Standards New Zealand celebrated World Standards Day at our Wellington offices on Monday 14 October with an expo, workshops, and a recognition ceremony.
The day highlighted the significance of standardisation for industry, consumers, regulators, and government and let the standards community pay tribute to the thousands of experts worldwide who contribute to standards development, both nationally and internationally.
The afternoon kicked off with an expo, where Standards NZ was joined by MBIE’s Trading Standards team, the Measurement Standards Laboratory (MSL), the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).
The expo was well patronised, with attendees from right across government, business, and industry coming along to find out how standards, accreditation, and conformance can support their work.
Well-attended workshops were held in parallel with the expo, covering standards ‘101’, as well as standards development and the role of international standards.
Wrapping up the day was a short ceremony recognising a number of standards committee members who had resigned from active participation over the past year. The ceremony began with a mihi whakatau led by MBIE Culture and Partnership Manage, Piri Rurawhe, welcoming all our visitors.
This was followed by a short address by Suzanne Stew, MBIE's DCE Market Services, and Sanjai Raj, the New Zealand Standards Executive and MBIE's GM Consumer Protection and Standards. They and Carmen Mak, Manager Standards New Zealand, then awarded certificates to retired committee members at the event and recognised them and others who had significantly contributed their time and expertise to the standards community.
Those acknowledged were:
Dr Graeme McVerry