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New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group. Utilities and the Road Corridor 12–21 July 2005 Working Together in the Road – The Way Forward. New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group. - Welcome - Introductions - Housekeeping - Order of the Day. NZUAG Update Utilities and the Road Corridor Part 1

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New Zealand Utilities

Advisory Group

Utilities and the Road Corridor

12–21 July 2005

Working Together in the Road – The Way Forward

order of the day
NZUAG Update

Utilities and the Road Corridor Part 1


Have Your Say on NZUAG Issues

Utilities and the Road Corridor Part 2


Workshop Reports

Order of the Day
role objectives of nzuag achievements current activities
Role/objectives of NZUAG


Current activities



Amenity impact of overhead cables

Inconsistent legislation

No ‘central’ information about location of cables and pipes

Loss of co-ordination

Large and inconsistent local government costs

Continuous and

uncoordinated trenching operations

Not enough space for more pipes

Inadequate reinstatement of road surfaces

Inappropriate rating of utility networks

Unequal treatment of different utilities

Inconsistent local government management/practice

Insufficient protection of existing utilities

Conference Resolutions:

Formal representations to the Minister.

Agree priority issues and adopt co-operative/ collaborative approach.

Voluntary and legislative approach.

Keep other parties briefed.

Utilities Conference 2004


NZUAG Vision

  • A self-sustaining co-operative framework for the delivery of all utilities in the roading corridor.
  • Our vision will be achieved through:

- Industry co-operation

- Industry-wide tools

- End-user acceptance

utilities advisory group
Local Government New Zealand


NZ Water & Waste Association

Electricity Networks Association

Electricity Engineers Association of New Zealand

Gas Association of New Zealand


Telstra Clear

Transit New Zealand


Utilities Advisory Group

NZUAG Charter of Understanding


We are committed to working together in the roading corridor for the benefit of our customers and our communities.

Our Values

  • Responsiveness
  • Integrity
  • Partnering
  • Efficiency
  • Excellence 

Our Vision

  • We are Committed to Work Together
  • Achieve Efficiencies
  • Work Toward Technological Excellence
  • Be Committed to Our Communities

Founding Signatories


  • Aurora Energy
  • Orion Group
  • Unison
  • Vector
  • WEL Networks
  • Electricity Networks Association
  • Electricity Engineers’ Association of NZ
  • PowerNet
  • Marlborough Lines

Founding Signatories


  • NGC
  • Wanganui Gas
  • Gas Association of New Zealand


  • Telecom
  • TelstraClear

NZ Water and Waste Association


Founding Signatories

Road Controlling Authorities

  • Transit New Zealand
  • Porirua City Council
  • Auckland Regional Council
  • Manukau City Council
  • Rotorua District Council
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Hutt City Council
  • Upper Hutt City Council
  • North Shore City Council
  • Wanganui City Council
  • Wellington City Council

New Signatories

  • Auckland City Council
  • Hamilton City Council

Founding Signatories

Industry Associations

  • Contractors Federation of New Zealand
  • Roading New Zealand
  • Ingenium
  • Local Government New Zealand
achievements so far
Model Partnering Agreement (available from website

Working in the Road (SNZ HB 2002:2003) (available from Standards New Zealand).

RMA Guidelines (available from website

Lifelines and emergency planning guides (available from Ministry of CD & EM).

DVR Guidelines (available shortly from website

Relationship with Government and its departments.

Achievements So Far
under action
Competencies and qualifications.

Promoting uptake of Working in the Road Handbook.

Facilitating Partnering Agreements.

Promoting debate.

Civil defence and emergency management.

Promoting the use of best Practice Guidelines.

Under Action
partnering agreement
Provides a framework for utilities in the road corridor to work together and with road controlling authorities.

Objective is to achieve mutually agreed outcomes in the best interests of each organisation.

Partnering Agreement
commitment to work together
TA manages to co-ordination process.

Agree to co-operate, support the process and work to achieve national consistency.

Work together in a dependable, trustworthy and honest manner.

Accommodate the various, often competing, needs in the most effective and efficient manner:

- Reduce traffic disruption and costs of the same.

- Minimise impact on business.

- Reduce frequency of digging up roads.

Commitment to Work Together
commitment to work together cont
Consider needs of all road users.

Maintain the integrity of roading and utility service assets.

May require adjusting work programmes and practices.

Sharing information based on excellent communication.

Co-ordination of planning.

Road opening notification.

Fulfil respective and joint responsibilities for lifeline utilities and emergency management.

Commitment to Work Together cont…
why share forward work programmes
Why share forward work programmes?

Temporary Service Cover installed too high and incorrect reinstatement

working in the road
Technical excellence


National consistency

Competency in our workforce

Excellence in health and safety

Working in the Road
working in the road1
Acknowledges existing legislation and responsibilities.

Sets out the minimum requirements for working in the roads.

To succeed SNZ HB 2002:2003 needs the commitment required from all parties to work together, co-operate and co-ordinate.

Working in the Road
why use witr
Why use WITR?

High Voltage marker peg as found onsite by faults locations team

Managing the partnership under the RMA.

Why locate utilities in the road corridor.

The statutory framework on roles, responsibilities and powers.

How to manage environmental effects of utilities – a toolbox.

Best Practice for developing policies and plans.

Provide more certainty for utilities.

RMA Guidelines


To assist Valuation Service Providers (VSP), Local Authorities (LA) and Utility Network Owners (UNO) with the process of valuing utility networks for their inclusion on a District Valuation Roll.

DVR Guidelines

Guiding Principles

Transparency and communication


Re-use of existing valuations/information


Determining the rating unit

Determining the assessment basis

Information requirements and templates


Valuation sign-off

DVR Guidelines


Issues on the Table:

  • Reasonable conditions
  • Charging for services
  • Cost sharing
  • Location of services
  • Third party damage