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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!

Photo archive

See past conferences

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.

ACE New Zealand Awards 2020 | Flickr IPWEA NZ | Flickr



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



              Super early bird

              prior 25 Jun


              • members $1,295
              • non-members $1,545
              • under 35s $900

              Early bird

              26 Jun - 7 Aug


              • members $1,445
              • non-members $1,695
              • under 35s $950


              after 7 Aug


              • members $1,595
              • non-members $1,845
              • under 35s $1,000

              One day

              super early bird - standard


              All costs exclude GST. For more information on pricing types see registration


              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 / housekeeping

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

              3.20pm IPWEA NZ concurrent session

              – Update from IPWEA NZ President Myles Lind & CE Murray Pugh

              – Hynds Pipe Systems Presentations

              – Under 35s mini 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

              – IPWEA NZ training update

              – AECOM | IMNZ Young leaders Award

              – Young Leaders Report 2020

              3.20pm ACE concurrent session

              5.20pm Hynds happy hour

              7.30pm Quiz night with HEB

              7.30am Light breakfast in Exhibition Hall

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

              8.55am Keynote presentation with Jehan Casinader – Mental Wellbeing: The second wave 

              9.15am Panel discussion. Facilitator Jehan Casinader, panelists TBC

              10.55am IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards and ACE Awards

              – IPWEA NZ Excellence Awards teaser
              – Hynds Best Paper
              – IPWEA NZ Young Winner
              – 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

              1.30pm Concurrent session streams(details TBC)

              3.55pm Concurrent session streams (details TBC) 

              6.45pm ACE New Zealand ACE Awards and IPWEA NZ Awards dinner

              7.30am Light breakfast in Exhibition Hall

              8.30am Keynote presentation with Ross Copland

              8.55am Keynote presentation with Vic Crone

              9.15am Panel discussion. Facilitator Ross Holden, panelists Vic Crone and others TBC

              10.15am Hynds and Under 35s winner announcements  

              11.00am Concurrent sessions streams (details TBC) 

              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

              • Location

                Cordis Hotel Auckland
                83 Symonds Street
                Auckland 1010
                New Zealand

              • Email

                For any enquiries contact
                [email protected]

              • Phone

                +64 3 359 2614

              Registration to Future-Fit Aotearoa is now open

              INFO UPDATE

              Latest news

              Ideas that matter – with Sam Johnson
              • Thu, May, 20, 2021

              Ideas that matter – with Sam Johnson

              Sam Johnson’s career has focused on mobilising people around ideas that matter. Sam is the Founder and Chief Executive of Te Hunga Tūoa Student Volunteer Army (SVA) and is well-known for his socially entrepreneurial work that continues to make significant differences in the lives of others. Sam leads a team that designs and operates projects that impact over 65,000 volunteers each year at a primary, secondary and tertiary level across New Zealand. We caught up with him ahead of his keynote address at Future-Fit Aotearoa.

              A remarkable recovery in highly uncertain times – with Jarrod Kerr
              • Mon, May, 3, 2021

              A remarkable recovery in highly uncertain times – with Jarrod Kerr

              Kiwibank Chief Economist Jarrod Kerr loves the environment, financial markets and everything economics. A keynote speaker at our Future-Fit Aotearoa conference in September, Jarrod shares his insights on the current economic climate in Aotearoa and the global effect of COVID.