The ballot has just opened for election to the Engineering New Zealand board. We are delighted to announce that two high-profile NZGS members are standing. Having our members represented on the board is a great way to ensure that our voices are heard within Engineering New Zealand.

You can read the profiles of all the candidates here: We would like to encourage all members to vote in these elections. Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 6 March 2020.

Vice President

Four candidates will be vying for the position of Vice President this year. It’s the first time for several years that this election has been contested; often there is one candidate elected unopposed. Former NZGS Chair Geoff Farquhar is standing for this role.

Geoff is a life member of the NZGS, and has held the following key roles in our society prior to moving onto wider industry roles with organisations such as ENZ:

  • 1992 – 1995 NZGS elected national management committee member
  • 1993 – 1995 – NZGS Geomechanics News Editor
  • 1996 – 1997 – NZGS Secretary
  • 1998 – 1999 – NZGS Chair
  • 2016 – present – NZGS Body of Knowledge and Skills panel representative

Board Members

14 members have been nominated to fill the two vacant Board member roles on the Engineering New Zealand Board. NZGS Immediate Past-Chair Tony Fairclough is standing for this role.

Tony has provided significant service to our society in the following roles:

  • 2010 – 2015 – NZGS elected national management committee member    
  • 2015 – 2017 – NZGS Treasurer
  • 2017 – 2019 – NZGS Chair


As a result of the above service to NZGS, and long-term membership to our society, Tony and Geoff have an excellent understanding of the wider NZGS membership opinion on signifiacnt industry issues, and, strong working relationships with people within key partner organisations such as ENZ, NZGS, the SESOC National Management Committee and/or MBIE.

Worthy of note with respect to this election, Tony led the 2019 NZGS submission to the MBIE Building System Legislative Reform program. Tony feels that this is currently a primary industry issue, which ENZ must monitor closely and influence whenever possible, as it has the potential to significantly impact the wider construction industry and ENZ members. Tony has stated that if elected to the ENZ Board he would ensure that the perspective and opinion of the wider NZGS and SESOC membership is appropriately considered by the highest levels of the ENZ leadership.

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