paying your employees properly and doing whats expected.

click here for more


Social Media - What's in it for me (WIFM)?

Did you know that IRHACE and CCCANZ both have a members forum on LinkedIn, an area that is dedicated to members to discuss business and industry issues and provide professional assistance to other members.

click here for the IRHACE Linkedin page

click here for the CCCANZ Linkedin page

Did you know that IRHACE has a Facebook page?


  • So members can stay in touch
  • Stay up to date with news and current events
  • Networking and engaging with like minded industry players
  • An opportunity to share your opinion, knowledge and experience, educate, ask questions and much more

click here for our facebook page


We will be introducing a Facebook page exclusively for IRHACE Students in the coming weeks...watch this space!

Can you afford not to be part of social media?







Health and Safety


Managing Health and Safety: Your rights and obligations

The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) provides you and your workmates with a number of rights and you have the right to stop working if you believe it is unhealthy or unsafe

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International News



New Low GWP Alternative Refrigerant Learning resources now available free!

A set of free newly updated learning materials are now available from the REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE project. The English versions of nine modules have been developed by a team of international experts as part of an EU co-funded project to address climate change and support the rapid move to alternatives to high GWP refrigerants.

click here for more






April 2018


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 

  •  Plans to reinstate skills leadership role to ITOs
  • Restoringskills leadership will benefit individuals and industries


ITF Conference 2018 - 'Skills in a Changing World' - SAVE THE DATE.

The 2018 ITF Conference will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa on 26 and 27 June 2018.  

International and New Zealand based leaders and thinkers will provide global, national, regional and workplace perspectives on the changing world of work, and the changing world of education and training.

We have some very exciting speaker announcements to make shortly and registrations will open on 23 April - but get it in your diary now, as it is not to be missed. 


Joining forces to create a brighter future 
Skills International (Skills) is delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation with the Hanoi Vocational College of High Technology (HHT). Under this MOU, Skills and HHT will work closely together to develop the vocational education offering in Vietnam, with the ultimate goal being to enhance the skills of HHT teachers and graduates, ensuring Hanoi city and Vietnams workforce is prepared to meet the future skills needed to continue to boost its impressive economic growth.See more


MITO to develop EV qualification framework
MITO is excited to announce that it has received funding from the Governments Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund towards the development of a qualification framework for the safe inspection, servicing and repair of electric vehicles (EVs) in New Zealand. The announcement was made by Energy and Resources Minister Hon Megan Woods at ZEALANDIA, Wellington. See more


Pasifika festival welcomes BCITO
BCITO was excited and proud to be part of the Pasifika festival held in Auckland at Western Springs on 24-25 March.  This event is the largest of its kind in the world. Well over 60,000 people attended. This was the perfect opportunity for our people to interact and engage with the public and, in particular, Maori, Pasifika and other ethnicities who may be considering trades under our coverage as a viable career option. For more information please contact Gloria 


Cookery career-maker!
For the first time, the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge (NSSCC), the countrys premiere cooking competition for up-coming chefs, is offering a whole lot more than a prize for just a few. This year, every competitor will get the opportunity to line-up a job, and kick-start a career with internationally recognised on-job training programmes, courtesy of ServiceIQ, Industry Training Organisation for the hospitality industry. See more


Youth work sector gets its own apprenticeship programme
The youth work sector is very excited to see the launch of Careerforces new Youth Work Apprenticeship programme, said Jane Zintl manager of Korowai Tupu o Ara Taiohi, the professional association of youth workers. Ara Taiohi, the peak body for youth development, launched Korowai Tupu last year, and as advocates of sector development and youth work champions, they are supporters of the Youth Work Apprenticeship programme. Korowai Tupu have contributed strongly to the development of the Youth Work Apprenticeship as a qualification which recognises youth workers and also provides an attractive pathway for school leavers into the sector. See more


Celebrating apprentice creativity
HITO and Sara Allsop are pleased to announce the Industry NZ Hairdressing Awards New Generation Competition, open to all hairdressing and barbering apprentices. Four finalists will win a trip to Auckland to work backstage with some of New Zealands best styling directors at the Industry NZ Hairdressing Awards show on 29 April 2018.  Finalists will also be given the opportunity to work backstage at Hair Expo Australia in June where they will be partnered with an Industry mentor to create a look for a Gala Night show. See more


MPTT Whanaungatanga Day 2018
This year, the second time the Whanaungatanga Day has been run through MPTT, Skills staff worked with 200 electrical and plumbing trainees and apprentices while other Industry Training Organisations worked alongside students from their industry sectors. Tony Laulu, Pasifika Advisor from Skills says: Whanaungatanga Day is a good chance for trainees to meet each other, get to know the MPTT team, and learn about the support MPTT can offer on their journey to becoming fully qualified tradespeople and proud members of the community. Its good for them to see who we are as we will be popping up a few times during their lifetime of study as they transition from school to an apprenticeship. See more


2018 MITO scholarship recipients announced
49 outstanding individuals have been awarded 2018 MITO scholarships to help further their careers. Contributing funding towards apprenticeships, training programmes and business skills qualifications, the MITO scholarship programme assists aspiring and successful graduate learners to progress their skills and knowledge. See more


BBFNZ scholarships for women brick and block laying apprentices
The three scholarships, worth approximately $1,500, are available to female brick and blocklaying apprentices throughout 2018. The first scholarship opened on 8 March 2018 to coincide with International Womans Day and is available for female apprentices of any year while the remaining two are intended for women beginning their apprentices in 2018. Making an approach to a brick and blocklaying company is a good start, alternatively, you could register your interest by emailing BBFNZ who can assist with identifying placements or opportunities for women to trial the trade, or you could register your interest as 'looking for work' with BCITO. See more


Skills Active promotes safe practices in NZs unregulated exercise industry
There has been a rapid rise in ACC claims for gym-related injuries in New Zealand.  Qualworx, in partnership with Exercise New Zealand, has developed FitSafe. This product audits the practices that an operator has in place to promote a safe experience for clients using exercise facilities.  
Nikki Williams is the first personal trainer in New Zealand to complete the Qualworx 'Safety of My Clients' Audit. See below to learn more about FitSafe. See more


Hohepa takes butchery skills to the world stage
When Hohepa Smith first started out in butchery, he wanted to be the guy on the marae who prepared the meat and provided for his family. He was working at Countdown Meat and Livestock in Auckland after taking a break from university, and he was rapidly improving his knife skills.  Being able to provide for my family really appealed to me. I was working at the meatworks for quite a few years before I started my apprenticeship with Competenz, and thats where it all began. See more


27th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills'

A reminder that the call for presentations has gone out for Australia's international 27th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills.  This  year the Industry Training Federation and Ako Aotearoa are co-hosting this conference with NCVER. The No Frills conference will replace our annual NZVET Research Forum. It would be great to see as many New Zealanders there as possible. Register or Find out more


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Building  Controls  Updates

3 April 2018 No. 230

MBIE has issued a warning about the use of loop bar details in flange-hung double-tee precast concrete floor units, and published an amendment to Verification Method B1/VM1.

The warning and amendment are part of MBIEs response to the investigation into the performance of Statistics House and the Canterbury earthquakes.


Loop bar warning

MBIE has issued a warning about the use of loop bar details in flange-hung double-tee precast concrete floor units that do not comply with the Concrete Structures Standard NZS 3101.1:2006 Amendment 3.

The warning came into force on 3 April 2018. From this date building consent authorities (BCAs) and territorial authorities must take the warning into consideration when deciding whether a building consent application complies with the Building Code.

The warning only applies to building consent applications for building work. It does not mean that existing buildings with loop bar details are unsafe. The expected performance of loop bar details depends on a number of other building design and construction characteristics. If building owners are concerned that their building may potentially contain the loop bar design detail they should seek advice from a structural engineer or discuss their concerns with their BCA.

Loop bar warning (2018-001)

MBIE to issue loop bar warning and publish B1/VM1 Amendment 16 in Codewords 83 has further details about the warning.


Verification Method B1/VM1 Amendment 16

B1/VM1 Amendment 16 has been published and takes effect from 3 April 2018. The amendment includes:

  • an updated reference to the latest version of the Concrete Structures Standard NZS 3101.1:2006 Amendment 3  
  • modifications to the Steel Structures Standard NZS 3404.1:1997, to update design and construction requirements.

The amendment ensures that current engineering practice is reflected in the Verification Method.

B1/VM1 Amendment 15 or Amendment 16 will be accepted as a means of compliance during the three-month transition period from 3 April to 30 June 2018. After 30 June 2018, only Amendment 16 will be accepted.

Please note an exception has been made regarding the use of cast iron anchors and couplers, which will continue to be compliant under B1/VM1 Amendment 16 until 1 November 2018. This will allow for continuity of anchor/coupler supply by giving suppliers extra time to stock up on alternative couplers and anchors.

B1/VM1 Amendment 16 has further information.



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
Balance Sheet
Second Quarter 2018 Operating Results Cash Flow
Balance Sheet
Third Quarter 2018 Operating Results Cash Flow
Balance Sheet
Full Year Result 2017 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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