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Conference welcome and opening

Track 1
Track 2
Thursday, August 10, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Conference rooms 3 & 4


Atutahi and Rangi
Kirikiriroa Manawhenua

Mihi Whakatau

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Presentation overview


Atutahi and Rangi will perform the Mihi Whakatau. All delegates are invited to sing the waiata Te Aroha, which is listed above under 'presentation overview'.
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Bruce Hopkins
Master of Ceremonies

Conference welcome and housekeeping

8:40 AM - 8:50 AM


Bruce grew up the son of a commercial cray fisherman and so did many seasons over the years as a deckhand. He graduated from Otago University, School of Physical Education, but discovered the world of the performing arts & spent 8 years as a professional contemporary dancer in Australia & NZ including dancing with the NZ Ballet (pre their ‘Royal’ tag) & Limbs Dance Co. Bruce has been a professional actor for close to 35 years, won a couple of awards, played the title role of MacBeth on stage and almost single handedly won the battle for middle earth as Gamling, commander of the armies of Rohan, in two of the Lord of the Rings film trilogies. He has been an MC for over 20 years, founded the unique Temp HR agency Action Actors, has 3 adult progeny and 3 wicked mokopuna. If you need any more info, as Mae West said, “come & see me sometime”. He’s thrilled to be back for the CETANZ conference as your MC.
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Clark Yparraguirre
Sales Manager

Conference Convenor welcome

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM


Clark Yparraguirre is the Sales Manager at Geotechnics Ltd - Auckland. He joined Geotechnics over 5 years ago after making a move from the fitness industry. He was first exposed to the Civil Engineering Testing industry in 2013 through a Gateway Programme at Selwyn College where he had the opportunity to work alongside Geotechnics Field Technicians completing some NZQA Standards. Clark enjoys working in the industry and finds this niche field to be fascinating; specially with his role having a good mix of customer-facing and technical dynamics. In his spare time, he loves to get in the water for a surf or out for a sail exploring the Hauraki Gulf.
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Paul Burton
Chief Executive


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Presentation overview


Paul is Chief Executive for Geotechnics, with extensive in site investigations, specialist instrumentation and field and laboratory testing. He is responsible for the Geotechnics group of companies including testing and sales operations along with the Measurement & Calibration Centre. Paul is a Project Director for a variety of projects in New Zealand and the Pacific region and holds IANZ KTP status for our field and laboratory testing. Paul is Secretary for the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Technical Committee – Field Monitoring in Geomechanics (ISSMGE – TC220). Paul is a member of the Tonkin + Taylor Executive team, bringing a wealth of knowledge in field and laboratory testing to the T+T Group activities.