NZ Construction & Civil Industries Summit

Comprehensive and practical insights driving industry wide solutions


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks and welcome from the Chair
Jenny Parker, General Manager Recruitment , Building Recruitment Ltd & President, National Association of Women in Construction
Reform proposals put to the government to address key industry issues and improvements in productivity available

The Construction Strategy Group has identified and submitted to the government a paper on four key issues facing the industry, with the aim of collaboration to address these. In this session we gain an overview of the issues in both a NZ and international context and why repeating yesterday is no longer an option.

Geoff Hunt, President, McConnell Group & Chair, Construction Strategy Group
Introducing the Industry Transformation Agenda

BRANZ is behind an exciting industry wide initiative which has been born by a desire to transform New Zealand’s building and construction industry to create a better future for everyone the industry touches.

  • What is the ambition behind the Industry Transformation Agenda?
  • What are the critical factors the framework aims to address?
  • Outlining the framework and resources available
Chelydra Percy, Chief Executive Officer, BRANZ
Morning break
Leaders’ Panel: Analysing the macro trends, opportunities and threats faced by the New Zealand construction industry
  • What are the key opportunities to be harnessed by leaders in construction?
  • What are the most pressing industry challenges for those constructing infrastructure, developing large scale projects and enabling urban growth?
  • What role and responsibility does the industry at large have to play in creating solutions?
Chelydra Percy, Chief Executive Officer, BRANZ
Warwick Quinn, Chief Executive Officer, BCITO
Geoff Hunt, President, McConnell Group & Chair, Construction Strategy Group
Haydn Read, Head of Infrastructure Programmes, Auckland Council; Representative of Auckland Property Council
Legal overview and updates: Setting the industry foundations

In this session we hear an overview of updates to law pertinent to the building and construction industry and the key practical aspects to be aware of. This will include, where relevant, changes or developments with the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, the Building Act 2004 and the Construction Contracts Act 2002.

Nick Gillies, Partner, Hesketh Henry
Alison Maelzer, Special Counsel, Hesketh Henry
Lunch break
Recommendations from BCITO to address the skill shortage

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is the largest provider of construction trade apprenticeships in New Zealand. CEO Warwick Quinn presents recommendations for the government and ways forward for the industry in light of the labour and skill shortage facing the industry.

Warwick Quinn, Chief Executive Officer, BCITO
Table talks: What do you feel is the most pressing challenge for the industry at present?
Communicating in a Connected World

The more connected our technology becomes, the less connected we seem to become. How do we break through the noise and ensure our message is communicated efficiently and received correctly?

Sharn Piper, Sales Consultant, Trainer & Coach & Attain
Afternoon break
What are the collaboration opportunities to support innovation and drive productivity in the NZ construction industry?
  • As a leader, where do you see the opportunities for improved collaboration?
  • What are the initiatives already working well to support innovation?
  • Is there potential for a central innovation hub in New Zealand?
  • What are the barriers and clear solutions to drive productivity?
Pamela Bell, CEO, Prefab NZ
Leading a health & safety culture with a future focus

With continuing growth in the sector, does health & safety need to become an imperative? How can you best lead and cultivate a safety culture? Should organisations be aiming for safety standards beyond the minimum requirements?

Wendi Croft, EHS Manager - Global Programmes & Governance, Fletcher Building Limited
Summary remarks from the Chair and networking drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
International Keynote: Strategies driving engineering excellence to benefit the civil industries

Prof Andrew Harris reveals some of the strategies being employed at the Engineering Excellence Group, effecting positive change and enhancing the prestige of the engineering profession. Featuring case study examples of new innovations and progressive initiatives that New Zealand organisations can access and benefit from.

Prof Andrew T Harris, Director of the Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O'Rourke & Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Sydney
BIM use for Safety in Design / HSE

In this session we explore potential ways that digital tools including BIM are being used to investigate, manage and mitigate risk during and after a project, improving health, safety and environmental standards substantially.

Glenn Jowett, Senior Associate - BIM Delivery Lead, BECA
Morning break
Subcontractor involvement: Challenges in building relationships when conflict arises

Samantha Patel explores the increasing use of sub-contract ingarrangements and its impact on the potential for conflict between site and project managers.

  • Identifying and resolving these conflicts efficiently and effectively
  • Strategies for pro-active conflict management
Samantha Patel, Registered Psychologist, Responsive Consulting
Project Managers’ panel: Enhancing productivity during the construction boom

In this panel Project Mangers discuss their insights into ways to streamline the project pipeline and drive projects forward in the construction boom, enhancing productivity.
• Name 3 key challenges impacting productivity in your role as Project Manager?
• For you, what recent change, process or technology has had the most positive effect on efficiency?
• What industry opportunities do you see to streamline the project pipeline?

Michael McCauley, Engineer & Project Manager, Auckland Transport
Stephen Maynard, Contracts Manager, Jesmond Construction
Asem Zabin, BIM Manager, City Rail Link Project
Lunch break
Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) – top tips to achieving desired outcomes
  • ECI and desired outcomes: why clients and contractors embark on ECI – what are they wanting to achieve with ECI?
  • ECI in reality: what clients and contractors are actually experiencing – reflections on ECI in the current market
  • Structuring the ECI process: top tips for clients and contractors to achieve desired outcomes
Travis Tomlinson, Senior Associate, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Panel: Mitigating the skills shortage, finding and retaining talent
  • What are the key factors inducing the labour shortage?
  • Does NZ have enough and the right measures in place to address supply?
  • How can agencies collaborate to address the issues?
Kevin Everett, Managing Director, Building Recruitment Ltd
Pamela Bell, CEO, PreFabNZ
Nancy McConnell, Strategic Advisor, Hawkins

Afternoon break
Constructing a sustainable future in New Zealand as part of a global movement

Sustainability has become a priority across many sectors. The New Zealand Green Building Council exists to facilitate the shift the construction industry at large toward green building practices. CEO Andrew Eagles outlines the reasons for sustainable practice in construction and the resources available to support this in New Zealand.

Andrew Eagles, Chief Executive, New Zealand Green Building Council
Practical sustainability practices for construction projects
  • Procurement: Optimal resourcing and managing the use of materials
  • Exploring waste disposal for least environmental impact
  • Going paperless and leaving a green footprint
  • Prioritising good practice in your organisation and creating a conscientious culture
Regan Burke, General Manager, ICB Retaining & Construction
Closing remarks from the Chair
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