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Glean Report


A listing of science and knowledge events in New Zealand

Wellington, Christchurch (coming soon)


Scary  Stuff
Three videos showing the good and evil side of developing drone technology.
          Firefighting          Afforestation          Weaponry
My thanks to Mark McKinney for sharing.


April 2022  

Tertiary Education Commission | Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua – TEC Now






Kia ora koutou

The recent RoVE virtual hui was a major highlight as we continue to progress the reform programme at pace. More than 240 representatives from education agencies, TEOs, WDCs, RSLGs, schools, learner forums and associations, unions, employers, chambers of commerce and the careers sector, and others interested or involved in RoVE attended the 6 April event. Read more.




Te Pūkenga welcomes Toi Ohomai and Wintec into the whānau




Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (Toi Ohomai) and Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) announced that they will move into Te Pūkenga on 31 May 2022.   Read more.



WDCs to endorse new programmes from June 1

The six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) established last October as the voice of industry for vocational education will soon commence their function of endorsing vocational training programmes.   Read more.




Strong uptake of online learning management system for BCITO



One of the first industry training organisations to join Te Pūkenga work based learning, BCITO, says learners have embraced its online learning management system which helps build the relationship between the apprentice and the training advisor and adds value to the workplace visits as Training Advisors know what an apprentice has covered between visits.  Read more.





What can we tell you?

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





Useful links









The Tertiary Education Commission
PO Box 27048
Wellington 6141
New Zealand





Kia ora,

We wish to update you on policy progress for the Building System Legislative Reform Programme. On 1 November 2021, Cabinet agreed to the policy proposals which MBIE has developed for the Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components, and Other Matters) Amendment Act (2021/21).  

These changes support greater opportunity for innovation and economies of scale, and improve trust and confidence in the building sector. With these changes we aim to;

  • introduce minimum information requirements about building products to support better and more efficient decision-making
  • introduce a specialist framework for modern methods of construction such as offsite manufacturing and prefabrication and speed up the consenting process
  • strengthen the product certification framework (CodeMark) to improve trust and confidence in the scheme.

Based on this decision, it now means that regulations can begin development and we expect these to be approved by mid-2022. We will keep you posted on progress.

Find out more about the Building Law Reform Programme

Ngā mihi,

The Building Performance Team


Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

New Zealand Government








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.










Phone +64 9 623 6080     Email info@nzia.co.nz




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



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:





Appointment Date

Deborah Cranko



April 2020 *

Phil Huse-White REA

Deputy Chair


March 2021 **

Glynn Cowley



December 2012

Warren Crawley REA



March 2016

Joyana Finch



September 2020

Bruce Hurley REA



December 2014

Colette McCartney



September 2020

Joanne Johnstone



September 2020

Danny Muthumala REA



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:



Design Association of New Zealand (Inc)


NZ Electronics Institute (Inc)


Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers NZ


NZ Institution of Gas Engineers (Inc)


NZ Institute of Healthcare Engineering (Inc)


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


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.



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.




Minutes of AGM


Held by Video Conference


Thursday 31st March 2022 at 7:35 pm.



Ian Brown, Bruce Hurley, Mark McKinney, Ross Muir, Basil Orr, Peter Over, Malcolm Wheeler



Post meeting apology received from Ian Woodhead


Minutes of Previous AGM

That the minutes of the previous AGM, held on Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 7.35 pm be confirmed as a true and accurate record (Ross Muir/Ian Brown).



Matters Arising

Ian Brown was supplied a list of Waikato/Bay of Plenty members.


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


Financial Report

That Financial Report be accepted (Bruce Hurley/Peter Over).



Matters Arising

Nil matters arising from the report.


EARB Report

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



Matters Arising

Nil matters arising from the report.


Election of Officers





National President

Malcolm Wheeler

Bruce Hurley

Ross Muir

Immediate Past President

Ross Muir

Ex Officio

National Secretary/ Treasurer

Bruce Hurley

Mark McKinney

Malcolm Wheeler

Auckland Branch Councillor

Peter Over

Bruce Hurley

Mark McKinney

Waikato/BoP Branch Councillor

Ian Brown

Mark McKinney

Gavin Petrie

Palmerston North Branch Councillor

Bill Bool

Bruce Hurley

Malcom Wheeler

Wellington Branch Councillor




Christchurch Branch Councillor

Ian Woodhead

Mike Duncan

Malcolm Wheeler

Dunedin Branch Councillor

Terry Thomas

Bruce McMillan

Peter Over


There being only one nomination for each position, all positions were confirmed without the need for elections.  The Wellington Branch Councillor position was unfilled


Appointment of Financial Reviewer

That the current financial reviewer, Jo Francisco, be reappointed for the 2022 financial year (Bruce Hurley/ Peter Over).




2017 Subscriptions

That the membership subscription rate remains at $20.00 for the 2021 financial year (Bruce Hurley/ Basil Orr).




Cheque Signatories

That the current payment signatories (Ross Muir/ Bruce Hurley/Peter Over) be retained and Malcolm Wheeler added (Mark McKinney/Basil Orr).




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

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 (Malcolm Wheeler/Basil Orr)



No further general business.



The meeting was declared closed at 8.10 pm.




*  Unaudited

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