National Conference ‘Brings Back Buck’!
WE’RE bringing back Buck! Yes, you heard it right – the MESNZ is bringing iconic All Black captain, World Cup commentator and latter day men’s health advocate Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford to Rotorua to fill the closing celebrity speaking role at the Hydac 2011 National Maintenance Engineering Conference.
Buck’s journey after his All Black career controversially ended led him to become the poster boy for the Jenny Craig weight loss program and it is his life experiences from the world of rugby to men’s health that Buck will draw on to inform and entertain.
But it’s not just the end of the conference that will deliver the bang; the entire two day event is peppered with experience, advice and inspiration. As promised last month, the conference schedule is rapidly firming up as we shuffle speakers into their slots and welcome attendees, exhibitors and sponsors into the mix.
Conference papers will cover drive-train issues, counterfeit materials, chemical safety and HASNO, ultrasonics, machine tool alignment, lean manufacturing and plant justification, to mention just a few. The IPENZ paper on “Earthquake Engineering Performance” and Mike Mulholland’s “Fits, Fights and Fornification” Employment Law presentation in particular, will command riveting attention from the attendees.
Featuring an eclectic mix of international, expert and peer speakers, this year’s program is well worth the wait, satisfying the ethos of reality-based maintenance management topics and the Society’s aim of raising the bar of maintenance engineering in New Zealand. The Conference will inspire all attendees and arm them with the knowledge to take positive change back to their own workplaces. For the latest updates on sessions and times, as well as program details and registration forms, click on
Last year’s sponsors saw so much value in what the event delivers and they are back with a vengeance in 2011. Supporting Hydac’s premium sponsor role, SKF has taken up the Exhibition Hall and Marquee sponsorship, while SGS instantly won a lot of new friends with their sponsorship of both the social night and the social night drinks.
It is easy to take events like the National Maintenance Engineering Conference for granted, forgetting that it is run by a non-profit Society and it is only with the support of companies like Hydac, SKF and SGS that the Society is able to stage the event.
Rotorua is primed and ready to showcase its local maintenance engineering expertise to a national audience just as keen to explore the best the region has to offer. Registrations are open and bookings are ahead of schedule – a good indicator that maintenance engineers are keen to network and explore ways of lifting the engineering game in their own place of work. If you have not yet booked, Rotorua will be the place to be if you want to learn from your peers and experts about how to manage maintenance in the modern world or get up to speed with the latest regulations and requirements of people management.
So, for the cave dwellers, yes, you need to be there and, no, it’s not too late….if you hurry. The Hydac 2011 National Maintenance Engineering Conference is being held at The Distinction Hotel in Rotorua on November 9 and 10. The event presents a popular format of thought provoking papers, while providing ample breakout opportunities for engineers and suppliers to explore solutions to their particular issues. The attendance fee of $680+GST per person makes it the cheapest two day conference in the country. If that’s not good enough, the second and subsequent attendees from your site may attend for a miserly $400+GST per person! A better bang for your buck will not be found anywhere else for such an inspiring and informative event.
Registration forms and background details can be found on the Society website at or you can contact the event manager Leanne Powley direct on
(09) 296 1333  or
Craig Carlyle is secretary of the Maintenance Engineering Society.








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