Conference focuses on education

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The RMBF’s 110th annual conference took place in the Hawkes Bay recently, based at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre on Marine Parade.
Delegates were treated to great speakers and workshops, as well as the social events taking in the flavour of local surroundings.

The conference was opened by RMBF president Brent Mettrick, followed by Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson.
The conference this year focused more on education, from finding out “what we’re worth” with Paul Lawrence from the New South Wales Master Builders Association, to how Fletcher Building Ltd managed its way though the economic downturn.

The workshops covered a number of interesting subjects including:
• what to do when faced with a leaky building claim,
• the CCA,
• project planning,
• succession planning, and
• growing your business and remaining profitable.

The RMBF was also very pleased to announce a Life Membership Award to Bob Lockwood of the Manawatu Association.
This year’s social functions stepped up yet again, with the fantastic ITM Welcome function at The Old Church, the PlaceMakers Charity Auction raising $36,000 for the Cranford Hospice and the Carters Gala Dinner at the Opera House in Hastings.

Once again the conference was a great success. Many thanks go to everyone involved in bringing this event together and, in particular, the Hawkes Bay Association for hosting.
2011 sees the conference heading to the big smoke in Auckland. There are some exciting changes in store for next year – they’re still in development stage so look out for more info about this soon.