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 Samantha
… 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)
  • 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

Event Gallery

Upcoming events

    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Piritahi Alliance Office - Level 8, 139 Quay Street, Auckland
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    This year ET is holding a series of close-knit interactive sessions with industry leaders exclusively for our members.  We call it ‘The Inner Circle’.

    An industry expert will provide you with coffee from 10am-11am and lead a discussion on a hot infrastructure topic in their boardroom. Spaces are limited to 8 people so you'll need to be quick to snap up your place at the table. Our vision is that you will participate as well as listen. Bring your questions and opinions along, find out about the experts, and what they are leading in their sector. 

    We will run 4-6 of these sessions this year – topic and speaker suggestions are most welcome. Because of limited space you are eligible to attend one Inner Circle session per year to ensure the opportunity is shared amongst the Emerging Talent Network. One representative per organisation at each session.

    Our first The Inner Circle is: Auckland Housing - what’s actually being done to provide affordable housing in Auckland?

    We know this is a topic that sets the opinion pot to boiling so we've got James Leach, an industry leader from the Piritahi Alliance, to stoke the discussion and provide his insight.

    The Piritahi Alliance is a civils alliance delivering $1.4Bn of land development and infrastructure work on government-owned land in Auckland over the next 5 years. This work will give HLC scale to deliver large developments at pace. The developments are generally located around Auckland’s proposed light rail routes.

    Check out our experts' bios below, and if this sounds like a bit of you, register now.

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Level 8, Deloitte Centre, 80 Queen Street
    • 12

    Infrastructure New Zealand, in partnership with BNZ, are pleased to invite you to our first Emerging Talent Network Auckland event for 2019: Infrastructure Funding and Financing: Crown Infrastructure Partners.

    Crown Infrastructure Partners (‘CIP’ - formally Crown Fibre Holdings) was established in 2009 to direct and manage the New Zealand Government's $1.5 billion investment in ultra-fast broadband services for New Zealanders living in urban areas. CIP was repurposed in 2017 to achieve the Government’s objectives for the deployment of water and roading infrastructure to support a timely increase in housing supply.

    In November 2018, CIP entered a partnership with Auckland Council and Fulton Hogan for the Milldale Project which will fund $91m of roading and wastewater infrastructure to service 9,000 homes at Wainui, north of Auckland.

    Sean Wynne, Deputy CEO - CIP will present and provide a background on the history of CIP; their successful fibre past along with details of the Milldale Project itself.   

    This will be followed by a short panel discussion with individuals directly involved in the structuring and financing of the Milldale Project. They will discuss their role in the transaction, challenges overcome, key insights from the Project, and applicability to other infrastructure asset classes going forward.

    Kindly sponsored by BNZ, the evening will conclude with networking and refreshments.

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