Seminar Series

NAMS Seminars consist of one-day courses that are run throughout the year in different locations around New Zealand.

Our Seminars cover all aspects of Asset and Activity Management, ranging from introductory and advanced learning levels.

All NAMS Seminars begin at 8.30am and finish by 4.15pm. NAMS provides coffee/tea on arrival, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea throughout the day.

NAMS can also arrange to provide these trainings in-house if required (conditions apply). Please contact Trina Paul if you wish to look at this option (

*Please note that NAMS is currently reviewing its membership and is not accepting any new memberships at this time.  Existing memberships will continue until their renewal date.

Upcoming Seminars


Beans for Beams


3rd February Christchurch


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It's The Putting Back That Counts


10th February Christchurch


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Asset Management 101


12th February Christchurch


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The Write Asset Management Plan


13th February Christchurch


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Asset Management 101


12th March Hamilton


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The Write Asset Management Plan


13th March Hamilton


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List of Seminars that we run

Valuation of Infrastructure Assets 
A key component of good asset management practices is the completion of reliable, consistent and comparable valuations of infrastructure assets. Such valuations also contribute to better accountability to stakeholders and, of course, better decision making by those who manage these assets.

Whether you intend to undertake part of the asset valuation yourself, or you intend to engage someone else to undertake it on your behalf, it is important you and your colleagues understand the principles of valuing infrastructural assets.  Valuing infrastructure assets can be tricky unless you know what is involved.

Right Choice, Right Time (Optimised Decision Making)
Asset Management as a practice has been used successfully in New Zealand for the last 15 years and in that time many organisations have mastered the core asset management techniques. ODM and Risk Management are two of the more advanced asset management techniques, and are somewhat trickier to master. This seminar will take attendees through a series of presentations, open forums, case studies and workshops with the outcome of developing and applying ODM and risk frameworks to a level relevant to the assets they manage.

Valuing Customer Values
Previously known as Developing Levels of Service and Performance Measures, this seminar is designed to help organisations develop levels of service measures which both aid the organisation in improving its performance and which the community can understand. Based on the NAMS Developing Levels of Service and Performance Measures Guidelines this seminar covers; linking levels of service to community/strategic outcomes, consulting with the community to understand the key levels of service, developing focussed and meaningful levels of service measures and implementing and reviewing levels of service.

Here for the Long Haul(Incorporating Sustainability into Local Government Planning)
While sustainability is an inherent concept in asset management planning, this workshop shines the light on seven key processes in local government where sustainability and asset management are particularly inter-connected. The workshop examines how sustainability dimensions can be infused into Decision making, Levels of Service, Lifecycle Asset Management, Project Management, Service Delivery, Financial management and in processes for developing Long Term Plans.

The Art of Parks (Asset Management for Parks)
Although Asset Management as a practice has been used successfully in New Zealand for the last 15 years many public sector organisations have realised that there are some differences in the application of asset management principles to recreation and community assets. This seminar is designed to explain asset management planning processes specifically as they relate to the management of parks, reserves and community facility assets.

Beans for Beams (Accounting for Asset Managers)
A key output of the asset management planning process is financial information which is used by the organisation to forecast both the finances needed to deliver the agreed levels of service and the decline in service potential of the assets used over time. In order to produce this financial information, the asset manager needs a good understanding of accounting principles as they relate to asset management. This seminar is designed for people involved in any aspect of asset management that do not currently have a financial background. It also looks at the linkages between Asset Management plans, Long Term Plans and Annual Reports.

Asset Management 101
Previously known as Introduction to Asset Management, Asset Management 101 has been refreshed and will accommodate those people who have been managing assets for a while at an operational level and need to understand the strategic context of what they do. Asset management as a practice has been used successfully in New Zealand for the last 17 years with those organisations applying its principles seeing real business gains in the management of infrastructure assets. The Asset Management 101 seminar is designed specifically for managers and staff for whom asset management is a new process.

The Write Asset Management Plan
Asset Management Plans are a key planning document for organisations which deliver levels of service through assets. Complementary to the Introduction to AM seminar, this seminar is a practical how to write and update an asset management plan. The seminar covers each topic of the asset management plan in turn - what is needed, the linkages to others sections of the plan, good practice examples and how these might relate to different situations. The seminar will help participants to identify what they should focus on to get the most organisational value from their plan.

Keeping to the Key Plan (Capital Asset Management in Central Government CAM)
This workshop was introduced in 2011 as our Capital Asset Management in Central Government CAM Seminar. This seminar covers the basic principles and drivers for asset management as a business process for Central Government. The workshop sessions explore the nine elements of the Treasury CAM framework and the use of these to drive increased asset management capability. The seminar will help participants to identify what they should focus on to get the most organisational value from CAM.

Mutual Comfort; Building Audit Relationships **New Seminar still in development**
This workshop is to provide asset and activity managers of audited public sector organisations with the background of the why, what and how of an audit relevant to asset management issues and long term plans .It will look at the audit mandate, the audit process, the likely lines of inquiry and the audit reporting mechanisms. Common audit issues and concerns will be examined with the intention that a better understanding of respective roles and responsibilities will bring enhanced outcomes for all parties.

AMP up your AMPs (Updating your Asset Management Plans)
This course is aimed at people who have an existing asset management plan that needs updating. The workshop objective is to provide participants with the skills to update their plan to enable the organisations asset management story to be told in a logical manner using language that is easy to understand. Industry best practice examples will be highlighted.

Real State of your Real Estate (Asset Management for Property)
This seminar is designed for those managing publicly owned property assets. Based on the NAMS Property manual, property case studies are utilised to demonstrate the key considerations when managing property assets. The seminar specifically covers: an overview of asset planning frameworks and lifecycle management, asset information management, condition and performance assessment, using levels of service to define property needs, demand and demand management, capital project decision making.

Its the Putting Back that Counts
This workshop will examine the inter-relationships between operational, maintenance and renewal strategies for assets - in many ways the heart of asset management. It will explore the different activities that make up each of these strategies, how best to define the boundaries between each strategy and how best to forecast and disclose the activities, both in a descriptive and financial sense. The workshop will also tackle the vexed question of how best to record, disclose and communicate deferral of maintenance and deferral of renewals.

If you are interested in any of these course and want to know when they are coming to your area, please contact

We give out NAMS Certificates of Attendance for our courses. If you have not received a certificate please email Trina

NAMS Seminar Cancellation Policy
You may transfer your registration to another person or another NAMS seminar up to 48 hours prior to the start of the seminar without incurring a fee. Cancellations of registration will incur a $50 administration charge and must be received 7 days before the event start.















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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.