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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




Rove Newsletter Two
Friday, 27 September 2019




Nau mai ki tēnei karere mo te whakahou i te mātauranga ahumahinga. 

Welcome to RoVE News, your regular update on the Reform of Vocational Education.


New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology Establishment Board chair Barry Jordan

Momentum builds for Institute 

New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology Establishment Board chair Barry Jordan is seeing a real groundswell of support from the sector as he works with Board members and Establishment Unit director Murray Strong to get the institute up and running on 1 April 2020.



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A group of people in a room discussingthe creation of a new vocational education system

Answers to come from stakeholder engagement

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Ministry of Education have launched a large-scale engagement programme to start conversations with stakeholders on the creation of a new vocational education system. 




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A secondary school learner at the Got a Trade? Got it Made! SpeedMeet event

Trades attracting learners at SpeedMeets

The Got a Trade? Got it Made! SpeedMeet campaign is a way of linking young people interested in trades and training with employers, using a “speed meet” approach. RoVE News went along to a SpeedMeet to see how secondary school learners were finding it.



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The Institute of Skills & Technology Establishment Board with the Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education

Minister meets Institute Establishment Board

It was induction day for the Institute of Skills & Technology Establishment Board in Wellington recently and the Board heard from a range of speakers including Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins. 




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An international student studying a trade looks at his tablet device

RoVE to strengthen international education

By creating a unified, future-focused vocational education system, the reforms can build on New Zealand’s reputation as a high-quality choice for international students, says Grant McPherson, Education New Zealand chief executive.



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Grant Klinkum, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Education

Managed transition for RoVE

When Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced the Government’s decisions on the Reform of Vocational Education, he marked the start of a carefully managed transition process.




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WDCs engage with industry

A series of meetings have been held to ask employers and industry for their views on potential coverage and governance arrangements for workforce development councils (WDCs). 




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Helen Down, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO

Business wants system-wide change 

“Workforce development councils and regional skills leadership groups are potentially a ‘game changer’ for business and the future of vocational education,” says Helen Down, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO.  



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Merran Davis, Interim Chief Executive at Unitec Institute of Technology

Unitec optimistic

Merran Davis, Interim Chief Executive at Unitec Institute of Technology, believes the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is an opportunity to create an outstanding education experience which caters to all students




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Tertiary Education Commission Chief Executive Tim Fowler

Thriving in the world of work

Tertiary Education Commission Chief Executive Tim Fowler spoke to the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand Conference 2019 in September. Read what he had to say about vocational education.



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Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1067







Britain expresses regret for killing of Māori during Captain Cook’s landing 250 years ago


Yesterday British High Commissioner Laura Clarke issued a formal expression of regret to the iwi of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa for the violence that marked the arrival of James Cook and the HMS Endeavour, which resulted in the death of nine Māori men.

The intimate and emotional ceremony took place yesterday at Te Poho o Rawiri and Whakato Marae, which was attended by Royal Society Te Apārangi senior managers.

It has been a privilege for the Society to invited by iwi to be a part of this unique opportunity for a reconciliation and part of the wider iwi-led collaboration and cross organisational partnership to support the counter narrative and iwi research of the Cook landing in their rohe and his first encounters with the mana whenua. 


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Poutoko taiea initiative recognises leading scholars

The University of Otago has appointed seven of its leading scholars to a "prestigious new role'' as sesquicentennial distinguished chairs, many of whom are Fellows of Royal Society Te Apārangi.

The new chairs, also known as poutoko taiea, are Professors Robert Patman, Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ, Neil Gemmell, Greg Cook FRSNZ, Hamish Spencer FRSNZ, Sally Brooker FRSNZ and Philippa Howden-Chapman FRSNZ.





Te reo loanwords in National Science Challenge discourse

In the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, researchers examine the use of Māori loanwords in Aotearoa as a tool for building national identity by measuring their presence in the National Science Challenge digital platforms.




New Zealand researchers involved in new IPCC Special Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change approved and accepted a Special Report on 'Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate'. 

New Zealand SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) researchers have played an important part in the report writing and are contributing to the research that aims to understand the role that Antarctica is playing in climate change.




He pitopito kōrero | News bulletin




Pacific-based climate scientists call for more action
Last week's report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has scientists based in the Pacific calling for more action.
@Dateline Pacific




Matangireia - podcast series now available
A series of conversations examining the political legacies of Māori politicians.
Morgan Godfery @RNZ




Massive iceberg breaks off Antarctic ice sheet
Iceberg D28 has broken away from Antarctica's Amery Ice Shelf. It's one of the biggest blocks of ice to calve from the continent in over 50 years.




Q&A: Does NZ have a place for e-cigarettes?
Three University of Auckland researchers discuss the outcomes of new New Zealand trials on vaping amid a global backlash against e-cigarettes.




Taranaki kōkako singing with a regional accent
A flock of endangered North Island kōkako released last year in a remote Taranaki conservation estate have developed a Taranaki dialect in their birdsong.
Mike Watson @Stuff


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Ngā take o te wā | Events




10 October, Blenheim
25 years of using DNA to trace Pacific origins and migration
University of Otago's Lisa Matisoo-Smith FRSNZ has spent decades using DNA to map human migration. She will give a talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series on understanding the genetic history of the modern population of New Zealand.

Various venues and dates
2019 Hochstetter Lecturer
Bill Fry, research seismologist with GNS Science, is giving a lecture entitled "Earthquakes, Geometry, the Mantle Wedge and Tsunami" and a supplementary lecture "Rapid Earthquake Source Characterisation". 


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Ngā whiwhinga | Opportunities


Draft Research, Science and Innovation Strategy open for consultation
MBIE has released a draft of New Zealand's Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) Strategy and is seeking submissions on what the country needs and how to take action to ensure New Zealand’s RSI system is optimised for success. 

Organisation: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Closing date: 10 November 2019




Natural hazards resilience journalism award 
Through a $5,000 journalism award, the EQC is giving journalists a chance to do in-depth investigation on New Zealand’s natural hazards, and how to build resilience.

Organisation: Earthquake Commission  
Closing date: 10 November 2019




Job opportunity - Chief Science Advisor
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is looking for a 'science champion' and thought leader to help it make high quality, evidence-informed decisions. 

Organisation: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development 
Closing date: 14 October 2019




2019 round of Science Journalism Fund now open 
This is the first independent journalism fund dedicated to furthering coverage of the science-related issues that impact New Zealanders, with grants up to $5,000 available. 

Organisation: Aotearoa NZ Science Journalism Fund
Closing date: 10 November 2019




New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre Independent Board Member Vacancy
The NZFSSRC has its own governance structure which is transitioning from a representative to a skills basis structure. They are seeking candidates for three independent positions.

For further information, please contact Professor Giselle Byrnes, Provost, Massey University (email, +6421836363).

Organisation: New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre
Closing date: 11 October 2019




The 2020 Zonta Science Award
This award was established to further the status of women in scientific fields. The award is for an emerging woman scientist (such as a recent PhD graduate rather than a woman well-established in the science field).

Priority will be given to a woman working in an area of science where funding is not readily available.

Organisation: Zonta, Club of Wellington
Closing date: 3 February 2020




Job opportunity - Bioinformatician 
The Ministry for Primary Industries' Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (PHEL) in Auckland has a fixed-term vacancy (36 months) for a bioinformatician to work on a project to develop a bioinformatics toolkit.

Organisation: The Ministry for Primary Industries' Plant Health & Environment Laboratory 
Closing date: 25 October 2019


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Ngā hui | Conferences


7-8 November, Rotorua
Symposium 2019 - Float Your Boat Certify
Actions to prevent lake pest fish, weed infestation and to restore lake quality are the topics of this 2-day symposium.




23 October, Lincoln
Impact of Changing Landscapes on Primary Production
The New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science (NZIAHS) Canterbury Section is holding a 1-day forum surrounding the present tension around land use.




15-22 October, various locations
MPI consultation on folic acid fortification of food 
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a discussion document: Folic acid fortification: Increasing folic acid availability in food. They are running public meetings to seek feedback on the proposed options for folic acid fortification.




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CoolCommsHotComms September Issue




Welcome to the September Issue

I can t believe I'm writing this with only 4 months left in the year!.  Time flies and there is so much still to do this year, as usual it will be a race to the end! Our membership continues to grow and we have lots of initiatives in hand as the License Regime ramps up and the HFC Phasedown nears. I trust you find these newsletters useful, let us know if you don’t, as your feedback is valuable.  And do remember if you have something you want to suggest for the newsletter to email lianna@irhace.org.nz. This issue we have some photos provided by one of our members that may horrify you. 





Health & Safety



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Is your fleet maintained?

In a reserved decision the Tauranga District Court sentenced a business after one of its truck’s brakes failed and a worker was injured. After a police investigation raised concerns about breaches of work health and safety legislation WorkSafe investigated and found the truck was not maintained to proper standards. WorkSafe Chief Inspector, Investigations, Steve Kelly, said vehicles are the single biggest cause of acute harm in any workplace.

Worker sentenced to 10 month home detention

A WorkSafe investigation ended with a conviction at Manukau District Court after an employee failed training in the use of hazardous substances and chose to deceive his employer by forging the certificate.




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Working safely with flammable refrigerants concerns the automative air conditioning industry. 

Over the ditch, Australia's Automotive Air Conditiong, Electrical and Cooling Technicians of Australasia (VASA) have developed a new guide specifically for working safely on vehicles. This is a product of research between VASA, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and GHD Engineering to study uses of flammable gases in automotive workshop environments. 



Local News

Public consultation on MBIEs 'A vision for hydrogen in New Zealand' now open 

One of the nine key areas of the green paper released is decarbonisation of our gas. One of the nine key areas of the green paper released is decarbonisation of our gas. 



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Energy efficient modelling released by EECA

EECA have released an overview report, 'shows savings from modern technologies such as heat pumps, and more could provide the equivalent of 4,000 GWh extra capacity before renewable generation would be required. Work towards 100% renewable electricity by 2035* led by the Interim Climate Change Commission (ICCC) is supported in this report.



CIBSE ANZ 2019 Seminar Series

IoT, the Neurology of Building Operation – open for registration in Auckland. This half day event includes 8 presentations and share case studies from Peter Greaves, Buildings of the Future Leader, Tim Spies, Global Mechanical Leader and Client Director of Aurecon.



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NAWIC announce Excellence Awards finalists

The finalists have been announced for the National Association of Women in Construction NZ (NAWIC) Excellence Awards. This year NAWIC partnered with BCITO and the entry numbers significantly increased for their fifth annual awards. Winners will be announced on Friday 27 September at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland.



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Sometimes seeing it done wrong is a helpful way to illustrate the importance of doing it right. 

These photos were provided by one of our members who has been called in by the homeowner to remedy.







International News

A cool CO2 solution

Claiming to be the world’s most efficient air-cooled carbon dioxide refrigeration system, two new technologies have combined to create CO2 refrigeration systems for use in hot climates. The system has been trialed in two South Australian operations and Glaciem Cooling Technologies are looking to fast track commercialisation. 




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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning competitors at WorldSkills Conference 2019

The WorldSkills Conference was held in Kazan this year and it was a Russian member along with a Korean member who took the gold award for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. The focus of the 2019 Conference was thriving societies, evolving economies and self-sustaining ecosystems



China's solar industry now the largest in the world

And solar power is cheaper than grid electricity in every Chinese city. Made achievable through government support, cost declines and advances in technology China is the biggest installer of solar representing a third of the world.



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Victoria energy market in a state

Blackout Risks spark Victoria, Australia are in a different predicament to China as their energy market continues to struggle implementing renewable energy without baseload capacity. Power shortage risks are a concern for both residential and industrial areas. ASX Listed company representatives of Costa Group and Alumina Limited are speaking out about their concerns while energy minister looks for federal leadership for solution.



Rethinking the way we heat ourselves 

Using half of our total energy consumption globally for heating our homes, industrial purposes and other applications providing a significant proportion of the world's pollution. The World Economic Forum's writer Gerard Reid looks at reduction, opportunities and the difficulties.



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China's robot phenomenon

The "Made in China 2025” program, which set national goals of producing 100,000 industrial robots per year does not appear to concern China's workers regarding job replacement. With the working age population decreasing and the determination to lead industrial revolution, robots are embraced by all. 



UK shopper's concern has led to a petition to ban open supermarket fridges.

The ban now over 30,000 signatures began due to concern that with climate change threatening the planet there is a need to remove unnecessary energy-waste. 



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IIR celebrates William Rankine with conference in his birthplace

A unique opportunity from the International Institute of Refrigeration to present at the IIR conference "Rankine 2020 - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation" in Glasgow, Scotland. Along with an anticipated 120 papers, you can explore research and developments in power cycles, working fluids, and RACHP applications over three days,








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Approved Filler and
Flammable Refrigerant
Awareness Courses

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EMANZ are hosting Industrial Energy Systems Optimisation (IESO) Training delivered by Jonathan Pooch of DETA Consulting at the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch on 25-26 September. 



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Membership provides member updates including our Journal, events, discounts to events and access to free publications and databases. Membership for apprentices and students studying towards HVAC&R qualifications is free. 




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Published 6 times a year - February, April, June, August, October and December. It is read by architects, consulting engineers, government and local bodies, industrial engineers and managers, industrial consumers, educational institutes, technical libraries, trade delegations and members of IRHACE, key staff of CCCANZ Member Companies and kindred organisations in New Zealand and overseas.

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Minutes of AGM


Held by Video Conference


Spark City

167 Victoria St West

Central Business District



Spark Operations

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).



Matters Arising


Nil matter arising from the minutes.


President’s Report

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



Matters Arising


Nil matters arising from the report.


Secretary’s Report

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



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)



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)



Matters Arising


Nil matters arising from the report.


Election of Officers





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




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


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)




2017 Subscriptions

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




Cheque Signatories

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.



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).



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.


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Financial Reports


First Quarter 2018Operating ResultsCash Flow
 Balance Sheet 
Second Quarter 2018Operating ResultsCash Flow
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Third Quarter 2018Operating ResultsCash Flow
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Full Year Result 2018Operating ResultsCash Flow
 Balance SheetFinancial Notes
 Reviewers's Report