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Notice of Annual General Meeting
Members unable to attend the above venue are able to join either by their own desktop/mobile video or by teleconference. Refer to the appointment attached to your notification e-mail.
Date & Time:
Wednesday, 04th March 2020
At 7.30 pm
* To be confirmed
A listing of science and knowledge events in New Zealand
Wellington, Christchurch (coming soon)
New application for a very old technology
Ever heard of VLC? Visible Light Communication is the long term. Invented by Alexander Graham Bell back in the 1880s, it was called the photophone. The technology is making a comeback in a new form with the advent of LED lighting powered via PoE and connected to the local area network. This technology is opening exciting new possibilities for communication. Click to learn more »
Cold temperatures generate electricity
Scientists have discovered a way to power a light using the coldness of outer space. This could eventually be the night time equivalent of solar energy. They have used an inexpensive thermoelectric device, to harness the cold without an active heat input. The process is called radiative sky cooling, which can generate enough electricity to power an LED light. Scientists describe it as being similar to how frost forms on grass during freezing nights. That same idea can be used to create electricity, and produce renewable energy after the sun goes down. Further details are published in this journal.
My thanks to Malcolm Wheeler for providing interesting tit-bit
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS
We are pleased to inform you the Government has decided that six industry-led Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) will be established to give industry greater leadership across vocational education and training.
Using the current vocational pathways as a model, the six new WDCs will cover Creative, Cultural and Recreation; Primary Industries; Service Industries; Health, Community and Social Services; Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics and Technology; and Construction and Infrastructure. The current coverage descriptions for each WDC are working titles only, as is the name of New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology.
Please note that some industry areas are not described yet as coverage is drawn from current ITO and NZQA responsibilities. The final detailed descriptions of WDC coverage areas will be through Orders in Council as each WDC is stood up.
The establishment of WDCs will be enabled by the passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill expected by 1 April, 2020. There will then be a transition period until 31 December 2022, to allow time for functions to transfer to the new WDCs and providers at the appropriate time.
The next steps for the WDCs establishment process include:
• Further engagement with industry, relevant stakeholders, and industry training organisations regarding the WDC establishment process early in the new year.
• Supporting WDCs to identify their governance arrangements and Board appointment process to ensure good governance arrangements are put in place and that the WDCs represent all industry interests within their area of coverage.
• Supporting ITOs in their transition by establishing transitional ITOs on 1 April 2020 to maintain current ITO capability until WDCs are established and a provider has taken on their responsibilities for arranging training.
A fact sheet is available here https://aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tec.govt.nz%2Frove%2Fworkforce-development-councils%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cbruce.hurley%40spark.co.nz%7Cbea4787ebec544c5544308d7827a0fbe%7Cf6b3cec6a8624a409ab400d6e11e6f0f%7C0%7C0%7C637121333081256567&sdata=noGUCi6Nb7zbAq6uOyUzcbuhEwzrsQ6MUBWJElEvza8%3D&reserved=0 and the Minister’s media release can be found here https://aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beehive.govt.nz%2Frelease%2Fworkforce-development-councils-lead-stronger-industry-voice&data=02%7C01%7Cbruce.hurley%40spark.co.nz%7Cbea4787ebec544c5544308d7827a0fbe%7Cf6b3cec6a8624a409ab400d6e11e6f0f%7C0%7C0%7C637121333081256567&sdata=p7MQzDrGxV65i3SOOPKJplOh3RtWdP24Q7JcLl1hMck%3D&reserved=0.
Thank you for your time and participation in this important decision-making process. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Targeted Consultation Document – A Licensing Regime for Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning Technicians (6 December 2019 - 17 January 2020)
You may have heard that following the initial Consultation Document in 2018, Government signed off a Refrigerant License Regime in principle. There are several areas where MBIE require additional clarification and this Targeted Consultation Document has been issued. Click here to read the Document https://www.irhace.org.nz/news/155/38/Targeted-Consultation-open-for-a-licensing-regime-for-refrigeration-heating-and-air-conditioning-technicians/
An industry team have discussed the document in depth and ask that as many industry participants should have the opportunity to ‘have your say’.
We would really like to hear from you, so please participate in our online survey please click on this link it should only take you about 10 minutes https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PC5TBCL
We have until 17th January to collate feedback and prepare submissions so we would appreciate your feedback no later than 6th January 2019.
We know it’s a busy time of the year but we hope you do ‘have your say’, we are committed to influencing a robust License Regime that benefits everyone.
Kind regards and wishing you a wonderful Christmas
Christine Johnston – General Manager IRHACE
This is an invitation to join our HVAC&R Industry Facebook group.
Stay connected and click here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1158608134338628 to visit the page and select ‘join group’.
We look forward to seeing you shortly.
Minutes of AGM
Held by Video Conference
167 Victoria St West
Central Business District
16 Walker St
Central Business District
Tuesday 26th February 2018 at 7:30 pm.
Ralph Boshier, Bruce Hurley, Levi Martin, Ross Muir, Ian Woodhouse
Ian Brown, John Dunn, Mark McKinney, Basil Orr, Peter Over, Graham Street, Terry Thomas Malcolm Wheeler,
That apologies be accepted (Ross Muir/Ralph Boshier).
Minutes of Previous AGM
That the minutes of the previous AGM, held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 7.35 pm be confirmed as a true and accurate record (Levi Martin/Ian Woodhouse).
Nil matter arising from the minutes.
That President’s Report be accepted (Ross Muir/Bruce Hurley)
Nil matters arising from the report.
That Secretary’s Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir)
The Secretary again, acknowledged the work of the Spark Foundation and, in particular, use of the video-conference facilities for the meeting.
That Financial Report (see below) be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ian Woodhouse)
Basil Orr suggested that the Institute seal be written-off as its value is now below the maximum allowable write-off value of $500 to simplify the accounts. The Treasurer will address when preparing the 2019 Financial report.
That Engineering Associates Registration Board Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir)
Nil matters arising from the report.
Election of Officers
There being only one nomination for each position, all positions were confirmed without the need for elections.
Appointment of Financial Reviewer
That the current financial reviewer, Jeremy Barrett, be reappointed for the 2019 financial year (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir)
That the membership subscription rate remains at $20.00 for the 2018 financial year (Bruce Hurley/Ralph Boshier)
That the current cheque signatories (Ross Muir/Ralph Boshier/Bruce Hurley) be retained (Levi Martin/Ian Woodhouse)
That the annual student awards be named the Ross Muir Awards (Bruce Hurley/Ralph Boshier)
Ross was the driving force in set up the awards and has continued to administer them every year. It is a fitting tribute upon Ross’s retirement, after 51 years on the executive of the Institute, to name the awards in his honour.
The passing of Bruce Jensen and Ross Weir was noted. Both were stalwarts of the Branch.
Also recognised was the great relationship the Branch has with the Canterbury Electrical Association enabling members to participate in their activities.
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/Ross Muir).
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/Ralph Boshier).
New Zealand Society of Genealogists
By e-mail, Mark McKinney raised an offer by the Society to provide a home for the Institute’s applications forms . These date back to the early days of the Institute and are held by the Secretary.
Considerable discussion took place around the privacy issues of passing the forms to a third party. The consensus was the Institute should continue to hold the forms. However, if the Society wished to access a particular individual’s form they should contact the Secretary who would pass the request to the member. It would then be over to the member whether or not they wished to release a copy of the form.
No further general business.
The meeting was declared closed at 8:20 pm.