Advocacy

Master Builders is advocating for a better built New Zealand
Representing over 3,000 commercial and residential builders, Master Builders are part of every conversation about the built environment. As the leading sector advocates, we bring the key players and government together to find practical solutions for our members, the sector, and the country. 

Our proposal for a healthy and vibrant building sector 
Our sector is a key contributor to the New Zealand economy, with every $1 million spent on house building supporting $2.6 million across the wider economy. As we navigate the economic effects of COVID-19, the country is looking to our sector to help stimulate our regional economies, provide jobs, and deliver the quality projects we need.

History does provide some warnings. The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) hit the residential building sector hard. It took 7 years for sector employee levels to recover to pre-GFC levels. This reduced capacity and capability had a detrimental effect on the ability of sector to deliver the necessary houses needed in the last decade. This is a lasting legacy which we need to avoid happening again. 

To avoid a GFC repeat, and to ensure construction can emerge stronger after COVID-19, we need the right government actions and policy levers to work in partnership with private sector investment in residential and commercial construction. We believe now is the time to act. We are advocating for a range of measures to be considered to support a healthy and vibrant sector.

Bringing the sector together at the Constructive Forum
A key part of our advocacy programme is our annual Constructive Forum. Constructive brings the entire supply chain together, from finance, land, design and build, and key enabling sectors such as research, training, and regulation to identify ways to lift performance in the sector. Collaboration is the enduring theme. Maybe one of the most significant outcomes of this Forum has been the Construction Sector Accord, which was first discussed and conceived at Constructive. We continue to play an active role in the Accord. 

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