We’re Engineering New Zealand : : Te Ao Rangahau – a membership organisation driven to bring engineering to life, so our members can engineer better lives for New Zealanders.
As New Zealand’s professional body for engineers, we represent you – over 22,000 engineers.
The year to 30 September 2021 saw a number of significant developments, some of which have the potential to impact how Engineering New Zealand best meets the needs of the profession. Three worth signalling here are occupational regulation, our governance review, and developing a responsive and relevant climate change programme.
I want to thank all members for their commitment to our great organisation through the year. My thanks also to your Board for supporting me since I took up the position of President in April.
Prof. Rosalind Archer
CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REPORT.
Since taking the reins as Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand, I’ve had the privilege of meeting many of our 22,000 members. Through our Member Connect series I visited all 18 branches, either physically or online (due to Covid-19).
I also met with numerous technical and special interest groups, whose members have generously contributed their expertise to advance engineering knowledge and practice in our profession. I’m delighted that this year we welcomed two new technical interest groups – the Temporary Works Forum New Zealand and the New Zealand Hydropower Group. In fact, technical interest groups hosted 171 events with 28,744 registrants during the year – which I find really encouraging, as it says to me that members really are keen to see Engineering Zealand as their “technical home”.
Throughout the year, I’ve also kept close contact with leaders in major firms on policy and operational matters of mutual interest across the profession.
I personally want to thank every member who has donated their time and skills to the engineering profession through Engineering New Zealand Te Ao Rangahau this year.
Dr Richard Templer FEngNZ
BY THE NUMBERS.
183 webinars, and e-learning modules with 2,400 attendees
new technical guidelines
267 branch events (224 face-to-face, 43 online) and 14,379 registrants
Engineers contracted as subject matter experts for government-commissioned projects
successful reassessments processed for CPEng
171 group events (91 face-to-face, 80 online) and 28,744 registrants
SUPPORTING OUR MEMBERS.
Formal professional development courses
New technical groups
DRIVING QUALITY IN ENGINEERING.
All of us want New Zealand to have the very best engineers. Our work to advance the profession includes:
developing focused and practical technical information
working with engineers and government partners to improve regulation
ensuring chartership is the recognised and desired quality mark of engineering competence
holding engineers to account when things go wrong.
Submissions to government
Diversity Agenda members
Diversity Agenda Accord signatories
Pictured: Diversity Agenda Accord signatories with Minister Tinetti at the 2021 Summit.
IMPROVING THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
Engineering knowledge is constantly evolving and keeping our members up to date is critical to us. Members must do 40 hours of continuing professional development each year. We recommend and provide a mix of learning activities that allow engineers to be the best engineers they can be. But the engineering profession is changing rapidly, with a growing number of disciplines, and engineers often working on complex problems where professions and disciplines intersect.
When it comes to professional development, we know members want strong guidance on what capabilities they should develop, with many saying, “I don’t know where to start”. If we’re to realise our goal as engineers’ preferred career partner, a new Professional Development Framework is necessary. As part of the new framework, engineers will carry out a self-assessment of capabilities. From there they will develop a professional development plan of real value to them, their employer and profession. These tools will be particularly useful for smaller and medium-sized firms that may not be resourced to provide their engineers with customised professional development.
New initiatives developed as part of the Professional Development Framework will begin to be rolled out from 2022.
TO THE WORLD.
New Distinguished Fellows
New Honorary Fellows
ENVI Award winners
Rocket Challenge participating schools
CELEBRATING YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS.
Engineers are doing amazing things every day. We celebrate our members’ achievements – from our biennial industry awards, the ENVIs, to our annual honours system of Distinguished Fellows, Fellows and Honorary Fellows, and the President’s Awards. We also celebrate engineers in our award-winning magazine EG, and on our website and social media channels. And, as of 2021, we’ve started recognising engineers’ contribution to heritage, its preservation and restoration through our first ever Engineering Heritage Awards in November.
PROMOTING THE PROFESSION.
Engineering New Zealand advocates for the profession on issues impacting engineers. Our 12 submissions this year included major submissions to the Government on occupational regulation, climate change, infrastructure, and the proposed legislation to replace the Resource Management Act 1991.
Health Select Committee – Water Services Bill
Tertiary Education Commission – WDC Orders in Council
Climate Change Commission Draft Advice
MBIE – Building for Climate Change
MBIE – Building Code update
MBIE – Electricity and Gas Safety Regulations
MBIE – Occupational Regulation of Engineers
Tertiary Education Commission – NZ Qualification Framework changes
Construction Sector Accord, Environmental Challenges, Opportunities and Transitions
Ministry of Transport – Transport Emissions Pathways to Net Zero by 2050
Natural and Built Environments Exposure Bill
With ACE NZ, we have continued to lead regular meetings with chief executives from engineering and consulting firms across New Zealand. This forum is a place for leaders to share ideas about what works, what doesn’t, and where the industry can come together and work cooperatively on matters of mutual interest. How firms have adapted and responded to Covid-19 continued to feature high on the agenda, particularly following the Delta community outbreak in August 2021.
We have remained an active participant in the Engineering Leaders’ Forum, of which we provide secretariat support. The Forum brings together the chief executives of the representative organisation of engineering. Forum members are ACE NZ, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Water NZ, Civil Contractors NZ, Electricity Engineers’ Association, Concrete NZ, Institute of IT Professionals, The Royal Society and Engineering New Zealand.
MBIE continues to progress work on the occupational regulation of engineers. Decisions are expected in March 2022 as to whether MBIE’s proposal for the registration and licencing of engineers will go ahead in this political term.
At the end of 2021 we ran a Member Survey to get a better understanding of what members value and how well we’re serving them. We’ll be sharing the results of the survey, and our organisational response, in early 2022. The survey results will also be a key input as we update our strategy.
We will continue to develop information and tools as part of our Engineering Climate Action programme that launched in November 2021. The programme will focus on providing viable ways for engineers to support engineers to take positive action to address climate change through mitigation, transition and adaptation.
In January, we delivered a new, separate board for the Registration Authority – the Chartered Professional Engineers Board. This year we will deliver updated operational procedures so that members benefit from more robust assessment and reassessment procedures, and faster turnaround times for applications.
In March 2022, a fascinating array of engineering heritage papers were presented at regional and online events to observe Heritage Week. We’re also getting ready to establish a new interest group for engineers with a passion for heritage.
Engineers have long been concerned about quality issues in the building system. After structural issues were identified in a number of Masterton buildings, we launched an own-motion enquiry in 2016, which concluded in late 2021. We subsequently carried out further work to identify and analyse primary system issues that led to the design of deficient buildings. A series of key findings and recommendations will be released in 2022.
WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?
Supporting our members throughout their careers:
We process new member requests, renewals, and assessments. We respond to member queries.
Supporting our groups and branches:
We support branches, technical groups and societies, students and young engineers, and heritage.
Advocacy, thought leadership, and industry wide initiatives:
We advocate for the profession, respond to policy developments, and manage public affairs. We
endorse and provide the Secretariat for the Diversity Agenda.
Connecting and communicating with our members:
We keep you connected with the latest information and opportunities through online and in-print
Upholding standards and raising the bar:
We provide tools and guidance through our Engineering Practice workstream. We manage complaints
and concerns about members. We provide accreditation services and international benchmarking.
Providing events and awards:
We recognise engineering achievement through events and awards such as our annual Fellows and
Supporting employers, educators and academics:
We provide dedicated support to those who employ members and those who develop knowledge to
advance the profession.
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 six members, and operates according to our Rules and Board Charter.
THANKS FOR SUPPORTING US.
Our amazing volunteers
Our volunteers are essential to the success of Engineering New Zealand – we’re grateful for the countless hours contributed to Engineering New Zealand and the profession.
Accreditation Panel members
Audit and Risk Committee
Branch chairs and committee members
Collaborating Technical Society volunteers
Competence Assessment Board
Contributors to our GCCRS services
Diversity Agenda member organisations
Engineering New Zealand Foundation
Engineering New Zealand Governing Board
Engineering Practice Advisory Committee
Event speakers and presenters
Fellowship and Distinguished Fellowship panels
Heritage Board and Chapters
IEA review panels
Investigating and Disciplinary Committee chairs and members
Performance and Remuneration Committee
Practice note authors and reviewers
Professional Development Advisory Committee
Programme Challenge Group (made up of senior committee members of the Structural Engineering Society, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the New Zealand Geotechnical Society)
Standards and Accreditation Board
Student Engineer Representatives
Technical and special interest group Chairs and committee members
Wellbeing Initiative Advisory Group
Wonder Project Ambassadors
Young Engineer Representatives