A listing of science and knowledge events in New Zealand
Wellington, Christchurch (coming soon)
Fibre spinning robot to make internet cheaper?
Facebook wants to make it cheaper for internet service providers to build out their networks using super-fast and reliable fibre connections. They have created a robot that crawls along power lines, as it gradually weaves it’s streamlined fibre cables around the lines already in place. When it comes to a pole, it elevates its body to pass the roadblock and continues moving. This was developed to install fibre cables easily on medium-voltage power lines around the world. The company will not be making these robots or installing fibre themselves, but plan to license the designs to other companies that can. Click here to read more.
Drone surveys Mt. Everest at 28,000 feet
A National Geographic team are using drones to survey the dangerous Mt. Everest terrain, without having to risk the lives of climbers. The team was able to capture close-in photographs of key areas of the mountain and sweeping landscape views. This was no ordinary drone flight, as the drone soared to 28,300 feet (8,625 meters). This has never been done before. The summit of Mt. Everest is just over 29,000 feet (8,840 meters). Click here to view the video.
My thanks to Malcolm Wheeler for providing these interesting tit-bit
On behalf of the Women of Influence programme, we are reaching out to like-minded organisations and businesses that may interact with or have a great network of inspirational Kiwi women who are helping make New Zealand a better place. We’d love to get them recognised for the work they are doing. Women of Influence is an annual awards programme presented by Stuff and Westpac NZ, that celebrates the incredible wāhine of Aotearoa and nominations for the 2020 awards are now open.
It would be great if you could promote the programme within your networks, as we're sure there are many women that would be deserving of the recognition.
There are ten award categories that can be entered into and nominations close on the 31st of August. For more information and to nominate please visit: https://www.womenofinfluence.co.nz/
During the month of August we also have a great line-up of speakers for the exciting Virtual Speaker Series - three interactive and informative lunch-time sessions, available to everyone around the country. For more information and to register yourself, please visit: https://www.womenofinfluence.co.nz/speaker-series
Thank you in advance
Women of Influence Team
Celebrating the incredible wāhine of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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August 2020 Issue 9
Apprenticeship Boost Fund
The $380.6 million Apprenticeship Boost is part of the Government’s wider Apprenticeship Support Programme — a cross-agency response which aims to help employers retain and bring on people into formal industry training including apprenticeships while dealing with the effects of COVID-19. Read more
iEB mahi hitting the mark
The iEBS were appointed in May by the Tertiary Education Commission’s Chief Executive following an Expression of Interest process. Each iEB’s primary role is to establish the WDC as a legal entity. Where possible, the iEBs will provide advice and guidance to inform tertiary education system responses to COVID-19 impacts. Read more
NZIST subsidiary Chairs meet in Wellington
On Wednesday 29 July 2020, the NZIST’s 16 subsidiary Chairs were finally able to meet face-to-face. The long overdue opportunity, postponed due to the COVID-19 lockdown, had been planned to take place earlier in the year. Read more
Stephen Town - NZIST's inaugural Chief Executive
Stephen started the new role in July and along with his small team of headquarters staff, he is already confident he’s making progress. Read more
Commencement of 13 Regional Skills Leadership Groups
Thirteen interim Regional Skills Leadership Groups have been announced and are in the process of holding their inaugural meetings. The initial focus for the Groups is to pull together local intelligence and insights that will help to identify better ways of meeting skills and workforce needs now and in the future. Read more
The milestones keep on coming
It’s only been just over a month since the last newsletter, but in only that short time we have reached some big milestones across the projects in Phase 2 of RoVE. Read more
Building Amendment Bill 2020
Public Submissions Now Open
We are pleased to let you know that Parliament’s Environment Committee has called for submissions on the Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. This is your opportunity to have a say on proposed changes to the Building Act.
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.
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Minutes of AGM
Held by Video Conference
167 Victoria St West
Central Business District
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 7:35 pm.
Ian Brown, Bruce Hurley, Ross Muir, Malcolm Wheeler
John Dunn, Mark McKinney, Basil Orr, Peter Over
That apologies be accepted (Ross Muir /Ian Brown).
Minutes of Previous AGM
That the minutes of the previous AGM, held on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 7.35 pm be confirmed as a true and accurate record (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir).
Nil matter arising from the minutes.
That President’s Report be accepted (Ross Muir/ Malcolm Wheeler),
Nil matters arising from the report.
That Secretary’s Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/ Ian Brown).
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 (refer below) be accepted (Bruce Hurley/ Ross Muir).
Nil matters arising from the report.
That Engineering Associates Registration Board Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/ Ian Brown).
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 2020 financial year (Bruce Hurley/ Malcolm Wheeler)
That the membership subscription rate remains at $20.00 for the 2020 financial year (Bruce Hurley/ Ross Muir)
That the current payment approvers (Ross Muir/ Bruce Hurley) be retained and Peter Over be authorised (Ian Woodhead / Malcolm Wheeler)
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 Brown).
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 (Ross Muir/Ian Brown).
Ross Muir Generousity
That a vote of thanks be made to Ross Muir for his very generous donations in support of the annual student awards (Ian Brown/Bruce Hurley).
Malcolm Wheeler offered to facilitate liaison with the Wellington VHF Group and the NZART with a view to enabling NZEI members the opportunity to participate in their meetings. Bruce Hurley will publicise the meetings on the Institute’s website.
No further general business.
The meeting was declared closed at 8.00pm.