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Property Matters newsletter | September 2021

In this edition of the Government Property Group newsletter we provide updates to our COVID-19 workplace guidance, we honour Bruce Kenning for being awarded ‘Fellowship’ status by Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ), we thank everyone who participated in our satisfaction survey and we talk about the guide for reducing carbon emissions in construction.

COVID-19 property update for agencies

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We’re publishing updates and guidance on our website to help you during all COVID-19 Alert Levels. Our COVID-19 workplace guidance has been updated to reflect the latest Public Health Orders and is available on our website to help manage workplaces during different alert levels.

You can also go to Te Kawa Mataao | The Public Service Commission as they provide updates on the current situation and sector workforce guidelines on their website.

We’re here to help, so please let us know if there is additional COVID-related guidance or support that we could provide. You can contact your Property Portfolio Specialist, or email us.

Most importantly, stay connected with your team, and look after each other. Kia kaha.

COVID-19 property update for agencies

COVID-19 Public Sector Workforce Guidelines - Te Kawa Mataao Public Service Commission

Bruce Kenning honoured with FMANZ Fellowship

Bruce Kenning receiving the FMANZ Fellowship

Our own Bruce Kenning, Government Property Group’s Manager Property Planning and Advisory, has just been awarded ‘Fellowship’ status by the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ).

The guidance from Bruce and his advisory team during the COVID-19 alert level changes supported agencies to manage workplace occupancy and operations. This was a valuable tool to ensure that clear and consistent systems and guidelines could be put in place to ensure the safety of public servants returning to the workplace.

Bruce Kenning honoured with FMANZ Fellowship

Government Property Group satisfaction survey

Thanks to everyone who participated in this survey. Your feedback helps us understand if we are meeting your needs and identify areas for improvement. The results of this survey also provide a key measure for the Property Functional Leadership report to Cabinet.

We really appreciate the time you’ve taken to complete the survey. We’re currently analysing the results and will get back to you once we’ve worked through the data.

New guide to reducing carbon emissions in construction

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We’ve published new practical guidance to help government agencies, as well as the construction sector, reduce the carbon emissions generated by the construction of new buildings.

Read more about the procurement guide to reduce carbon emissions in construction

Guidance for electric vehicle chargers for commercial applications

The Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for electric vehicle (EV) chargers for commercial use is now availabe on the Standards New Zealand website. The guidance has been developed to support government initiatives to increase electrification of transport and focuses on the energy efficient performance and interoperability of commercial chargers.

Read more about EV chargers for commercial applications - Standards New Zealand

Property Knowledge Hours

The Knowledge Hour on New Zealand’s crowded places strategy was postponed. We are reviewing the programme for the remainder of the year, acknowledging the uncertainty regarding the impact that changing alert levels may have on attendance at these events.

Property definitions

We have added a list of key property definitions to our website that supports the property guidelines, standards and reports.

Property definitions

If your agency needs additional guidance or support over this period of uncertainty associated with our latest COVID-19 lockdown, please reach out to your Property Portfolio Specialist, or email us.