Category: Team

Flowers Friday Appreciation

As a follow on from Origin Fire’s conference workshop on Gratitude and Appreciation, managing director Michael James decided to treat each of his team to a bouquet of flowers. The event was called “Flowers Friday Appreciation”. The local florist Iain Stephens created twelve individual arrangements to symbolise that everyone on the team is unique and […]

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Team Building at Our Recent Origin Fire Conference

On Thursday 24th August, Origin Fire held their annual in-office conference. A number of our team presented on their various topics of expertise. We also had guest speaker Wendy James who presented and ran our team building exercise. The topic was ‘Gratitude and Appreciation’. First off she gave us some definitions. Who would have known […]

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Presenting fire safety design at Chinese Building Industry Expo

The New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association (NZCBIA) 2017 Annual Conference and its accompanying New Zealand International Property and Building Expo was held on 21 and 22 July at the Vodafone Events Centre. Origin Fire was one of the exhibitors at the huge two-day event designed to bridge cultural barriers between Chinese and New Zealand […]

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The Good Stuff Happening in the Fire Industry

While the media and various commentators are on a laudable mission to identify combustible cladding on buildings and defective passive fire installation, I want to take a moment to reflect on the good stuff happening in the fire industry. The good stuff comes from individuals rather than organisations. Organisations may provide the framework, but within any […]

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Michael James interviewed on Grenfell Tower tragedy

With major cities shifting towards more high-rise living, is there cause for concern when it comes to New Zealand’s fire safety? While our thoughts and condolences go out to the people caught up in Wednesday’s tragedy at Grenfell Tower in west London, NZ commentators’ thoughts have also turned to how our own apartment buildings might […]

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Allen Bestwick joins Origin

Electronics engineering and service as a volunteer firefighter came together for Allen Bestwick in the mid-nineties and led him to a rewarding career in the fire protection industry. A business management degree meant Allen was well suited to a management role in the sector but it was his strong desire to get back into engineering that […]

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Avoiding Disasters for Apartment Developers

On 23 February Origin Fire’s Managing Director and Principal Fire Engineer, Michael James, presented to invited guests at Auckland’s Stardome Observatory. The presentation was titled “Successful Fire Protection! Avoiding Disasters Waiting for Apartment Developers”, and it was presented to members of the New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association. The audience comprised developers, consultants, constructors, project […]

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Challenges and Opportunities for New Kiwis and Industry Colleagues

These are exciting and challenging times for the Chinese building industry and its industry colleagues and Origin’s Alex Zhu is now representing Origin Fire in the New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association (NZCBIA). In the Association’s first edition of its brand new journal b+d (Building + Design + Development), President Frank Xu says the Association’s […]

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Pierre-Jacques Joins the Team

Origin’s latest recruit is Pierre-Jacques Gandino, who arrived in New Zealand from France, where he was previously working as a structural fire engineer with global fire science company Efectis. Pierre-Jacques arrived in New Zealand with three years of great work experience, a huge desire to travel, and an eagerness to work abroad. We also discover […]

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Time out to celebrate

A great destination for groups of friends seeking great southern soul food, the Origin team celebrated Christmas and the end of a big year at Miss Clawdy in Wynyard Quarter, Auckland. A fantastic staff night out to celebrate!              

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