A Volunteer in Godzone (aka New Zealand)

  • You must enable blog
    in the Account settings to
    receive email notifications.
  •  
There's obviously more than one IET volunteer resident in New Zealand (aka Godzone), but I don't think anyone else is blogging yet, so first in, first served (mwahahahaha).  I volunteer in a variety of roles - currently I'm a committee member of my Local Network (South Island), a member of NZ Forum, and chair of the Communities Committee - Asia Pacific (CC-AP) (which also means I'm a member of the Communities Resourcing Committee (CRC)).
 
|

Latest Posts

  • A few months in the life of a busy IET volunteer
    It's been a while since I blogged last, largely because I've been busy behind-the-scenes on a number of IET projects, as well as study and work.  Everything's well underway now, so I thought I'd write an update on what I've been doing for the last few months.  And since people seem to be interested in what else I get up to, I'll update you on that too .  But IET things first!   read more...
  • Who let me teach second year students?
    Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that I was preparing lecture notes in my last update.  I'm now a few weeks into term, and it's been pretty interesting!  The very first lecture was a bit nerve-wracking, and I spoke far too fast.  The major problem with this (from my point of view anyway) was that I ended up using half of the material I'd prepared for the second lecture, as well as all that I'd prepared for the first lecture.  Not to mention that it meant the students had to somehow follow all of this as well...  read more...
  • Good news all around...
    I thought I'd share with you all the fact that this month has been a pretty good one, for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, I got the letter saying my CEng application had been successful .  As you can imagine, I'm very pleased - I felt that the interview had gone poorly (which is pretty normal for me and interviews), so I was a bit nervous.  Now all that remains to be done is a bit of paperwork, and I can officially add CEng to my postnominals.  Not that I really need more letters after my name - I'm a bit of a study geek to be honest.  Well actually, if I'm really being honest, I'm more than a bit of a study geek - a huge study geek would be a better description...  But there's worse hobbies to have.  Mind you, there's also cheaper hobbies!   read more...
  • The best things in life are free - and often unexpected :)
    During the NZ Forum committee on Saturday I was thinking about the benefits of volunteering for the IET.  I know, I know, I should have been thinking about the committee business under discussion.  However, I'm afraid I shall have to admit that, on occassion, my mind does wander during a meeting.   Especially when that meeting lasts all day, and has very few breaks...  So, I was pondering what volunteering for the IET had done for me, and realised that the best benefit I'd received was a completely unexpected one - I've met some great people, and made some (hopefully) life-long friends.  read more...
  • Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go...
    Despite the title, I'm not suggesting I am a dwarf.  In fact, while I normally feel fairly short here in NZ, I tend to feel on the tall side in the UK.  And I don't think this has anything to do with my love of high heels, since I wear the same shoes in both locations.  I haven't done any scientific research on the subject, but I suspect that, on average, Kiwis are taller than Brits.  Thoughts anyone?  Hopefully I haven't just started an international dispute on height: it certainly wasn't intended to be a topic in this blog post!  That's the nice thing about a blog though; it's allowed to be stream-of-consciousness type writing.  So you all get a nice visit to the randomness that is my brain .  What I'm actually going to write about is my IET activities over the past few months.  An update if you will.  And what I've mainly managed to do is give myself a long to-do list... read more...