Established in 1988, the group aims to provide a modern society, within which structural engineers can share common interests and technical info. It has a diary and newsletter; each released two times yearly and proactive structural organizations in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Seminars and courses on specific subjects of interest are organised as required and technical design manuals created on chosen topics. The community constantly pursues issues that are related to structural engineering.


The Institution of Qualified Engineers New Zealand

(IPENZ) is a not-for-profit professional body which represents the engineering sector in New Zealand. It has around 12, 000 members who are either engineers or have a specific affinity for engineering, normally practicing in New Zealand.

As engineering is a self-regulating occupation in New Zealand, IPENZ endeavors to promote the interests of the New Zealand engineering career through support services to members. Primary IPENZ services include career advancement for members, the implementation of proficiency and ethical practice standards and community identification of engineering. A lot of members pay yearly service fees, mostly covered by their manager. As a member they must adhere to the IPENZ Code of Ethics that aims to ensure ethical engineering practice. IPENZ also markets public debate on engineering matters and stewards national engineering awards.

IPENZ is governed by an elected board, chaired by the president and eleven members. This board sets system and employs the chief executive, who controls the expenditure of the spending budget to provide services to members and to finance exercises specified by its strategy. The national office is situated in Wellington, and there are regional branches to which members belong. Members can also be part of a specialized group or special interest group that is targeted on a niche part of engineering.

The very first professional engineering body in New Zealand, is the Institute of Local Government Engineers of New Zealand, was established in 1912. The following year the New Zealand Society of Civil Engineers was established. It was regarded as representative of the engineering profession, and the two bodies came together in 1914.

With the improvement of the Society and a growing number of non-civil engineers, a name transform to The New Zealand Institution of Engineers was required in 1937. In 1959 the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) was developed as a consultancy division, and it became a distinct entity in 1970. The term IPENZ was adopted in 1982 to reflect the significance of the 'professional' engineering ethos in the organisation.


SENZ are members of this body and as such you can be assured of the very best in technical support and up to date design ethics for your build

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