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 Natasha
… 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 Organising Committees

  • Sarah Anderson - Anthony Harper (Chair)
  • Rikash Kumar - EY (Deputy Chair)
  • Harriet Quinlan - Anthony Harper
  • Moru Jia - AECOM
  • Sam Clement - Bank of New Zealand
  • Nick Molcsan - RCP
  • Jonathan Chambers - Harrison Grierson
  • Jenny Chu - City Rail Link Project
  • Pearce Sanders - Aurecon (Chair)
  • Alex Lipski - Russell McVeagh (Deputy Chair)
  • James Murch - Advisian
  • Lauren Croft - Holmes Group
  • Darren Gibbs - Frequency
  • Andrew Schoultz - Aurecon
  • Rosa McPhee - Chapman Tripp
  • Priya Grewal - HRL Morrison
  • Aric Shakur - EY

Upcoming events

    • 06 Dec 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Level 4, 96 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland
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    Infrastructure New Zealand, in partnership with sponsor Harrison Grierson, are pleased to invite you to our final Emerging Talent Network event for 2018: "Homelessness Hackathon". For those who have not been involved in a ‘hackathon’, it is an interactive, competitive, high speed workshop where small groups of people work on a problem, generating innovative, quick fire solutions, to pitch to a panel of judges.


    A recent homeless census established that over 800 people were sleeping rough in Auckland. In addition to those on the street, another 2874 people, including 1299 children were in temporary and emergency accommodation.

    Please join the Emerging Talent Network for a briefing on homelessness from our expert panel: Moira Lawler (Lifewise), Mel Wall (University of Auckland), Glen Cornelius (Harrison Grierson), and Kimberly Leuila (Housing New Zealand). Following the briefing, a challenge will be issued by Hackathon Facilitator Craig Gillett (Harrison Grierson) and groups will be established to develop quick fire solutions, and pitch them to the panel. The winning group will receive a Britomart Black Gift Card to the value of $300, redeemable at any listed Britomart hospitality venue.

    Kindly sponsored by Harrison Grierson, the evening will conclude with networking and refreshments at their new offices in Parnell.


    In the spirit of Christmas, each attendee is requested to bring a small, unwrapped gift (but with original boxes or packaging) to the value of $15 - $20 to donate to Lifewise. Lifewise has informed us they are in particular need of the following items:

    - Christmas Gifts for boys or girls aged 5-8, 10-12 and 13+
    - Moving In Packs for a new home including toilet paper, toothpaste, shower gel, teabags, biscuits
    - Personal Hygiene Packs for homeless people  - eg could include female toiletries, toothbrush, wipes, small bottles shampoo etc

    On arrival please deposit your gift into the boxes provided at the event venue. We will present these gifts to the CEO of Lifewise at the conclusion of the evening.

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