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Director / Invited Guests' Comments Posts


Statistics House investigation - lessons learned

10:00 AM, 7 April 2017

Join us as we take a closer look at the recently released Statistic NZ House Investigation by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and their assessment of its performance during the Kaikoura earthquake.  Leading to several core recommendations to mitigate the potential of building collapse in the future - we also see this as an opportune time to reassess current design standards and consider how steel construction could be the answer to more resilient structures.


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Freetrade - a quest to level the playing field

10:00 AM, 3 April 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang recent visit to New Zealand highlights that not every free trade with China is fair and equal and is something that certainly threatens our local manufacturing base.  Despite his claims that steel imports from China are not dumped, we find our concerns go wider than this and include non-price criteria such as lacking product conformance - we all have to engage to ensure the trading field becomes level if we're to overcome this. 


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Auckland Transport... You got this one right! - Mar 2017

10:00 AM, 20 February 2017

The fall of geographical barriers has seen New Zealand businesses compete increasingly against global entities in their own backyard - and for many, their chances are overshadowed by lowest cost metrics.  But what if we supported Government and Public Sector Procurement Rule 22 for non-price criteria to be applicable to all involved in the project - not just the main contractor?  Could this even the play field? 


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Fair and free trade for all - Feb 2017

1:35 PM, 7 February 2017

The news lines are hot with talks of trade now that Donald Trump has been inaugurated as President of the United States of America.  So where does New Zealand sit in all of this? And most importantly, how will his thoughts on fair and free trade affect our metals industry?  Join us as we take a closer look...


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2016 - Engineering industry year in review - Dec 2016

11:52 AM, 5 December 2016

2016 has been an encouraging year, fuelled by an exceptional demand in steel construction in response to rebuild and immigration pressures, while international steel price development has helped drop the value of landed heavy steel to as much as 25% this year. ...


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Industry News Posts


What is the size of your vision?

3:00 PM, 12 April 2017

Join our Industry Development Manager Dr Boaz Habib as he explores the risk adverse mindset that many of us have when contemplating investing in business R&D - and the reasons why its so important to overcome them if we're to have a sustainable industry future


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Fellows' and Achievers' Awards a great success!

10:00 AM, 10 April 2017

Together with IPENZ, we’re committed to building a strong engineering profession that New Zealanders have confidence in and can trust – that’s why we're proud to have sponsored this year’s William Pickering Award at their Fellows’ and Achievers event last Friday and award it to Distinguished Fellow Dr Keith Turner.


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A tale of a lost research institute

10:00 AM, 31 March 2017

We're sad to share the news that our recent submission of joint proposal with Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust for the development of a Regional Research Institute in Rotorua was unsuccessful. While this wasn't our hoped outcome - we're still committed to working with the Trust to continue our work in developing business opportunities with local geothermal resource holders in their pursuit for energy security using this clean and renewable resource.


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Zero emissions - a fools errand, or opportunity to seize?

10:00 AM, 27 March 2017

This month saw the release of the Net Zero in New Zealand report which has suggested pathways to positively contribute to climate change - and interestingly for the metals industry, it has highlighted that there are many business opportunities available to us if we're willing to be a part of the movement.


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Love is in the air with mergers and acquisitions!

10:12 AM, 22 March 2017

HERA congratulates members Harrison Grierson on their recent merger with traffic and transportation engineering specialists T2, Downer Group on their purchase of Hakins Construction, and IMG who have been showcased in NZ Engineering News for their latest acquisition of Stevenson Engineering Ltd in East Tamaki...


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NZ Welding Centre News Posts


First round of Non Destructive Testing training courses at HERA successful with more coming

10:00 AM, 21 April 2017

HERA, in collaboration with the Australasian industry leader in NDT training ATTAR, conducted a series of training courses in February including Ultrasonic Testing Level 1, and Magnetic Particle Testing and Liquid Penetrant Testing, Level 2...


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Seismic tests on moment resisting stainless steel connections

10:00 AM, 19 April 2017

A project led by a multinational research team including researchers from the University of Auckland, HERA, NZSSDA and external Expert Advisor Prof Pingsha Dong of the University of Michigan, USA, and sponsored by Stainless Structurals Asia Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of MONTANSTAHL, is evaluating performance of welded moment resisting connections (MRC) made of laser welded stainless steel sections under low cycle (seismic) fatigue...


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AS 2214 Welding Supervisor course proves its value with excellent attendance

10:00 AM, 18 April 2017

Effective quality management systems for welded fabrication rely on competent staff – people with the knowledge and ability to ensure welding and fabrication operations are cost-effective. HERA provides education and training for members whose staff have responsibility for the supervision and inspection of welded fabrication, and the qualification of welding procedures and welders...


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Scholarships set to drive SFC certification engagement

12:00 PM, 1 March 2017

It's a great time for the SFC scheme, with SCNZ’s recent announcement that they’ll be offering 15 training scholarships in their commitment to support the steel construction industry in becoming certified - access to HERA’s AS/NZS 2214 Welding Supervisor course has never been more achievable!


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Going digital to break down learning barriers

9:11 AM, 15 February 2017

It’s that time of year where we welcome a new round of student interns to our team – and our latest addition Tobias Kick has hit the ground running as he works to help develop the e-learning component of our welding technology course.


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Structural Systems News Posts


Standards: the key to global market entry

10:00 AM, 5 April 2017

We're excited to have our Structural Systems General Manager Stephen Hicks in Melbourne this week attending the Austroads Bridge Conference where he'll be presenting on his works to help develop the first joint New Zealand and Australian standard on AS/NZS 5100 Bridge series.  Join us as we take a closer look into this work and the reasons why we think it's so important in helping our members be more competitive in the global market.


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ACRS Update - April 2017

1:00 PM, 3 April 2017

All stakeholders and certificate holders are therefore encouraged to provide comment on proposed changes, so they can ensure their comments are reviewed by the ACRS Executive committee at its meeting on April 12th. This article highlights the issues to be discussed...


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ABC2017 - a conference set to let HERA shine

10:00 AM, 29 March 2017

We’re gearing up to have our Structural Systems General Manager Dr. Stephen Hicks present at the Austroads Bridge Conference in Melbourne next week – where he’ll be speaking on research that has led to the development of new guidance for existing steel-concrete composite bridges and design standard AS/NZS 5100.6


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Playing nice for the greater good

10:00 AM, 13 February 2017

New Zealand's built environment has seen its fair share of challenges from seismic events in Canterbury through to increased infrastructure demands from population growth in Auckland.  It's become clear that if we're to successfully face these tests head on, working together will be key - because while competition makes us faster, collaborating makes us better. That's why we're fostering the importance of designers and structural engineers connecting in the early stages of projects if we're to make a difference... 


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Connecting with the greatest minds in structural engineering

1:29 PM, 30 January 2017

HERA is proud to have joined forces with Mageba to assist AECOM Principal Engineer and Steel Bridge Designer Liam Edwards to attend the 19th Congress of IABSE in Stockholm Sweden late last year...


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Information Centre News Posts


Moving forward by looking back

10:56 AM, 24 April 2017

Change is a part of every organisation and at HERA. we've initiated the biggest changes in our look and feel in 30 years. We don't want you to be left behind, so read more to find out how we can best keep in touch with you, and how we can help you maintain a finger on the pulse of our industry as we go forward...


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Call for photos - We want your steel and composite bridge photo!

10:24 AM, 1 March 2017

Your steel and composite bridge could be on the cover of the latest AS/NZS bridge standard coming out soon. Send in your photos today!


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PART 3: Member survey results - connecting with the digital cloud

1:00 PM, 27 June 2016

We're sharing Week 3 of insights gained from our member surveys - and it’s all about the one thing that scares many of us… entering the digital world.  So: what’s all the fuss about?  How can online presence help us?  And, why should we change the way we’ve always communicated?


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PART 2: Member survey results - our new walk, talk and feel

12:18 PM, 20 June 2016

It’s week 2 for sharing our results for the member survey.  We’ve already started the journey strongly – better understanding how to improve our member value and address your areas of concern.

Today, we’re exploring how your feedback is challenging the way we walk, talk and feel, and what we need to do to become a stronger industry voice for you - so you're more compelled to engage with us.


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PART 1: Member survey results - improving value

10:42 AM, 13 June 2016

We're on a mission to make some positive changes in the way HERA delivers and communicates to our members - and our first step to success was asking you what we needed to do to serve the metals industry better. We take a closer look at the feedback we received around improving membership value - drawing conclusions from trending responses and making plans to address areas of concern and grow on our existing strengths...


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