Around 110 SCNZ members, their partners and clients attended the organisation’s 10th Anniversary Members’ Forum and Social at Queenstown in April.
SCNZ manager Alistair Fussell opened the general forum sessions with a presentation celebrating the history of SCNZ and the “remarkable” people who contributed to its success.
The organisation existed under several different incarnations (under the guidance of HERA) before becoming a standalone organisation in 2016.
Alistair says members enjoyed the forum’s informative programme presented by a range of “knowledgeable and inspirational” professionals.
“One of the highlights was the inspiring talk by John Anderson, creator of Contiki Holidays, a Kiwi whose desire to travel to Europe as a young man led to the start of this hugely successful global brand. He is a genuine, passionate guy, and our members really warmed to him.”
Alistair says the talk reminded members of the importance of creating longevity in their businesses, through innovation and staying ahead of the competition.
Among the other speakers was Marcus Nalter from Worksafe New Zealand who challenged delegates to adopt a new way of thinking as he talked through the effects of the recent Health and Safety Reform Bill.
“Our industry’s two main areas of risk are working at heights, and working with machinery, so it was great to hear from Worksafe to ensure our members are up to date with their health and safety requirements under the new legislation.”
An All-Region Fabricator Forum was also part of the event during which Dean Pouwhare from D&H Steel Construction provided an informative overview of the new qualifications for rigging, and Chris Burns, SCNZ senior structural engineer (industry) presented the findings of a recent SCNZ study on fabricator charge-out rates.
A colourful post-dinner speech by Tim Shadbolt, Mayor of Invercargill was a talking point of the evening’s events.
To help raise the profile of careers in the industry, SCNZ has launched two new awards, the Emerging Leader award, and the Apprentice of the Year Award.
“If the steel industry is going to continue to grow we need to attract the best and brightest people in skilled trades and more professional people to the sector. These awards will help us to raise the profile of careers in the steel industry, and acknowledge the high achievers who are already doing great work in the sector.”
Alistair says the 10-year milestone has created a great opportunity for SCNZ to look back on its achievements so far.
“As we reflect on where we have come from, we can acknowledge the things we did that helped us to succeed and will continue to serve us well. In a fast-changing world it is critical we also look forward and continue to adapt to any new challenges that arise.”