Engineers Without Borders Auckland Professionals' Chapter Welcomes New Volunteers and Committee Members

The Auckland Professional chapter kicked off their first committee meeting with a bang! 

The first committee meeting was an open invitation to all Auckland members and interested parties who were willing to get a better understanding of the chapter's plans, objectives and key priorities for the year, as well as providing an avenue for direct feedback from Auckland members. The event saw a very positive turnout with board members, Australian Engineers Without Borders expats and keen individuals being among the attendees. 
The meeting began by reiterating the Engineers Without Borders' mission, vision and values before moving on to discuss the Auckland chapter’s three specific targets: member involvement, financial sustainability and creating an ‘EWB culture’ among our members. The night finished off with a short briefing of upcoming events and exciting future projects we are currently chasing before opening up the room to discussion about what the Auckland members expect to see from their chapter.
The overall response was quite unified with most members hoping that the Auckland region would be a broker of communication for its community and the need for a stronger branding and opportunities marketing (see below for what we have currently on offer).
If you missed out on our committee event and what to get a closer look at what happened, have a browse of our meeting minutes.
And don't forget - the Auckland Chapter is hosting a region catch up this Friday at Pizza Pizza - we hope to see you there! 

Current Opportunities
(please contact for more information on the following):
Committee Vacancies:
1. Working With Communities Representative
2. Auckland Region Partnerships Manager
3. Chapter Treasurer
Potential Opportunities:
Do you have a great idea that we could make the Auckland Chapter amazing? Feel free to log it in our ideas register and we'll be in touch!

News Date: Monday, 23 November, 2015

EWB Challenge New Zealand Finals and Winners

The EWB Challenge New Zealand finals were held on October 10th at Beca’s Auckland offices. The event showcased the work of two top student teams from each of the three participating universities: the University of Canterbury, Auckland University of Technology and Massey University. Each team presented design concepts aimed at helping a rural community in Bambui, Cameroon. Sincere thanks to our corporate partner Beca for supporting the event, to the university staff members who incorporate the Challenge in their first-year engineering curriculums and assist the teams, and to the teams themselves who each gave high quality presentations.

The top prize was awarded to Taite Shepherd, Ayumi Sleegers, Darryn Wells and Yaser Tamimi from Massey University, who proposed an “Organic Ash Soap” design aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene in Bambui. The team impressed judges Dale Paice (Beca), Scott Elwarth (Auckland Transport) and Rob Cardwell (EWB) with both their technical understanding and incorporation of sustainable development concepts into the design process. They will be travelling to Melbourne in December to compete in the Australasian finals. Good luck to Taite, Ayumi, Darryn and Yaser as they represent New Zealand!

Photo (left to right): Dr. Aruna Shekar (EWB Challenge course co-ordinator for Massey University), Taite Shepherd, Ayumi Sleegers, Darryn Wells and Yaser Tamimi.

News Date: Wednesday, 21 October, 2015

Auckland Professionals Chapter 2015/16 AGM

The Auckland Professionals chapter (APC) held their AGM on the 14th October at Tonkin and Taylor. The event was successful and had a positive turnout! The overarching mission, values and goals of EWB were presented and the available opportunities within the Auckland Professional committee were also advertised.

Overall, it was an enjoyable night in which the chapter hosted Auckland EWBers and "new to EWBers". The Auckland Professionals Chapter would like to take this opportunity to thank Tonkin and Taylor for being able to host us in their abode!

For opportunities available in the APC please contact Varun Purushotham at the following e-mail address: 

For a list of opportunities available at a national level check out the following link: (Get Involved > Volunteer)

News Date: Wednesday, 14 October, 2015


End of Year Celebration