Yesterday we were thrilled to host the first IPWEA NZ golf day of the summer season! Members of the East Coast/Bay of Plenty Branch came together in the Hawke’s Bay for a morning of local infrastructure and asset management papers, a BBQ lunch and a round of golf!
Thank you to our speakers, Brett Chapman, Graeme Hansen, Brett Way and Jose Beya for sharing local infrastructure projects with Branch Members. Thank you also to Fulton Hogan for sponsoring this branch meeting and making the occasion possible and Natalie Rooseboom, our fantastic Branch Chair.
Brett shared insights into the longterm plans for the Hastings area, delving into future housing and water aspirations for the region to help prepare for the future.
Graeme presented on Waiaroha, a Water treatment and storage facility, which will keep drinking water safe and add capacity and resilience to the Hastings network. An educational facility will be incorporated for local schools and visitors, to help the community to learn about the importance, management and lifecycle of our water. Graeme also shared how the landscaping of Waiaroha will reflect the journey of our water from mountains and sea.
Brett shared information about Napier Marine Parade’s Stormwater Drain upgrades and the additional safety improvements. Previously prone to flooding, new ACO drains weighing 35kg each were installed (a first for Aotearoa). A condensed time frame added to the complexity of the project, but the marine has been restored to glory, with three raised crossings which have also successfully reduced dangerous speeding along the road.
Jose presented the Hawke’s Bay Coastal Strategy, sharing information about the Te Awanga area. This project has included high community engagement from those living in the area, and whose properties are threatened by rising sea levels and coastal erosion. This engagement resulted in community-led choices and pathways, through which re-nourishment of the area will be prioritised, along with groynes. The study also considered managed retreat, but other options were preferred.
The day concluded with golf in all forms, including a 9-hole competition and mini-golf. With the sun shining, it was the perfect opportunity to connect with new and old peers, and get involved in some healthy competition!
We look forward to our next 2 branch meetings, in Auckland and in Clyde! If you’re interested in connecting with other infrastructure and asset management professionals make sure you come along!