Metals NZ AGM and Lower Hatea Bridge Presentation - 5th Sept 2013

Metals NZ produced excellent outcomes in the past year. For example, you find an update by Michelle Boag on the Securing the Future of the NZ Metals Engineering Industry project HERE. More of what has been done will be reported in the upcoming Metals NZ Annual General Meeting to which all Organisational members are invited as they are all automatic Metals NZ Affiliated Members. Organisationa members of Metals NZ are the metals engineering sector groups.

The AGM is combined with an engaging talk on lessons to be learned from the import of the bascule bridge section from China for the just opened Lower Hatea Bridge in Whangarei. Details of AGM and Presentation are as follows:

5th September 2013 - HERA House, 17-19 Gladding Place, Manukau, Auckland
4:00 pm AGM AGENDA (AGM attendance is free to all members)
Annual Report (Chairman/Secretary)
Acceptance of the End of Year Financial Statement
Election of Officers
General Business

4:30 pm Learning from Fabricated Steel Imports - Kristian Nelson, Engineering Manager, McConnell Dowell Constructors

End of July Whangarei celebrated the opening of the Lower Hatea Bridge. The moveable bascule bridge section named Te Matau a Pohe (The Fish Hook of Pohe) was imported from China.

HERA member MacDow has kindly agreed to report on the key features of the new bridge and their experiences gained as a result of importing the section from China.

The speaker Kristian Nelson is Engineering Manager at MacDow and his team was involved in the management of the import. He previously presented to some of the local competitors on the bascule bridge features and why the decision was taken to give the bascule section to the Chinese competition.

The talk is intended to end with a discussion of what our local industry could learn from the import experiences in order to make its own offering more competitive and what information and messages to supply to its clients to outline the benefits of procuring local. Light refreshments will follow.

Attendance is free for paying Ordinary Corporate Members of Metals NZ. Other members pay a $50 contribution to Metals NZ. For more info on how to become an Ordinary Corporate Member, go to - fees start from only $150.

For registration simply e-mail back to and we register you; and if not Ordinary Corporate Member, we will also invoice you. Or alternatively, simple email the attached form to or fax 09 262 2856 or phone 09 262 2856.

We look forward to a great turnout.