Update from Interim CE Michelle Wessing

Introducing the interim leadership team

Welcome to the first edition of Touchstone published since I took on the role of Acting Chief Executive. We have two new acting general managers on the senior leadership team, Stu Ng and Drew Comeskey … more.

Establish contractual arrangements quickly with revised standard

I am delighted to advise that NZS 3910:2013 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering construction has been published and will be followed this month by NZS 3916 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering – Design and construct and NZS 3917:2013 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering – fixed term. NZS 3910:2013 enables principals, engineers, and contractors to quickly establish contractual arrangements that deliver a wide variety of building and civil engineering projects and the revision has resulted in clearer wording and a reduced need for extensive special conditions … more.

Meritorious Service Awards

Our annual Meritorious Service Awards event, held at Parliament banquet hall on 28 August, went very well. Many thanks again to everyone who attended and helped make the morning such a success. Our winners' details and photographs and a video of the breakfast are on our website … more.

Joint committee work internationally recognised

We were proud to hear that joint Australian/New Zealand committee CS-003 was awarded a US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman's Circle of Commendation Award. The five awardees were chosen for their significant, lifesaving contributions to consumer product safety, in the United States and around the world.

Committee CS-003 covers Safety Requirements for Children's Furniture sold in Australia and New Zealand. The committee drafts, maintains, and interprets national and bi-national standards relating to infant and child products. In April 2013, a test for mattress firmness developed by the committee was published as a new Australian/New Zealand standard … more.

World Standards Day 14 October 2013

World Standards Day is next Monday 14 October. This year, World Standards Day celebrates international standards as powerful tools to lead positive change, by detailing specifications to open up global markets, create enabling business environments, spur economic growth, and help reduce and adapt to climate change …more.

Standards Council Annual Report for 2012/13

The Standards Council's Annual Report for 2012/13 is available on our website in electronic and PDF forms. It reflects on another busy year … more.

Changes ahead

We are introducing a new format for our monthly e-magazine Touchstone, which will debut in November. Instead of a monthly publication with notification emailed to subscribers, we will be updating a web-based Touchstone with news and articles as they come to hand. We believe this will keep you much more regularly up to date with events and happenings in the standards world.

Professor George Baird

On behalf of Victoria University Schools of Architecture and Design, I am extending an invitation to a seminar in honour of Professor George Baird on Friday 22 November 2013, 1 pm – 5pm at the university's Schools of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian St, Wellington.

George has been an active contributor to development of New Zealand standards and has participated in many professional and academic organisations. For more information contact Nigel Isaacs (nigel.isaacs@vuw.ac.nz)

Best wishes

Michelle Wessing
Acting Chief Executive

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