Who Are We?
The Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) represents New Zealand's community of Facilities Management professionals and supports education, networking and knowledge sharing for members and member organisations.
Our professional members are in-house Facilities Managers and external FM consultants working in a variety of sectors including commercial, banking, health, education, retail, manufacturing, government, transport, defence, emergency services and utilities. We also invite businesses who supply goods and services to the FM industry to join as member organisations.
FMANZ was incorporated in 2008 by a group of Facilities Managers who recognised the importance of excellence and professionalism and identified a need for knowledge sharing and education to advance the profession.
Our Vision: Building futures for the FM profession.
Our Mission: To be the hub for networking and professional development, and the industry voice for the FM community and the built environment.
The Value of FM
Research commissioned by FMANZ indicates that Facilities Management in New Zealand is a major industry, valued at close to $9 billion, or just under 4% of GDP. Clearly, FM occupies a significant slice of our economy and its contribution to productivity and wellbeing generally cannot be overstated. With around 90% of our lives estimated to be spent indoors, effective Facilities Management has huge benefits, both at a societal and an individual level.
What is FM?
In many respects, Facilities Management is the engine room of an organisation, largely unseen but fundamental to success.
The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) defines a Facilities Manager as someone who: ‘Organises, controls and coordinates the strategic and operational management of buildings and facilities in public and private organisations to ensure the proper and efficient operation of all physical aspects of a facility, to create and sustain safe and productive environments for occupants.’
With most organisational functions, roles and responsibilities are reasonably clear and precise. Not so with FM. Confusion over what Facilities Management is stems from the fact that it embraces a wide and diverse range of activities, including (but by no means limited to):
Asset protection and condition maintenance
Capital asset-lifecycle management
Building services provision
From Our Members
Here is a snapshot of what some of our members replied when asked to define Facilities Management:
“Facilities management is the discipline that aims to set and attain standards of excellence and quality in the sustainable design, construction, operation and maintenance of world-class facilities. We are the enablers that allow others in an organisation to carry out their core business.”
“It’s about being able to provide an optimal working environment so our staff can focus on delivering their business objectives.”
“Facilities Management means the users have the freedom to get on with their core business without interruption. It is staff knowing that when they come to work they will be in facilities that are safe and well-maintained.”
“It involves constantly being on the lookout for new solutions and cost savings as well as building relationships with contractors, occupiers and clients.”
“For me, the experts Barrett and Baldry summed it up best: it’s about integrating the operation, maintenance, improvement and adaptation of the buildings and infrastructure with the people, places, processes and technology to create the environment that supports effective patient care.” (Facilities Manager in the health sector)
“Good FM is all about having a robust plan and being ready and agile for the unexpected. Working in an emergency services network means we are often at the forefront of engineering, building resilience (post disaster capability), health and wellbeing, and sustainability.”