Stirring The Pot
How to speak LSF.

How to speak LSF.

August 21, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Tim Ng – Deputy Secretary and Chief Economic Adviser for Treasury.

Together, we discuss the Governments Living Standards Framework – or LSF for short. A newly developed and broader way of looking at things which has been used to help Government decide it’s five Wellbeing Budget priorities.

Most importantly we relate it back to NZ’s metals industry, and why we should care.

 

More about Tim

Tim Ng is a  macroeconomist by training, and an expert in the area of monetary, fiscal and financial system policy.   He’s been with the Treasury for a number of years, but has also worked for the Reserve Bank and as an economist at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

 

Want to know more about the Treasury’s Living Standards Framework?

Head to their website: www.treasury.govt.nz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nztreasury

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nztreasury/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/new-zealand-treasury

 

The digital world & social media… why bother?

The digital world & social media… why bother?

August 7, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, our Manager Marketing and Communications Kim Nugent talks with Tony Black who is the Managing Director of Black Steel Limited based in Hobsonville.

He’s paved a way for his business with his own unique voice utilising digital tools to further his market positioning. Join us, as we delve deeper into what platforms he's leveraged, the challenges he's faced in doing so, as well as why he's so committed to embracing technology within his workshop.

We also chat about Tony's career to date, his vision for his team, Black Steel and the NZ metals industry in general.

 

Connect with Tony:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-black-221a4870/

Website: https://www.blacksteel.co.nz/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackSteelMobileLtd

Twitter: https://twitter.com/blacksteelnz

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYLa6Ye0LuEvbTQdDrGhI1w

 

Connect with Kim:

Email: kim.nugent@hera.org.nz

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nugentkim/

 

Join HERA on our digital platforms:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/heavy-engineering-research-association/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/innovationinmetals/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NZHERA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NZHERA/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCarYRfcUBJqnrTjb27sLswQ

Website: https://www.hera.org.nz/

 

 

Focuses for our Welding Centre’s FY20 research.

Focuses for our Welding Centre’s FY20 research.

July 24, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with our General Manager Welding Centre on what research projects his team will be focused on to assist our membership in the New Zealand metals-based industry.

We discuss the Welding Research Panel, who is represented on it, and how they were able to choose the projects to focus on for industry, as well as the projects themselves:

  • seismic research program,
  • advanced design capability program,
  • performance of coastal weathering steels,
  • national register for certified welders,
  • training and international visitors planned,
  • engagement program with SMEs,
  • the Innovation Centre initiative,
  • Automation and Defence clusters, and
  • our future vision for the Welding Centre team. 

This podcast is part of our commitment to provide greater transparency and visibility of the R&D focuses we have.

 

Did you know that HERA members can propose projects for HERA to work on?

Find out more details on the process and how you can tell us about problems you'd like solved through R&D: 

https://www.hera.org.nz/call-panel-projects/

 

Demystify our research levy and how all of industry can leverage it (including SMEs):

https://www.hera.org.nz/hera-research-levy-projects/

Focuses for our Structural Systems FY20 research.

Focuses for our Structural Systems FY20 research.

July 24, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with our General Manager Structural Systems Stephen Hicks on what research projects our Structural Systems team will be focused on to assist our membership in the New Zealand metals-based industry.

We discuss the Steel Research Panel, who is represented on it, and how they were able to choose the projects to focus on for industry, as well as the projects themselves:

  • design software for composite beams and slabs,
  • guides for designing composite beams,
  • the ROBUST project,
  • revisions for design provisions in category 3 seismic load resistance, 
  • structural fire design for steel framed car parks,
  • development of steel and concrete composite standards for buildings and bridges,
  • training and international visitors planned, and
  • our future vision for the Structural Systems team.

This podcast is part of our commitment to provide greater transparency and visibility of the R&D focuses we have.

Please note that Stephen is due to leave HERA to pursue an exciting new career as Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Warwick in the UK at the end of July 2019. To ensure continuity we’ve been making sure that his panel projects are handed over to our existing team during his remaining time with us.

We hope this will mean there will be little to no delays in moving these along once a successor is appointed.

 

Did you know that HERA members can propose projects for HERA to work on?

Find out more details on the process and how you can tell us about problems you'd like solved through R&D: 

https://www.hera.org.nz/call-panel-projects/

 

Demystify our research levy and how all of industry can leverage it (including SMEs):

https://www.hera.org.nz/hera-research-levy-projects/

 

 

 

Is pre-fab NZ’s missing piece to the housing puzzle?

Is pre-fab NZ’s missing piece to the housing puzzle?

July 10, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Pamela Bell. Founder and Former CEO of PrefabNZ whom we crossed paths with due to her involvement on the NZ Construction Industry Council.

Pamela has been on a mission to innovate in New Zealand’s built environment and create a hub for prebuilt design and construction. We were keen to chat to her about this, as prefabrication has come up as one of the top interests our members are keen to explore in our recent innovation survey.

This is a not to be missed episode if you're curious to know if prefabrication could answer Auckland's housing crisis, or if there is sufficient volume of construction for your business to invest in prefabrication. 

Join us as we discuss the benefits of prefabrication, challenges to overcome, relevance of this trend to our metals industry, opportunities for our future pipeline, traceability and conformity to seismic standards, and more.

 

Connect with Pamela:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamela-bell-2195b564/

 

View the 'How to pre-fab' case studies mentioned in the podcast:

http://www.prefabnz.com/resources

 

View HERA's research to explore light steel framing multi-story buildings in New Zealand:

https://www.hera.org.nz/solving-auckland-housing-crisis/

 

 

‘Rollforming’ ethical leadership.

‘Rollforming’ ethical leadership.

June 26, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Renita Reddy. Director at Reddy Diamond Group - a successful rollforming company in Fiji.

Renita is not what you'd typically imagine as the leader of a large rollforming business. She's young, female, Fijian, has strong religious beliefs and is passionate about dog rescue! 

But she is also brave and driven. Confronting the cultural bias of being a young female in leadership within Fiji, and breaking the mold of how people expect her to lead. She's embraced the unconventional, and chosen to be her authentic and value-based self. 

And now, her resilience and 'diversity of thought' is starting to shine through. The figures are starting to quell her greatest critiques, and the results are changing mindsets across her business for the better. 

#INWED19 #TransformTheFuture #diversity #diversityagenda #WomenInEngineering #WomenInStem

 

Contact Renita:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reddyrenita/

Website: http://reddygroup.com/

 

Check out our other stories of wahine in engineering across Aotearoa and lend your support to International Women In Engineering Day #INWED19

Website: https://www.hera.org.nz/people-hera/

Getting rid of the ‘fluff’ around resilience & wellbeing.

Getting rid of the ‘fluff’ around resilience & wellbeing.

June 26, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Industrial and Organisational Psychologist and self professed leadership, resilience and curiosity seeker - Alia Bojilova!

In this thought provoking chat, she challenges our current perceptions around resilience and wellbeing within the work place. Making it known that paying lip service to these concepts are a massive risk to our industry which requires huge investment in terms of intellectual capability.

She believes the focus on resilience and wellbeing need to be a great deal more robust, especially if we want to be a business that attracts and retains top staff for greater productivity and profitability.

Saying "Stress steals time. The more busier we are, the less likely we are to pay attention to what matters. And, business as usual is sometimes a huge dusty pile of stuff we don't have to attend to. We need to pause, and focus on the things that matter as apposed to everything that is immediately in front of us."

 

Connect with Alia:

LinkedIn: https://https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandrina-alia-bojilova/

 

Interested in attending HERA's Future Forum - 20/20 Vision so you can hear more from Alia?

Registrations are now open! https://www.hera.org.nz/event/futureforum-2020/

 

How to  attract & retain top staff.

How to attract & retain top staff.

June 12, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with The Human Resources Project's Executive Director - Rowan Larsen.

We know the skills gap is nothing new to our industry. It is well known and voiced. And that's why we knew it was important to explore what practical steps our members could take to address this challenge.

Join us as we discuss how important it is to create a clear culture, company purpose and strategy for staff. How to better position our organisation so it's more attractive to potential employees, the need for a basic functional accountability chart and how to gain clarity around the skills and job functions required so you have the right people on your team.

 

Contact Rowan:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rowan-larsen-65053514/

Website: https://www.trpnz.co.nz/the-human-resources-project/

 

Interested in joining HERA's HR Innovation Cluster?

Contact GM Industry Development Boaz Habib:

Email: boaz.habib@hera.org.nz

Phone: +64 9 262 4753 

 

 

The new breed of smart industry - advanced manufacturing.

The new breed of smart industry - advanced manufacturing.

May 29, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Callaghan Innovation Application Development Engineer Emily Allison, to dig deeper into the idea of advanced manufacturing.

We cover how advanced engineering can help solve complex design and manufacturing problems and processes, what additive manufacturing is and it's advantages over traditional manufacturing and more.

We also discuss future applications, what New Zealand's printing capability is and why this is an opportunity we need to put on our radar if we want to be part of the new breed of smart industry.

 

Contact Emily:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-allison-3612a957/

Website: https://rd.callaghaninnovation.govt.nz/advanced-manufacturing/

 

Interested to join our Automation Innovation Cluster?

Contact our General Manager Welding Centre, Michail Karpenko:

Email: m.kapenko@hera.org.nz

Phone: + 64 9 262 4849

 

Contact our Research Engineer Welding Centre and Automation Lead, Holger Heinzel:

Email: holger.heinzel@hera.org.nz

Phone: +64 9 262 4755

 

Procurement’s part to play in industry challenges.

Procurement’s part to play in industry challenges.

May 14, 2019

In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Metals NZ Chief Executive Nick Collins, to gain clarity around government procurement and how metals as a material currently sits within their plans.

We delve into industry concerns around fair and free trade, imported steel and global competition against NZ fabricated steel and in the NZ context why government urgently needs to provide clear guidance on balanced decision making.

 

Contact Nick:

Nick is Chief Executive of Metals NZ – a co-operative initiative that represents and advocates for nine metals industry sector organisations and companies across the supply chains in the manufacturing and construction sectors.

www.linkedin.com/in/nick-collins-2286824/

www.metals.org.nz