Meritorious Awards lunch held in Christchurch – message from Debbie Chin, Standards New Zealand Chief Executive
19 August 2011
On Thursday 21 July 2011, John Lumsden, Standards Council Chair, and I were delighted to host a special Christchurch 2010 Meritorious Awards lunch at the Russley Golf Club.
The Wellington and Auckland breakfast events were held earlier in the year. These events enable us to celebrate the winners of our Meritorious Awards each year and acknowledge and thank all of our dedicated committee members for their invaluable contribution to Standards development. For details about this year's Meritorious Awards winners, see our Touchstone article 'Celebrating our Meritorious Service Award winners'.
We held a workshop discussion after lunch on a number of topics including the recovery effort in Canterbury, emergency responses, and a range of Standards development matters. It was also interesting to hear our stakeholders compare, contrast, and share their different experiences for Standards development for the energy and gas sector, and the building and construction sector. One comment was made about how they were able to 'turn around' an amendment to a joint Standard within a few months.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the lunch and to those who could stay for the workshop discussion – both John and I enjoyed meeting everyone and having the opportunity to hear your views.
Many of our Canterbury stakeholders expressed appreciation for the personal good wishes and support received from everyone at Standards New Zealand. A number of organisations have taken up the 6 months free Online Library subscription available to Canterbury organisations affected by the earthquakes. We have extended this offer until 30 September 2011.
Many Canterbury committee members have appreciated being able to take advantage of the travel fund Standards New Zealand set up to assist participation in Standards development committees. Other committee members have used our Canterbury Room while in Wellington. For more information on this assistance, see our Touchstone article 'Assistance available for Cantabrians'.
Debbie Chin, Chief Executive
Standards New Zealand
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