Update from Acting CE Michelle Wessing

Standards Australia AGM

I recently attended the Standards Australia AGM held in Melbourne where the following was reported:

‘Our financial basis is sound, our standards development processes are effective, and our human capital is strong. We continue to make improvements to our project delivery capacities and know that complacency is not an option. Standards Australia has made significant progress over the previous year, including the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Commonwealth Government following a 5 year review of the existing MoU. This agreement is fundamental to our peak status’.

I was honoured to be asked to present to the AGM in which I acknowledged the support that we receive from Standards Australia, the importance of this unique working relationship, and our commitment to maintaining it in the future. As you will know, joint standards development supports trans-tasman regulatory harmonisation and trade. I also reinforced that over 80% of Standards New Zealand’s catalogue is made up of joint Australian/New Zealand Standards, and provided a brief update on some of the upcoming changes to New Zealand’s national standards body in the coming year.


I am pleased to announce that we have introduced our new format for Touchstone. It is now a web-based publication that will be regularly updated with the latest standards news and articles, rather than a once-monthly update. Touchstone subscribers will still receive an email, although this will be 3-weekly rather than monthly, with a summary of some of the latest postings. The change is part of our efforts to continuously improve our services to our customers and clients.

Transition to MBIE oversight group formed 

A governance group has now been established to oversee the transition of the national standards body function into the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The group is made up of senior staff from the ministry and Standards New Zealand, as well as the chair and a member of the Standards Council, and will have oversight of the transition and implementation processes for decisions made by Cabinet on 14 October 2013 … more

Busy times

Hot on the heels of publishing NZS 3910:2013 Conditions of contract for civil engineering and construction, we have now published NZS 3916:2013 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering – Design and construct. NZS 3916 is one of three tailored standards that ensure contracts for building and civil engineering are suited to New Zealand’s industrial and legislative scene … more

We have also published NZS 4541:2013 Automatic fire sprinklers, NZS AS 1884:2012 Floor coverings – Resilient sheet and tiles – Installation practices, and EL-002 Appliance safety: 9 revisions, 2 new standards, and 2 amendments.

Plain English Awards 2013 finalist

I am delighted to advise that Standards New Zealand is a finalist in the Writemark Plain English Awards 2013. Our Statement of Intent 2013 – 2016 is one of three listed as finalists in the category ‘Best Plain English Document – Public Sector/Non-Government Organisation (NGO) ... more

Best wishes

Michelle Wessing
Acting Chief Executive


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