Emerging Talent Network 

The Emerging Talent (ET) Network has been established by Infrastructure NZ to develop the next generation of infrastructure leaders. The ET Network facilitates cross-sector networking opportunities for young leaders under the age of 35, provides practical career development advice, and fosters a greater understanding of the wider infrastructure landscape. 

ET Network's objectives

  • Nurture emerging talent – Provide an opportunity for young infrastructure professionals under the age of 35 years to meet and learn from experienced practitioners and develop long standing professional networks across the infrastructure industry.
  • A forum for discussion – Encourage, and provide a forum for constructive discussion around infrastructure challenges facing New Zealand, as well as international trends emerging in infrastructure.
  • Shine a light on infrastructure – Provide young professionals both within and outside ETN an insight into the world of infrastructure, including the various professions involved, the type of work available, and job market characteristics.
  • A voice for young professionals in infrastructure – Provide a medium for young professionals within the organisation to articulate their thoughts on particular topics to the wider industry, under the auspices of Infrastructure NZ
  • Grow the network – Increase the number of young professionals within the infrastructure sector 

How to Join ET

Membership is complimentary for individuals employed by an Infrastructure New Zealand member organisation. If you are not currently employed by an Infrastructure New Zealand member, the annual Emerging Talent membership fee is $250 per annum. Members are eligible to attend four ET events per year (Auckland based), specifically organised for the young leaders by the young leaders.

To join the ET Network,
… if your organisation is a member of Infrastructure NZ, please email

… if your organisation is not a member of Infrastructure NZ click here to register for the Emerging Talent Network.

(Please note: Emerging Talent membership is at the bottom of the registration page).

ET Events Calendar:

ET Organising Committee Members

  • Sarah Anderson - Anthony Harper (Chair)
  • Nick Molcsan - RCP (Deputy Chair)
  • Harriet Quinlan - Anthony Harper
  • Moru Jia - AECOM
  • Sam Clement - Bank of New Zealand
  • Jonathan Chambers - Harrison Grierson
  • Gracen Luka - HRL Morrison
  • Alex Saifiti - Auckland Transport
  • Alex Lipski - Russell McVeagh (Chair)
  • Andrew Schoultz - Aurecon (Deputy Chair)
  • James Murch - Advisian
  • Lauren Croft - Holmes Group
  • Darren Gibbs - Frequency
  • Rosa McPhee - Chapman Tripp
  • Priya Grewal - HRL Morrison
  • Aric Shakur - EY

Event Gallery

Upcoming events

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 60 Stanley St, Parnell, Auckland 1010
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    The Construction Sector Accord is a landmark commitment between government and industry to transform the construction industry, but what does that mean and why did it need transforming? Steve Killeen, CEO of Downer New Zealand and a signatory to the Construction Accord will lead a discussion on his involvement with the Accord and importantly, what change we can expect to see as a result.

    If you are interested in the Construction Accord and its key goals like growing workforce capability, fairer risk allocation and providing more and better quality houses, ET Auckland invite you to come along and hear first-hand what it's all about. 

    The Inner Circle sessions are a great chance for a deep dive into certain topics with a smaller group. You can come along just to listen, or bring every question you ever had about the Construction Accord but were too afraid to ask. Throughout the discussion Steve will also share his career journey and insights he has picked up along the way. 

    • 05 Dec 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Jasmax Studio, 2 Marston Street, Parnell, Auckland 1052
    • 40

    The Emerging Talent Network, along with our event partner Jasmax, are pleased to invite you to the final ET event of 2019 - Project Impact Workshop: Capturing Broader Outcomes for Infrastructure Projects. 

    With the NZ Government's recent update to its procurement guidelines and the development of the Construction Sector Accord, the spotlight is on the wider impact of projects in our country. The historic measurement of a project's success against a primary financial bottom-line is shifting towards a greater focus on the environmental, social and cultural outcomes for our projects.

    During this special ET workshop we will take a deeper look into major past, present and future NZ projects, to better understand the impact they have on communities and the well-being of those affected by them. 

    The event will kick off with refreshments and a briefing from our expert panel including Clementine Baker (Social Impact Consultant - The Akina Foundation), Karen Mitchell (Infrastructure Transactions Unit - Treasury) and Anthony Ruakere (EY Tahi). Following the briefing you will be assigned to a team for this interactive session, with the aim of drawing on your team's diverse experience and skills to assess the wider impacts of some of New Zealand's largest infrastructure projects from a new lens. Each team will break off to brainstorm the range of impacts their project has had or will have from a local, regional and national perspective. Finally, each team will be asked to present their findings to our expert panel, joined by Infrastructure New Zealand Board Members Tracey Ryan and Ian Purdy, who will assist in the judging process. The winners will take home a Britomart Black Gift Card to the value of $300, redeemable at any listed Britomart hospitality venue.

    The workshop and presentations will conclude with networking and refreshments. This event is proudly supported by Infrastructure New Zealand and Jasmax, and will be held at the Jasmax Studio, Parnell. 

    If you are interested in taking part please register below by Thursday, 28 November. 

Past events

31 Oct 2019 ET Auckland: October Social Networking Event
26 Sep 2019 ET Wellington: The Future of Transport in Wellington
03 Sep 2019 ET Auckland: Sustainability in Action
01 Aug 2019 ET Auckland: The Inner Circle
31 Jul 2019 ET Wellington: Inaugural Pub Quiz
11 Jul 2019 ET Auckland: America's Cup Site Visit
20 Jun 2019 ET Auckland: June Social Networking Event
18 Jun 2019 Launching a New Young Leaders Network for Wellington - a discussion with Minister Shane Jones
14 May 2019 ET Auckland: The Inner Circle
04 Apr 2019 ET Auckland: Infrastructure Funding and Financing - Crown Infrastructure Partners
27 Mar 2019 ET Auckland: The Inner Circle
14 Mar 2019 ET Auckland: March Social Networking Event
06 Dec 2018 Emerging Talent Network: Homelessness Hackathon
06 Sep 2018 Emerging Talent: Millennials Leading the Way
26 Jul 2018 Emerging Talent - July Social Networking Event
23 May 2018 Emerging Talent Network: Innovation, Technology & Optimising Cities
21 Feb 2018 Emerging Talent Network: Building Your Brand
07 Dec 2017 Emerging Talent Network: CRL Site Tour & End of Year Event
19 Sep 2017 Emerging Talent Network: Tamaki Regeneration Project - Experiences, Insights & Lessons Learned
28 Jun 2017 Emerging Talent Network: Public Speaking Tips, and How to Succeed in the Infrastructure Industry
18 Apr 2017 Emerging Talent Network: The secrets of successful networking
09 Mar 2017 Emerging Talent - Organising Committee
13 Dec 2016 Emerging Talent in Infrastructure Networking Evening

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