A Volunteer in Godzone (aka New Zealand)

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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 Not-about-Antarctica Blog Post
    So I was intending to write another blog post about Antarctica, but I just haven't managed to get the time.  And it's now been several months, so I thought perhaps I should just update you all on my IET happenings since I got back.  It's been a busy few months, and a really busy few weeks - I've had three IET meetings on three Saturdays in a row.  I mean, who needs weekends?   The first was a Communities Committee - Asia Pacific (CCAP) meeting in Taipei, where we talked to the local volunteers, discussed the upcoming Asia Pacific Volunteers' Conference, and continued to work on the CCAP Strategy.  That's all I'm going to say on that though - I'll be writing a blog post on the CCAP blog all about the meeting, so if you're interested, head over there in a day or two, and read all about it!   read more...
  • Summer Holiday Season
    In a departure from my normal IET-orientated blog posts, I thought I'd write one about my summer holidays, so those who are interested could get to know me a bit better.  Or at least find out about some of the things I enjoy :)  And yes, it's your turn to be confused - it's currently summer here in the Southern Hemisphere... For those who don't know, New Zealand pretty much shuts down for three weeks over Christmas and New Years.  I think it's the combination of good weather and several public holidays (meaning you can get several weeks holiday for the 'price' of a few days annual leave).  The summer holidays for me normally starts on about the 22nd Dec - I tend to take off a few days before the official Christmas holiday so I don't have to travel in the madness...  This year I went up to Great Barrier Island , the fourth biggest island in New Zealand.  It's got a pretty small permanent population, and no reticulated electricity, water etc.  On the plus side, it has some beautiful walks and beaches. 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...
  • 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...
  • A quick pre-Christmas update...
    I promised to do an update on my CEng application, so here it is: it's ready to submit!  Joe , my International Professional Registration Advisor (IPRA) gave me some very detailed feedback on my first draft, which was brilliant.  I amended my application according, and sent it to my supporters for their comments.  A few more tweaks (my colleague pointed out I hadn't included any of the investigation work I've done), and it was ready to go.  I must admit, the process so far has been a lot easier than I anticipated.  I'm not suggesting that it's easy to get CEng; rather I'm saying that the process of applying has been straight forward.  Which is a very good thing!  I imagine it will be some time before I hear anything further - my supporters need to fill out their forms, and then the whole lot need to be assessed.  But I've done the first major step :) In other news, I've (happily) relinquished a couple of my volunteer roles.  I'm now just an ordinary member of both the Christchurch Local Network committee, and the NZ Forum committee.  I've been a bit over-committed this year, so I'm hoping that things will now be a bit less hectic, and I'll be able to give all my committments the time they deserve...  read more...