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Tēnā koutou katoa,


First I am very honoured to be elected as the Chair of the Special Interest Group of Immigrant Engineers (SIGIE) Committee of Engineering New Zealand. Joining me at this year’s committee are Joy Chen, Remi Cruz, Zaid Essa, Ellie Huang, Vincent Selvakumar, Yana Averinova, Ken Hui, Nitin Sahare, Cindy Xiao, Razel Ramilo and Kundin Singh. On behalf of the SIGIE Committee, I would like to extend to all of our existing and future members a warm welcome to 2024.

As one of the Engineering New Zealand’s Technical Groups, the Special Interest Group of Immigrant Engineers (SIGIE) was formed to provide a strong network for immigrant engineers to meet new people and to share work opportunities. SIGIE also provides professional development, employment and career counselling to support immigrant engineers to settle into life and work in New Zealand.

I would like to take this opportunity to share some of my learnings from our past events.

  • Keeping yourself current: read the newspapers, learn the latest and greatest from industry events, there are new opportunities in emerging areas such as digital engineering, sustainability, and decarbonisation etc.

  • Language barrier: having a good grasp of the English language is a vital foundation, as communication skills will play a critical part in an engineer’s work in New Zealand.

  • CV preparation: if you are new to the country, please reach out or attend our events, the committee is always here to help provide CV tips in a local New Zealand context.

  • LinkedIn: keeping the profile and status up to date is absolutely essential, it is your personal brand from the crowd.

  • Networking: never underestimate the power of networking, opportunities do extend beyond a friend of a friend of a friend…

  • Be genuine and confident: show genuine interest to the role you apply for, as well as when engaging with other cultures.

  • Work hard & prove your commitment: strong working ethic goes a long way, as the wise man once said “hard work complimenting talent is essential”.

  • People matter: be genuine with people around you, the Kiwis always like a friendly face around them and they will reciprocate.

  • Willing to learn: recognising learning is a lifelong journey, the mindset will get you skilled up.

  • NZ Culture: learn and respect it, avoid clicks, and get a mentor; for those residing in Auckland, there is so much to explore and learn over the Bombay hills; and vice versa.

  • Never give up: yes, it pays to be persistent. “A winner is just a loser who stood up and fought one more time!”

The committee is looking forward to welcoming our fellow and new members to attend events this year to learn knowledge and local insights from industry leaders and peers. Please check out both the Learning & Events page on the Engineering New Zealand website, as well as the SIGIE website for upcoming events and past event recordings.

As always, we are keen to hear your thoughts, if there is any topic that you have identified that may be beneficial to our members either to settle down and thrive in New Zealand, or providing a platform for our members to give back to the community, please reach us at, we would love to hear from you.


See you at our next SIGIE event.


Ngā mihi nui | Regards,


Steven Wang

Chair of SIGIE

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