Tiwai Pointer

July to September 2016
Tiwai Pointer

Our safety performance must improve


As you know our safety performance at NZAS this year is well below what we are capable of and I wanted to reflect on the number one reason for why we need to work together to stay safe in the workplace.

My family, are the most important people in the world to me.  I am sure all of you have similar photos of your people, those who you love and are important to you.  The people in our lives rely on us, love us and need us in their lives.  You matter, your well-being matters and your safety matters.

We are all right now letting those people down, we are letting each other down and we are letting ourselves down.  Our safety performance is unacceptable and must get better.

Over the coming weeks you will see, read and participate in a range of material calling upon us all to lift our game.  It can be easy when you are asked to lift your game to be dismissive or feel that the issue isn’t yours.  Please don’t do this.  I am asking you to be part of a solution, to watch out for your co-workers’, to look around, to check, to be aware of your environment - at every moment, in the middle of every task. 

Team, we can do this, we can turn this around.  We owe this to each other and to all of those who care about us.

If you have any ideas or thoughts on how we can better communicate the importance of lifting our safety game please contact Jennifer Nolan via email.

Gretta Stephens, General Manager

Long Service Awards 2016

If you combined the years of service of all the 2016 Long Service Award recipients, it would amount to a whopping 2,125 years of experience at NZAS.

This year’s Long Service Awards were celebrated with dinner and drinks at the Ascot Park Hotel to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the 108 employees who have reached service milestones in 2016.

Five people celebrated 40 years, nine people celebrated 35 years, another nine had reached 30 years and 13 people celebrated 25 years. In addition there were more than 70 people who had reached 20, 15 and 10 years of service.

Gretta Stephens, General Manager, welcomed everyone to the event saying, “this is a celebration for you and to thank you for sticking with NZAS through thick and thin … I am enormously proud of us as a team and what you have achieved and what I believe we will be able to continue to achieve in the future.”

40 years:  (from left): Lance Taylor (A) & Karl Thomson (MP). Absent: Stew Cull (A), Ray Weaver (MP) & Allan Youngman (A)

2016 - 35 years


35 years:  back row (from left): Neil Henderson (R) & Doug Edie (R); front row: Iki Talamahina (R), Karen McIntyre (C&BI) & Kevin Watson (C&SS). Absent: Garry Tucker (R), Richard Harrison (R) & Alan Broomhall (MP)

2016 - 30 years


30 years:  back row (from left): Peter Impelmans (C&BI), Alan Muijs (A), Geoff Johnston (MP) & Jim Cosgrove (R); front row: Peter McKnight (A), Ray Herriott (R), Gary Thomson (C&BI) & Jim Roberts (MP). Absent: Jamie Horne (C&BI)

Girl power strikes again

Four top Year 13 students from Southland Girls’ High School (SGHS) have completed six days on site as part of the ninth annual NZAS/SGHS education partnership.  The partnership was set up in 2008 to encourage young women into industry, particularly engineering, and 41 students have now participated.

Sophie Cook worked in Carbon/Laboratory, while Sam Caughey, Hannah Lilley and Kyla Marshall were based in Reduction.  Their projects looked at anode core integrity assessment, measurement of bus bar overall externals from cell to cell, temperature taking during the tapping cycle and cell emissions.

This year we were delighted to host Susan Freeman-Greene from the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ), along with Yvonne Browning, Lee Pirini and Brenda Goodwill from SGHS, who came to site to have lunch with the students and watch their presentations on their final day. 

"For girls to have experiences like this and get a window into engineering and do technical, gritty stuff gives them an insight, and encourages them into the profession in a way that nothing else would," said Susan Freeman-Greene, IPENZ Chief Executive.

In New Zealand, there are over 46,000 professional engineers/technicians but only 13% are women.  At least three of this year’s students are planning to study engineering at university next year.  Through the education partnership we hope to continue encouraging young women into engineering careers.

Without science there would be no aluminium!

“Science quantifies, dispels myths and highlights what approaches to take to deliver better results,” said NZAS GM Gretta Stephens at this year’s NZAS Southland Science & Technology Fair awards ceremony.

This year around 150 Year 4 to 13 students set out to prove it themselves by competing in the 2016 NZAS Southland Science & Technology Fair.  Students were required to investigate a topic of their choice using a scientific method of hypothesis, method, test and conclusion.

There were some very impressive science and technology projects among the entries - particularly from the junior competitors - and judges had a tough job awarding the top prizes.

Liam Peterson from James Hargest College was awarded the overall NZAS Premier Science Award for his project entitled “Smoking Trails.”  Liam built a cloud chamber to test the ability of various materials to protect people from radiation from devices such as smoke alarms.  Liam also won a Gold Award, the NZAS Excellence in Science First Prize and the University of Otago Hands On Science Award.  Liam is the son of Liz and Rob Peterson.  Liz works in the NZAS Laboratory and Rob used to also work at NZAS until late last year.

Shea Smith and Connor Ross from James Hargest College shared the overall NZAS Premier Technology Award for their “Child Alert” invention which is designed to reduce the incidence of small children being injured by vehicles on driveways.  They programmed a device to alert drivers with a beeping sound when children wearing RFID tags are in close proximity to the vehicle.  Shea and Connor also won a Gold Award, the NZAS Excellence in Technology First Prize and the NZAS Safety Award.  Shea is the son of Darryl Smith from Carbon & Services Maintenance.

NZAS, as the major sponsor of the Southland Science & Technology Fair, takes a hands-on approach.  This year we had around 30 employees volunteering their time to help with judging, registering exhibits and looking after the public viewing days during the week of the fair.  A big thank you to everyone involved.

As Gretta Stephens says, “Science underpins everything we do at the smelter – without science there would be no aluminium!” 

Green Belts in action

A wave of new Green Belts is poised to make improvements throughout NZAS with fifteen candidates recently completing the first of two weeks of Green Belt training. 

Someone holding a Green Belt qualification is recognised around the world as a person that can affect change and deliver rapid, significant and sustainable improvement.  The programme also provides complementary skills needed to effectively implement projects and manage the risks associated with change.

The key piece of work for the week was to have a Green Belt project scoped and ready to progress towards the 2016 strategy map.  Participants were then tasked with presenting the define gate for their project during the training week.  The sponsors of each project were invited to attend the presentations to give the go ahead to move to the next phase. 

Over the week, participants looked at various tools and processes to progress through the “define” and “measure” phases of the Six Sigma process.  This gave them the tools to work on their own projects prior to the second week of training.  The second week of training will cover the rest of the Six Sigma process – analyse, improve, control and validate.

Each of the training Green Belts has been assigned a Black Belt coach to support them with progressing their projects.

GM Innovation Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for the second round of the GM Innovation Awards for 2016.  These innovations play a vital role in improving safety, reducing risks and in identifying where we can reduce our costs and eliminate waste.  Most importantly, the innovation awards encourage our teams to work towards solving problems, benefitting all of us.

Congratulations to the following winners:

HSE Category

Winner:  Garry Short & Aarron Burgess for Universal Lubrication Guard to eliminate energised work

The guard/deadman switch was designed and built in response to the need to be able to perform the task but eliminate the energised work component that could result in serious harm.

Previously, a Person in Control performed the chain lube on both the ingot machine casting belts, with the nearest control point for stopping/starting the chain at the casting end control panel, some distance from where the lube task takes place.  The chain is moving with the chain guard removed thereby exposing the moving chain and the associated risk of entanglement.  The Person in Control was required to stand alongside the moving chain with a pneumatic grease gun and make contact with the chain link grease point as it moved passed him.  If he slipped or lost concentration there was potential for injury.

With the fabrication of the universal lubrication guard the tradesman uses a dead man foot switch at the task location to control the movement of the chain putting him directly in control of the casting belt movement.  The guard has transparent windows and narrow slots to allow for the grease gun contact with the grease point.  The windows provide visibility and the narrow slots prevent any body part contact with the moving chain.  The energised work risk has now been removed entirely.

Cost Category

Winner:  Bridget Young, Gareth Wishart & Jeremy Arnold for Operator Power Timeout

Because of NZAS’ power constraints we are always looking for innovations which will create voltage reductions.  This will enable more cells in circuit to make more metal, enabling us to meet our plant targets.

Because we cannot make changes to the CCS control strategy coding quickly we needed another way to solve the problem of operator resistance getting “stuck” on cells due to the existence of what is essentially a bug in the way the system is set up.

Operator Power Timeout allows the process controllers to apply operator resistance so they can be confident that the power is only going to be on the cell for the duration they have specified even if they don’t get back to the computer to check if it got stuck.

The platform developed to solve this issue has also provided a pathway for new trials and concept testing that would not have been able to be tested before without control code change.  As a consequence we are now able to think outside the box for ideas on how NZAS can save power and can implement changes quickly to realise savings or build business cases for the necessary coding changes.

The total implementation cost was just AUD$750 and calculated savings are 0.971mV for the plant equating to over $100k increase from additional metal make.

Now you see them...

BlueLight1If you see a blue light heading towards you on site, don’t worry the Police aren’t after you.

During the Risk Resilience Review at NZAS, Nathan Phillips highlighted that attaching blue lights to vehicles on site had recently been implemented at Bell Bay and are now used extensively across the smelter in areas where vehicles are travelling into or out of blind spots.  The blue lights hadn’t previously been an option from vehicle manufacturers or safety providers.

The NZAS Reduction team immediately recognised that these had enormous safety potential for NZAS, so the lights were quickly sourced and fitted to the Line Services vehicles for a trial.  The blue light concept was so well received that operators across the whole site were requesting that their vehicles be fitted with the blue lights as they too identified the safety benefits they provided.

The blue lights are very easy to see in advance, and for this reason no other colours were investigated.  The lights provide a visual indicator that a vehicle is about to exit from an aisle or intersection, giving other drivers or pedestrians prior warning.

Blue lights can now be seen on Reduction Line forklifts, the hyster bath tapping forklifts and on the anode transport vehicles.

This innovation has been shared with other Southland businesses via the Health & Safety Leaders Forum and is soon to be implemented elsewhere.

Cyber safety

John Parsons, New Zealand’s leading Internet Safety and Risk Assessment consultant, held a very informative session for NZAS families in Invercargill recently. 

The majority of John’s presentation focussed on keeping children safe online.  If you are a parent, the following tips may be useful:

  • Become your child’s ‘friend’ in any social network environment your child is part of
  • Maintain easy access to your child’s profile via their log in - you will see everything
  • Ensure that you can always have access to your child’s phone to help them stay safe – check the quality of how they are communicating with others, talk about how they connect and communicate with friends; is it consistent with the values of your family?
  • Educate your children about the importance of protecting images of family and friends – teach them to seek permission before they send or upload images to the internet
  • Try to always maintain open lines of communication with children.  Do not over-react if you see something that alarms you or makes you angry – share your concerns and always talk about the issues and how they relate to them and their friends safety
  • Agree on a time in the evening to stop using the technology within the home – that’s everyone in the household including adults
  • Talk/ask about their friends and social activity as a way to reduce the opportunity for cyber-separation to develop – encourage being open about new friends and what they are up to and who their parents are.  When in doubt, call the parents and introduce yourself
  • Teach your children to protect their online identity, as a way to future proof themselves for employment – we need to nurture and protect them online and teach them how to protect themselves
  • Paedophiles gravitate to areas where children play, communicate and congregate.  Pay attention to the online games your children play – are the games age-appropriate, is the language used in the games suitable for a child, how does the game make money out of a child’s use, what processes are available to adults if they need to make a complaint about a user?  Parents need to familiarise themselves with the game before the child plays it – or sit alongside your child and experience the game with them.  Online gaming platforms provide paedophiles the opportunity to observe minors interacting with other minors, all the time learning about the child.  This gives the paedophile the opportunity to target select and then build a relationship with a child once the grooming starts

Huge thanks to Rotary Invercargill East who are funding this wonderful initiative.  John will spend 100 days in Southland each year for the next three years.  We will hold another session in 2017.  If you didn’t make it along to the recent cyber safety evening, please come to the next – the information John shares is a definite eye opener for everyone.

Giving expertise and time to SIT

In the past NZAS has been in a position to donate significant funding to help foster wellbeing in our community.  Because commercial conditions mean this isn’t currently possible we have shifted our focus, to giving our time and expertise instead.  The many NZAS representatives on the Southern Institute of Technology’s (SIT) advisory committees are a great example of this.

SIT has a local Advisory Committee for each significant area of study offered.  The primary function of the committee is to facilitate sound communication and liaison between tutors and the corresponding industry sector.  Each Advisory Committee meets with tutors and heads of departments at least twice each year to help guide their teaching so that it corresponds with industry requirements.  This ensures that SIT’s services and education reflect the requirements of industry stakeholders. 

So thanks to all those employees helping to achieve better outcomes for SIT and Southland:

  • Brian Ingham (Automation Engineering) – Information Technology
  • Debbie Rankin (Training) - SIT2LRN Health & Humanities
  • Ian Sherborne (Power Supply) – Electrical
  • Tony Warren (Green & Bake Carbon) – Engineering
  • Vivi Hitchcock (Environment) – Environmental Management
  • Russell Weeds (Production Systems) – Business, Hotel Management
  • Andrea Carson (Communications) – Creative Media

It is great to see NZAS represented across so many subject areas.

Medical students learn from NZAS’ experts

3rd Year Medical Student visit 2016 002Each year Otago University sends 3rd year Medical Students from the Dunedin School of Medicine to various  sites to increase their knowledge on different aspects of medicine. 

This year NZAS hosted six students who wanted to understand what was involved in Dr Peterson’s role at the Medical Centre, as well as finding out more about the health needs of the people who work at a large smelter such as NZAS. 

With the support of NZAS’ Occupational Health Specialist Raewyn Robson, Dr Peterson took the students through the fundamentals of occupational health and an overview of the type of work performed on site.  Students were shown video clips of tasks in Reduction Lines such as skimming and sludging, and were then asked to identify hazards and discuss control measures with Dr Peterson.

Occupational health is focused on reducing the risk of ill-health from exposure to chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic hazards.  It looks at the whole person and includes physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing.  For the students NZAS provides a real world study environment where occupational health is a fundamental part of everyone’s work day.

Dunedin School of Medicine programme coordinator Janine Lucas commented after the visit, “Thank you so much for your time and effort with the students, it is greatly appreciated.  The students enjoyed the unique visit with you.”

Hey chick ...

How cute - this Oystercatcher chick hatched recently on site between CCG and Line 4.  Thanks to Judy Dunne from CCG for submitting this photo.

A mixed view for our Torbed Operators

Karl Thomson (Shipping Services) has seen the best of views and the worst of views from high above the smelter.

Now the Technical Leader Torbed & Bath Plant, Karl spent 15 years as a Torbed Operator, regularly checking the plant throughout the day and night.  This included the Baghouse Pulse Air Tanks – the blue tanks that can be seen at the very top of each reactor which can only be accessed by way of stairs, ladders and walkways.

“The scenery from the top is quite amazing,” says Karl.  “On a clear day there is an unrestricted view across Awarua Bay and the Southland Plains as far as the snow covered Takitimu mountains, as well as across to Bluff, Green Hills and Omaui. But unfortunately it’s not always such a pleasant place to be.  Because this equipment is critical to the plant, breakdowns require immediate attention whether it is day or night, rain or shine,” Karl says.  “So with a storm raging, the Baghouse Pulse Air Tanks can be transformed into one of the nastiest places on site to be working!”

A Torbed Operator from the Shipping Services Team operates the Torbed system at all times using the Scada Control System and also by way of a remote alarming system.  This sends alarms via a dedicated mobile phone which he carries at all times to ensure that equipment faults in the Dense Phase System, Torbeds or Main Air Control Fans don’t go undetected.

A Torbed Operator must have a sound knowledge of the process and all equipment as they are often required to fix problems to ensure the fume scrubbing system operates continuously.

There are 13 Torbed Dry Scrubbing reactors at NZAS arranged into two banks - the “North Torbed Bank”, which consists of seven reactors and the “South Torbed Bank” consisting of six reactors.

The main by-product of smelting is the gas generated within the cell during the reduction process.  The cells are closed to minimise the escape of untreated gases and fans maintain a constant negative pressure inside, ensuring a flow of fresh air into the cells.  Fluoride gases are generated from the molten bath in the cells.  This molten bath has a similar composition to the naturally occurring mineral cryolite, or sodium aluminium fluoride.  Sulphur dioxide and carbon oxides from carbon anode consumption are also generated during the smelting process.  Fine dust is carried in the exhaust gas streams.  These gases are drawn through a system of ducts to NZAS’ 13 dry scrubbers which treat the emissions removing 99% of the fluoride, and blowing the scrubbed gases up the stack.

In addition to benefits for the environment, this recovery of fluoride in the dry scrubbers for recycling also results in significant savings in raw materials, particularly in fluoride costs.

Alumina for fume scrubbing within the reactors is conveyed through the process by a Dense Phase conveying system which consists of 36 pressure vessels throughout the system ranging in size from 0.5 tonnes capacity to 20 tonnes capacity.  These fill with product and then convey it by partly fluidising it with compressed air and pumping it through a network of pipes to a 400 tonne primary silo in the Torbed area.  From there it is conveyed to individual Torbed Reactors and then out of the reactors as enriched alumina after absorbing the fluoride and other gasses.  Then it is transported into silos and is conveyed to Reduction and into Lines 1&2 Alumina Daybins.

The Torbed Operator is responsible for monitoring and setting the feed rate of alumina into the Torbed Reactors to ensure the steady supply for adequate fume scrubbing.  As Lines 1&2 are supplied with alumina solely through the Torbed system the throughput must equal the amount required by Reduction to keep up the levels of the Reduction Alumina Daybins.

I think I need another degree just to read this Karl.  Thank goodness we have such competent people running our smelter!

Sherbie hits all the right notes

When NZAS’ Power Supply Superintendent Ian Sherborne was just five years old his father took him to see “South Pacific” at Invercargill’s Civic Theatre.  Afterwards it was the musicians “dressed in funny black and white penguin suits” that stayed in his memory rather than the show itself.

When Ian got to Tweedsmuir Intermediate School in 1968 he put his name down for Saturday morning clarinet lessons, hoping to become a jazz star like Acker Bilk.  However, shortly before his first lesson he was summoned to the headmaster’s office.  With fear and trembling Ian entered the office only to be asked if he would mind learning the double bass instead, seeing he was tall and his father had a delivery van.  Despite having no idea what a double bass was, Ian of course said yes and at that moment, his musical fate was sealed.

At the age of 14, Ian was asked to play double bass for the Gore Operatic Society’s production of “Zip Goes a Million” and the following year, at age 15, he played double bass for the Invercargill Operatic Society’s production of “The King and I”.  Now, 45 years on, he has just finished playing for Invercargill Musical Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins” – a technically challenging show and musically very busy.  The bass music was written for both double bass and bass guitar together, Ian had to employ some truly “Lean” methods to deliver a quick change over between the two instruments.

“Preparation for a show starts several months before opening night with private practice as well as weekly practices with other musicians,” Ian says.  “Around ten days out from opening night the musicians join the cast of the show to begin dress rehearsals.  These can run for 5 to 6 hours each night in the lead up to opening night.  It’s exhausting but adrenalin carries everyone through the show season,” says Ian.

“My musical journey has been very rewarding, providing me opportunities to play with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as accompany a variety of NZ musicians and entertainers.  One fond memory was being part of a backing band for Billy T James.  What a talented entertainer,” Ian says.

Ian is a Life Member of the Invercargill Symphonia, has played in several pub bands and is involved with several jazz bands, which has allowed him to play at both the Queenstown Jazz Festival and the Noosa Jazz Festival in Australia on several occasions.  “Giving back is also very important to me - I taught double bass at the out of school music programme on Saturday mornings for 25 years and tutored private pupils as well,” says Ian.

In his 45 year career Ian has played in musical productions of Oliver, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, Grease, Chicago, Les Miserable, Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story, to name a few.  But his ultimate “bucket list” show became a reality when he played in the 2015 season of Invercargill Musical Theatre's production of “Phantom of the Opera”.

Ian’s involvement in musical theatre has truly been a family affair.  Both his sons were born during show seasons, but his wife’s excellent time management allowed him to complete the night’s performance and still make it to the births.

What an amazing musical career Ian.  Here’s to many more years stalking the orchestra pits.

Our People - Paul Horo

Position:  Operator, Carbon Rodding

How long have you worked at NZAS?
13 years

What would you do if you won Lotto?
If it was a big amount I would love to do more travelling.  I would also become a ‘secret millionaire’ and help families that genuinely need it - not by giving money but by helping to get stuff done to make life easier for them

What is your favourite food?
Most seafood

What is your favourite tipple?
I like a wee port or a cold beer

What’s the most outstanding memory of your school days?
My science teacher - she was hot back then!

Who is the person you most admire in the world
Richie McCaw – who else??

Who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with and why?
Elle Macpherson and you don’t have to be too bright to work out why!

What is your favourite leisure activity?
Spending time with family, travelling and playing golf

Where’s your favourite place visited in the world?  
The Great Wall of China was awesome, but Japan and Thailand are great to experience as the people are so friendly

What’s your biggest achievement in life so far?  
My daughters

What’s your favourite NZ holiday spot & why?   
Wanaka as it is such a special place, especially when you are way up the lake

What’s your favourite saying/proverb or mantra?
Life’s no rehearsal!

What were your career aspirations when you were a child
To be a builder

What was your first job?   
Working for my father at the dairy factory for $5 a week

Who is the Southlander you most admire and why? 
Wayne Evans, who was the Chief Executive of the Southland Building Society - he sadly passed away suddenly in January.  Wayne had heaps of drive and determination, but the same guy was never too big for the position he held and always made time for all walks of life. Wayne was an all-round good guy who had huge focus on family

If you had the power to change one thing in the world, what would it be?
The suffering that so many people have to endure over the world, especially children

What is your favourite movie? 
Once Were Warriors

Who is your celebrity crush?  
Nigella Lawson

What is your favourite childhood memory?  
Family holidays at Pine Lodge in Alexandra

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?  
A Japanese breakfast but I couldn’t tell you what it was

If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which would you choose and why?     
The travel show ‘Getaway’ because they seem to get around

How did you meet your wife? 
Swimming and then she stalked me

If you could witness any event in the past, present or future, what would it be?  
My goal is to attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

What does a perfect day look like to you?  
Spending time with my family, having a cold beer and a barbie on a hot day.  Also any travel




Mission SLIMpossible has left NZAS nearly 200 kgs lighter

The recent Mission SLIMpossible challenge has left several motivated employees who took part slimmer round the middle and fatter in the wallet. 

NZAS employees and contractors were invited to take part in the 12-week competition to lose the greatest percentage of body weight.  Each of the 40 participants paid an entry fee of $60 to contribute to the total prize pool of $2,400 and had regular weigh-ins at the Medical Centre.

“It has been an amazing journey for all who took part - who would have thought you could eat so much less and still function,” says challenge organiser NZAS Occupational Health Nurse Sheila Eastley.

“We had some really focused people who have achieved great results and it has been a privilege to help them on their journey with helpful hints and regular weigh-ins.  Most of the people were more concerned with weight loss rather than monetary gain and just used the potential winnings for motivation,” she says.

The winners were judged by the greatest percentage of weight loss (not the total number of kilos lost), thereby not disadvantaging people who only wanted to shed a few kilos.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st place:  Justin Boyt (22.26 %)
  • 2nd place:  Kerry Hapuku (20.67%)
  • 3rd place:  Ian Sherborne (18.82%)
  • Pairs winners:  Kerry Hapuku & Andrea Carson (16.93%)

The total loss of weight for the 24 participants who attended the final weigh-in was 191.7 kgs – pretty impressive!

Sayōnara Waichiro, konnichiwa Naoyuki and family

NZ Japan Lunch 2016Director External Relations NZ Jen Nolan recently hosted a traditional New Zealand Sunday lunch at her home in Wellington, complete with roast lamb and pavlova to say “farewell and welcome” to our colleagues from Sumitomo Chemical Company.

Sumitomo Chemical Company’s Waichiro Arai completed his four year tenure in NZ in August and the NZAS team in Wellington (Jen Nolan and Alix Chapman) have now been joined by Naoyuki Kokusho.   Naoyuki is joined in Wellington by his Korean wife Seoyoung and five year old daughter Kuwon who started school in July and is already speaking English well.

It was a fantastic afternoon with families coming together from NZAS and Sumitomo underlining the importance of our international relationship.

Flight over Tiwai

Check out this flashback of an oil rig helicopter flying over NZAS in September 1977.

New Starters – July to September 2016

Welcome to:

  • Emily Hodgkinson – Occupational Therapist, Health & Hygiene, Commercial & Support Services
  • Aaron Findlay – Mechanical Tradesperson, Casthouse Maintenance, Assets
  • Sagar Chatur – IT Support Services Officer (fixed term), IS&T, Assets
  • Kyle Walker – Mechanical Tradesperson, Mechanical Workshops, Assets
  • Ethan Francis – Accountant, Accounting Services, Commercial & Support Services

Happy 30th Anniversary Pete!

Peter McMillan from Procurement got the surprise of his life when he arrived at work on his 30th NZAS anniversary.  Something unusual had happened to his office overnight ... Peter has worked in Supply at NZAS for 30 years, starting off in Stores and graduating to Procurement.  But he still can't get toilet paper ordered or delivered on time!

Good morning sunshine?

Check out this amazing photo – taken from Bluff Hill on a very cloudy September morning.  No sign of Tiwai apart from the top of the stack!