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GOOD COMMUNICATION: The Waimakariri District Council's engineering team has been recognised
for its ability to engage with the community following the earthquakes. From left: Auckland Council's
chief planning officer Roger Blakely, Waimakariri manager for roading and utilities Gerard Cleary,
project delivery manager Gary Boot, infrastructure recovery manager Rob Kerr, streetscape
consultant Jeanette Ward and Auckland mayor Len Brown.
in the spotlight
WAIMAKARIRI DISTRICT Council came
out on top at the New Zealand Engineering
Excellence Awards held at the Langham
Hotel in Auckland.
The council s engineering staff won the
Excellence in Community Engagement
Award, which recognises exceptional engin-
eering activities that effectively engage with
and empower community values.
The recognition was based on the work
done by the team immediately after the Sept-
ember 2010 earthquake and during the
recovery period since.
The judging panel, comprising three
members of IPENZ -- Institute of Profes-
sional Engineers New Zealand -- and a lec-
turer in the School of Communication,
Journalism and Marketing at Massey Uni-
versity, said the council, took a proactive
and creative approach to its role, setting out
and detailing a proposed coordinated plan.
Future community need was prioritised
above technical restraints and residents
were invited to suggest ways to transform
the town s urban design to create a vibrant
future community .
In the response period immediately follow-
ing September 4, 2010, the council kept
residents fully informed on service resto-
ration through hand-delivered leaflets, a
drop-in centre and public meetings.
Manager of utilities and roading, Gerard
Cleary, says that a whole-of-council
approach was a major contributing factor to
the team s success.
He said that while the award is a satisfy-
ing recognition of the role played by both
engineering and non-technical staff, the task
is not yet complete.
There is still some way to go to returning
to a fully functional, normally operating
community, he said.
Less educated women
favoured in Canterbury
CANTERBURY MEN who buy their women
on the web prefer a less educated, more
stereotypically good-looking woman than
their Auckland counterparts, according to a
dating-auction website study.
At WhatsYourPrice.com, men can name
the highest price they will pay for a first date
with a female member.
The website has gathered this information
and ranked the qualities most highly paid for
In Canterbury, this translates to a woman
with blond hair, blue eyes, a casual drinker,
non-smoker, and non-university graduate --
the perfect Canterbury woman.
On average, Canterbury men paid about
$91 for a first date on the website.
However, based on the results of the study,
they were willing to pay an average of
$259.70 to go on a first date with the perfect
A woman with blond hair was worth up to
$147.38 more than a brunette or redhead.
Blue eyes add $27.24.
A casual drinker was on average an extra
$18.94, and an additional $14.91 for a non-
The results also showed Canterbury men
on average bid more for woman who never
Canterbury men s perception of the per-
fect woman was almost identical to that
held by New Zealand men overall. The only
difference was the level of education.
Overall New Zealand men preferred
women with blond hair, hazel eyes, who are
non-smokers and social drinkers. Kiwi men
overall also looked for a bachelor s degree.
However, the ideal woman for Auckland
men was the complete opposite.
A perfect Auckland date (according to the
website) was a woman with red hair and
hazel eyes. The key difference was the
preference for a woman with a doctorate.
Their perception of the perfect woman
had red hair, hazel eyes, was a social drinker
and non-smoker and held a doctorate.
Auckland men paid on average $142.56
more on an auction for a woman with red
hair, an extra $37.12 for hazel eyes, $24.31
more for a social drinker, $18.94 for non-
smoker and an additional $61.32 for a doc-
On average they were willing to offer
$284.25 to go on a date with the perfect
The website, which was launched in April
2011, has more than 450,000 members
There are 175 Canterbury members, 1150
from Auckland and 159 from Wellington.
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