Sector Programmes develops and delivers projects collaboratively with government regulators, engineers and others. Alongside them, we tackle big issues that impact all New Zealanders.

How we work

Engineers and government regulators approach us with their ideas and issues. Then it’s our job to lead projects to deal with complex system-wide problems.

We’re a connector between government and the sectors it serves, to design solutions for the betterment of the engineering profession and New Zealanders – think regulation, best engineering practice, resilience and sustainability.

We partner with our technical groups and match their members’ skills and expertise with the needs of our projects, so they can provide technical advice and input – and get paid for doing so.

We step in where no one else can – or will, and we’ll never participate in bidding processes against consultants or others. Our driver is to improve the systems engineers operate within. We provide support to make sure big issues can be dealt with.

Types of work we do

Our projects’ outcomes inform, promote, and uphold the calibre of engineering practice, such as:

  • Harnessing lessons engineers have learnt about building resilience in earthquakes – and working with them and others to develop information that achieves ‘low damage’ design – over and above the life safety focus of building regulation
  • Supporting the development and review of guidelines and modules which are vital for effective engineering practice – and that raise the bar, especially in the building sector
  • Gathering evidence of updating seismic assessment guidelines compared with the existing ones, so the government can make an informed choice about ratifying them into regulation.
  • Designing solutions for a future state operating model for heavy vehicle engineers.

Our current partners

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

MBIE partners with us for our deep connections with the engineering community and wider building sector – as well as for our regulatory independence, and our proven project management service.

Waka Kotahi – the New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi partnered with us to enable our Heavy Vehicle Engineers Group to workshop and design a future state for their profession – and to start to help them get there.

Have any questions? We’d love to hear from you

Are you interested in more information on the work we’re doing? Would you like to get involved? Do you have a wicked problem in your sector or practice field which you’d like to partner with us on?

Get in touch with our Sector Programmes team. We’re here to help the industry and the engineering profession.