The Āpōpō learning ecosystem

Āpōpō provides industry professionals the opportunity to learn from experts, peers, and thought leaders.

The ecosystem consists of:

This work is all focused on achieving our vision of “Sustainable communities enabled by public asset management excellence.”

Our learning materials are all based on industry standards such as the Āpōpō Guidethe ISO 55000 suite of standards, NZS standards (such as NZS 3910) and other expert publications. 

The Āpōpō learning ecoystem

In-house training

We can deliver our training in-house at your organisation, allowing you to train a larger number of people more cost effectively. This saves both time and travel costs for your company. 

We can also develop new courses to meet your individual and organisational asset and activity management needs, ranging from two hours, to multi-day courses.

The main advantages when a team trains together are the ongoing interaction around the new knowledge acquired, and a consistency in skills that provides a return to both the individual and your organisation well beyond the training. Facilitated discussion can relate directly to your unique business challenges and needs.

  • Fixed Costs – Cost-effective solution with a substantial saving on our standard training fees
  • Save Time – No external travel or accommodation required
  • Customisable Content – Content alignment to meet your organisational requirements
  • Flexible Scheduling – Training is delivered on a day that is convenient to you
  • Teamwork & Collaboration – Involving your whole team improves the likelihood of using and implementing the training in your organisation
  • Networking and Partnerships – run training with other organisations for networking and further cost savings.

Get in touch to talk about your organisation's training needs

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Our presenters

Āpōpō delivers in-house training through our network of vastly experienced expert facilitators. These people not only know their stuff, they are engaging presenters too!


Technical Director of Resilience and Emergency Management at Tonkin + Taylor Alex is a chartered professional who is passionate about better integrating people and the environment, with extensive experience in New Zealand, Asia and the UK. He focuses on developing knowledge and preparedness for natural hazards and climate change. Alex supports critical infrastructure organisations to assess risk and establish approaches to build resilience. Having lived within a community that flooded, Alex acutely understands the disruption that incidents have, helping him communicate with individuals who have, or could, experience disaster.

David Chung

David Chung

David Chung BE Civil (Hons) CPENG, IntPe, CMEngNZ.

David is recognised as a specialist in the preparation of contracts, experienced in procurement and construction contracts and the role of Engineer to the Contract. He has worked throughout New Zealand, Fiji, India, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

David provides Project Management & Engineer to the Contract services in the transportation, structural and water disciplines.

Glen McIntosh

Glen has over 20 years of experience in infrastructure management and delivery. He has been creating LGA budgets, forward works programmes, and planning documents across the last six LTP cycles. And Glen was restructured enough times to have been responsible for most types of local government assets, and at most levels of management.

This broad experience means Glen has an inside understanding of working across the interface points between asset management, finance, corporate planning, consultancy, and governance.

Glen moved to the dark side seven years ago, becoming a consultant with T+T and now works with councils across NZ, as well as partnering with Āpōpō on industry leadership and training.

Jim McMahon

Jim has over 40 years’ experience telecommunications, information technology and professional services sectors, and has worked with all over the world as a telecommunications engineer.

Jim’s specific areas of expertise include product development and marketing; the establishment of new markets for technology and services products; assurance, investment analysis and the quantification and management of risk.

Jim is an accredited Investment Logic Mapping (ILM) Facilitator and Better Business Case writer and reviewer. His clients include most major government agencies, regional, district and local councils and leading public companies. His professional qualifications include an MBA and a Degree in Electrical Engineering, and various project and programme management certifications and accreditations.

Paul Sutton

Paul Sutton is focused on capability development of individuals and organisations.

Paul is the Senior Trainer and Lead Consultant for Project Results. He is a Registered Trainer in PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile, Agile PM,MSP (Managing Successful Programmes), Management of Portfolios (MoP), Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O), Better Business Cases (BBC), Managing Benefits and Change Management.

He is also a PMP (Project Management Professional) as certified by PMI (the Project Management Institute).

Along with training he has active consulting practice in the pragmatic application of all of these combined with his more than 20 years of experience as a project and programme manager.

Peter Degerholm

Peter Degerholm is director of Calderglen Associates Ltd based in Wanaka. He practices as adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator, and offers dispute resolution, expert witness, advocacy and advisory services to the wider construction industry.

Peter sat on the committees for NZS 3910:2013, 3916 and 39172013, and NZS 3915, and has delivered training workshops on the NZS 391x suite of standard since 2011. He was also involved in the development of the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and its subsequent amendments and has written two books on the subject.

Priyani de Silva-Currie

Priyani has nearly 10 years experience as the National Asset Management Leader within an NZ consultancy with a background in Buildings and Property and a broad Asset Management base spanning all public infrastructure sectors.

Priyani trains in asset management and procurement, is an assessor for the New Zealand Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management and New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Procurement.

Priyani has co-lead the development of the BTechEng degree for Asset Management with Weltec and Massey University, in her spare time Priyani also guest lectures at Massey in Leadership.

Steve Browning

Steve is an asset management specialist with nearly two decades experience managing infrastructure assets in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Steve has worked across the infrastructure spectrum and enjoys cross pollinating best practice from each sector to help asset owning organisations optimise their decision making and tell their investment story.

Steve has worked as a Technical Specialist for Transport for London, Lead Advisor on PPP projects in Canada, and as the Technical Director for the Transport Research Laboratory in the UK. Steve is an energetic trainer with a contagious enthusiasm for this sector.

Steve is passionate about raising the profile of infrastructure asset management.

Lisa Roberts

Lisa is a Fellow of Engineering NZ, a recognition of her career in infrastructure management. She is an independent consultant focussed on supporting clients to improve ‘whole of business’ asset management and infrastructure resilience.

Lisa is an expert facilitator and has project managed and co-authored all editions of the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM), Asset Management Basics and many other publications.

Karl Nisbett

Karl Nesbitt

Karl Nesbitt is a senior consultant for Xyst Ltd. “I support clients in many ways with my specialities in asset management, procurement, maintenance contract options, service reviews and project management support.”

Kathy Dever-Tod

Kathy is the Manager Parks and Reserves at Palmerston North City Council and is recognised as a leader in asset management practice.

She has 20 years’ experience in the public sector both leading asset management teams and as an independent asset management advisor, with a focus on coaching and mentoring, developing and reviewing organisational performance management frameworks and undertaking asset management peer reviews.

Kathy has been involved NAMS/Āpōpō for more than 15 years developing best practice guidelines and delivering industry training.

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Maxine Forde

Maxine is a recognised leader at the forefront of Asset Management in the Government sector. She has held senior positions leading asset management across the Health Sector, The Treasury (working across Government agencies) and other entities over the past 15 years. Maxine has established asset management practices across asset types such as ICT, property, and specialised assets including personally developing over 30 Asset Management Plans.

Maxine has a passion for developing asset management capability so that the significant value in best-practice asset management can be realised to benefit all New Zealanders. She is dedicated to ensuring asset management reaches the Executive and Board level by developing innovative asset management artefacts such as “A3” style Asset Management Plans and asset management dashboards targeted at Senior Leaders. She is also working to integrate asset management and investment management practices.

Maxine is an open, engaging, and interactive presenter who is happy to share her experiences with real-life examples and works collaboratively to develop solutions to sticky problems.