In the early 1990s in New Zealand and overseas, there was growing recognition that a longer term planning approach was needed for infrastructure assets. The investment in new public infrastructure was increasingly recognised as being the only a small part of an ongoing commitment to spending on community assets. The idea of asset planning was first formally presented in New Zealand at the SOLGM Conference in 1993 in a paper entitled Asset Management Plans. What? Why? How?” The long term planning concept presented struck a cord with many associated with the Local Government sector including the Office of the Controller and Auditor General. At the same time the NZ Water and Waste Association were working with a software provider on computerized maintenance management for pipes, called PAMS.
The National Asset Management Steering (NAMS) Group was established in June 1995, as the result of a proposal developed by Ingenium (previously ALGENZ) and supported by Local Government NZ, the Society of Local Government Managers, the Office of the Auditor-General, the NZ Water and Wastes Association and the NZ Recreation Association. It was set up as a committee of Ingenium and comprised representatives from the parent organisations who provided the core membership of the Group, with additional members being representatives from associated organisations.
The NAMS Group was formed to develop and promote infrastructure asset management practices, policies and systems in New Zealand. The main priorities of the group in its first year were to commence the development of an Infrastructure Asset management Manual for New Zealand, develop asset management training, and to continue to assist NZWWA to develop the PAMS project. Initial projects were funded by contributions from Local Authorities in New Zealand who all saw the value of the NAMS Group work.
The NAMS Group has been very successful in raising the understanding and practice of asset management in New Zealand. Infrastructure asset management now accepted as one of the primary activities underpinning the health and wellbeing of our communities. The NAMS Group continues to ensure that asset managers in New Zealand and overseas reap the benefits of a coordinated approach to advancing asset management.
To achieve our vision "Enhancing the well being of New Zealand communities through leadership of Asset Management" NAMS is supported through a partnership programme. NAMS would like to acknowledge all of its partners for their support.