8.30AM Registration & Coffee
9.00AM Welcome from the organisers
9.05AM Welcome from the Chair
John Green, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator & Director, Building Disputes Tribunal

9.15AM The future of construction: managing demand, embracing change

Technology and innovation are driving change across all sectors and in all markets – what is their impact on construction in New Zealand and how can we use them to address an increasing demand on resources? As other industries successfully develop creative solutions to improve productivity and spur innovation, the building and construction sector appears to be lagging. This session will discuss the techniques and solutions we can use to address the issues facing our industry and ensure we successfully adapt to a changing environment.

David Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Registered Master Builders Association
9.55AM Regulating alternatively sourced and overseas building materials

Construction companies are under mounting pressure to build quickly and cheaply, and have turned to prefabricated and imported building products to meet those demands. Do other objectives, like quality and safety, suffer as a result? This session explores the regulatory framework governing prefab and overseas building products and the potential liability associated with defective or sub-par materials.

Stephen Walker, Business Manager NZ, CSR Hebel
Pamela Bell, Chief Executive, PrefabNZ
10.55AM Making your construction contracts "litigation proof"

Lawyers are increasingly being brought in early on to advise on pre-litigation strategy and preparation to avoid disputes, and those risk-avoidance strategies can pay real dividends in the long run. This panel will discuss best practices to avoid litigation, create commercially feasible contracts and best protect your client's or company's business interests.

Panel: Janine Stewart, Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Brian Clayton, Partner, Chapman Tripp
Amanda Greenwood, General Counsel – Construction, Fletcher Building
11.40AM Preventing unjust calls on bonds & explaining the difference between on-demand v. performance bonds

Bonds are a common tool for managing risk in construction contracts. However, they are also open to abuse. This session will discuss bond options, highlighting key differences between ‘on-demand' and ‘performance' bonds and focusing on the ways and means of preventing unjust calls on bonds with reference to key recent legal developments in this area.

Michael Weatherall, Partner, Simpson Grierson
Michaela Reid, Solicitor, Simpson Grierson
12.20PM Asbestos management: how to comply with the new regulations

Asbestos is our country's number one killer in the workplace, and amendments to the Asbestos Regulations attempt to address this deadly issue. With an implementation date of 4 April 2018, are you sufficiently prepared to ensure you or your clients are code compliant? Learn how the new regulations will affect your clients and business and how to best manage the danger of asbestos exposure.

Jason Papuni, Assessment Manager, WorkSafe New Zealand
1.45PM The most efficient path to Council consent approval

Councils have been busy – consents are at record highs and (not surprisingly) for some, the process is increasingly challenging to navigate. Find out how to work with busy councils to reduce compliance costs, fast track consents and remove regulatory barriers. This session will discuss what's working and what isn't and how you can make the process as hassle-free and efficient as possible.

Peter Laurenson, Manager Project Assessment — South, Building Consents, Auckland Council
2.25PM Navigating the new Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Act arrangements

The earthquake-prone buildings provisions in the Act, which came into effect in July 2017, created a new system for managing at-risk buildings, including the introduction of a new document for the identification of earthquakeprone buildings – the EPB Methodology. The Methodology references the Engineering Assessment Guidelines, which is a full revision of previous engineering guidance. Less than a year after these arrangements have come into effect, this session will discuss the updated regime, Council’s implementation to-date and what it means for earthquake-prone buildings you may encounter.

Stephen Cody, Manager of Building Resilience, Wellington City Council
Dave Brunsdon, Director, Kestrel Group
3.25PM When things break down… dispute resolution options – what's best?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of adjudication versus arbitration or mediation? When does it benefit your client or company and which dispute resolution option provides you with the best chance of success? This session will discuss the realm of disputes and lay out the pros and cons associated with the varied forms of dispute resolution.

John Green, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator & Director, Building Disputes Tribunal
4.05PM Liability for defective building construction

Whether or to what extent a builder, developer, engineer, architect, manufacturer, local authority inspector or anyone else involved in the construction of a defective building may, in the absence of any contract, be liable to the owner for the cost of repair or replacement is a much litigated question. This session will examine some of the recent developments in this area of law and consider where they may be leading.

Stephen Todd, Professor of Law, University of Canterbury

Date & Location

Auckland: 1 March 2018
Stamford Plaza

Early bird cost

$595 + GST
*Earlybird closes 20 January 2018

Full Price

$650 + GST


For any event enquiries please email or phone 09 361 8925

Conference attendance earns 6 CPD hours