Wawan Water Supply Project Update from Mark Holden

One of our placement volunteers, Mark Holden writes an update from Ambrym, Vanuatu:

"For the next 5 months I’m based in the north-east of Ambrym, Vanuatu. My primary role is to monitor the construction of rain water harvesting systems in two villages, Falibeur and Barereo. The systems comprise of new iron clad roofs to collect water which will be piped to a number of tap stands in the village....

News Date: Friday, 09 January, 2015

Appropriate Technology Workshop Coming Soon!

An EWB appropriate technology workshop is being planned to run in Christchurch on the weekend of 27th of Feburary - 1st March 2015. The primary aim of this workshop is to facilitate discussion of innovative engineering solutions in the constrained environments experienced in developing nations. The workshop may also allow the development of appropriate technology resources for continued use by EWBNZ.

Students, professionals and academics will be welcomed to the interactive discussion. The focus of the workshop may include case studies of engineering solutions implemented in developing communities in the past, a range of non-grid solutions available for domestic lighting or other specific examples of appropriate technology.

Anyone with an interest in helping to develop the workshop should contact John Edwards ( or Vanessa Lowe ( Details will be confirmed in the new year.

We look forward to seeing you there!

News Date: Sunday, 14 December, 2014

The Humanitarian Engineer

Engineers Without Borders Canterbury invite you to join us for a screening of The Humanitarian Engineer, a documentary about the positive role of engineering in society.

The screening will take place on the 26th of November at the MWH Offices in Christchurch, Hazeldean Business Park, 6 Hazeldean Road. IPENZ will be supporting us with drinks and nibbles.


Tickets can be purchased by going to the dashtickets website,, and searching "Engineers Without Borders"



We’ve all heard about Doctors Without Borders, and the legal profession is well known for its pro bono work. But what about engineers? What part can – and do – engineers play in humanitarian efforts?

Come on a journey to explore what it means to be a humanitarian engineer.

Strip 4

In part one, meet four humanitarian engineers working in emergency/disaster relief, community development, disability support and biomedical engineering and hear stories from the individuals and communities impacted.

Part two explores the idea that engineering is inherently humanitarian, improving society and human wellbeing – both by accident and by intention. So who are the real humanitarian engineers? And how can we measure the value of intention?

The Humanitarian Engineer is a celebration of engineering, its diversity and its power to enrich the human condition.


We look forward to seeing you there!

News Date: Wednesday, 26 November, 2014


EWBNZ National Council

2015-03-13    Friday to Sunday

EWBNZ Annual Conference


End of Year Celebration