SCNZ conference enjoyed by all


Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) members and their partners from around the country converged on New Zealand’s adventure tourism capital Queenstown for two days of meetings and events in September.


The Novotel Hotel situated on the lake front was the venue for the two-day gathering. Members and their partners were entertained and challenged by after-dinner speaker Rob Hamil with his humorous recounting of his Altantic rowing exploits.


Rob has a firm belief that with passion anything is possible. This inspiring message was intertwined into his presentation.


At the AGM the contribution to the organisation of outgoing chairperson Evan Kroll (Stevensons Structural Engineers Ltd) was recognised by his successor Chris Kay of New Zealand Steel Ltd.


Congratulations go to Chris Kay and Mike Sullivan (D&H Steel Construction Ltd) on their election as SCNZ chairperson and vice-chairperson respectively.


The gathering afforded an opportunity for the steel construction industry to farewell SCNZ manager Clark Hyland, who is off to start his own specialist consulting engineering company.


He has played a significant role in establishing steel construction New Zealand as a well-respected professional organisation since its inception as an incorporated society in 2006.


Mr Hyland’s involvement with the steel construction industry dates back to 1996 when he was employed as the HERA steel structures analysis services manager.


During the past 13 years his drive and technical ability has been instrumental in the improved market share enjoyed by structural steel in multi-storey construction in New Zealand, and the publication of many design guides and aids regularly used by local structural design practitioners.


The event concluded with a three-hour Dart River Wilderness safari experience, which consisted of a 4WD coach tour and jet boat ride on the Dart River, taking in the spectacular Central Otago scenery.


After the exhilarating ride a number of members and their partners stayed on to enjoy the spring snow on the various ski fields surrounding Queenstown.

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