NZUAG News edition 18: August 2019

From the Chairman’s Desk

Health and safety must be the top priority when it comes to worksites in transport corridors. There have been a number of deaths and injuries lately that are totally unacceptable. It is incumbent on all of us to make sure that worksites are safe for workers and travelling public. There is a range of responsibilities in this area, including the Health and Safety at Work Act, CoPTTM, Worksafe, Utilities legislation and so on, and the NZUAG Code also has Safety as one of its guiding principles. Civil Contractors NZ is working with NZTA and Worksafe to improve safety around transport corridor worksites, and NZUAG is fully supportive of this work. There is more on this issue below.

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NZUAG News edition 17: May 2019

The NZUAG Board is calling for nominations from members to be part of a working group that will assess how effective the Code has been and to recommend any necessary changes.

The Code (of Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to Transport Corridors) has been in place since 2012 and has been reviewed twice in that time. The Board is keen to find out how effective it has been for the parties to the Code and the wider community, and whether the purpose and principles of the Code are being met. Details of the working group appear below. This is an important initiative from the Board, and we are keen to have as many nominations as possible. Your industry needs you!

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NZUAG News edition 16: March 2019

Hi everyone,

The year is racing along. Someone said to me the other day that it won’t be and long before we hear Christmas carols in the stores again!!

The Board met recently to sign off on the revised Code prior to submission to the Minister for Infrastructure for approval. A 2019/20 work programme was adopted, which includes focusing on Code promotion and compliance. Preparations are well underway for the RIMS conference in Dunedin in March, where we will update participants on current issues and the year ahead.

Tracy Bell (Timaru District Council) representing Local Government NZ, was welcomed to the Board. Tracy joins Ria Apiata (KiwiRail) representing the National Rail Corridor and Brendan Drysdale (Wellington Electricity) representing the Electricity Sector who both came onto the Board following the November AGM as new sector representatives.

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NZUAG News Issue 15: November 2018

Welcome to the final newsletter for 2018. In this issue I provide an update on the Code of Practice for Utilities’ Access to Transport Corridors (the Code) review, including information on the final opportunity to have a say on the proposed new Code. I also cover our recent AGM, provide an update on the Code performance work and look at the year ahead.

On behalf of the Board I would like to wish you and your families a happy Christmas and a safe New Year, and we look forward to working with you on behalf of industry in 2019.

Paul Swain
Chairman, NZUAG


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NZUAG News Issue 14: August 2018

It’s been busy couple of months for the NZUAG Board and members. We ran a series of successful seminars on the Code and the review in 5 centres throughout New Zealand as well as three webinars using Zoom technology. The feedback was positive, and highlights the importance of promoting the Code throughout industry.

At the same time, the first round of Code review submissions has been analysed, and a revised draft Code is on the website. Submissions on the draft have now closed, and the Board is currently considering those before the Board meeting in November. Continue reading “NZUAG News Issue 14: August 2018”