2017/18 Annual Report mouse Pūrongo ā-Tau Engineering New Zealand logo Dream.Do. header

In our first year as Engineering New Zealand, we’ve inspired young Kiwis to reach for the stars, delivered provocative think-pieces to decision makers and launched a campaign for greater diversity.

At the same time, we’ve kept delivering the services that members 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.

Susan Freeman-Greene and Dean Kimpton Engineering New Zealand

Our four strategic pillars














We’re fostering connections between engineers, industry and society, here and abroad.
Social followers
growth in social following
Engineers paired up for Mentor : : Me pilot
Biggest branch growth (East Coast)
Branch events
Young Engineer events
Biggest technical group (Structural Engineering Society)
Attendees at Speed Interviewing events

Our 17 branches collectively ran a multitude of events, ranging from quizzes to mountain biking, awards, site visits and panel discussions. Our Auckland Branch ran a successful series of events celebrating its centenary.

Together with our 26 technical groups, we created a positive Charter outlining how we work together to advance our four strategic pillars. One new group was created this year: the New Zealand Tunnelling Society.

Our Engineering : : Innovation symposium in March brought together 120 people to hear from innovators, technologists and engineers who generated thought-provoking conversations about the future of engineering.

We recruited students at orientation, then later in the year ran our popular speed interviewing events across eight locations, giving them a taste of real-world recruitment, complete with feedback.

Our Young Engineers groups ran 57 events across 13 regions, creating opportunities for engineers under 35 to learn and network.

We’ve grown our social media profile by 56% , with more than 16,700 people following our engineering news and and inspiration across Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. Our video content has had a combined viewing time of over 77,300 mins – so thanks for watching!

And in the international space, we’re doing such a good job as Secretariat for the International Engineering Alliance that our contract was extended for another two years.

What’s next?

In October, we created another new group: the Special Interest Group for Engineering General Practitioners.

In November we brought together branch, technical group and Young Engineers Chairs and Heritage representatives for a day of inspiration, focused around how to get the best out of volunteers. They’re gathering again in March for a forum about taking the step from dreaming and planning to action and goals.

In late 2018, after feedback from members, we established Central Otago as a branch in its own right, and renamed Otago to Dunedin Branch. We also drew more logical boundaries between our Waikato/Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Branches (now renamed Waikato and Bay of Plenty). The new Central Otago Branch launched with a boom in November and is planning a series of events bringing together members in the region for site visits, networking and professional development.

We’re also working with some members to establish technical and special interest groups in areas that aren’t currently supported by a group, including electrical and environmental engineering.

Young Engineers rafting Engineering New Zealand

Our Everyday heroes

Kennie Tsui Engineering New Zealand

Wellington Branch Chair

Q. What does connection mean to you?

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takimano.

My strength is not that of an individual, but that of the collective.

To me, connection is the power of bringing together people with common goals or purpose to achieve amazing things. The enduring relationship is established from our mutual trust.

Q. How have you brought engineering to life this year?

I am very honoured to continue chairing the Wellington Branch, supported by fantastic colleagues. The annual themes, which have been “Resilience” (2017), “Engineering for our future” (2018) and “Engineering our Community” (2019), really help us to promote what our branch does. More than 40 events every year give us many opportunities to realise engineering in our daily lives. All these events allow me to learn more about other professional engineers’ role in our society. I remember one high school student said to me after our Trailblazers Lunch event: “The speakers inspired me to choose engineering in my tertiary study because we can solve these interesting problems together.” Heaven!

Q. What does being part of Engineering New Zealand mean to you?

My Engineering New Zealand colleagues really create a sense of belonging and inclusiveness. All of you value my contribution and support me to be successful in my role as the Wellington Branch Chair. Our common goal to promote what our profession does for our society through members’ contributions really inspires me.




We’re building credibility so New Zealanders have trust and confidence in engineers and engineering.
First-time assessments
New assessors
of these are women
Complaints resolved
Through early resolution
Course topics covered
Courses held

In September, for the first time, we asked all members to make an annual commitment to uphold the Code of Ethical Conduct and declare they’ve completed 40 hours of professional development. This is part of our ongoing effort to ensure the highest standards among our members and set them apart from those who don’t belong.

We’ve been reviewing our Rules, in consultation with members, so they’re more streamlined and useful for our groups and members. Thanks to everyone who’s participated in our three formal consultation rounds.

In 2018, we had 27 nominations for two vacant Board positions. And 28% of members voted in the subsequent Board election, which compares well to the average professional body turnout of 16%.

This year we’ve assessed 573 candidates for CPEng, with 291 new candidates being added to the CPEng register (207 of these also became Chartered Members). We’ve provided more training for assessors and added another 67 people to their ranks – 42 of these new assessors are women. But we still need more.

Experts from our technical groups, especially SESOC, NZSEE and NZGS, continued to work with MBIE to refine their seismic assessment guidelines.

In conjunction with ACENZ, we released a new version of the Conditions of Contract for Consultancy Service. We also published a Practice Note on peer review that clarifies expectations and roles in this area.

We resolved 50 complaints, including 23 through our early resolution process, and we received 37 new complaints. We focused on helping members resolve complaints themselves by creating a toolkit and running education sessions around the country.

We ran three accreditation panel training workshops, and managed accreditation visits to Massey University, AUT, the University of Canterbury and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. We also continued to support the development of engineering education programmes at Fiji National University.

When we changed our name, we asked kaumātua and respected linguist Sir Tamati Reedy, of Ngāti Porou descent, to consider what Engineering New Zealand represented and what Te Reo Māori name would fit best. Sir Tamati took a conceptual approach, seeking a name that was simple and memorable. He decided on Te Ao Rangahau – “rangahau” encompassing the broad meaning of engineering – to design, create, build, investigate, research and solve – and Te Ao meaning “the universe”.

What’s next?

Engineering New Zealand is supporting the Government’s Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service (GCCRS), which launched last October and is focused on resolving outstanding insurance claims. We’re working with the Ministry of Justice to extend our support to the new Christchurch Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal.

We’ve been working with MBIE on its proposal for a different way of regulating engineers through licences for safety-critical work. We look forward to a public consultation process in 2019.

We’re also working through the consequences of the High Court’s decision that we were wrong to stop our complaints process in respect of Alan Reay when he resigned in 2014. This decision means we have reopened a complaint we received about Dr Reay in relation to the CTV Building tragedy. There’s intense media and public interest in this process.

We’re helping members stay up to date by providing world-class professional development that’s easier to access, including via webinars and online learning.

Te Ao Rangahau Engineering New Zealand

Our Everyday heroes

Andrew McMenamin Engineering New Zealand

Investigating Committee Chair

Q. What does credibility mean to you?

Engineering is about people, not just applied science. I think we engineers often underestimate the complexity of our work and how the public interprets and understands what we do. An important part of an engineers’ role is to ensure that we make the design or assessment process easy to understand. We build credibility through explaining engineering issues in plain English so laypeople can understand them and then decide what to do next.

Q. How have you brought engineering to life this year?

I’ve been involved in a range of interesting and challenging projects. One that really stood out is a proposed public art installation in Christchurch, which involved collaborating with a range of stakeholders as well as a talented artist. I’ve really enjoyed being part of a project that provokes an emotional response rather than being a functional object.

Q. What does being part of Engineering New Zealand mean to you?

Being a part of the complaints investigation team means using my knowledge and experience to help Engineering New Zealand maintain high standards in our profession, which is essential to our ability to remain a self-regulating body of peers. I’ve learned new skills that I can apply in my day-to-day work, and developed my ability to communicate effectively with the non-engineers on the team. Engineering New Zealand has a wonderful team and I really enjoy working alongside such dedicated and professional people.

“Engineering is about people, not just applied science.”



We’re driving greater influence with Government and industry to inform and shape the agenda.
Diversity Agenda partners
Public submissions
Meetings with key ministers
Engineers appointed to climate change committee

In April 2018, together with the New Zealand Institute of Architects and ACENZ, we launched the Diversity Agenda, a provocative campaign calling for increased representation of women in engineering and architecture. We’ve set the ambitious goal of getting 20 percent more women in engineering and architecture by 2021. And since then we’ve had 76 organisations sign up and commit to that target, a tikanga of six principles.

In August, we launched our first Engineering a Better New Zealand report on seismic resilience and water. It’s time for engineers to speak out strongly, to use their unique perspective to influence New Zealand’s approach to critical challenges. We’ve brought together engineers, policy makers and scientists to unpick challenges and propose solutions.

Together with our technical groups, we made a number of policy submissions on issues that matter to engineers. We’ve also made nine public submissions in addition to these. Resilience, infrastructure planning and innovation have been central to our messages.

We’ve influenced policy in development before its release for public consultation. We’ve made progress on occupational regulation towards the licensing of safety-critical structural, geotechnical and fire engineering design. And we’ve worked on improving regulations for fire design, dam safety, and safe plant and structures.

What’s next?
We launched our second Engineering a Better New Zealand report in November, tackling cleaner energy as a response to climate change. These reports are designed to be provocative and create conversation about solutions. But they’re also about taking action, and we’re working on action plans spanning all the recommendations.
Beach Clean Water Engineering New Zealand

Our Everyday heroes

John Hare Engineering New Zealand

Engineering a Better New Zealand contributor and peer reviewer

Q. What does influence mean to you?

As a professional engineer, I have come to understand that there is little we can control, but much we can influence. This means offering our judgement and experience where it can do the most good, recognising that there are often many other conflicting demands that must be balanced. The best outcomes will be derived from great collaboration and communication, not just within the profession, but with the wider community that we engage with and are part of.

Q. How have you brought engineering to life this year?

Some of this played out for me in 2018 in being part of the team that helped to develop Engineering A Better New Zealand, launched in August. But words alone do not bring about change. I am more proud that with Engineering New Zealand, we are following through, beginning to assist small-town New Zealand as it grapples with issues of seismic safety in an aging building population with small but strong and proud communities.

Q. What does being part of Engineering New Zealand mean to you?

Membership of Engineering New Zealand may be seen as a professional necessity for many, but it should be so much more than that. I believe firmly that we get the professional services organisation that we deserve. Believing that, involvement is not an option and the more involved I have become, the more rewarding I find it. Among other things, it provides a means to achieve collective influence as a profession that individuals alone could not manage.

“But words alone do not bring about change.



We’re creating greater recognition publicly for the fundamental contribution engineers make to society.
New Fellows
New Distinguished Fellows
National awards
people at Week of Engineering expos
Schools in Rocket Challenge pilots
Students in Rocket Challenge pilots
Rocket Challenge Ambassadors
Branch awards/scholarships given

Engineering New Zealand received strong recognition of our own, with EG being a finalist in the MPA Magazine Media Awards, our brand transformation being a finalist in the TVNZ Marketing Awards and the Diversity Agenda initiative being a finalist in the Diversity Works Awards. Our Chief Executive, Susan, was also a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards.

Celebrating the achievements of our members was an important part of branches’ programmes. For example, the Auckland Branch ran a hugely successful awards evening as part of its centenary programme, recognising engineering excellence in its many forms. The Canterbury Branch hosted its inaugural Canterbury Celebrates Engineering awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of engineering leaders in the region.

We launched the Wonder Project, our new programme for schools, designed to get all Kiwi kids excited about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). In 2018, we successfully piloted the Rocket Challenge, which involves children working together to build and launch a rocket with the help of a STEM ambassador.

We ran the Week of Engineering again in July, facilitating more than 70 school visits to engineering firms. Our public expos in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch attracted more than 6,000 visitors.

What’s next?

In 2019, the Wonder Project goes nationwide, with the Rocket Challenge running in 200 schools. As well as the Rocket Challenge, aimed at Year 5–8 kids, the Wonder Project includes a community challenge for Year 7–10 and careers inspiration for Year 10–13. All three strands of the programme knit seamlessly into the school curriculum.

The Week of Engineering expos will take a rest until 2020, but school industry visits will go ahead in August 2019 as part of The Wonder Project careers programme.

In November we’ll debut a totally re:engineered awards event, the ENVIs, that will blow you away. Designed to showcase “Engineering Vision”, entries for the ENVIs open in June, so watch out!

Wonder Project Rocket Challenge Engineering New Zealand

Our Everyday heroes

Julie Raine Engineering New Zealand

2018 Fellow

Q. What does recognition mean to you?

Recognition as a Fellow has been a great honour. It’s a time to reflect on all the projects, the teams, designs, creations, problem-solving, innovations and personal development achieved over the span of your career. Fellowship is recognised across the industry and amongst peers and it holds with it an increased level of pride and validation.

Q. How have you brought engineering to life this year?

It’s critical to share knowledge and give back to the industry. Where there is an opportunity to promote engineering to the wider community, take it. Get school kids excited about engineering. I recently visited a local school to talk about what it’s like being an engineer and it was so much fun. As Chair of the Auckland Branch, I can be an influencer in collaboration and inclusion, which means creating exciting and lively events where all engineers can connect and interact with each other.

Q. What does being part of Engineering New Zealand mean to you?

Credibility is what Engineering New Zealand means to me. It’s valuable to be part of a professional body with influential connections, high standards and clear ethics. We are shaping the way we live in our community, our country and the world, and that’s an incredibly important job. As engineers, we should be working to the highest standards, be accountable and be the absolute best we can be.

“Credibility is what Engineering New Zealand means to me.”

Financial Summary
Over the past couple of years, we’ve operated at a surplus. The Board made a strategic decision to run a deficit in 2017/18 to set us up for future financial growth.

Investment in both our IT system and new premises has also had an impact on the bottom line for 2017/18, while significantly improving our outlook. Some of this deficit is from writing off depreciation in this year, instead of over a period of years for our existing IT system. Our new premises will save us $100,000 a year and our new IT system will cost significantly less to maintain and develop in the coming years. While 2017/18 is in a managed deficit, we aim to break even again in 2018/19 and then start to replenish reserves from there.

Total Expenditure $13,287,000

Personnel costs
Technical and special interest groups
Competency assessment costs
Depreciation/amortisation and impairment
Other expenses

Other expenses include audit fees, member publications and communications, disciplinary legal fees, member education and training, rent/utilities, IT and travel.

Total income $11,397,000

Member subscriptions
Registry and assessment fees
Contract income
Technical and special interest groups
Other income

Other income includes advertising and EG subscriptions, member education and training, conference and events and rent and sundry income.

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.

Dean Kimpton


Craig Price


Ben Holland


Colin Crampton


Geoffrey Farquhar


Kaye Clark


John Burden


Professor Jan Evans-Freeman


Sina Cotter-Tait


Sue-Ellen Fenelon


Tim Fisher


Our amazing volunteers

Our volunteers are essential to the success of Engineering New Zealand. We’re fortunate to enjoy such a high level of volunteer support and we’re grateful for the countless hours contributed to Engineering New Zealand and the profession.

  • 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
  • Award committees
  • Assessors
  • Professional Development Advisory Committee
  • Contributors to our GCCRS services
  • 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
  • Schools programme Ambassadors
  • Week of Engineering industry supporters
  • Branch committee members
  • Technical and special interest group members
  • Collaborating Technical Society volunteers
  • Accreditation Panel members
  • Event speakers and presenters
Our Technical groups

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.

  • Civil Engineering Testing Association
  • Heavy Vehicle Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering Group
  • New Zealand Coastal Society
  • New Zealand Society for Safety Engineering
  • New Zealand Tunneling Society
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • New Zealand Geotechnical Society
  • New Zealand Institute of Gas Engineers
  • New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineers
  • New Zealand Society on Large Dams
  • Structural Engineering Society
  • Recreational Safety Engineers Group
  • Rivers Group
  • Society of Materials New Zealand
  • Special Interest Group for Immigrant Engineers
  • Technology Engineering New Zealand
  • Sustainability Society
  • Timber Design Society
  • Transportation Group