2012

  • Research development and innovation process management new work item proposal

    Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback on a new work item proposal on Research, development and innovation – Process management. The national member body of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Brazil (ABNT) has proposed this project to ISO. 

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  • Role of Standards in Building Code recognised as vital

    The Standards Council welcomes the final report of the Royal Commission into the Canterbury Earthquakes and notes that the Commission reinforces in its report that 'the suite of Standards supporting the Building Code plays a vital role in ensuring our buildings are designed well and built well', Standards Council Chair, John Lumsden said today. 'We have followed progress of the inquiry closely over the last 18 months. 

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  • Standards New Zealand recertified to AS NZS ISO 9001 2008

    Standards New Zealand has recently been recertified as compliant to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems – Requirements, the global benchmark for quality management. Michelle Wessing, Standards New Zealand's General Manager Standards Solutions and Shared Services, commented, 'Telarc SAI Limited has completed their assessment of our quality management system (QMS) against AS/NZS ISO 9001. 

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  • Standards ensure safety quality and effectiveness for Tru Test

    Tru-Test Group is a world-leading manufacturer of livestock scales and milk metering equipment. It is also a world leader in electric fencing and traditional fencing tools, helping ensure animals are contained and pastures are managed for sustainable, profitable results. Tru-Test supplies customers in over 70 countries, serviced through five subsidiaries and a number of independent distributors.

    'Safety and quality are key factors that underpin the international success of the company', says Tru-Test's Product and Markets Manager, Keran McCaull. 'Manufacturing to international Standards validates the safety and quality of our products, and thereby opens up the doors to international trade.'

    The main area where compliance with Standards has the biggest impact is in the design and manufacture of electric fences, where safety, quality, and effectiveness are all key.

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  • Part of the contract Meritorious Service Award Winner Andrew Brickell

    Over the coming months, we will feature this year's Meritorious Service Award winners. This month we feature Andrew Brickell.

    During a career that spans over 45 years, Andrew Brickell has worked as a civil engineer and project manager around the world. He started his career with the Ministry of Works and later worked for contractors, local authorities, and five consultancies on projects in 19 countries. He is now Chief Engineer, Construction Contracts at MWH in Auckland.

    Andrew earned his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Canterbury and went on to receive his Master of Engineering Science from the University of Melbourne. He also gained a Bachelor of Business Studies and Diploma of Business Administration from Massey University.

    In his current role, much of Andrew's work includes advising clients on the documentation, procurement, and administration of construction contracts, particularly those based on NZS 3910:2003 Conditions of contract for building and engineering construction.

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  • Peter Fisher receives Meritorious Service Award

    Peter Fisher won a Meritorious Service Award in September 2012 and this month Debbie Chin, Standards New Zealand's Chief Executive, presented Peter with his award.

    Peter has contributed to numerous safety Standards. He is an active member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committee (TC) 127, Earth-moving machinery, and associated subcommittees and working groups.

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  • Update on revision of NZS 3910 2003 Conditions of contract for building and engineering construction

    Standards New Zealand advised in February 2012 that a revision of NZS 3910 Conditions of contract for building and engineering construction is underway. NZS 3910 is the most widely used standard form of contract conditions in New Zealand. It provides a standard form of general conditions of contract that can be adapted to incorporate into construction contract documents. 

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  • How Standards support international trade interview with Catherine Beard

    A new 'Lifting export performance' report by NZIER for ExportNZ looks at what is holding New Zealand back, the effectiveness of export policies, and how best to move forward. We talked to Catherine Beard, Executive Director of Export NZ, ManufacturingNZ, and BusinessNZ, about exporting and manufacturing, and Standards. 

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  • Gas Standards update

    Two New Zealand Standards are soon to be superseded as a result of transitional provisions in the Gas (Safety and Measurement) Regulations 2010. The transitional provisions in the Regulations allow NZS 5261:2003 Gas installation and NZS 5428:2006 LPG installations for non-propulsive purposes in caravans and boats to be used as alternatives to AS/NZS 5601 (Parts 1 & 2):2010 Gas installations until 31 December 2012. 

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  • New ISO Standard focuses on importance of people in quality management

    ISO 10018:2012 Quality management – Guidelines on people involvement and competence provides a framework for organisations of all sizes, types, and activities to get the best out of people in the implementation of a quality management system based on ISO 9001.

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