Standards New Zealand was pleased to sponsor an award at the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ) 2014 conference in April.
BOINZ is a membership based and member focused, not-for-profit charitable organisation, representing building control officials in New Zealand since 1967.
Standards New Zealand’s acting chief executive, Michelle Wessing, presented the ‘Contribution to Technical and Legislative Improvements Award’ to Peter Sparrow, Director, Building Control and Rebuild at Christchurch City Council. The award is given to an individual who has excelled in contributing to advancing the technical and/or legislative understanding of members.
Peter Sparrow has a building background within the military. He has sat on the judging panel of architectural design competitions, worked in central and local government senior positions, and was involved in the development of the Building Consent Authority Competency Assessment System. He was also second in charge of Operation Suburb. This was an initiative set up after the February 2011 earthquake in which teams of building officials, engineers and welfare officers were sent into suburbs to assess the state of Christchurch residents’ houses and their welfare needs.
He has also been involved with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Performance and Capability Group dedicated to understanding development compliance of building legislation.
Michelle Wessing said she was honoured to present the award to Peter Sparrow.
‘Peter has demonstrated strong leadership over many years in advancing both technical and legislative understanding within the building industry.’
Photo L to R: Phil Saunders, President, BOINZ; Peter Sparrow; Michelle Wessing, Acting CE, Standards New Zealand