The NAMS Advanced Asset Management Forum has well and truly started! Our first day was full of both sobering and inspiring kōrero around infrastructure for sustainable futures and reforms for value.

Thank you to all of our fantastic keynote speakers and presenters for influencing and enhancing our conversations about the future of asset management in Aotearoa. The Future is Here – NOW!

James Hughes, Tonkin + Taylor, encouraged us to embed consideration of climate change risk across our organisations, consider physical risk as well as transitional risk.
Tim Grafton, The Insurance Council, spoke about the climatic and non-climatic changes we face and how they bring cascading and compounding impacts as well as advocating for the mandate of Dynamic Adaptive Policy Pathways (DAPP) for long-term sustainable decision-making.
Mark Baker-Jones Te Whakahaere, challenged us to consider how an asset can create its own risks and talked to how financial institutions can play a critical role in financing green projects and restricting finance to carbon emitting projects.
Adele Jones and Brigitte Hicks, WSP, shared some practical steps that we can use to embed climate change adaptation in our asset management. These included: integrated information, engagement, and focused investment as well as a spatial data interface for Asset Management and Climate Change Data.
Ross Waugh, Waugh Infrastructure Management, reported on successful project integrating climate change considerations in asset management planning in Samoa. Samoa has Community Integrated Management plans which cover 5-7 communities in depth. NZ doesn’t have anything like this, and maybe we should.
Major Nigel Gattsche, Defence Force and Glen Syred, GHD spoke to managing critical assets in any situation. They have adopted a risk resilience approach using survey data and calculated resilience risk for the Defence Force’s portfolio of assets.
Katy Te Amo, Taumata Arowai, introduced us to Aotearoa’s new water regulator and shared the whakapapa of the organisation including its emphasis on the importance of Te Mana o te Wai. As a newly formed regulator, Taumata Arowai face challenges with the collection of data from across many systems in Aotearoa.
Colm Whyte, Tonkin + Taylor, challenged us to create meaningful partnerships with our peers and colleagues. Partnership is more than just relabelling our suppliers – purpose-driven partnerships try to solve problems together for broader collective outcomes.
Steven Browning, Strategic Asset Solutions, spoke about breaking levels of service into three themes: strategic, tactical and operational. Whilst everyone might have different levels of service, choosing from the same set would ensure consistency.