Inspire : Public Works July Aug 2014
17 on to the council role after she found the work “pretty soul destroying,” she says. With impressive experience under her belt in the sector, Murphy now manages a team of fve as Hawkes’ Bay Planning Manager with Opus Inter national Consultants back in New Zealand. “I manage projects both within the company and also for clients, and do a lot of client communication and liaison, as well as still doing technical planning work,” she says. One project that has been a highlight, Murphy says, was working with a construction company bidding for a dam project. “I was challenging them the whole time to ensure they were delivering the best environmental outcomes, whilst trying to keep it as easy to build and as cheap as possible,” she says. Murphy became involved with INGENIUM when she presented a paper on “spatial planning and the interrelation between that and infrastr ucture delivery” as a fnalist for Hynds Paper of the Year at the 2012 conference. “It was a great opportunity and raised my profle quickly,” she says. She then started to attend INGENIUM East Coast Branch meetings and became East Coast Branch Chair in May 2013 – around the same time IPWEA merged with INGENIUM to form the NZ Division. The youngest member of the newly formed IPWEA NZ Board, and with “an interest in growing the membership of young members”, Murphy volunteered to assist in the development of Young IPWEA NZ. Still in the development stages, the Young IPWEA New Zealand Division will be launched at the IPWEA NZ Conference in June, in partnership with Emerging NAMS (eNAMS). “Something that provides a place for young members to be represented and to be encouraged to become part of the organisation is absolutely critical,” Murphy says. “When you look at a big organisation, especially with members who are already well established, it can seem intimidating, whereas if there is an avenue for young members to get involved, I think it should certainly be encouraged.” In her spare time, Murphy says she can be spotted in her running gear in the hills of her hometown of Napier on New Zealand’s east coast. She in training for the 25km ‘Lost Lake Run’, a trail running event in support of Cystic Fibrosis research, that will take place in Seward, Alaska in August this year. ••• A place for young members to be represented and to become part of the organisation is absolutely critical.
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