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Stirring the pot Podcast

Created by metalheads for metalheads – join us for practical conversations that get to the nuts and bolts of the metals industry here in New Zealand. Connect with leaders & experts from across the globe who talk overcoming key industry challenges, and influencers who cast their eyes to the future. Perfect if you’re time poor but want to keep your finger on the pulse. Prepare to be challenged, informed & inspired!

Come back every fortnight on a Wednesday for new episodes.


16 October, 2019

An industry partnership with government to address skill & labour shortages.

A conversation with Ministry of Social Development Director of Industry Partnership, Amanda Nicolle

Episode 19 | We talk with Amanda Nicolle – Director of Industry Partnerships at the Ministry of Social Development.

She leads an MSD initiative to create strategic partnerships with industries and employers that have skill and labour shortages. Working with them to identify the skills required, and how their programs and services can be tailored to meet these specific needs. Their aim being to ensure our industry is able to hire employees with the right skills when they need them.

We get to the nuts and bolts of this program – how it works, how it’ll benefit our industry, what it involves and how it fits in with ITO’s and the changes happening in this space.


Find out more about the Industry Partnership Program:

Mana in mahi: https://workandincome.govt.nz/employers/subsidies-training-and-other-help/mana-in-mahi.html

Skills for industry: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/employers/subsidies-training-and-other-help/skills-for-industry.html


Join Kotahitanga – our HR innovation cluster group:

A group of like-minded people interested in exploring new ways to better attract and retain staff provided access to practical tools, expert advice and workshops that are all geared towards creating a stronger employee experience.

Contact Greg for details: gbuckley@hera.org.nz


2 October, 2019

Making seismic steel fabrication more cost effective.

A conversation with HERA’s General Manager Welding Centre, Michail Karpenko; Finite Element Analyst, Nandor Mago & Research Engineer, Hafez Taheri

Episode 18 | We talk with our very own technical team at HERA – General Manager Welding Centre, Michail Karpenko, Finite Element Analyst Nandor Mago & PhD Scholarship Recipient and (since recording) now team member – Hafez Taheri.

They’re giving insight into the seismic research program they’ve been working on to specify weld details for critical seismic connections in New Zealand. A move, which will make steel fabrication more cost effective while ensuring adequate performance of the connection in service.

Join us as we chat about how this research is relevant to designers, fabricators & NZ’s built environment, as well as future collaborations and opportunities, and how we’ll be sharing our research benefits to industry moving forward.


Connect with Michail or find out about joining our Design Innovation Cluster

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michail-karpenko-4ab13730/

Email: mkarpenko@hera.org.nz


Connect with Nandor

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nandor-mago-aa362751/

Email: nandor.mago@hera.org.nz


Connect with Hafez

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hafez-taheri-7a238859/

Email: hafez.taheri@hera.org.nz



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