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The New Zealand Electronics Institute

(Incorporated)

Charities Commission Registration Number 39965

 

3A Willis St

Torbay

AUCKLAND  0630

Email:  secretary@nzelectronics.org.nz

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

 

Venue:

Spark City

167 Victoria St West

Central Business District

AUCKLAND

 

 

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

 

Nominations:

Nominations received:

 

Position

Nomination

Proposer

Seconder

National President

 

 

 

National Secretary/ Treasurer

Bruce Hurley

 

 

 

 

Auckland Branch Councillor

Peter Over

Bruce Hurley

 

Waikato/BoP Branch Councillor

Ian Brown

Mark McKinney

 

Palmerston North Branch Councillor

Bob O’Driscoll *

 

 

Wellington Branch Councillor

 

 

 

Christchurch Branch Councillor

Ian Woodhouse *

 

 

Dunedin Branch Councillor

Terry Thomas *

 

 

 

* To be confirmed

Remits:

 

NilCopy

 

Agenda:

 

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Glean Report

 

A listing of science and knowledge events in New Zealand

Wellington, Christchurch (coming soon)

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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

 

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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

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Welcome to RoVE news. You'll receive regular updates on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), the progression of changes and how to get involved going forward.

 

 

 

Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education

In this fourth and final RoVE Newsletter for the year I’d like to summarise where we’ve got to with the Reform of Vocational Education and set out the next steps.
 

 

 

Read more

Micro-credentials marking their mark 

From working productively and safely to welding, barista training to beauty therapy, electric vehicles to exceeding customer expectations, micro-credentials offer vast vocational coverage.

 

 

Read more

 

 

Workforce Development Councils to lead a stronger industry voice

Six industry-led Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) will be established to provide industry with greater leadership across vocational education and training, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced on Tuesday 17 December 2019.

 

 

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Laying the foundation for a new National Institute

An ambitious work plan is underway to create a new national Institute of Skills and Technology (IST), a cornerstone of the new vocational education system and one of seven key changes in the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) programme.

 

 

Read more

 

 

Get to know: David Strong 

The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) Programme Director, David Strong, joined the team in September this year as a strong advocate for vocational education and training, already aware of the great opportunities they afford. 

 

 

Read more

Te Taumata Aronui: milestone

The group members of Te Taumata Aronui were announced on Monday 16 December 2019. The focus of Te Taumata Aronui is to help design an education system that reflects the Government’s commitment to Māori Crown partnerships.

 

 

Read more

 

 

Myth Busting 

With a lot of change underway and on the horizon with RoVE, there is plenty to digest and make sense of. Ensure you're up to date with the latest info.

 

 

Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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December 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.
 

 

AVETRA 2020 Annual Conference: Melbourne 23-24 April, 2020

The Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association is holding its annual conference on April 23rd-24th 2020 in Melbourne. The conference has already secured leading overseas and Australian keynote speakers:

Professor Stephanie Allais, Research Chair of Skills Development, University of the Witwatersrand and Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Training:TVET in developing countries: Constraints and possibilities

Professor Rod McDonald,  Principal, Ithaca Group, former Special Advisor to Australian National Training Authority; author of seminal report on VET research: No Small Change: Research at the centre of policy and practice - is it too much to expect?

Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker, Professor of Vocational and Higher Education, University of Birmingham: Leadership dilemmas & incompatible goals? Pursuing access, social inclusion, social mobility & employability in public further education

There will also be two panels of experts: One on VET and careers; and one on VET policy. 

Registrations are now open.

 

Competenz gets major funding boost for training

Industry training organisation (ITO) Competenz are thrilled to have secured a $300,000 grant from the Wood Industry Development and Education (WIDE) Trust, to increase and improve training opportunities across the forestry and wood manufacturing sectors.

Competenz CEO Fiona Kingsford said the funding will be applied to three key areas, with delivery across 2020.


Read more.

 

Apprentice numbers reach record high
Improving perceptions of the trades is increasing apprentice numbers.

The number of Kiwis taking up building and construction apprenticeships has reached record high numbers.

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) recently reached 13,000 apprentices in active training. The BCITO's 13,000th apprentice is 30 year old Tioirangi Smith who recently worked in hospitality and is now a carpentry apprentice for SLC Builders Limited in the Wellington area.
 

Read more. 

 

Nelson boxing gym a powerhouse of boxing change

Nelson’s Victory Boxing reaches out to people from all walks of life, but the heart of the organisation is its youth programme – and now that programme is in the spotlight in a brand new video from Skills Active Aotearoa.

“Our starting age is eight and we go right up to about 80 years of age,” says programme director Paul Hampton.


Read more.

 

 

2019 Industry Award Winners

The best of New Zealand’s hair, beauty and barbering professionals gathered in Wellington on Sunday for the annual Industry Awards. Hosted by HITO, Kitomba Salon and Spa Software and the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH), the awards celebrated business success, exceptional training, great workplaces, HITO apprentices and creative styling.

The prestigious Apprentice of the Year title was awarded to Vienna Moore, of Clipjoint and Co Christchurch.

For a full list of the winners, click here.

 

Morgan Wills comes out on top
in Master Builders CARTERS 2019 Apprentice of the Year competition.

Proudly representing their respective regions, nine finalists from around the country were put through their paces in interviews and then challenged to create a playground pirate ship for Early Childhood Education Centre charity, BestStart in their quest to win the national title. 


Read more.

 

Skills Active Apprentice of the Year shares the secrets of his success in a new video

A passionate swim teacher with big dreams is the Skills Active Aotearoa Apprentice of the Year for 2019.

Following his big win, he has shared the story of how he achieved his goals in a brand new video.


Read more.
 

 

Careerforce shares its highlights of 2019.

 

 


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TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY FOR REFRIGERANT LICENCE REGIME

 

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

 

  • If you are a member of the IRHACE Facebook page there will be daily spot surveys and we urge you to participate in them
  • Or you can have your say, tell us whatever concerns or interests you about the Targeted Consultation at haveyoursay@irhace.org.nz

 

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

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Have your say on Building Code amendments

– consultation opens 17 February

17 February 2020 – Building Controls Update 256

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will be seeking the sector's views on a number of amendments to the Building Code as part of the biannual Building Code update programme.

MBIE is committed to updating the Building Code so that it keeps pace with innovation, current construction methods and the needs of modern society. The current focus of the Building Code update programme is to support densified housing.

This public consultation is the sector's opportunity to have your say and help shape the future of New Zealand's building safety. These amendments will be published in June 2020.

MBIE acknowledges and appreciates the effort and time you put into responding to these public consultations.

The proposed changes for the June 2020 update focus on fire safety requirements, surface water drainage and waterproofing in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.

Your feedback is important as it will help us shape the Building Code to support safe, healthy and durable buildings. Consultation runs from Monday 17 February to Friday 27 March 2020.

June 2020 update highlights

The most significant proposed amendments aim to do the following:

Increase clarity and consistency around fire safety requirements by:

  • improving building features for firefighter operations in emergencies to better align with current Fire and Emergency New Zealand procedures and equipment
  • amending fire testing requirements for cladding systems, so that international fire test methods can be considered

Providing more options to comply with the Building Code for surface water drainage by:

  • issuing a new Acceptable Solution for the design and installation of stormwater drainage systems
  • making it easier to determine rainfall intensities for specific locations

Summary of Changes

C Protection from Fire

  • C/AS1 and C/AS2 – Clarify the scope of risk group SH (residential housing) between the two documents
  • C/AS2 and C/VM2 –Amend fire testing requirements for cladding systems to reference large scale international test standards as a means of demonstrating compliance
  • C/AS2 – Clarify and make the application of the document more consistent for means of escape, group sleeping areas, control of external fire spread and firefighting
  • C/VM2 – Amend design scenarios HS 'Horizontal fire spread' and VS 'External vertical fire spread' by changing the cladding requirements

E1 Surface Water

  • E1/AS2 – Issue a new Acceptable Solution referencing AS/NZS 3500.3:2018 Stormwater drainage as a means of compliance with NZBC clause E1 Surface Water (with modifications)
  • E1/AS1 – Amend E1/AS1 Appendix A to replace the rainfall intensity maps with a table that provides current location specific rainfall intensity data for ~250 NZ towns and cities

E2 External Moisture

  • E2/AS1 – Minor amendments to existing references within Acceptable Solution E2/AS1 to support the introduction of Acceptable Solution E1/AS2 (E1 Surface Water reference updates)

E3 Internal Moisture

  • E3/AS2 and E3/AS1 – Issue a new Acceptable Solution for internal wet area membranes and tiled showers referencing the Waterproofing Membrane Association code of practice for Internal Wet-area Membrane Systems. This is supported by amendments to E3/AS1
  • E3/AS1 – Provide additional options to manage overflow risks in kitchens and laundries in adjoined household units

G9 Electricity

  • G9/VM1 and G9/AS1 – Align G9/VM1 and G9/AS1 with WorkSafe requirements by referencing the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010
  • G9/AS1 – Align requirements for accessibility with NZS4121:2001

G13 Foul Water

  • G13/AS3 – Modify two additional clauses within AS/NZS 3500.2:2018 Sanitary plumbing and drainage to reflect the intent of figure 4.9.1 (a) 45° Junction at grade

The other proposed changes in the update continue the maintenance of the Building Code documents by updating references, cited Standards, and correcting editorial errors.

If you would like to find out more about the proposed amendments or how to make a submission, please visit the MBIE website.

 
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HVAC&R Industry

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.

Kind regards

Fiona

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Minutes of AGM

 

Held by Video Conference

 

Spark City

167 Victoria St West

Central Business District

AUCKLAND

 

Spark Operations

16 Walker St

Central Business District

CHRISTCHURCH

 

 

Tuesday 26th February 2018 at 7:30 pm.

 

Present

Ralph Boshier, Bruce Hurley, Levi Martin, Ross Muir, Ian Woodhouse

 

Apologies

Ian Brown, John Dunn, Mark McKinney,  Basil Orr, Peter Over, Graham Street, Terry Thomas Malcolm Wheeler,

 

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

Passed.

 

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).

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

 

Nil matter arising from the minutes.

 

President’s Report

That President’s Report be accepted (Ross Muir/Bruce Hurley)

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

 

Nil matters arising from the report.

 

Secretary’s Report

That Secretary’s Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir)

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

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

 

Financial Report

That Financial Report (see below) be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ian Woodhouse)

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

 

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.

 

EARB Report

That Engineering Associates Registration Board Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Ross Muir)

Passed.

 

Matters Arising

 

Nil matters arising from the report.

 

Election of Officers

Position

Nomination

Proposer

Seconder

National President

Levi Martin

Bruce Hurley

Ian Woodhouse

Immediate Past President

Ross Muir

Ex Officio

National Secretary/ Treasurer

Bruce Hurley

Ralph Bosier

Ian Woodhouse

Auckland Branch Councillor

Ralph Boshier

Bruce Hurley

Ross Muir

Waikato/BoP Branch Councillor

Ian Brown

Mark McKinney

Gavin Petrie

Palmerston North Branch Councillor

Bob O’Driscoll

Ian Woodhouse

Ralph Boshier

Wellington Branch Councillor

Vacant

 

 

Christchurch Branch Councillor

Levi Martin

Ex Officio

2nd Christchurch Branch Councillor

Ian Woodhead

Elected by Christchurch Branch

Dunedin Branch Councillor

Terry Thomas

Ex Officio

2nd Dunedin Branch Councillor

Pending

Elected by Dunedin Branch

 

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)

Passed.

 

 

2017 Subscriptions

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

Passed.

 

 

Cheque Signatories

That the current cheque signatories (Ross Muir/Ralph Boshier/Bruce Hurley) be retained (Levi Martin/Ian Woodhouse)

Passed.

 

Remits

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.

 

 

General Business

Christchurch Branch

 

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).

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 (Bruce Hurley/Ralph Boshier).

Passed.

 

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.

 

Closure

The meeting was declared closed at 8:20 pm.