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2018/19 annual report


The 2018/19 year has seen us continue to break barriers and deliver for our members.

We’ve achieved great results and well-deserved recognition, winning prestigious awards for the Diversity Agenda, Wonder Project and our legal team.

We’ve listened to our members and kept delivering the services you value: engaging events from our branches, Young Engineers and technical groups; best-practice advice and credentials that recognise your professional progress; and world-class professional development services.

We're bringing engineering to life.

As New Zealand’s professional body for engineers, we’re committed to growing engineers’ credibility, connections, recognition and influence. Every day, we support our members to be the best engineers they can be. We think engineering is at the heart of all major transformations. And we want the world to know.






Engineers found their home.

We’re delighted to have seen nearly 45% growth in our membership over the past four years. At the end of September 2019, we had 21,636 members. This represents a slight decrease year-on-year because we have cleaned our database and written off members with unpaid fees, as we prepare for our new digital member experience. We’re pleased to have grown our Member, Chartered Member and Affiliate classes compared to September 2018 – both from movement within our membership and new engineers joining.

Encouragingly, we saw two new groups want to form and align under the Engineering New Zealand umbrella – the Electrical Engineers and Engineering General Practitioners, which grew to 86 and 98 members respectively in the first six months. We also adopted a former Collaborating Technical Society as a technical group – Railway Technical Society of Australasia NZ. Their membership more than tripled to 183 within the first month. We developed and introduced a Groups Charter, which sets out the principles by which we work together. We’re looking to actively promote membership of our groups so all our engineers find a technical home as well as a professional one.

We also opened two new branches – our Otago branch split in to two, and we formed the Central Otago Branch and Dunedin Branch – both are thriving. And we created a more robust, fair and transparent branch election process that includes the option to vote online.

Our membership is sitting at around 14% female, but it’s encouraging to see this number is much higher in our newer engineers – 24% Student Members, 21% Emerging Professional Members, and 17% in our Member class are women. And we’re actively trying to increase this through our Diversity Agenda initiative.

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female members
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new groups


Year Established


Projects Completed


Contractors Appointed


Awards Won


The best got bigger and better.

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Distinguished Fellows
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new engineers on international registers
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engineers upskilled

Our top professionals grew, as 269 engineers became Chartered and gained a mark of quality to sit by their name. We also reassessed 624 Chartered Professional Engineers, so they could retain their registration.

We welcomed three new Distinguished Fellows and 23 new Fellows, as well as recognising three outstanding engineers at our Fellows’ Dinner for their contribution to the profession.

Over 3,500 engineers expanded their minds with our professional development courses and webinars. We ran 131 courses, 47 live webinars and 13 in-house training sessions ensuring that our engineers are working to industry best practice.

Our new wellbeing resources responded to calls from members for more support on this challenging issue. In partnership with the Engineering New Zealand Foundation, we’re now providing information and resources tailored to engineers, on how to cope with stress and maintain positive mental health. This saw great results, with 5,225 views in its first month.

Employers came together in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch to learn about topical issues relating to employment and HR. Over 230 attendees, including HR staff, line managers, members of senior leadership teams and associates from 89 different companies benefitted from these forums and more are planned.

We helped our members gain global mobility by joining one of our international registers. 305 applications were approved – 268 IntPE/APEC Engineer, 19 IntET and 18 IntETn – allowing members to travel and work overseas more easily.


Our voice was loud.

We launched our second Engineering a Better New Zealand thought leadership piece, focusing on Cleaner Energy. It looked at two areas where meaningful, well-engineered change can make a difference to our greenhouse-gas emissions and our fight against climate change. We know this is an important topic and we’re looking for ways to continue to raise our voice.

We made many submissions to Government on issues including dam safety, our position on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, and proposed changes to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. In total, 15 formal submissions were made and we supported numerous briefings to Ministers while continuing to build impactful relationships across Government.

Our occupational regulation submission gained a lot of industry support. More than 25 industry players got behind our submission, which we based on significant consultation with members. We received around 130 submissions from individual members, and more than 500 members attended and provided thoughtful, considered and holistic feedback at branch sessions across New Zealand. We’ve continued to work closely with MBIE on this critical piece for the profession. Our pre-engagement and submission provided us the platform to have an ongoing relationship with MBIE as they work towards a regulatory regime.

We’ve continued our work with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to support the building system, through a series of projects. These include finalising practice information used for and underpinning geotechnical engineering work, commissioning and analysing evidence of building assessments using various guidance so MBIE can decide whether regulatory change is needed, and producing information to help building clients and their design teams develop more resilient, low damage seismic design buildings.

New Zealand has a rich engineering and industrial heritage worth appreciating and celebrating. We combined Heritage Chapter and Engineering New Zealand Branch events with Heritage Week events held around the country, to get more people enthused about heritage. We also added 26 new engineering heritage records and three biographies to our online collection.

Our leaders were busy – during the year they delivered 32 speeches to a huge variety of audiences. We’re proud to have been recognised for the work we’re doing to drive change and build the quality of our profession.

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speeches by our leaders
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building consent authority relationships
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formal submissions

Stereotypes were shattered.

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students launched rockets
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the number of kids want to be engineers


Diversity Agenda member organisations

It was a great year for the Diversity Agenda – its scope was broadened, shifting the focus from women to inclusion of people from all backgrounds. We were thrilled to see the initiative win a prestigious international engineering award for “best diversity and inclusion initiative” at the FIDIC International Federation of Consulting Engineers excellence awards in Mexico City. Closer to home, it was a finalist in the 2019 Diversity Awards.

We ran four ‘Settling in to New Zealand’ events across the country, in conjunction with the Special Interest Group for Immigrant Engineers. These aimed to increase understanding of the challenges faced by new New Zealanders and available opportunities, to help support international students, immigrant engineers and academics. More than 550 students, academics and industry professionals attended the events, all of which received great feedback.

We were thrilled to have won “Best In-house Marketing” for the Wonder Project at the TVNZ Marketing Awards. The Rocket Challenge ran in term two across 184 schools around the country and we launched the Community Challenge pilot in term four in 11 schools. 13,500 students from 440 classes and 450 Ambassadors took flight with the Rocket Challenge and we received hugely positive feedback. 91% of teachers increased their STEM teaching confidence and 86% of students’ perception of STEM subjects changed positively after doing the eight-week programme.


Things were put right.

The complaints process concerning Alan Reay restarted in December 2018 with the High Court declining Dr Reay’s appeal (confirmed by the Court of Appeal in October 2019). Our team received 46 concerns and complaints about members and Chartered Professional Engineers, 21 of which were resolved through early resolution, and three disciplinary decisions were upheld.

We worked with BCAs to come to an understanding on engineers’ roles in certifying for clause B2 of the Building Code. We helped communicate this through articles published in SESOC and EG magazines, and on our website – this page was viewed almost 1800 times in a three-month period – strengthening understanding of a complex topic.

The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service (GCCRS) has helped earthquake-affected families resolve their insurance claims after so many years, and regain confidence in the engineering profession. The engineering panel supporting the GCCRS commenced in November 2018 with 19 panel members, and mid-year that panel increased to 26 members to meet demand and shorten timeframes. In June 2019, the Ministry of Justice began using the panel services to assist the Christchurch Earthquake Insurance Tribunal, and in August we received our first case from them. This financial year has seen us complete 88 cases with the GCCRS – 59 of which were peer reviews, 20 facilitations and nine initial appraisals.

We updated our Rules to remove unnecessary detail and processes. The new Rules enable our organisation, groups and branches to run more efficiently and effectively and better reflect the modern, efficient and relevant organisation that we are.

With all this great work, it was only fitting that our legal team was awarded the prestigious ‘In-house Legal Team of the Year’ at the In-house Lawyers Association Awards.

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concerns and complaints
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GCCRS cases completed
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disciplinary decisions upheld

Continuing to break the mould.

There's a lot coming up in 2019/20.

Best practice

Design documentation

October 2019

We’ll release a design documentation package that will help you communicate clearly with Building Consent Authorities.

Disciplinary regulations

December 2019

We’re set to review and propose changes to our Disciplinary Regulations that will align our complaints and disciplinary framework with best practice and allow us to respond and manage risk in a more efficient and effective way.

What we spent member fees on.

Supporting our groups and branches


Membership services and assessments


Creating a better profession and advocating


Communicating with our members


Upholding standards and raising the bar


Events and awards


Supporting employers, educators and academics


Externally funded initiatives.

  • Registration Authority for Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)

  • Immigration assessments

  • Continuing professional development

  • Secretariat for International Engineering Alliance and and NZ Board for Engineering Diplomas

  • Expert Engineering Panels including GCCRS

  • Sector Programme Delivery to MBIE and others

  • Wonder Project

Meet our Board.

Our Board is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of Engineering New Zealand.
It’s made up of four senior office holders and seven members, and operates
according to our Rules and Board Charter.

Thank you.

Our amazing volunteers

  • 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 Engineer Representatives

  • Student Engineer Representatives

  • Award committees

  • Assessors

  • Professional Development Advisory Committee

  • Contributors to our GCCRS services

  • Diversity Agenda member organisations

  • Fellowship and Distinguished Fellowship panels

  • Engineering a Better New Zealand contributors

  • Election scrutineers

  • IEA review panels

  • Standards Committee

  • Practise note authors and reviewers

  • Investigating and Disciplinary Committee chairs and members

  • Wonder Project Ambassadors

  • Branch chairs and committee members

  • Technical and special interest group Chairs and committee members

  • Collaborating Technical Society volunteers

  • Accreditation Panel members

  • Event speakers and presenters

Run by committed volunteers, our technical groups advance specialist engineering, advocate and promote the interests and concerns of their members. Through their technical expertise, we promote best practice in the different engineering disciplines, and help the public understand complex engineering concepts and issues.

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