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NATIONAL  NEWS!

 

Glean Report

 

A listing of science and knowledge events in New Zealand

Wellington, Christchurch (coming soon)

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Scary  Stuff
 
Three videos showing the good and evil side of developing drone technology.
 
          Firefighting          Afforestation          Weaponry
 
My thanks to Mark McKinney for sharing.
 
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Tertiary Education Commission | Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua – TEC Now

 

 

    

August 2021  

 

 

Congratulations on TITO transitions and other progress across the reforms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kia ora koutou

This is a good point in time to note the significant work undertaken by the four transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs) that have already started their transition journey. Congratulations to Competenz, which has already transitioned its arranging training functions to other entities and NZMAC ITO, which has transitioned to a new PTE called MAST Academy. Connexis will transition to Te Pūkenga shortly, with BCITO transitioning on 4 October. Read more

 

 

A bright future ahead says Connexis Chief Executive

After two years of planning the majority of Connexis staff and its arranging training functions transition across to Te Pūkenga Work-Based Learning (WBL) Ltd on 1 September. There will be a virtual welcome event, given the current COVID-19 outbreak. Read more

 

 

BCITO transition plan approved    

 

 

 

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) has had its transition plan approved by the Board of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Read more.

 

 

 

Work-Based Learning Chief Executive appointed 

 

 

 

Toby Beaglehole has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL) subsidiary. Read more

 

 

 

New Te Rito reports analyse the voices of Pacific and disabled learners

Two reports and 20 learner personas have been created by Te Pūkenga as part of the Ākonga at the Centre research project, Te Rito. These provide resources and insights into factors that enable success for Pacific learners and disabled learners in vocational learning.  Read more.    

 

 

 

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If there is anything you’d like to know more about, or if you have any suggestions, please email us at RoVE@tec.govt.nz

 

 

 

 

 

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BUILDING
PERFORMANCE
 

 

Kia ora,

We’re now consulting on proposals for regulations to support the implementation of the Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components and Other Matters) Amendment Bill and are asking for feedback in the following areas by 11 June 2021.

We’re proposing regulations that will create:

  1. New product information requirements to make sure basic information about building products is available to users.
     
  2. A new voluntary modular component manufacturer scheme to make consenting more efficient for some manufacturers of homes and modular building components that are built off-site.
     
  3. A strengthened CodeMark scheme to build confidence in the scheme and to provide confidence that innovative building products and methods comply with the Building Code.

Learn more about the proposed regulations and how you can give feedback

Ngā mihi,

The Building Performance team

 

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

New Zealand Government

 

 

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5 August 2021

 

Industry Update #005 | Skills shortage, recruitment and immigration challenges - the next steps


Industry Update #005 | Skills shortage, recruitment and immigration challenges provides an update to members on the recent survey responses we received on the current skills shortage, recruitment and immigration challenges in our sector which we want to share with you. The report is a summary of the 135 responses from the survey which we created with Association of Consulting and Engineering, Civil Contractors New Zealand and Registered Master Builders Association. Thank you to everyone who took part. 

We have sent the report to government and have requested a meeting with key ministers to discuss. Read our report of the survey results.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of our advocacy on this important issue for our sector. 

If you have any questions or feedback on this Industry Update, please contact Teena Hale Pennington at thalepennington@nzia.co.nz 

Ngā mihi,

Teena Hale Pennington
Chief Executive, Te Kāhui Whaihanga

 

The information provided is intended general advice and guidance only. The Institute cannot provide legal advice. No warranty or guarantee whatsoever is given as to the accuracy of any information contained in this notice, nor is any liability accepted for any actions taken based on this information. You should seek professional advice on any specific matters relevant to you and/or your practice.

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ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES REGISTRATION BOARD

Hiranga Tohu – To hold up and qualify excellence

PO Box 12 011, Thorndon

Wellington 6144, New Zealand

Tel.  (04) 472 3324

Level 6, Molesworth House,

101 Molesworth St, Wellington, New Zealand

registrar@engineering-associates.org.nz

www.engineering-associates.org.nz

REA’s Circular - April 2021

 

Board Appointments

 

There have been several changes in Board membership during the last year.  Their appointments are for two years but terms may be extended or be reappointed at the Minister’s discretion. The current Board Members are:

 

Name

Position

Nomination

Appointment Date

Deborah Cranko

Chair

Ministerial

April 2020 *

Phil Huse-White REA

Deputy Chair

DANZ

March 2021 **

Glynn Cowley

Member

NZIHRACE

December 2012

Warren Crawley REA

Member

NZIHE

March 2016

Joyana Finch

Member

Ministerial

September 2020

Bruce Hurley REA

Member

Electronics

December 2014

Colette McCartney

Member

Ministerial

September 2020

Joanne Johnstone

Member

S+SNZ

September 2020

Danny Muthumala REA

Member

NZIGE

March 2018

 

* Deborah Cranko- member since December 2012.  She was Deputy Chair from

  February 2015 to March 2020.

 

** Phil Huse-White - member since February 2020.

 

Impact of Covid–19

 

During the Covid–19 Level 4 lockdown in 2020 the Registrar worked from home for seven weeks.  Remote computer access and phone redirection had been previously established. Several essential paper files were uplifted from the office on the last day before lockdown at Level 4.  Since we had moved to Xero electronic accounting and invoicing and use internet banking, financial and other activities were able to continue almost as normal.

 

The annual audit and preparation of the annual report were not completed until December 2020 due to Covid-19.    Audit NZ personnel’s availability was also restricted.

 

There had been no Board meetings scheduled during the Level 4 lockdown.  Overall, Covid-19 appears to have had little effect on registration numbers with applications, retirements and resignations in line with recent trends.

 

Membership of Recognised Associations

 

Since 2019, most fee payments by REAs have been paid by electronic banking. Previously, few remittance advices had asked REAs of what Associations they were members (recognised associations are sometime referred to as nominating associations).

 

 

It would be helpful to have this information, although it is voluntary.   If you maintain such a membership, please advise the Registrar via email. 

 

Survey and Spatial New Zealand was added as a recognised association in 2020.  There are now seven associations or institutes recognised under the EA Act.  The currently recognised associations are:

 

DANZ

Design Association of New Zealand (Inc)

Electronics

NZ Electronics Institute (Inc)

IAME

Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers NZ

NZIGE

NZ Institution of Gas Engineers (Inc)

NZIHE

NZ Institute of Healthcare Engineering (Inc)

NZIRHACE

NZ Institute of Refrigeration, Heating & Air Conditioning Engineers (Inc)

S+SNZ

Survey and Spatial NZ

 

The only association not represented on the Board is IAME.

 

Summary of the Annual Report 2019/2020

(Full report available on the website)

 

Registration Trends

The numbers of experienced engineering technicians and technologists registered at 31 March 2020 was 874 registered REAs. This 71 fewer than at the same time in 2019.  Much of this is due to the ageing demographic. The decline in registered numbers remains the biggest concern for the Board, and the Board is discussing this with MBIE.

 

The New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (NZCE) was phased out at New Zealand technical institutes from 2000 and last offered in 2008. However, the Board recognises the approximate equivalent New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) which became available from 2011. The Board also recognises a large number of other engineering and allied educational qualifications, including overseas qualifications, which have been assessed at Level 6 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework or are recognised under one of the international engineering accords (i.e. the Washington, Dublin and Sydney Accords).

 

Board Finance and Audit

Due to the decline in registered REAs, revenue decreased by 11.3%. Routine annual operations expenses were held at about the same level as 2019. There was a net deficit of $14,938 and the Accumulated Fund was $86,054 at the end of the financial year. The annual audit by Audit NZ was completed during December 2020 which did not note any matters of immediate concern.

Promotional and Communication Activities

 

The Board recognises that technologists and technicians gain information and communicate increasingly by digital media.

 

Website

The website is the Board’s principal form of public communication. It was updated in February. Please go on-line to review it at www.engineering-associates.org.nz .The list of REAs remains a popular feature. Please let us know what you would like to see on the website.

 

Your Stories and Photographs

The Board would like to illustrate to both our Minister and to MBIE as well as your work colleagues what you do in your working lives as REAs.   Please send the Registrar photos of work you undertake with a brief description of what is entailed.

 

www.engineering-associates.org.nz .The list of REAs remains a popular feature. Please let us know what you would like to see on the website.

 

Linked In

In February, the Registrar set up the EARB’s Linked In profile since it is a contemporary and popular professional networking platform. Please connect yourself with our page here Linked In .

 

Current Competency Assurance – REAcap

 

In 2005, The REA competency assessed practitioner scheme (REAcap) was implemented by the Board to assure to the public and engineering employers that currently registered REAs remain competent in their chosen discipline.  As at 31 March 2020, the number of REAs with REAcap validation was 47. 

 

Re-validation of those holding REAcap was delayed during the last year due to Covid-19.

 

 EARB needs more assessors in its pool and the Board invites any current REAs or REAcaps to enquire or simply provide the Registrar with a current CV for consideration.  Assessors are typically those who have held REA for 20 years or more and have also attained a senior status within the technical engineering profession. We pay a modest fee for each validation or re-validation completed.  Thanks to those REAs who have already put their names forward to become REAcap assessors.  

 

Privacy Act 2020

 

The Privacy Act 2020 replaced the Privacy Act 2013.  The Privacy Act does not amend or repeal the EA Act 1961. The EA Act also requires the register to be open to inspection by the public. 

 

A ‘List of REAs’ is included in the Board’s website and updated regularly.

 

The publicly available details on the website in line with the Act are:  

              Family name and initials

              Engineering discipline(s) registered

              Certificate of Registration number

              REAcap number and expiry date (if applicable)

              Year current registration commenced

              Region of residence or overseas (if applicable)

Any REA may request the entry against their name be reconfirmed or corrected if necessary.  Apply to the Registrar to check any entries.  There is no charge for this service

Annual Registration Fees

 

Registration fees are due from 1 April 2021. The fees invoice will be sent by email via Xero with this circular emailed separately.  Hard copies will only be sent to those REAS without an email address on the Register and to those whose email “bounces”. 

 

Thanks to everyone last year who updated or confirmed their email or added a second. Emailing invoices and circulars helps us keep costs down.

 

Fees remain the same as last year being $85 for REA and $145 for REAcap if paid before 30 June 2021.

 

Any unpaid REAs after 1 July 2021 will receive another electronic invoice and a hard copy sent to the postal address held on the register.  The fee paid after this date is $95 for REA and $155 for REAcap with the new invoice reflecting this increase. 

 

EARB prefers fees payments by internet banking or direct credit.  Debit cards, credit cards and overseas cheques are not accepted.   Our account is at the Bank of New Zealand and its number is 020585 0003513 000.  Which is also on the fees invoice. Receipts will be issued upon request.

 

Our bank will no longer accept cheques from 1 July 2021.  Any received after this date will be returned to the sender.

 

For foreign exchange transfers and deposits from overseas bank accounts the Swift Code is BKNZN22.The clearing code (if required) is NZ020585.

 

Over-the-counter payments may be made in person at any BNZ branch and cash payments in person are accepted at the Board’s office.  We discourage sending cash through the post. Please use your name, initials and/or your registration/account number as a reference when making any fees payment.

 

Include additional funds to cover all banking costs if paying by foreign exchange transfer or from an overseas bank account.  Please check with your bank about the total cost so that your registration payment is complete (not short).

 

If your employer is paying your registration fee, please check that it provides identification information such as name, registration/account number through a remittance advice or by email, especially with several REAs’ fee payments by employer.

 

Unpaid or short-paid fees can result in an REA being removed from the register, which would be disappointing.  The cost of re‑registration is $245 made up of a new $150 application fee plus the $95 annual registration fee.

 

We look forward to your continuing REA registration and REAcap.   Please send us your photos and stories of the work that you do as an REA, as well as your registration fees.

 

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Minutes of AGM

 

Held by Video Conference

Spark City

167 Victoria St West

Central Business District

AUCKLAND

Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 7:35 pm.

 

Present

Ian Brown, Bruce Hurley, Mark McKinney, Peter Over, Malcolm Wheeler, Ian Woodhead

 

Apologies

Basil Orr, Ross Muir

 

That apologies be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ian Woodhead).

Passed.

 

Minutes of Previous AGM

That the minutes of the previous AGM, held on Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 7.35 pm be confirmed as a true and accurate record (Ian Woodhead/Ian Brown).

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

 

Nil matters arising from the minutes.

 

President’s Report

That President’s Report be accepted (Ross Muir/Mark McKinney),

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

 

Nil matters arising from the report.

 

Secretary’s Report

That Secretary’s Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ian Brown).

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

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

 

Financial Report

That Financial Report (see below) be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Mark McKinney).

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

 

Nil matters arising from the report.

 

EARB Report

That Engineering Associates Registration Board Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Malcolm Wheeler).

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

 

Nil matters arising from the report.

 

Election of Officers

Position

Nomination

Proposer

Seconder

National President

 

 

 

Immediate Past President

Ross Muir

Ex Officio

National Secretary/ Treasurer

Bruce Hurley

Malcolm Wheeler

Ian Brown

Auckland Branch Councillor

Peter Over

Bruce Hurley

Ian Brown

Waikato/BoP Branch Councillor

Ian Brown

Mark McKinney

Bruce Hurley

Palmerston North Branch Councillor

 

 

 

Wellington Branch Councillor

Malcolm Wheeler

Bruce Hurley

Ian Woodhead

Christchurch Branch Councillor

Ian Woodhead

Allan Dwyer

Mike Duncan

Dunedin Branch Councillor

Terry Thomas

Bruce Hurley

Malcolm Wheeler

 

There being only one nomination for each position, all positions were confirmed without the need for elections.  The President’s and Palmerston North Branch Councillor positions were unfilled

 

Appointment of Financial Reviewer

That the current financial reviewer, Jeremy Barrett, be reappointed for the 2021 financial year (Bruce Hurley/ Peter Over)

Passed.

 

 

2017 Subscriptions

That the membership subscription rate remains at $20.00 for the 2021 financial year (Bruce Hurley/ Malcolm Wheeler)

Passed.

 

 

Cheque Signatories

That the current cheque signatories (Ross Muir/ Bruce Hurley/Peter Over) be retained (Ian Woodhead/Malcolm Wheeler)

Passed.

 

Remits

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).

Passed.

 

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 (Peter Over/Ian Brown)

Passed.

 

Ian Brown asked if a list of members by Branch could be made available.  The Secretary agreed to circulate the list.

 

No further general business.

 

Closure

The meeting was declared closed at 7.55 pm.

 

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