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NZUAG News edition 10 - August 2017
5 Sep 2017
Latest news following the August 2017 Board meeting

NZUAG News edition 9 - May 2017
6 Jun 2017
Latest news following the May 2017 Board meeting

NZUAG News edition 8 - February 2017
27 Feb 2017
Latest news following the February 2017 Board meeting

NZUAG News edition 7 - November 2016
13 Dec 2016
Latest news following the November 2016 Board meeting

NZUAG News edition 6 September 2016
8 Sep 2016
Latest news following the August 2016 Board meeting

Revised National Code released
5 Sep 2016
NZUAG announces release of the latest edition of the National Code of Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to Transport Corridors. It contains minor amendments. This edition to be gazetted on 16 September 2016 and effective from that date.

NZUAG News edition 5 May 2016
31 May 2016
Latest NZUAG news following the May 2016 Board meeting

NZUAG News Edition 3 December 2015
3 Dec 2015
Latest NZUAG news following the November 2015 Board meeting and AGM

Revised National Code of Practice released
10 Sep 2015
NZUAG has completed the first Review of the National Code Of Practice for Utility Operators' Access to Transport Corridors. The review process and the updated Code have been approved by the Minister of Finance, and gazetted today. In addition to the revised code itself, the following documents are also available from the 'Key Documents' section on this page: * A 'track change' version of the Code document highlighting the changes * A summary sheet identify changes, purpose of the change, and scale of the change * Summary of submissions spreadsheet containing containing submissions received to the review's second feedback round, which records changes, if any, made to the Code resulting from the submission

NZIHT Updating the Utilities Code 1/2 day training course
2 Sep 2015
NZIHT is pleased to announce a training course covering changes to the National Code of Practice for Utility Operators to the Transport Corridors. Topics to be covered include:

  • Changes to the Code and what they mean to the industry
  • How to simplify some processes
  • How to amend existing processes to put these changes into effect
Please click on the above link to see the full course outline and registration details

NZUAG News Edition 2 August 2015
31 Aug 2015
Latest NZUAG news following the August 2015 Board meeting

June Board Meeting CoPPTM presentation
17 Jul 2015
What is CoPPTM and why do you need to know about it? This presentation made to the June 2015 NZUAG Board meeting provides a useful introduction to this important Code of Practice.

NZUAG News Edition 1 June 2015
1 Jul 2015
Latest NZUAG news following the June 2015 Board meeting

Safety Alert - Power and Gas in Telco Ducts
27 Mar 2015
Power has been found installed in Telco ducts. The issue is historic circa 1995-2000 and caused by subdivision developers providing ducts under the roads for power installation.

First Review of the National Code of Practice Consultation
22 Sep 2014
NZ Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG) cordially invites submissions on proposed amendments to the National Code of Practice for Utility Operators' Access to Transport Corridors. This is the first biennial review of this code.

Appointment of Paul Swain as Chairman
29 Aug 2014
NZ Utilities Advisory Group is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Paul Swain as Chairman of the Group

First Bienniel Review of National Code
28 Mar 2014
NZUAG is inviting all industry participants to provide their feedback on the Code to enable a balanced evaluation of the Code's effectiveness as well as to identify areas for potential improvement or amendment.

Bienniel Review Terms of Reference
23 Dec 2013
Terms of Reference for 2014 Review of National Code of Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to Transport Corridors

NZUAG Inc AGM 5 November 2013.
6 Nov 2013
Minutes of the first AGM of NZUAG Inc are now available.

New guidelines for workers in the road corridor
11 Oct 2013
Guidelines based on the National Code and the Guide for Safety with Underground Services are available now electronically.

KiwiRail weblinks in Approved National Code amended
7 Oct 2013
Users are advised that the weblinks for KiwiRail in the Approved National Code have now been updated

Jenny Morrison appointed as Independent Chair of NZUAG Inc
9 Aug 2013
NZUAG Inc is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Morrison of Hikuwai as its first Independent chair, and thanks Myles Lind for chairing NZUAG Inc up to this point.

Reporting to the Minister
9 Aug 2013
NZUAG Inc will submit a state-of-the-nation report to the Minister at the end of 2013 on progress in implementing the Code.

Membership of NZUAG Inc
16 Jul 2013
Membership is now open to all utility operators, corridor managers, industry associations and other interested parties to join NZUAG Inc.

Next Meeting of NZUAG Committee
15 Jul 2013
The next committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 August.

First permanent Committee of NZUAG Inc
15 Jul 2013
Nominations for the ten permanent Committee positions are announced.

Annual Report for 2012-2013 released
15 Apr 2013
The first Annual Report for NZUAG Inc has been released to members and stakeholders.

New constitution registered by Registrar of Incorporated Societies
2 Apr 2013
NZUAG Inc's new constitution, as agreed at the AGM on 7 March 2013, was registered in March 2013.

Definition of KiwiRail in the Code has been amended
18 Feb 2013
Definition of KiwiRail in the Code has been amended Following the transfer of assets, liabilities and the operator's licence from NZ Railways Corporation to KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, the definition of KiwiRail in the Code has been amended.

Next meeting of NZUAG Interim Committee
18 Feb 2013
The next committee meeting will be held on Thursday 7 March. Members are welcome to submit topics for the agenda to the Executive Officer.

Update for Corridor Managers
11 Jan 2013
The Code has been a legal requirement for a year now, so NZUAG has provided an update for Corridor Managers to check that they are undertaking their key tasks.

National Code wins award
3 Nov 2012
The National Code has won the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Award for Safety, Security and Environmental Innovation for 2012.

Next meeting of NZUAG Interim Committee
8 Oct 2012
The next committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 November. Members are welcome to submit topics for the agenda to the Executive Officer.

Conflicts of interest for local authorities who are managers of both road and water assets
15 Aug 2012
NZUAG reminds local authorities who manage both road and water assets that they must manage and declare their conflict of interest in accordance with Section 2.6 of the National Code of Practice.

Local government representative on NZUAG Interim Committee
15 Aug 2012
Peter Dodge of Wellington City Council has been selected to represent the Road Controlling Authorities Forum on the NZUAG Interim Committee

Next meeting of NZUAG Interim Committee
15 Aug 2012
The next committee meeting will be held on Monday 11 September. Members are welcome to submit topics for the agenda to the Executive Officer.

Chairman of Interim committee elected
11 Jun 2012
Myles Lind, Manager Compliance and Performance at Watercare Services Ltd has been elected by the Interim Committee as chairman of NZUAG Inc.

Template for registering conflicts of interest
11 Jun 2012
Templates are provided for Corridor Managers and Utility Operators who have a conflict of interest as outlined in S10 (1) (d) of the Utilities Access Act 2010.

NZUAG Inc Interim Committee meeting
30 Apr 2012
The next committee meeting will be held on Friday 25 May. Members are welcome to submit topics for the agenda to the Executive Officer.

National Code now mandatory
18 Jan 2012
The Code took effect on 1 January 2012. All Corridor Managers and Utility Operators should be following the procedures outlined in the Code for access to the transport corridors

Guidance on managing conflicts of interest
18 Jan 2012
NZUAG Inc reminds local authorities who manage both road and utility assets that they have a conflict of interest as defined in the Utilities Access Act 2010, and need to disclose this.

Establishment of Incorporated Society
18 Jan 2012
Now registered as an Incorporated Society, NZUAG Inc is currently establishing the Interim Committee. Its first activities include setting fees for membership, the forward work programme and reviewing the recently completed broadband fibre deployment standards for inclusion in the Code.

Correction to the Code
30 Nov 2011
Clause 2.6.1 (b) has been amended to clarify when conflicts of interest can occur for utility operators who operate more than one utility service.

Application for incorporation as a Society
30 Nov 2011
NZUAG has submitted the application to become an incorporated society. The constitution as submitted is available here.

National Code for Utilities' Access to Transport Corridors approved
16 Nov 2011
The Minister for Infrastructure approved the Code on 10 November 2011. It will take effect from 1 January 2012.

Reasonable Conditions template as separate file
15 Nov 2011
The template for Reasonable Conditions (Schedule B in the Code) is now available as PDF document for ease of use by Corridor Managers.

Amended Code released
5 Oct 2011
The Code has received a few amendments as part of the Treasury review in preparation for Ministerial approval.

National Code now with Minister for Infrastructure for approval
11 Aug 2011
NZUAG is pleased to advise that it has given the Code to the Minister for Infrastructure for his approval under Section 12 of the Utilities Access Act 2010. This is the culmination of five and a half years work. In that time five versions of the Code were released for consultation, and NZUAG conducted two series of nationwide seminars on the Code's content and implementation issues. A comprehensive round of public consultation was undertaken this year, and over 6o submissions received in total.

Thank you very much for your contributions
10 Aug 2011
NZUAG congratulates the hundreds of people who have participated in the development of the National Code for Utility Operators' Access to Transport Corridors for a job well done.

Establishment meeting for Incorporation
1 Aug 2011
NZUAG expects to hold the establishment meeting to inaugurate NZUAG Inc early September. Please advise the Executive officer if you wish to participate in that meeting. Teleconference facilities will be available.

Submissions received on the material changes to the Code
1 Aug 2011
NZUAG has released the 13 submissions received when it undertook a second round of consultation on ten proposed changes to the Code that might have been considered material.

Progress Report on Code
13 Jul 2011
The Code is expected to be submitted to the Minister for his approval by 11 August 2011, following review of the Code and the consultation process by the NZUAG on 28 July.

Draft constitution for NZUAG Inc
4 Jun 2011
NZUAG is consulting its membership on the draft constitution for NZUAG as an incorporated society.

Amendments to Draft National Code
29 Apr 2011
NZUAG is inviting comments on ten parts of the Code which have changed as a result of the consultation process. Submissions close on Friday 27 May 2011.

Progress towards NZUAG becoming an Incorporated Society
28 Apr 2011
NZUAG will be considering the draft constitution for the proposed new NZUAG Inc. in May 2011. We then expect to consult the wider sectors on the draft. At this stage we anticipate the first General Meeting will be held in July/August.

Release of submissions on draft Code
14 Apr 2011
The fifty submissions received by NZUAG on the draft National Code are available for public viewing.

50 Submissions received on Code
30 Mar 2011
NZUAG has received 50 submissions on the draft Code. Fifteen are from the utility sector, 24 from local authorities, 3 from the rail sector, plus NZTA, NZAA, the contracting sector, InfraTrain, a consultant and a private individual.

Utilities Code released for public consultation
11 Mar 2011
Submissions close on Friday 11 March 2011.

KiwiRail Specifications for Utilities Access to the Rail Corridors
28 Feb 2011
KiwiRail will release by 28 February 2011 their draft specifications for utilities access to the rail corridors for comment by utility operators and corridor managers through the NZUAG.

NZUAG meeting 13 December 2010.
13 Dec 2010
Key points from NZUAG meeting 13 December 2010.

Release of Code for public consultation has been delayed
11 Nov 2010
The draft National Code for utilities' Access to the Transport Corridors will now be released at the end of January 2011.

Key points from NZUAG meeting 24 September 2010
24 Sep 2010
Key points from NZUAG meeting 24 September 2010

Key points from NZUAG meeting 29 July 2010
5 Aug 2010
Key points from NZUAG meeting 29 July 2010

Annual Report 2010
31 Jul 2010
NZUAG has released its Annual Report for 2009/2010

Forthcoming consultation by NZUAG
5 Jul 2010
NZUAG well be consulting on the Code once the Infrastructure Bill has been enacted. It will also be consulting on establishing itself as an incorporated society.

Committee stage for Infrastructure Bill
5 Jul 2010
The Infrastructure Bill is currently no 10 on the Order Paper to undergo the Committee Stage in Parliament. It is expected to be enacted early August.

Infrastructure Bill up to Committee stage
30 Mar 2010
The Infrastructure Bill had its second reading on 24 March. Read the Hansard record.

Review of National Code commencing February 2010
19 Dec 2009
The review of the Code will be in two parts: firstly a process of getting the Code as fit for purpose as possible will start February 2010, and then a round of consultation once the Utilities Access Amendment Act has been passed.

Infrastructure Bill reported back to Parliament
30 Nov 2009
The Infrastructure Bill was reported back to the House on 12 November. A copy of the report and Bill as amended by the select Committee is available at this url.

Notes from NZUAG meeting 23 November 2009
23 Nov 2009
Key points from the NZUAG meeting held on 23 November are now available.

Infrastructure Bill referred to Select Committee
26 Aug 2009
The Infrastructure Bill passed its first reading 25 August and has been referred to the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee. The report back date is 13 Nov. They will call for submissions shortly. You can look at their progress on Parliament’s website.

Infrastructure Bill introduced
5 Aug 2009
The Infrastructure Bill was introduced into Parliament on Wednesday 5 August. Full details are available here.

Proposed Update to the National Code
23 Jul 2009
NZUAG has agreed in principle to incorporate a factor of competency in the Code. A sub-group is now scoping the project for wider industry input and consultation.

Annual Report 2008/2009
21 Jul 2009
NZUAG's report for the year ended 31 March 2009 is now available.

NZUAG meeting 17 July 2009
17 Jul 2009
Key points from NZUAG meeting 17 July 2009

Update on the new National Code
15 Jun 2009
The first corridor managers to implement the new National Code are Nelson City and Southland District, as demonstrated in the recent workshops on the implementation of the Code.

Young Engineers Award
15 Jun 2009
NZUAG is delighted to confirm its sponsorshipof the Young Engineers Award for the 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards, and invites young engineers in our sector to apply.

Implementation version of the Code released
20 Mar 2009
NZUAG has released the Implementation version of the new National code for Utilities in the Transport Corridors. The Code will implemented across NZ and reviewed before it is finally released and approved by the Minister.

Code Implementation Meetings
19 Mar 2009
NZUAG is conducting a series of meetings in May 2009 nationwide to kick-start the implementation of the Code.

Submissions on the Advance Copy of the Code
16 Mar 2009
Thirteen submissions were received on the Advance Copy of the Code. These have been reviewed by NZUAG and accepted now, declined, or held pending the post-implementation review. NZUAG is grateful to those who took time to submit suggestions for improving the Code.

New Chairman for NZUAG
5 Mar 2009
Ian Cox of the New Zealand Transport Agency has been elected Chairman of NZUAG, replacing David Fraser of Hastings District Council (representing Ingenium) who has retired due to work commitments.

Key points from NZUAG meeting held 5 March 2009
5 Mar 2009
Key points from the NZUAG meeting of Thursday 5 March 2009 are:

Advance Copy of New National Code
12 Dec 2008
An advance copy of the National Code for utilities in the Transport Corridors is released to provide Corridor Managers and Utilities the opportunity to review their procedures and identify any areas in the Code that will be difficult or impractical to implement.

Key points from NZUAG meeting held 27 November 2008
27 Nov 2008
Key points from the NZUAG meeting of Thursday 27 November 2008 are:

NZ Engineering Excellence Awards
26 Nov 2008
For the second year running, the winner of the NZUAG sponsored Utilities and Networks Award also won the Supreme Award at the NZ Engineering Excellence Awards 2006.

Annual Report 2007/2008
30 Jul 2008
NZUAG's Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2008 is now available.

Key Points from NZUAG meeting held 24 July 2008
24 Jul 2008
The new national Code is expected to be available soon. Meanwhile NZUAG has approved the release of the Summary of Submissions on the draft Code

Key Points from NZUAG meeting held 8 April 2008
18 Apr 2008
NZUAG has reconvened the Directors' Group to consider submissions on the draft National Code.

Consultation on draft National Code
22 Feb 2008
NZUAG invites submissions on the draft National Code, launched on 12 February 2008. Submissions close on 25 March 2008.

Launch of draft of the new National Code
12 Feb 2008
Minister endorses the launch of the draft National Code on 12 February 2008.

NZUAG Annual Report
30 Jul 2007
NZUAG's Annual Report for 2006/2007 has been released today.

First report on the development of the new National Code
30 Jun 2007
Substantial progress has already been made on the development of the new National Code by all working groups.

Key points from NZUAG meeting 19 June 2007
22 Jun 2007
Key points from the latest NZUAG meeting cover the 2007/8 Business Plan which includes the National Code currently under development, funding of this work, a proposed series of workshops to discuss the draft code when completed, and the importance of keeping focused on emergency preparedness

Consultation on four Proposed National Environmental Standards for Telecommunications Facilities - Starts on 16 June 2007.
20 Jun 2007
Four standards are proposed covering erection of roadside cabinets, the installation of small antennas on existing roadside structures, radiofrequency emissions and noise emissions.

Development of New National Code of Practice
1 May 2007
NZUAG is sponsoring a new project to develop a national code/standard, which will include a means of ensuring compliance with that code/standard and provide for regional differences.

Revised Proposals from MED
8 Mar 2007
MED is receiving written submissions on its' updated proposals for utilities' access to transport corridors.

NZUAG office out of contact for over two days
5 Dec 2006
Contractors cutting a Telecom cable has put the NZUAG office out of contact for over two days.

MED policy document
1 Dec 2006
The NZUAG is working with the Ministry of Economic Development on how to develop the systems and processes which will nderpin the broad principles to be outlined in legislation.

Workshop on Third party damage to utilities
21 Nov 2006
A workshop held on 21 November 2006 on third party interference to utilities in the road corridor has highlighted a number of issues to be addressed by all parties in this sector.

The New Context
1 Nov 2006
Government announces its decisions on the future legal framework for utilities in the road corridor.

NZ Engineering Excellence Awards 2006 - the Utilities and Networks Award
1 Nov 2006
As sponsor of the Utilities and Networks Award, NZUAG proudly congratulates the four finalists for this award.

NZUAG Annual Report 2005/2006
21 Sep 2006
NZUAG is pleased to release its first annual report to its stakeholders. While the report is for 2005/2006, it also covers earlier activities.

Strategic Plan 2006/2007
16 Aug 2006
NZUAG has published its Strategic Plan for 2006/07. Its main focus is expected to be the issues arising out of the Government’s decisions on the MED recommendations for changes to legislation pertaining to utilities in the road corridor.

Key points from latest NZUAG meeting
15 Aug 2006
Key points from latest NZUAG meeting cover the MED review of utilities in the road corridor, Transit’s draft policy on access to its state highway corridors, and a workshop on third party damage.

Changes in representatives on NZUAG
1 Jul 2006
NZUAG welcomes its new chairman, David Fraser of Hastings District Council, representing INGENIUM, and new representatives for NZWWA (Peter Whitehouse), RCA Forum (Andrew Dixon), LGNZ (Geoff Swainson) and Telecom, (Mark Larsen)

MED SUMMARY OF SUBMISSIONS ON UTILITIES DISCUSSION DOCUMENT
1 Dec 2005
The Ministry of Economic Development has released the summary of submissions on its discussion document Utilities in the Road Corridor.

2006 CRITICAL CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEMS SECURITY SUMMIT FOR TECHNICAL EXPERTS
28 Nov 2005
Attached is information on a Critical Control and Data Acquisition Systems Security Summit occurring in Florida in March 2006: Deciding What Works in Securing Distributed Control Systems in Critical Infrastructure.

PANDEMIC PLANNING INFORMATION KIT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDERS
27 Oct 2005
The Pandemic Planning Information Kit for infrastructure providers went public on the Ministry of Economic Development's website last week.

SUBMISSIONS ON THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSION DOCUMENT
20 Sep 2005
Submissions on the Ministry of Economic Development discussion document are now available to read on their website.

SMOOTHER PROCESS FOR VALUING UTILITIES
31 Aug 2005
Industry guidelines for Valuing Utility Networks for District Valuation Rolls have now been published on the NZUAG website. These are expected to assist a transparent valuation process and lead to a higher level of audit assurance.

NZUAG SUBMISSION ON MED DISCUSSION DOCUMENT
20 Aug 2005
The NZUAG submission followed the NZ INC. approach discussed in the seminars, and was based on the consensus reached in the discussions around the country. Click title to read the submission.

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR NZUAG
6 Jun 2005
Ian McGowan of Wanganui District Council becomes Acting Chairman of NZUAG.

ROTORUA UTILITIES AND COUNCIL FIRST TO SIGN A PARTNERING AGREEMENT
9 Sep 2004
Rotorua District Council is the first council to negotiate a Partnering Agreement with the local utility network operators Telecom, TelstraClear, NGC, and Unison. All parties agreed to share information on a regular basis and to work together for the benefit of the Rotorua community.

SMOOTHER ROADS AS UTILITY INDUSTRY LEADERS SIGN ON TO ROADSHARE
5 Mar 2004
New Zealand road users can expect smoother roads as key players in the utilities sector and local government today, Wednesday, 3 March 2004, signed a Charter of Understanding at Parliament Buildings, Wellington, committing them to work together for the better management of New Zealand’s roading corridor.

WORKING IN THE ROAD CODE OF PRACTICE TAKES OFF
15 Nov 2003
Road users in two of our largest cities can soon breathe easy. The days of numerous complaints about road works in Wellington and Christchurch are numbered.

PROJECT ROADSHARE USHERS IN A NEW ERA IN CIVIC CO-OPERATION
20 Aug 2003
There is nothing that infuriates motorists, pedestrians and utility providers more than the incessant digging up of the streets in our towns and cities.

NEW HANDBOOK TO REDUCE 'ROAD RAGE'
15 Aug 2003
A new handbook which lays down guidelines for utility providers working in the road, is likely to reduce 'road rage' amongst drivers and pedestrians, annoyed by the level of disruption.