We have had an AGM which resulted in a change of personnel in different offices.
New President Peter MacMillan
New Vice President Steve Pay
Treasurer remains as Craig Mitchell
New Secretary – NZEIA has now employed the professional services of Heidi Sixtus.
The Executive & Functioning Offices have decided to change the meeting timetable significantly to cater for the wider membership with a focus being given to local branch meetings. With this change has come the establishment of the North Island Central Ward, South Island Northern Ward, and South Island Central Ward.
NZEIA now has 8 Wards with an Executive member to run each ward.
NINW North Island Northern Ward (Warren Harris)
NIWW North Island Western Ward (Athol Gibson)
NIEW North Island Eastern Ward (Vacant currently)
NICW North Island Central Ward (Matt Lacey)
NISW North Island Southern Ward (Richard Gibbens)
SINW South Island Northern Ward (Vacant currently)
SICW South Island Central Ward (Allan Stack)
SISW South Island Southern Ward (Rob Silcock)
NZEIA has continued the development of Functioning Officers:
Communications Manager (Sam Ponga)
Scholarship Manager (Athol Gibson)
Website Upgrade Web designer – NZEIA has now employed the professional services of Jess Godfrey
Standards representatives (John McAlpine, Steve Pay)
Technical Engineer Sound & Vision for General and AGM meetings (Daniel Muller)
Membership Officer (Steve Pay)
Website Forum Manager (Warren Harris)
NZEIA has been working on the production of a complimentary Check Sheet to our Consumer Mains & Earth Check Sheet that is designed to facilitate the final connection to an upgraded or new Electrical Installation. This is designed to help Electrical Inspectors and Power Network Companies to become more consistent in ensuring the connections and installations are safe to liven. It also ensures that certificates required (COC, ROI, ESC) are completed.
NZEIA is currently working on a General Domestic Installation Check Sheet to assist Electrical Inspectors to perform a thorough inspection of a dwelling, creating a professional and consistent approach from all our members. (It may be utilised as a tool to help Electrical inspectors find work to do when things get a bit quiet as a small side benefit).
We are also working on 4 other check sheets; Solar installations, EV Charging Station Installations, Caravans, Body protected Areas. These check sheets will only be available to NZEIA Members for use.
Our NZEIA Scholarship programme is going very well.
We have had 40 Candidates in our programme since its conception. Of the 40 Candidates 10 have completed their scholarship and now operate as Electrical Inspectors. We currently have 30 Candidates in training.
Our key focus this year is to provide Electrical Inspector training at our Regional / Ward meetings.
Currently, our website is under redevelopment. The intention is for it to become easier for members to use and display more relevance.
We have revised our annual meeting schedule format to offer our members a greater opportunity to have face to face contact:
We will hold 3 x General meetings and 1 x AGM in Palmerston North. (Any member or visitor will be welcome at these meetings).
Wards will hold meetings 4 times a year with some including a Zoom Format. (This is to help our members attend face to face meetings).
Additional to this we plan to hold an Executive and Functioning Officers meeting on Zoom 6 times per year – and even more if necessary.
Considering and despite the difficulties, COVID -19 has placed on all of us, we have moved into the next phase of our associations' development to tackle compliance issues and help our members keep up with the changing technologies we become faced with.
NZEIA is pleased to announce that we have completed a rigorous exercise working through the current Regulations and Standards to offer a simple and effective check system for the inspection of Consumer Mains and Earth Installations. The Test Sheet is accompanied by an Explanatory Guide which cross references specific Electrical Safety Regulations and/or parts of AS/NZS 3000 as they apply to each line item.
This is the first in a series of Test Sheets which will be issued to support the competency and consistency of electrical inspectors as they check for compliance. We believe that by using it, a fourth “C” will become apparent - C for Confidence.
Electricians are encouraged to use the Test Sheet too. As well as showing what the Electrical Inspector will be checking, it can be used as an attachment to CoC’s too.
They are available as PDF using the links below
NZEIA Mains Check Sheet 03.pdf
NZEIA Mains Test Sheet 03.pdf
Here is what they look like
You may be wondering about the corona-virus situation and how this might affect the operation of our New Zealand Electrical Inspectors Association. Currently New Zealand is very fortunate to have extremely low numbers infected by this tragic illness. Our government and business communities have to date responded responsibly to keep it at bay. Sadly this could all change in a very short space of time. We (NZEIA) don’t have a policy regarding how we operate in relation to this illness but a few simple conventions need to apply.
Many organisations are re thinking their position on meeting in large numbers of people as a step towards lessening their chances of contracting or spreading this disease. NZEIA currently do not meet in such numbers that we should consider this an issue, but if you feel uncomfortable meeting with a group of people at this time - your stance is acceptable to us, and we look forward to days ahead where you have normality back in your life. Daniel Muller has got the live streaming service back up and available, this will make it possible for anyone who has concern of missing out on attending our meetings remotely to be facilitated. To take advantage of our streaming service you will need to advise us before the meeting day. The best way to register for the event is by logiing in to the website and registering under the EVENTS Tab. We will need to issue a teleconference access code to you if you want to listen online. Please do not leave it to just before a meeting .
If you are sick in any way, please do not attend our meetings in person, please use our streaming service instead.
We do not offer a streaming service at these meetings but we still do not expect or want people to attend these meetings if they are sick in any way.
If you wish to have input into the local meetings but cannot attend due to illness, please send in a written submission for discussion or contact your local Executive member and discuss what you would like discussed at the next meeting.
To catch up on what was discussed at the local meeting utilise the valuable network of people that were able to attend.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic, please contact the President. (See the Contact page.)
One of our members has invested in this new resource, and he is making it available for hire. (Congratualtions Paul.)
You never know when you need to get to that otherwise inaccessible place, like inspecting a solar installation or somthing similar for instance.
AS/NZS 3760: In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment
A project to review AS/NZS 3760 is one of three New Zealand projects we have commissioned for the first year of our new three-year agreement with Standards New Zealand. This agreement supports the full range of standards activities related to electrical and gas safety.
Ongoing problems in both New Zealand and Australia where AS/NZS 3760 is applied outside its scope have prompted us to commission Standards New Zealand to identify the issues and consult on the merits of revising the standard.
This review will consider the range of scenarios where this standard is applied more broadly than intended – e.g. testing of electric vehicle supply equipment and photovoltaic systems – and if necessary develop a proposal for the revision of the standard. Any revision will not start before 2020-2021.
If you're a stakeholder, you can get involved by contacting Standards NZ.
At its latest meeting, NZEIA President Richard Gibbens thanked Daniel Muller with an appreciation from the Association for his work as NZEIA’s inaugural Webmaster.
Daniel is an Associate member of NZEIA. He is a Director and Principle Engineer at Debulec Engineering which provides electrical engineering services throughout Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu. His company specialises in Audit, Design and Commissioning. Daniel is also an EWRB Registered Electrical Engineer.
As our webmaster, Daniel was instrumental in setting up our various websites and most recently he has refined our official website at NZEIA.com. He has made it possible for us to live-stream our meetings by ensuring we have the right equipment and the necessary where-with-all to ensure best connection to our ‘geographically challenged’ members. He has acted as producer, sometimes-director and has also recently produced a video on what inspectors are looking for during a MEN Mains inspection. This video still has some post-production work to come and will ‘air’ in the near future.
Richard acknowledged the time and effort but most of all, the enthusiasm and single-mindedness Daniel put into setting NZEIA on the right path. He is currently helping Stu to continue with the work as he returns his focus to his business and other future challenges.
NZEIA thanks you Daniel and wishes you continued success in your business. See you at the next meeting.
Thank you for making the effort to turn out on Tuesday evening. We trust you got something out of it.
We would like to extend a special welcome to our visitor’s, Jason, Ray, Mark, Jason, Tim, Glen, Nathaniel, and Dave who came along for their first time on Tuesday. We hope that you see a value in what we do and encourage you to join us as members. (Just google NZEIA to find our Web Site and join up).
What we are really keen to know, is what you would like to gain, from becoming a member of our Association? What do you need to help you operate at your optimum? What topics would you like us to present for you to get the most out of an evening?
Usually we send out email to each person with no other address visible. We have purposely included you all in the address bar today for the advantage of networking with each other. It is encouraged to help each other out with knowledge that you can share. Our aim is to raise the bar for all inspectors – to show an obvious difference between Electrical Inspectors and Electricians and to establish a consistent high bar amongst Electrical Inspectors.
Last but not least, please find attached the minutes from our 21st May Meeting.
If you have any questions we are here to help you.
Richard Gibbens / President / NZEIA
New Zealand Electrical Inspectors Association
Mobile:/+64 27 755 2212
As a result of the NZEIA Annual General Meeting held on 17th April 2019 the following people were elected to facilitate the following respective roles for the next 12 months.
President Richard Gibbens
Vice President Preston Rogers Brown
Membership officer Matt Lacey (interim)
Secretary Rob Silcock
Treasurer Craig Mitchel
Webmaster Stu Bartlett
Standards Committee Representative John McAlpine
Scholarship Manager Athol Gibson
North Island Northern Ward Peter Macmillan
North Island Western Ward Sam Ponga (interim)
North Island Eastern Ward Vacant currently
North Island Southern Ward Mark Telfer (interim)
South Island Northern Ward Vacant currently
South Island Southern Ward Steve Pay
Richard Gibbens / President /NZEIA
The Electrical Workers Registration Board issued this today:
"Dear electrical worker,
As we mentioned in the December 2018 Electron we are changing the timing of electrical worker (EW) licence renewals so that there won’t be a 2-yearly rush where all EW’s have to renew their practising license at the same time.
Instead, the renewals will be spread out over a rolling 2-year period, with each EW’s renewal date falling due on a particular month based on their date of their first registration.
We are going to shift you onto this new renewal schedule when you renew your license in the coming June 2019 relicensing round.
We will do this by customising the duration of the license you’ll get in June. The duration of the June license will be quite short for some EW’s, and longer for others – depending on the year and month you first registered.
What this means for you:
Since the licenses we issue in the June 2019 round will be shorter than usual for many EW’s, we are offering a simplified renewal process. This will mean that as long as your details are up to date in the register, and we have your correct email address, you will be able to renew your license by responding to an email and filling out a simple online declaration. You won’t need to login to the EW portal using RealMe if you take advantage of this simplified renewal process.
Around early April 2019, we will send you specific details by email on how long your June 2019 practicing licence will be, and the fees for this renewal.
The Board understands this means a period of initial change. The Board will support you through this transition.
The new renewal timing will help free up administrative resources to better serve the industry in the future, with more information on this being provided later this year.
You can visit the EWRB website for a full set of frequently asked questions regarding the renewal regime and how it applies to you.
In the meantime, make sure your contact details are up to date and then look out for your personalized email from the Board which will explain what you have to do to renew for the transition renewal round, and confirming your new month of renewal thereafter.
Thank you for your patience during this process."
We suggest that all NZ Electrical Workers subscribe to the EWRB website.
NZEIA have identified a pending shortage of Electrical Inspectors and
NZEIA have identified a pending shortage of Electrical Inspectors and initiated a Scholarship Programme. Many of the current Electrical Inspectors have come from Electric Power Board days, and as the general population ages many have retired, and others are due to retire in the next couple of years.
To encourage Electricians to upgrade to an Inspectors licence, NZEIA is offering sponsorships to assist this to happen. $500 is awarded to successful applicants on gaining their Inspector registration. The programme is open to NZ registered Electricians. Successful applicants are expected to be practicing as Inspectors in New Zealand within six months of gaining registration. There are 5 Electrical Industry Companies supporting NZEIA in this programme. Currently, three applicants have completed the programme, and there are seven going through the process.
Electrotest, Firstflex and Nexans sponsored our programme last year (2018), and they committed their support for this year too.
Athol negotiated with two more companies, and we can announce that Carrel-Electrade and Schneider Electric have also joined our programme.
We are excited about the impact this initiative will have on our numbers in the future.
On 20 February 2019, Andrew Drummond became the latest to receive his sponsorship prize after completing his Inspectors Course in the Waikato.
Well done, and congratulations from all of us!
Please support our sponsors:
Training Program Sponsors:
Livestreaming Sponsor: INSPIRENET
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