8.30AM Registration & Coffee
9.00AM Welcome from the Chair
John Green, Managing Director of Building Disputes Tribunal, Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator
9.10AM Ministerial Address
Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Building and Construction
9.30AM Building confidence: The construction sector in the New Zealand economy

Construction activity is forecast to continue to grow through to 2021. However, with a growing number of insolvencies, increasing construction costs and resourcing challenges the picture isn’t all rosy. This session will set the scene by analysing the current state of construction in New Zealand, discussing key factors that are impacting the sector and the wider economy.

Christina Leung, Principal Economist, NZIER
10.10AM Building Act Reform – phase one

Early in 2020 the Government introduced a new Bill into Parliament with the proposed legislative changes to the Building Act needed to implement its phase one reforms which cover modern methods of construction, building product information and certification, building levies offences and penalties. John Gardiner will outline the changes and what they could mean in practice for the industry.

John Gardiner, Director, Building Confidence Ltd
11.10AM Managing insolvency risk in the construction industry – 12 months on

Construction continued to be a challenging space in 2019, evidenced by failures such as the much-publicised Stanley Group collapse. However, there are also proactive and positive initiatives being led by both contractors and other industry stakeholders seeking to improve the performance and stability of the sector. So what can you do to contribute to this more preventative, outcome driven approach? In this session Lara and Elliot will provide practical tips and best practice measures those working in the sector can take to manage the risk and improve outcomes, including in the unfortunate event of financial issues impacting a project.

Lara Bennett, Executive Director, PwC
Elliot Davis, Director, PwC
12.00PM Covering all your bases - risk and insurance

Disruptions to construction including insolvencies, delays due to weather events, or accidents such as the NZICC roof fire, mean that understanding your insurance and liability position is now more important than ever. This session will highlight some of the key risks and discuss policy trends in construction insurance.

Antony Holden, Managing Partner and Julia Whitehead, Senior Associate, Wotton + Kearney
1.20PM Fine tuning the retentions regime

The government has signalled there will be a review of the retentions regime in the near future. This session will look at the intent of the scheme; what has and hasn’t worked; and discuss best practice steps sub-contractors can take to better protect their retention money.

Jo-Anne Knight, Partner, Simpson Grierson
2.00PM Panel discussion: Procurement – the means to building a more productive, resilient and wellbeing-focused construction industry?

The new government procurement rules, which came into effect in Oct 19, moved away from a low-cost to a broader-outcomes model, with a focus on building resilience within the industry and being more transparent in contractor risk management. Julien Leys will give an overview of the new rules and set the scene for a discussion that will include challenges and opportunities; best practice; the effect on pricing and profit; wellbeing; and fairer risk allocation in construction contracts.

Introduction and chair:
Julien Leys, Executive Director, Construction Strategy Group & Chief Executive, New Zealand Building Industry Federation

Alison Murray, Director Commercial Procurement, Ministry of Education
David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders Association
Katrina Van Houtte, Special Counsel, Kensington Swan
Sam Jack, General Counsel - New Zealand, Fulton Hogan

3.20PM Tiny houses and when is a vehicle not a vehicle?

As the tiny house movement continues to gain momentum, the question of consenting and interpretation under the Building Act continues to raise questions. In this session Judith Cheyne will discuss:

  • What tiny houses are and the rules around them
  • How they are currently being treated by councils
  • When a vehicle is not a vehicle
Judith Cheyne, Associate General Counsel, Christchurch City Council
4.00PM Case Law update

What are the recent decisions you need to know about and what do they mean in practice? An update on recent construction case law including Honey Bees (on liquidated damages) and other recent developments and trends.

Michael Taylor, Senior Associate, Russell McVeagh
4.35PM Closing remarks from the chair
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Date & Location

Auckland: 26 March 2020, Cordis Hotel

Conference attendance
earns 6 CPD hours

Full Price conference

$695 + GST


$595 + GST*
*each workshop


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