Great conference programme lined up

SARNZ is gearing up for its 2016 Annual Conference, which will be held on 18th and 19th August in Tauranga.

The theme of the event is Training the Future of our Industry, which will cover not just industry training, but training in the broader sense.

“The importance of developing a strong business culture is another theme we will be exploring at the event,” says chief executive Graham Burke.

An impressive list of speakers is being put together, including Jason Whatuira, a director of Option-1: Performance Results who will discuss the development of company culture and performance. He has a broad background in a range of fields including, the military, security, and leadership and is currently working with a range of sporting organisations on similar themes.

Richard Clark, former CEO of the Sky City Breakers will provide a fascinating insight into how the Auckland-based basketball team was turned around from failure to become league champions.

Craig Garner, training portfolio manager for the Employers and Manufacturers Association will also speak about ‘The Art of Developing an Effective Training Programme’.

“Craig is currently responsible for training programmes in health and safety, ranging from webinars through to the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management. He has worked in a number of industries including engineering, advertising, sales and marketing and ICT, and held senior management and board positions with a diverse range of organisations.”

As well as networking, and participating in the conference programme, delegates will also have the opportunity to visit a display area, where a range of industry sponsors will set up trade stands.

“The trade area is a great place to have a look at some products and services and chat to the companies behind them.”

Awards will be presented at the conference dinner – including the Best Scaffold Job & Best Rigging Job of the Year, which in 2015 was won by Industrial Site Services, for the Cobham Bridge Scaffold in Hamilton, and Technical Rigging Services for the FM1 Broadcast Antenna on the Auckland Skytower.

The complexity of the Cobham Bridge scaffold, last year's Best Scaffold Job is revealed.

The complexity of the Cobham Bridge scaffold, last year’s Best Scaffold Job is revealed.

“Any member company interested in competing is asked to provide up to six photos in jpg format of a job they think warrants the award, along with an explanation” says Graham.

The other awards are the Scaffolding & Rigging Trainee of the Year (introduced in 2008), which in 2015 were won by Kaydon Rakei of Chain Rigging and Scaffolding and Reice McKinnon of Bluescope Steel.

“These awards are aimed at encouraging people who have already shown an aptitude and interest in making a career in the scaffolding industry to continue their education in the field.”

Entries for the 2016 awards are open now. More details are available on the SARNZ website.

Graham says the number of sponsors supporting the SARNZ Annual Conference grows each year, and the organisers receive consistently good feedback about the event from everyone involved.

“The conference has become self-perpetuating as it continues to grow each year. A big thank you must go to the organisers Mick Curran of Upright Scaffolding in Auckland and Chris Douglas of Northland Scaffolding who have put so much effort into ensuring the delivery of another exciting programme for 2016.”

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