AUCKLAND IPENZ ENGENERATE
GOLDEN BAY AND NEW ZEALAND REFINING COMPANY SITE VISIT
DATE: Saturday 14 November, 2009
LOCATION: Whangarei (Portland and Marsden Point)
CHARGE TO ATTENDEES: non drivers - $10, drivers - free
GIFTS: Chocolates to guides/drivers
ATTENDEES: 6 people from Auckland Branch
NAME COMPANY MEMBERSHIP NUMBER
Shahzad Khambatta Beca 260596
Mercedes Santos 1012400
Vera Wennekers Sinclair Knight Merz 1009315
Morgelyn Leizour Sinclair Knight Merz 1009541
Amanda Durrant Beca 1001741
Winson Fong Manukau City Council 1002918
BREAK DOWN OF COSTS
ITEM COST (Incl. GST) COLLECTION
Van Hire $194.00
Gifts for Guides/Presenters $69.93
Money collected from charges $40
Remainder Charged to Engenerate $333.87 $40
The purpose of the field trip was to
1. Create a networking environment for young engineers
2. Provide some site exposure for young engineers
3. Provide an opportunity to learn about the processes for Cement Manufacture and
Engenerate Auckland held a trip to Whangarei on Saturday the 14th of November. This
was arranged as a joint event with Northland branch. There were six attendees who
formed the Auckland constituent who departed from Newmarket at 8am.
The first visit stop was in Portland, to visit the Golden Bay Cement Manufacturing Plant.
After a safety briefing and an overview of the manufacturing process, Harry Carter (the
plant production manger) gave the group a tour of the site. Harry explained some
innovative production approaches they are using to take advantage of these recessionary
The group headed off around 12o’clock to the Ruakaka Tavern for a heavy Pub-lunch,
minus the beer of course.
The NZ Refining Company (NZRC) is understandably very hot on safety, so unfortunately
there are no photos from this leg of the trip, as cameras are not allowed on the premises.
After the NZRC induction, the group were treated to an explanation of the key principles
of refining, from the chemistry involved to the equipment needed. Our tour guide, Process
Engineer Charles Afford, then took the group around the site indicating the kit that he had
alluded to earlier.
The trip attendees were given a good chance to “network” over the course of the day and
upon arriving home around 8.30 that road-trip atmosphere was fully apparent.
• The trip was on a very ambitious schedule. We had only allowed for 4hours at the
refinery, but it took us 3hrs to get through the induction and explanation
component. As such, we ended up leaving a couple of hours after planned. We
really were very pressed for time.
• The place we rented the van from (Auckland Vehicle Rentals) mentioned that you
could leave a vehicle there and collect it when you return the van. This service
could be helpful in the future.
• The arranged division of attendees was 6 from Northland and 6 from Auckland.
There ended up being 2 from Northland and 6 from Auckland. We tried to full our
eight seater van at the last minute with people off the wait list (of 6), but one of
these guys didn’t show and neither did one of the accepted attendees, so we
were back to 6 from Auckland. The van would not have been suitable to take 8
passengers; it could have fit 7 at a push.
• The trip to the refinery which was initially scheduled for mid year needed to be
postponed due to the swine flu scare.
• Although it was fine just asking people not to drink at the Tavern, it might be
easier to keep lunch venues away from alcohol to avoid the complication.