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CIBSE New Zealand - A merging of chapters

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19 January 2022

The last couple of years have been challenging for many reasons for the New Zealand chapters, including the restrictions imposed to protect against the COVID infection. An outcome of these restrictions is the reductions in face-to-face CIBSE technical and social events.  Whilst CIBSE has endeavoured to provide quality on-line events these do not fully compensate for in-person gatherings.
 
The restrictions have also made it difficult for the three national CIBSE chapter committees to gather so they can plan and manage the CIBSE business and events. This has not been helped as the Christchurch and Wellington chapters being without active chairs recently. The result mas been fewer events arranged, which is less than ideal for local members.
 
In an effort to support CIBSE members around New Zealand a decision has been made to temporarily merge the three NZ chapters into one national chapter.  This will help to provide sufficient resources to manage the administration and to assist in organising CIBSE events across the country.
 
This change is anticipated to be only a temporary measure.  It is hoped that the regions will, before too long, develop sufficient local interest to reform committees and elect chairs to allow local chapters to operate autonomously.
 
The New Zealand chapter shall become active following the NZ General Meeting that is planned for late February or early March. Correspondence will be circulated to New Zealand members in the next few days with details of this AGM.
 
If you are interested in joining the NZ committee or finding out more about what’s involved, please get in touch with CIBSE's New Zealand based ANZ Chair, Mark at [email protected] 
  
“It is the energy and passion that we all have that determines the success of CIBSE in NZ and across the Australia and New Zealand Region.
 
Please do think about how you can help shape our institution in your area. How can we make a difference? How can we improve our experience? How can we improve our professional world?” –   Mark Crawford, Chair, CIBSE ANZ Region