It is with tremendous regret that Future-Fit Aotearoa has now been cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19 Omicron and the move to a national traffic light of red.


We had over 40 exhibitors, more than 60 speakers, and over 300 attendees committed and excited to attend our conference. Unfortunately, venue restrictions, conference logistics and cost limitations mean we cannot run the conference in person in red or migrate the conference online. Postponing the event for a second time is also not possible due to calendar and venue availability for the rest of 2022.


Thank you to every single person involved in Future-Fit Aotearoa. To our sponsors and exhibitors, our presenters, keynote speakers, our awards finalists, the many suppliers for our event, and of course every one of our registrants – we are really sorry not to be able to proceed.


The organising committee will be working to consider the financial impacts of this cancellation. Please bear with us while we complete this important work – we will be in touch regarding your registration. We will also be looking at how our 2021 award winners are best recognised.


If you are a speaker or sponsor, we will be in touch with you shortly. 


On a brighter note – ‘Sustainability through Reform’ is IPWEA NZ’s 2022 Conference to be held at Te Pae in Christchurch 2-5 October 2022, and ACE New Zealand’s 2022 conference is to be held 1-2 September in Rotorua. We hope to see you at one or both of these exciting events later this year.


In the meantime, we wish you all the very best as Aotearoa New Zealand navigates this next stage of the pandemic.


Kia kaha, noho ora mai

Stay strong, stay well, look after yourself.



Murray Pugh, CE, IPWEA NZ

Helen Davidson, CE, ACE New Zealand

Registration to Future-Fit Aotearoa is cancelled see online Awards above.


Future-Fit Aotearoa

Future-Fit Aotearoa is a joint ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ conference for consultants and engineers.


Join leaders, key influencers and decision-makers who are at the forefront of delivering critical technology, construction and infrastructure and explore what needs to be done today to ensure a healthy and thriving sector and country for tomorrow.


Be it a worldwide pandemic, our changing climate, global financial crises, or digital disruption, we need to be ready to face the challenges head-on. It means having a strong, agile and productive workforce, bold and innovative solutions, collaborative and trusting relationships, and an awareness of our broader social responsibilities to Aotearoa New Zealand.

We look forward to seeing you!

  • Speakers

    Hear from innovative, inspiring and heroic leaders.

  • Collaborate

    Chat to peers about our biggest issues affecting the consulting and engineering sector.

  • Share learning

    Share and hear achievements and lessons learned.

  • Have fun

    This is the biggest event on every consultant and engineer's calendar!

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Every year ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ conferences promise to be the highlight of every consultant and engineer's calendar. It’s a chance to kick back and celebrate the year. See photos from previous years.

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Alison Andrew

Alison Andrew

CEO Transpower

    Sam Johnson

    Sam Johnson

    Student Volunteer Army

      Jehan Casinader

      Jehan Casinader


        Jarrod Kerr

        Jarrod Kerr

        Kiwibank Chief Economist
          Ross Copland

          Ross Copland

          Chief Executive at Infracom
            Vic Crone

            Vic Crone

            CE of Callaghan Innovation
              Dr Siouxsie Wiles

              Dr Siouxsie Wiles

              Microbiologist & Communicator, MNZM
                Andrew Eagles

                Andrew Eagles

                CE of New Zealand Green Building Council



                  Event schedule

                  9.30am – 12.30pm Auckland city tours (optional) included in the registration fee

                  12.30pm – 1pm Registration opens

                  12.30pm Exhibition opens  

                  1.00pm – 2.05pm Whakatau and official opening and housekeeping
                  Opening speaker Alison Andrew, CEO Transpower – The challenge of a Future Fit Aotearoa – the role we all can play
                  IPWEA NZ – Murray Pugh, CE IPWEA NZ
                  ACE New Zealand – Helen Davidson, CE ACE New Zealand

                  2.00pm Keynote presentation with Sam Johnson, Student Volunteer Army – Responding to need, innovating to survive

                  2.50pm – 3.20pm Afternoon tea

                  3.20pm IPWEA NZ concurrent session

                  Introduction President Priyani de Silva-Currie and CE Murray Pugh, IPWEA NZ

                  Hynds Pipe Systems – Best paper | Oral presentation competition

                  Advance your professional development – Jodie O’Doherty
                  AECOM | IMNZ Young Leaders Awards
                  Under 35s presentations

                  1. Digital innovation to connected construction
                  Fleur Tytheridge, Thinkproject
                  2. An app to tackle commuting emissions
                  Benjamin Walch, Abley
                  3. Our most critical assets
                  Aidan Crimp, Wellington Water

                  3.20pm ACE  New Zealand concurrent session

                  Unlocking our potential – emerging challenges for today’s and tomorrow’s leaders
                  Ryan Orr, GHD
                  Courtney Chapmand, Beca
                  Glen Jowett, Beca

                  Shaping the future by leading with the next generation
                  Facilitator Ceinwen McNeil, BVT and ACE board member
                  Danielle Gatland, MRCagney
                  Simon Fenton, WSP
                  Hamish Nevile, Holmes Consulting

                  5.15pm – 6.30pm Hynds happy hour – Great Room III and IV, Exhibition Hall

                  7.30pm – 11.00pm Quiz night with HEB – Great Room I and II

                  7.30am Light breakfast in Exhibition Hall

                  8.30am Keynote presentation with Susan Freeman-Greene – Future for local government 

                  8.55am Keynote presentation with Andrew Eagles – The revolution is happening

                  9.20am Keynote presentation with Jehan CasinaderMental Wellbeing:flip the script

                  9.50am Panel discussion. Facilitator Jehan Casinader, Beyond the fruit bowl: making wellbeing matter – A panel discussion about how we can move beyond mental health “awareness”, and towards “action. Panelists include Grant Pritchard.

                  10.25am – 10.55am Morning tea

                  10.55am IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards and ACE Awards

                  IPWEA NZ Asset Management Excellence Awards preview 
                  Winners announced for Hynds Pipe Systems Best Paper/presenter and Under 35 Best Presenter
                  ACE Emerging Leader Award winner
                  ACE Student Award winners
                  ACE Presidents Award

                  11.55am Keynote presentation Jarrod Kerr – A remarkable recovery in highly uncertain times 

                  12.30pm Lunch

                  3.25pm – 3.55pm Afternoon tea

                  6.45pm – 11.30pm ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ Awards dinner – Great Room l and II

                  7.30am Light breakfast in Exhibition Hall

                  8.30am Keynote presentation with Ross Copland – Your 30-year infrastructure strategy

                  8.55am Keynote presentation with Vic Crone – Innovation

                  9.15am Panel discussion. Facilitator Sarah Lang,  innovation and disruption – are we fit for the future? Panelists include Dale PaiceLauren Salisbury, Matt Bishop and Vic Crone.

                  10.30am – 11.00am Morning tea

                  1.00pm Lunch

                  2.00pm ACE and IPWEA NZ presidential remarks 

                  2.30pm Keynote presentation with Dr Siouxsie Wiles From ivory-towered academic to “that pink-haired science lady”

                  3.30pm Conference closes

                  The above schedule is current as of 14th January and subject to change.

                  The committee reserves the right to amend any component as required.

                  All changes will be updated on the website.

                  • Location

                    Cordis Hotel Auckland
                    83 Symonds Street
                    Auckland 1010
                    New Zealand

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                    +64 3 359 2614

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