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QEC is a registered Private Training Establishment (PTE) with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. We operate a quality management system which is independently audited and accredited by NZQA. We provide a range of short to medium Unit Standards and National Certificates for businesses and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs). At our last external review the NZQA concluded we were confident in educational performance and confident in self assessment.
QEC is an approved training provider for the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) providing in class and on line training options for continual professional development (CPD) points for gasfitters and plumbers licence renewal.
QEC is an accredited audit and certification agent to the Warranty Standards accreditation programme, approved by International Certifications Ltd. The standards include the Quality, Eco, Work Safe, Safe Food and Risk Management. Our auditors hold international registration with either RABQSA or Warranty Standards. Our auditors are skilled in working in a variety of work places with different environments, cultures, and hazards.
QEC is contracted to ACC to provide audit services for safety discount programmes including workplace safety management systems (WSMP), partnership programme (PP), workplace safety discounts (WSD), workplace safety evaluations (WSE) and senior auditor peer review.
QEC employs an EPA approved Test Certifier under the Hazardous Substance and New Organisms Act, providing compliance assessment and certification for approved handlers, locations and stationary container systems.
We have a well earned reputation for excellence and our specialised industry and regulatory knowledge enables us to provide our clients with consultancy across the fields of quality, health and safety and environmental management.
AsureQuality -DDVP insecticide approved handler competence assessments for fruit fly outbreak trapping
James Hardie – permit to work and hazard id training and assessment
Tatua Dairy Company – Development of Water Safety Plan
QEC has sponsored an endangered Rowi Kiwi egg. This share allows us to follow the first year of a critically endangered Rowi Kiwi chick’s life as it goes through the BNZ Operation Nest Egg programme throughout 2014.
In a small area of forest near Okarito, rowi are fighting for survival. Through predation and habitat loss, these remarkable birds have been reduced to just one natural population, in Okarito Kiwi Zone, South Westland. Down to around 270 birds, we now have close to 400 and the number is growing every year.
Thanks to lots of hard work and some ground-breaking technology, a dedicated Department of Conservation (DOC) team is bringing this national taonga (treasure) back from the brink of extinction.
Finally it was time for Waiata to head off to Motuara Island, the rowi crèche island in Marlborough Sounds. Firstly, Waiata and his cohort mates had to be fitted with radio transmitters on their upper thigh. They had to be woken up from their daylight sleep to for their fitting the day before their move. These light-weight transmitters ensure that they can be found again to check on their progress and for health check-ups.
On the 22nd of May Waiata, and eight other rowi chicks, were settled into their transport boxes for the long journey to Picton. They probably were a bit grumpy as it was 4:30am and still dark out and they would have missed out on 2-3 hours of productive foraging time before daylight at 7:30am at this time of year. Loaded two birds to a towel-lined box, four boxes in total, they were driven northwards. This is a trip of 520km and takes over six hours. Quite a tiring journey for the eight little chicks.
Once in Picton they then get to cruise by boat for around ½ an hour passing the Interislander ferry and the occasional pod of common dolphins. Their journey is almost at an end for the day. After being unloaded at the Motuara wharf and toted up the hill the birds are placed into roomy wooden burrows located for that purpose in what is known as ‘kiwi town’ or into some of the numerous logs and cavities that have been made use of by many rowi chicks in the past. As rowi can exhibit a relaxed attitude to cohabitation, especially at a young age, they are liberated along with their travel-box mates depending on how roomy a burrow is. Maybe they gain some comfort cuddling up to other chicks that they have probably only recognise by smell since they haven’t all met face-to-face when they were in the pre-release pens. Motuara Island will be their home for 5 – 6 months, at least until they are all over the ‘stoat-proof’ weight of 1.2kg.
Once that milestone has been reached the final journey to their forever home can be made, back within the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, to begin the cycle once more.
Waiata has been in the pre-release pens for two and a half months now and is doing really well. He has been able to experience what life is like with fluctuating temperatures, weather, plants and soil with roots and more worms and insects to search for!
Waiata is still sharing a pen with his pen-mate, Kowhai, who at 1,300g is currently about 400g heavier than Waiata’s 940 grams! But Waiata isn’t letting Kowhai eat all of the pies!!! His weight has been increasing steadily after he has become accustomed to outdoor living at the pens. Waiata and Kowhai’s food consumption over the last month has been on average about 285 grams per night. We put out two food dishes of 150 grams each. Both birds are normally both very good at clearing their plates and not throwing it around like they used to do back in January! When a kiwi eats from a plate they pick up their food with the tip of the bill and throw it backwards into their gape (or ‘mouth’). If the piece is too bulky they shake it vigorously. At the region of their bill near the gape there are sharper edges which they use to help cut overly large food into smaller pieces and shaking it around helps to slice. This means that after Waiata is finished feeding, leftover food can cover the entire ground and insides of his food house. Tidying up after a kiwi in the pre-release pens can be a very messy job!
While Waiata and Kowhai are living in their shared pen we will monitor their day-to-day (or night-to-night) activities by examining the pen while they are asleep in their burrow. We can tell how active they are by the profusion of probing that has occurred overnight and also by how regular they have been! The more sign of poo the better! As it means that they are eating well and their insides are working as they should be! Sometimes birds can take in too many small stones causing blockages or full bellies that can’t process any food.
It won’t be too long till Waiata is all ready to head off to Motuara Island which is used as a crèche island, being predator free. Waiata will stay there until he reaches a weight of 1,200 grams which is the recognized ‘stoat-proof’ weight for kiwi chicks being returned to the wild. Once over 1,200 grams he will be able to fend off a stoat with his powerful kick and long claws. He will also lose the naivety of the young and be able to better look after himself in the Okarito Rowi Sanctuary.
And you too can be part of this cause by either sponsoring an egg or donating from this link: https://www.kiwisforkiwi.org/donate/