Construction industry to tackle key election issue


New Zealand’s 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.

Launched last year by the Registered Master Builders Association, Constructive will focus on collaboration and transformation in the sector to position the industry better to respond meaningfully to New Zealand’s construction needs, including solving the problems of urban housing and infrastructure.

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. It has been acknowledged that, as a sector, it has been 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, 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 Minister of Finance and Minister for Infrastructure the Hon Steven Joyce, Boston Consulting Group partner and managing director Simon Miller, Fletcher Residential chief executive Steve Evans, Willis Bond & Co managing director Mark McGuinness, and Naylor Love chief executive Rick Herd.

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 2-4.

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