Category: Newsletters

Notes from the SFPE 12th International Conference

Notes from the SFPE 12th International Conference The Society of Fire Protection Engineers 12th International Conference on Performance Based Codes and Fire Safety Deign Methods was held in Hawaii from April 23 – 26 and SFPE’s New Zealand president, Michael James attended, along with a contingent of fire engineers from New Zealand. Michael shares his […]

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Sleeping with the Fishes in a Muraka (Coral) Wonderland

Putting a whole new spin on the concept of Maldivian luxury and exclusivity, the region’s first-ever underwater bedroom, the Muraka (Coral), serenely located 5 metres underwater on the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, is ready to welcome guests. The Muraka, encased in glassy tunnels and surrounded by tropical fish, promises a unique experience that is […]

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Wayne Joseph: Fire Protection Engineer

Since joining the fire industry in South Africa, Wayne Joseph’s professional career has been one of constant study. He‘s experienced in almost every aspect of the fire sector, from fire-fighting and protection, through design, installation, inspection, certification and servicing. His career-long commitment to study assures him he is current and relevant wherever he is tasked […]

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Yoga Time

Several months ago we started discussing the possibility of offering yoga to our staff with Karla from the Contemporary Yoga Centre.  Now we are all enjoying ‘office yoga’. The first class was held in the office, but because we are lucky enough to be Karla’s neighbours we had our second class in her yoga studio […]

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Auckland housing for one million more

Following on from Michael James’ recent Industry Transformation Agenda (ITA) story about approaching a better built New Zealand, Wendy James writes following the attendance of a number of the Origin Fire team at an Engineering New Zealand presentation where Homes, Land and Community (HLC) chief executive, Chris Aiken, was guest speaker on Auckland housing. HLC is […]

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Where there is Smoke … and No Fire

When an Origin Fire inspection found that individual units within an apartment building were not as well fire sealed as they could have been, Origin’s senior fire engineer Sajeesh Nair set out to understand how smoke from a smouldering fire need not become the sneaky, insidious killer it has the potential to be. “Smoke is […]

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A Dream Project in Parnell

Edition is a timeless, elegantly designed apartment building which will be situated on Churton Street in the heart of Parnell. The architects are Monk Mackenzie, the interiors are by Bureaux and Edition was a well-deserved finalist in the 2017 World Architecture Festival. Origin has been privileged to work with the development and construction business LEP […]

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Save the Date – FireNZ Conference 2018

This year’s FireNZ Conference will be held September 26 – 28 at the ASB Baypark Stadium, Mt Maunganui. Please diary the date and the destination now. Follow FireNZ Conference on LinkedIn for free passes and competitions to FireNZ 2018. The theme of this year’s conference is: “Evolution of Fire: Reflecting on the Past … Looking […]

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The Year that Was – 2017

Our industry is driven by passion and commitment, and the dedication that so many people have to making people’s lives safer wherever they live and work. New Zealand is a small country, our sector is small and so we are well placed to respond quickly and effectively to the challenges faced by the industry. We […]

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High-stakes high-rises

Understanding the fire safety features required for high-rise buildings includes looking at examples of building failure. The recent Grenfell Tower fire in London offers important lessons and timely reminders for fire engineers and those involved in the design, construction and management of high-rise apartments. Shortly after midnight on 14 June, a refrigerator caught fire in […]

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