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Construction industry meet to address major issues

construction industry meet for the first time to address major issues

This September the entire construction industry will come together for the first time to discuss the major industry issues at an inaugural forum, Constructive, led by the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA).

Constructive will build a collaborative platform for the industry to develop strategies for the future development of New Zealand’s building and construction sector.

RMBA Chief Executive David Kelly says the event is a first of its kind, and will play a critical role in sector development benefiting New Zealand and its economy.

“As industry leaders, we have a huge responsibility in ensuring our sector is strong, and moving in a positive direction. The industry is in a really critical period right now, and we really need to work together to tackle the challenges and issues that we’re facing,” he says.

“The ramifications following the Canterbury earthquakes and the global financial crisis have led to changes in the building industry as a whole. We need to address the changes, not only with our members but across the entire industry. We are in a period of growth and more changes are on the horizon. We need to ensure our built environments are fit for purpose and resilient for the benefit of all New Zealanders.”

Property Council of New Zealand Chief Executive Connal Townsend explains that New Zealand needs a strong construction industry for the vitality of its economy and this is where the need for Constructive becomes so important.

“We need the industry to move beyond the previous boom/bust cycles, provide quality developments that meet the needs of the wider market, lift its productivity and provide a safe working environment for employees that minimises exposure to dangerous situations,” he says.

“Property Council are firm supporters of Constructive and its potential to be the industry leader that understands and provides robust solutions to the issues facing the industry.”

Constructive will consist of informative and interactive panel discussions on topical issues within the industry, followed by a series of site visits/tours. Various industry leaders including IPENZ Chief Executive Susan Freeman-Greene, NZIA Chief Executive Teena Hale Pennington and Property Council of NZ Chief Executive Connal Townsend will be attending the forum which takes place on 21-23 September 2016. Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The two-day forum will be formally opened at a cocktail function on Wednesday 21 September. The panel discussions will take place on Thursday 22 September with a gala dinner to follow and then the site visits/tours on Friday 23 September.

Registrations can be made via this link. For more information, visit


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