Ministerial Keynote Presentation

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Thursday 22nd June at 0830

Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance and Minister for Infrastructure

After completing a zoology degree at Massey University, Steven started his first radio station, Energy FM, in his home town of New Plymouth, at age 21.  Along with two business partners, he built up The RadioWorks over 17 years until, as a listed public company, it consisted of 22 local radio stations and four national radio networks.  In 2000/2001 RadioWorks was purchased by Canadian company Canwest.  Steven retired as Managing Director in April 2001 on his 38th birthday.

He chaired the National Party’s Campaign Review after the 2002 election, and then its major Strategic Review which led to a full reorganisation of the Party.  He took on the role of the Party’s first General Manager, and led it through to the 2005 election.  He managed the 2005 election campaign.

Steven was Chief Executive of NZAX-listed Jasons Travel Media Limited, a tourism marketing company,  for two years from August 2006.  He has also been a director and Chairman of Taranaki-based hospital bed manufacturing and export company Howard Wright Limited, and a consultant to National Leader John Key.

Steven chaired the National Party’s successful 2008 national election campaign and was also elected as a list MP at the same election.  He was then appointed as a Minister in the new Cabinet.

He was previously the Minister for Economic Development; Minister for Regulatory Reform; Minister of Science and Innovation; Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment; Minister of Transport; Minister for Communications and Information Technology; Associate Minister of Finance; and Minister Responsible for Novopay.

Steven spends his spare time developing his lifestyle property north of Auckland, where he lives with his family.

Panel: The Road to a Driverless Future

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On Thursday we leapt into the future and learned from acclaimed futurist Liselotte Lyngso what our communities and infrastructure might look like, once self-driving vehicles were common.  But at a practical level, how will that transition unfold, and what will be key events that trigger each of the steps forward?  Liselotte will be joined on a panel by industry advocates, a motoring journalist, and a representative from an Otago University team who are looking at this very topic.

The panel will discuss the hurdles to be overcome, and the events and advances that will promote the change.  An open mind and audience participation will be encouraged!

Andrew Jackson, Deputy CEO, Ministry of Transport

Andrew Jackson has been the Deputy Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport since August 2011.  He leads the Specialist Advice and Strategy Group in the Ministry. He was previously Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Development where he was responsible for policy relating to regulation of financial markets, company law, intellectual property and competition law and trade tariff policy. Prior to that he worked for the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir David King on UK science policy and helped lead the UK’s Foresight programme, which used science to help tackle challenging issues such as obesity, drug use and cybercrime. Outside of work, he is a father of four, and enjoys water sports, from kayaking to swimming and scuba diving.

Assoc Prof James Maclaurin, University of Otago

James Maclaurin is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean for Research in the Humanities at the University of Otago. He is a principal investigator on the “Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand” project which is funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Information Law and Policy Fund. The first aim of the project is to investigate the way in which AI might affect New Zealand’s justice system. This includes considering issues to do with responsibility, liability and private concerns related to AI. The second aim is to investigate the way in which AI will affect employment law in New Zealand. Connected and autonomous vehicles will be an important case study for the project. James’ co-investigators are Ali Knott who works for Otago’s Department of Computer Science as well as Soul Machines (an AI startup based in Auckland), and Colin Gavaghan from Otago’s Faculty of Law.

Liselotte Lynsgo, Danish Futurist

Liselotte  is Managing Partner of the innovation and futurist company Future Navigator. Prior to that, she was Director at Fahrenheit 212 an ideas company owned by Saatchi. For 8 years she worked as Director of Research at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. Since 2002, she has been a member of the Foresight editorial board and she is a founding member of the Global Future Forum.

Liselotte works extensively with scenarios for the future, innovation, technologies and megatrends that have consequences for the way we think, work, feel and behave. She is in great demand as a keynote speaker all over Europe and the US as well as consulting for several global organisations.

Born in Denmark, she has an M.Phil. in Economics and Politics from St. Antony’s  College, Oxford University, UK. Liselotte speaks Scandinavian, English and French.

David Thomson, Motoring Commentator

David Thomson has over 25 years’ experience as an award-winning motoring journalist and commentator, firstly based in the UK, and in recent years in Dunedin. He is currently Editor of Drivesouth – the motoring publication of the Otago Daily Times. This is a decidedly part-time position that contrasts with his main career, in a strategic and future-focused role as Director of Planning and Funding at the University of Otago.

David has a keen professional interest in autonomous motoring technologies. His first exposure to such technologies came a decade ago, behind the wheel (hands-off, of course) of a prototype self-driving Honda at test track in Japan. The production iteration of that prototype emerged some years later as the first car with a meaningful self-driving capability sold in New Zealand. Since then David has evaluated many vehicles that showcase the deployment of such technologies into real-world motoring.

Holding degrees in history and business, David’s interests outside of work and family include fishing, sea kayaking, military history, food and wine, travel and coaching top-tier teams and athletes in sport (soccer and surf lifesaving). He holds, or has held, governance roles in a number of educational, sporting and philanthropic organisations.

Ian Telfer, Radio NZ (Facilitator)

Ian is a senior Otago-Southland reporter for RNZ News (Radio New Zealand). As well as covering thousands of Southern stories, Ian has reported on many significant national stories including the Pike River mine explosion and Royal Commission, Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes, and Victoria’s Black Saturday bush fires. In the past 9 years, Ian has presented the Summer Report news programme, been the environment and forestry reporter and produced almost a dozen documentaries.

Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, Ian studies physics at university and moved through a varied career including gardening, church volunteering in Tahiti and university administration. He has lived in Dunedin for 15 years, but does not yet have a tartan!


The Road to Recovery – Responding to the Kaikoura Earthquake: Reconnecting Communities

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This presentation will provide an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at the response to the Kaikoura earthquakes, with images and videos that illustrate the enormity of the task facing those responsible for the recovery.

On the 14th of November 2016, Kaikoura experienced an earthquake event that released more than 70% of all energy from the recent six years of Christchurch quakes. The initial rupture northeast of Rotherham set off a chain reaction of fault ruptures causing extensive devastation through Kaikoura, Awatere and into Wellington, shifting the South Island 5m closer to the North Island. A civil emergency was declared and the pressure was on to reconnect the road and communication infrastructure across the region.

The emergency response was a tribute to the collaborative nature of kiwi organisations. Emergency Services and military personnel worked alongside the local community, iwi, contractors and government agencies to ensure the rapid response was managed safely and collaboratively.

The infrastructure sector played a critical role in reconnecting Kaikoura. Local contractors worked to reopen the inland route quickly to ensure critical supplies were able to come in and out of the Kaikoura region. With the roads and rail out of action, air and water support became critical. The Navy and Army, in conjunction with other operators, ferried in essential supplies by air – everything from food and medical supplies to 1700kg diggers and evacuated people and possessions plus 30,000 bees by boat.

The inland route and State Highway 1 southbound were reopen in record time, however with $3 billion worth of recovery infrastructure programmed, we have a long way to go.

There has been plenty of news coverage during the event and following the recovery progress that likely gives the general public a sense of familiarity with all that has occurred. Despite this there are many new and surprising learnings coming to the surface as time marches on, and there are quite a few facts that may not be so well known.

Scott Ford is the South Island General Manager for Downer.

A Chartered Civil Engineer with more than 17 years industry experience, Scott is at home in the South Island. He has worked in a variety of infrastructure leadership roles and has managed a number of civil defence emergencies. His local knowledge and leadership made him the obvious choice to step in and manage the Kaikoura response on the ground following the North Canterbury earthquake.

Scott is on the board for Isaac Asphalt, he is an independent director for Tasman Rugby Union and is on the governance boards for the Dunedin City Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council Road Maintenance Contracts.

When not at work, Scott likes to spend time with his Family as his first priority helping his children with their involvement in numerous sports and activities. After retiring from many years of playing rugby, Scott has stayed fit with running and surf ski paddling.

All Roads Lead to NZ – Paul Yeo

Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand is the clean, green, adventure playground of the pacific and the rest of the world loves it! Millions of visitors come from all corners of the globe to have the “100% Pure New Zealand” experience every year.

This is great for our economy but places increasing demand on our infrastructure and as infrastructure managers we have the important role of ensuring our visitors have what they need, when they need it.

To effectively do that, we need to know what tourism in New Zealand will look like in the years ahead. What can we expect in terms of tourist numbers? From where have they come? What areas of our beautiful country do they most want to see and how do they intend to get there? How would they most like to travel around? Where do they want to stay and what services will they need? And most importantly, how can we enhance their visitor experience through the infrastructure we provide?

In this presentation, Paul will help us to understand exactly what it is we need to plan for and provide to keep our tourist industry booming.

Paul oversees Tourism New Zealand’s industry relationships and quality services covering the i-SITE Visitor Information Network and the China Market Development Unit, which monitors the quality of services provided to the Chinese ADS (Approved Destination Status) group tour market. He is also the Executive Manager and Secretary of the Visitor Information Network Inc. Paul was previously Chief Executive of the Inbound Tour Operators Council (now known as the Tourism Export Council) and the Travel Agents’ Association of New Zealand and has also managed Regional Tourism Organisations Destination Lake Taupo and Destination Marlborough.

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Fire compliance studies made possible
Author & Presenter: Bernadette Dabbak, Opus

Local authorities across New Zealand are trying to comply with the national Fire Service Firefighting Water Supplies Code of Practice (SNZ PAS 4509:2008). The process to determine whether a structure is compliant involves carrying out investigations relating to the building’s activity and floor area for its largest firecell. A hydraulic analysis is then needed to assess the availability of fire flow for that building. This requires setting up a separate hydraulic model run for each building’s fire compliance analysis. Alternatively, field testing of several hydrants in the vicinity of the building would also determine the fire flow availability. All of this makes the analysis of a whole town or city for fire compliance a long, expensive, and impractical process.

An innovative approach was used to provide a fire compliance study for Gisborne using a combination of GIS analysis and hydraulic modelling.

A Fire Fighting Performance Map was produced and allowed a better understanding of the nature and extent of the upgrades required to achieve a satisfactory level of fire flow availability. The firefighting compliance analysis was conducted after integrating the proposed upgrades and the results revealed large improvements in fire-fighting capacity.

This analysis could be carried out across other local authorities. It proved to make Fire Compliance checks and upgrades identification across large towns and cities feasible, efficient, and affordable.

LED street lighting retrofit project – Working collaboratively
Author & Presenter: Ting Ge, Waitaki District Council

LED street lighting retrofit projects offer a real opportunity to Road Controlling Authorities (RCA) in New Zealand to reduce maintenance costs and energy consumption. The results of trials conducted across New Zealand demonstrate sizeable savings and provide a very strong case for a nationwide LED retrofit programme.

NZTA has co-ordinated collective thinking between a number of authorities in New Zealand and have developed standard LED product approval methodologies to assist RCA’s in their LED renewal programme.

The Waitaki District Council, NZTA and other Otago/Southland RCA’s, have integrated their efforts and formed a collective buying group based on the total luminaire numbers across the region for a more cost-effective result.

The group reached agreement and collectively put to the market via public tender a regional based specification and schedule and achieved significant cost savings. This regional package also allows for future stages of the project, through inclusion of V category luminaires.

Key benefits/achievements:

  • Capital and on-going maintenance cost savings through retrofitting of new LED technology.
  • Consistency across RCA’s which meets the One Roading Network Classification requirement.
  • Compliance with relevant standards and applicable approval processes across the region within the local and NZTA network.
  • Improved management of risk.

Technology in winter maintenance
Author & Presenter: Adam Humphries, Fulton Hogan

Snow and ice can create hazardous winter driving conditions for all road users. Integrating technology with a focus on proactive safety management is enabling smarter decisions in winter maintenance operations. Fulton Hogan have added vehicle mounted road surface temperature sensors to the list of tools used to assist with decision making and delivering timely, safe and cost effective winter services.

The sensors measure both air and road surface temperature and display it on a smart phone in the vehicle’s cab. At the same time, photographs of road condition are automatically taken and, along with the temperature data, sent back to the office in real time and made visible on a web map. Key benefits of the system include:

  • Making continuous real-time data available to staff in the cab, enabling more informed decisions about grit or CMA application, particularly during fringe periods of the season
  • Combining the real-time data with network knowledge and road safety GIS analysis expertise to better understand and manage high risk areas of the network.
  • Enabling timely and accurate road condition information to be shared with road users and customers

Data, data, everywhere – Life after data collection
Author & Presenter: Jules Scott-Hansen, Opus

Since 2014, Christchurch City Council has invested in the collection of asset condition data for around 560 km of open channel waterways, in order to understand the impacts of the earthquakes and to help derive the current condition of the stormwater network across the city. Now that the data collection phase is complete, and a 25GB dataset collated with over 25,000 data points, the focus shifts to analysis of the data to guide asset management and operations & maintenance decisions.

Blurring the lines – integrating our efforts – has been implemented in the project process by involving City Care as contractors throughout and ensuring an open and continuous dialogue with the client. The wider project impact has also been a key focus with the ultimate benefits to the wider community and environment in terms of flood risk reduction.

Three key outcomes/points:

  • Development of a survey specification and bespoke data collection tool to enable more efficient data capture in the field and enhanced data processing and delivery.
  • Delivery of a consistent and complete dataset involving asset attributes and condition assessment for 560 km of waterways across Christchurch City.
  • The overall dataset is allowing for more targeted and efficient spending by enabling Council to continuously improve on aspects of strategic decision making and budgeting for capital and maintenance works.

Two cultures, one contract. Breaking the mould with an alliance!
Author & Presenter: Rob Sharp, Downer

In 2013 two parties made a bold move and joined the revolution that is the collaborative contract model. Diverging from traditional procurement models, Tararua District Council and Downer entered into an Alliance to plan, design, deliver, maintain and manage all roading infrastructure in the district. Late in 2015 the 3 waters reticulation was incorporated into the contract.

Integrating these two work streams comes with a range of unique challenges: individual reluctance, group think, managing public perception and a general lack of understanding being just some of these.

Creating a culture is never easy, and managing change with a wide range of personalities can be a daunting task, but one worth pursuing.

Shifting the focus to best for network and best for customer, the Alliance blurs traditional contract lines to create an environment where improvement is not only encouraged but expected, and where risks are managed to unlock great opportunities with the use of new tools, plant, technology, and processes.

Downer NZ and Tararua District Council are advancing the use of asset management with the ultimate goal of excellence in planning, delivery and governance.

  • Creating a culture of integration and the managing the challenges that come with change, from all perspectives
  • Identifying and managing the opportunities created in a collaborative contract
  • We’ve come so far, but what’s next?


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