2016/17 ANNUAL REPORT
Whether they come to work in hard hats, hi-vis, suits or lab coats, every day our members are engineering better lives for New Zealanders. In this annual report, we asked some of our members, committed volunteers and staff to share their insights about the profession and what it means to be part of New Zealand’s largest engineering community. By telling us their stories, they help us bring engineering to life.
THE FOUR PILLARS OF OUR STRATEGY
Create greater connection with the industry and across society.
Build greater credibility so New Zealanders have confidence and trust in the work that we do.
Grow stronger influence with government and industry so we can shape and form the agenda on key issues.
Generate greater public recognition for the fundamental contribution engineers make to society.
ON THE YEAR
This annual report covers a momentous period for the profession. For many engineers, the Kaikōura earthquake profoundly shaped their year, as it did ours. It put engineers in the spotlight near the start of the financial year, with our members working round the clock to protect public safety. We made sure their views and expertise were represented in the media, as well as when we talked with government agencies.
During that busy period, we were also preparing for another shake up. We delivered a new Membership Pathway on 1 October 2017 so that all engineers – at all stages of their career, in every engineering discipline whether new or established, and from every demographic – have a professional home with us. On that same date, we also changed our name to Engineering New Zealand, signalling the scope of our transformation. Our new name reflects our new direction and strategy – to bring engineering to life – and explains much more clearly who we are and what we stand for.
These two changes gave us a stronger foundation to generate greater recognition and influence, enhance the profession’s credibility and strengthen connections. Our strategy is founded on these four pillars, developed as a result of listening to our members’ voices – at our annual roadshow, in our working groups, through market research, and in feedback on our publications and emails.
The rule changes underpinning the new Membership Pathway also came about as a result of hearing what our members had to say. It had become clear that confusion existed between membership and registration under the CPEng Act, which are two separate things. The rule changes passed at our AGM in April are designed to create a clearer, more compelling process of recognition for all types of engineering professionals, and at every stage of their working life. Nothing has changed in relation to CPEng, which remains distinct from Engineering New Zealand membership and is a registration under the CPEng Act 2002. However, our new Chartered Member (CMEngNZ) class recognises engineers who’ve reached an internationally-recognised level of experience and competence through an assessment. It’s a good option for engineers working in fields that don’t require regulatory sign-off, where clients don’t see value in CPEng registration, or for senior managers no longer doing the detailed design work.
It’s been an extraordinary year preparing for these momentous changes, and we want to pay tribute to all our staff for the skill and energy they’ve brought to their work, as well as to the Board who guided us through these changes. We also want to thank all our volunteers – you are our lifeblood. The health and vibrancy of Engineering New Zealand reflects your commitment and passion, and we’re very excited about our future together.
Susan Freeman-Greene, Chief Executive
Craig Price FEngNZ, President
During 2017/18, we will roll out the new annual commitment which is part of our new Membership Pathway. All members will be required to commit to the Code of Ethical Conduct and complete 40 hours of Continuing Professional Development each year, which will help the whole profession to protect its ethical and professional standards.
We will use our new strategy and Membership Pathway as a springboard to attract more members. We plan to launch an online learning programme, and we’re redeveloping our schools-based programme, Futureintech, to attract the next generation of engineers. We’ll also publish a piece on policy leadership that will give us a new advocacy platform, and we’ll keep pushing for regulatory reform as we know that the New Zealand Government is thinking seriously about changes to the CPEng Act, with the potential introduction of task-based licensing for safety-critical work.
Inclusion and diversity matter to us, which is why we’re also launching The Diversity Agenda. Our goal is to increase the number of women in engineering by 20 percent by 2021. It’s an industry-wide call to action to address critical issues like promoting women to leadership roles, improve pay equity and change the working culture for everyone’s benefit.
"Our intention is to make sure that our engineers’ voices are heard, in public as well as by government."
Meet some of our amazing volunteers and staff members who keep our organisation humming. Their unique perspectives, passion and energy help bring engineering to life.
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Technical interest groups
Depreciation and amortisation
*Other expenses includes audit fees, member communications, legal fees, member education and training, rent and utilities, IT, Make the World campaign, and travel.
Registry and assessment fees
Technical and special interest groups
*Other income includes advertising and EG subscriptions, member education and training, conference and events and rent and sundry income.
Visitors to the website
Members under 40
People attended our courses
Professional Development courses offered
People at Week of Engineering expos
Our Board works tirelessly to steer the direction of our organisation and determine our priorities. Nominations are open from December to January each year, with the election taking place in February. Make sure you have your say by voting or standing for election yourself.
IEA review panels
Practise note authors and reviewers
Membership Pathway working group
Investigating and Disciplinary Committee chairs and members
Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers
Branch committee members
Technical and interest group members
Fellowship and Distinguished Fellowship panels
Accreditation Panel members
Event speakers and presenters
Engineering New Zealand Governing Board
Engineering Practise Advisory Committee
Audit and Risk Committee
Performance and Remuneration Committee
Competence Assessment Board
Standards and Accreditation Board
Engineering New Zealand Foundation Board
Heritage Board and Chapters
Young Engineers Council
Student Engineers Council