Update from the Manager, Standards NZ

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Welcome to our September update on what’s been going on in the life of Standards New Zealand. Following the same pattern as recent months, it has been very busy and productive.

120 building standards funded for free download

I’d like to start off by acknowledging and marking the successful launch of 120 building standards that have been funded by the building regulator in MBIE for free public access. This is an important landmark because it underlines the strategic partnership between Standards NZ and the regulator in delivering practical results for users of building standards.

This is a great example of collaboration with regulators, which was facilitated by our pilot from a couple of years ago. This is consistent with our desire to enhance the use of standards and our innovative mindset. You can read more here.

Joint Committee Member Training Workshop

Enabling our standards committee members to participate effectively on committees is another of our priorities. We recently held a joint committee member training workshop at our Stout St offices, in partnership with Standards Australia.

It was a tremendous success, with participants evaluating the workshop as ‘Extremely Useful’ (8 out of 10). It was a great opportunity to have Standards Australia here for the training, given the importance of our trans-Tasman relationship. Many New Zealand committee members also participate in joint standards committees.

What’s coming up

As we step into Spring, we have a busy few months ahead of us. We’re excited to see the responses to our digital innovation/ value-add Request for Information (RFI) and are looking forward to seeing our new development and collaboration tool for NZ committee members.

We’ve also got a great line up for World Standards Day on 14 October – look out for more details on this shortly. In the meantime, you can read some background on World Standards Day, and what we have planned here.

Carmen Mak
Manager, Standards New Zealand

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