Since our last blog, Christmas has come and gone and that slow January start (when you catch up on all that filing) never eventuated. We’ve recently expanded our teams across all divisions to cope with continued growth and we’re relishing the opportunity to work on even more diverse projects.
We’ve well and truly settled into our new office and the Ponsonby lifestyle (the café next door LOVE us). Check out our new signage.
Since our last blog additions to the team include Jedd Henderson (electrical & mechanical), Kyaw Lin (Senior Electrical Engineer), Stefan Yong (electrical), and two undergraduates.
On the training front – Robert Mannes has been running seismic seminars for IPENZ around the country. Alex is adding to his mechanical and hydraulics expertise by undertaking his Masters in fire engineering at Canterbury University. Several of the team have completed industry courses on lighting design, data, REVIT and much more. Its important to keep up with the play and to constantly upskill.
All work and no play makes for dull lunch conversation so naturally we’ve squeezed in some cool social activities this year. In April the team went South to gorgeous Nelson and Marlborough for several days of kayaking, tramping, wine tours, bowling, a beer tasting and a terrific visit to the WOW museum and classic car display.
Kayaking on a brilliant day in Queen Charlotte Sounds or tramping through beautiful Abel Tasman Park is definitely up there on the “Feels like Heaven” scale. Of course it wasn’t just tranquillity and slow rhythmic paddling for all of us. Andrew thought a race was a brilliant idea! Seriously disadvantaged by flying solo in his two seater kayak, Nick tried his best to keep up but needed a cuppa and a lie down afterwards.
The team discovered the surprising thrill of flicking a frisbee around a golf course in an evening of Frisbee Golf with New Zealand’s premiere Frizbee Golf Champion, Simon Feazey (who recently competed internationally). Everyone had a blast followed by pizza under the stars. There’s been a few fishing trips but not nearly enough for the snapper lovers among us.
We’ve enjoyed some tasty team lunches and dinners with highlights including lunch at Sails, and a recent dinner at Mekong Baby which left us all waddling home after some major overindulgence. What a seriously delectable and generous set menu! Quiz contestants take note!
It’s our 15th birthday!!!! Our next function for clients and friends is planned for October 16 – put it in your diary and watch this space. Meantime we’ll likely be providing the odd informal breakfast croissant or two in front of the TV screen during the Rugby World (recorded and played at the more palatable 7 AM ) if you happen to drop by.
The latest quiz is quite tricky so if you have the answer email firstname.lastname@example.org and all correct answers will go in the draw to win lunch at Mekong Baby (our new favourite place) OR if you’re out of Auckland a voucher for books or movies – your choice!!!
Jennifer Austin Mannes