Construction industry to tackle key election issue


New Zealand’s building and construction industry will come together in August, at the “all-of-industry” Constructive forum, tackling one of New Zealand’s key political issues just six weeks out from the General Election.

The Constructive Forum, launched last year by the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA), will focus on collaboration and transformation in the sector to position the industry better to respond meaningfully to New Zealand’s construction needs. It will highlight that the issues we are facing here in New Zealand are in fact global issues, but need urgent action in New Zealand.

The sector will discuss the need to transform and lift performance. As a sector, we have been very slow to transform and embrace the latest technological opportunities. This needs to change, and requires urgent action from individual companies, the sector as a whole, and Government – both as a regulator and a major project owner. 

Constructive will provide the opportunity for the wider industry to collaborate with Government and leaders from New Zealand’s major construction, architectural, engineering and property development firms. Speakers will include Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance and Minister for Infrastructure, Simon Miller, Partner & Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group, Steve Evans, CEO Fletcher Residential, Mark McGuinness, Managing Director Willis Bond & Co, and Rick Herd, CEO Naylor Love.

Some great progress has been made from last year, including work into new business models through a transformation framework, developing a more fit-for-purpose qualifications framework, and adopting an industry-wide standard for health and safety.

The Constructive forum takes place at the Langham Hotel in Auckland from August 2 to 4.