This event has over 40 years of tradition behind it, but this was the first under the Āpōpō brand. There was a good turn out and brilliant weather for this event: morning presentations and an afternoon of golf.

The three presentations represented the industry with a mix of entities; a consultant, local government, and government entity in Te Waihanga Infrastructure Commission NZ.

The morning started with Pam Wilson and Arsalan Ali presenting the Otago Regional Council sharing their Asset Management and Climate Adaptation plan.

Arsalan Ali is an Asset Management Engineer and Pam Wilson is the Principal Technical Advisor at the Otago Regional Council.

Arsalan has spent over nine years working in commercial and residential construction across New South Wales and Queensland. Drawn by the jaw dropping natural scenery in Otago, Arsalan relocated to Queenstown in 2019 to pursue public sector engineering roles centred around providing positive outcomes for the community, and the environment, with a focus on sustainability.

Pam has over 12 years’ experience working for Councils, consultants and contractors, mainly in the Otago region.  She has worked for the Otago Regional Council for three years and is currently in a secondment role as Principal Technical Advisor. Pam is currently working alongside the Engineering team to review and deliver ORC’s Infrastructure Strategy for its flood protection, drainage and river management infrastructure.

Riaan Steenkamp of GHD shared their Peninsula Road Safety Improvements project, and it was rounded out by Blake Lepper providing an update on the Infrastructure Commission.

Since joining GHD, Riaan has been involved in a diverse range of transportation projects. He is the Design Manager for the award-winning Peninsula Connection Road upgrade project, which is a $100m safety improvement investment for the City of Dunedin.

Blake Lepper has a background in the delivery of major infrastructure projects. He has hands on experience across the project lifecycle including in strategic planning, business case development, design management, procurement, and commissioning. He joined Te Waihanga after a number of years supporting the Government on the recovery and regeneration of Christchurch following the 2010/2011 earthquakes.

The local golf club community come together to provide catering for events at their club. This adds character and authenticity to the local golf club experience. Thanks to the team at Dunstan Golf Club!


A huge thanks to the sponsors, without which we couldn’t provide these free branch events: