Please have a look at the fantastic line up of speakers and abstracts that will be presented at the 2017 Convention.

Mr Peter Walters

Paint - A Force for Good

For ultimate job satisfaction it is good to know that your profession makes a difference and is a force for good on our blue planet.

As professionals employed in the Surface Coatings Industry we already know that we are supplying a product to brighten our world and protect our material assets and infrastructure.

My presentation will attempt to demonstrate that paint is used for so much more - namely saving our lives, controlling our emotions, uplifting our spirits and bringing peace to the world, particularly in areas riven by depression, conflict and hostility.

I trust you will leave my presentation convinced, as I am, that Paint is a potent force for good in the world, a product that makes that pale blue dot we call home a better place for us all.

Peter is the Immediate Past President of SCANZ and has been an active member of OCCA / SCANZ since 1976
Peter contributes the Painted Memories section in Brushstrokes, a section that has been in almost every copy of Brushstrokes since June 2002. Painted Memories has also been published in the SCAA Journal since October 2015.

He commenced his career in the Coatings Industry in 1971 by working as a part time salesman in the Levene Paint and Wallpaper stores to finance his degree in Chemistry from Auckland University.

Since graduating from Auckland University in 1975 with a Master of Science degree in Chemistry Peter has been employed by Dulux, Stresscrete, Wattyl and Protective Paints in various Surface Coatings related technical roles.

Peter attended his first Convention, the 16th OCCA Convention, in 1978 and has presented papers at the 2003, 2004 and 2016 SCANZ Conventions.

In 2007 he was admitted to the class of Fellow in the International Professional Grade Register administered by OCCA UK.

Peter was a foundation student in the inaugural Diploma of Surface Coatings Technology course commencing at A.T.I. in 1980, and from 1982 to 2000 presented Lectures and conducted the Labs for the Non-Convertible Coatings and, from time to time, the Solvent section of this course as it was offered, first at A.T.I. then A.U.T. and finally Auckland University.

From 1982 to 1989 Peter was on the committee of OCCA, now SCANZ, serving as Secretary from 1986 to 1988 during the period that OCCA NZ became independent from OCCA UK. He rejoined the committee in 2009 as the Professional Gradings Convenor and subsequently served as President from 2013 to 2015 and is currently the Immediate Past President.

Because of his interest in history, in particular, the History of Paint, he has taken on the role of archivist and historian for SCANZ.