Update from Acting CE Michelle Wessing

Season’s greetings and closedown

On behalf of the Standards Council and all of us here at Standards New Zealand, I wish you an enjoyable, relaxing, and safe holiday break. Thank you for your support during 2013 and we look forward to working with you again in 2014. Details of our office closedown are on our website. 

Strengthening New Zealand’s standards system

Last month I announced the establishment of the Implementation Oversight Group which will oversee the transition of the standards development function to a Statutory Officer function to be located in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the establishment of an approval Board. The project team working on the transition is currently completing the design work for the future national standards functions and responsibilities. Alongside this work the Ministry is progressing work with the Parliamentary Counsel Office to draft the new Bill which will disestablish the Standards Council and set up the new model. The draft Bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament in early 2014. I will update you again in the New Year. 

Work programme updated

We have recently updated our list of New Zealand and joint standards that are in development. This list is updated every three months. It contains the standard number and name, the committee involved, where in the development stage the standard is, the expected completion date, and the secretariat.

Revision of AS/NZS 1170.0 Structural design actions – General principles

Standards Australia manages the committee responsible for AS/NZS 1170.0 and they have advised of a meeting that will take place on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 to start off the process for its revision. 

The AS/NZS 1170 suite sets the means for determining loads when designing buildings and building-like structures. AS/NZS 1170.0 Structural design actions – General principles was published in 2002 and is referenced as a verification method in the structure provisions of the New Zealand Building Code. Defining loads was an area for consideration and discussion during the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry. 

Please send feedback to joints@standards.co.nz and we can ensure this is provided to the New Zealand members on the committee to convey to the meeting. 

Be aware of safety when buying children’s Christmas gifts

When buying children's gifts this Christmas, it is important to make sure they are safe. Only buy children's products if they pass New Zealand-recognised standards. Safety standards ensure products meet minimum safety requirements. Some standards are mandatory, but even if a standard is voluntary it can help ensure the product is safe … more

Best wishes 

Michelle Wessing
Acting Chief Executive





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