Engineering Standards change after Canterbury Earthquake Royal Commission Inquiry

Late last month, Cabinet agreed to introduce stricter standards for the country’s 60,000 engineers. It is estimated that 38,000 engineers are currently unregulated.

The changes reflect the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission’s recommendations after engineers evaded consequences for damage done and lives lost in Christchurch’s CTV building.

The changes will enact mandatory registration and licensing, and powers to expel engineers from the industry completely. The move brings the industry in line with other professional standards and codes of ethics and will cover not only construction, but transport, water engineering and the food industry.

Helios Energy a new player in the growing New Zealand solar sector

Following last month’s highlight of the encouraging and diverse growth of our renewable energy industry, Helios has been developing plans for a series of 10 grid-connected solar farms that would produce a combined maximum capacity of 1 gigawatt – enough for about 1.8 terawatt hours of power, or 4% of the country’s electricity needs.

Helios was formed by a group of investors from New Zealand and the United States. While they are not yet ready to disclose the exact locations of the farms, they will span both the north and south islands. A senior Google employee has backed the $1.3 billion investment.

This is a welcome new addition to a growing market and represents the attractive opportunities our renewables sector is presenting to foreign investors – only a good sign for firms wanting to achieve scale and global reach through innovation.

Diversity Works seeking views on workplace diversity

We’re helping Diversity Works New Zealand gain a deeper understanding of the diversity and inclusion issues that really matter to New Zealand organisations by asking our network to complete the 2022 New Zealand Workplace Diversity Survey. Everyone who completes the survey can enter the draw to win one of five $200 shopping vouchers. Diversity Works will also share the results of this important research with you later in the year. The survey closes on Friday, 13 May. Have your say here.

Are you the next Deputy Chief Executive- Infrastructure and Digital Assets of Department of Corrections: Ara Poutama Aotearoa?

Make a difference in a key strategic leadership position for a values-led organisation. Keep reading to learn how you can become the next Deputy Chief Executive – Infrastructure and Digital Assets of Ara Poutama Aotearoa.

The scope and scale of Corrections, and this role, are significant with $2.9 billion of property and assets. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, you will provide strategic leadership and management of Corrections’ infrastructure and digital assets. With a clear plan for the future, they are seeking a visionary yet pragmatic leader who can focus on execution and delivery. You will lead a highly competent team of technical experts who are passionate about Digital and Technology Services, Property and Facilities Management, Commercial Services and Procurement. Together you will balance complex operational and commercial needs to deliver quality infrastructure and enable technology.

This role works in partnership with a range of stakeholders including leading and contributing to cross sector initiatives. Politically astute and an exceptional communicator, you are known for your people skills and ability to work across functional lines. Your ability to think critically and navigate and deliver complex programmes of work is second to none.

Corrections’ Executive Leadership Team has a strong sense of purpose and priorities that will make a real difference. As Deputy Chief Executive Infrastructure and Digital Assets, you will enable our infrastructure, systems, and staff to ensure they’re able to deliver on our strategy and ultimately make Aotearoa New Zealand a safer place.

More information is available here.