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Mandate for transformation: Construction industry forum

Mandate for transformation: Main aim of Construction industry forum

New Zealand’s building and construction industry will come together next month, at the “all-of-industry” Constructive Forum to discuss and endorse a New Zealand plan for industry transformation – the Industry Transformation Agenda.

The Constructive Forum was launched last year by the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) to address whole-of-industry issues. This year’s forum will bring the entire supply chain together with Government to discuss how the sector can transform itself to realise New Zealand’s future development needs.

“New Zealand’s challenges are not unique – many countries around the world are struggling with how to meet infrastructure, construction and housing demands. Issues such as skills shortages, boom and bust cycles and risk management are perennial. We know that ad-hoc, localised solutions don’t work.

“The only way to achieve real change is for industry-wide collaboration to tackle the issues as a whole. We want to move forward by sharing the industry transformation agenda, which outlines a plan for transformation that the entire industry signs up to,” says David Kelly, Chief Executive, RMBA.

The agenda was initiated by BRANZ and has been developed by industry leaders including RMBA. It is based on the World Economic Forum’s report into global issues and responses for the construction sector.

“There are no silver bullets. Industry transformation requires all of us – individuals, companies, the industry as a whole, and Government – to work collectively,” says Chelydra Percy, Chief Executive, BRANZ, who kicked off the agenda last November.

“As an industry we need to take responsibility for the things we can change. Government does have a role to play, as a regulator and major project owner, but we need to guide and work with them, not wait for change.

“The Constructive Forum is an opportunity for the industry to agree to take the plan forward. From our initial conversations, we know we need to act now. We have worked with a wide range of industry participants as we developed this plan. We now want to hear from the rest of the industry. It is no longer a question of when and why, but how can we not? That is the role of this Forum, to obtain a mandate from industry to implement this agenda.”

The Constructive Forum takes place at the Langham Hotel in Auckland from 2-4 August.
Registrations can be made via this link. For more information, visit

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