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BuildUP24 The NZ Institute of Building’s annual conference brings together a broad cross-section of Institute members.  The conference is an opportunity to focus on both big-picture strategic issues and dive deeply into practical solutions, tricks, tips, and lessons learned. 

The Institute of Building is the only construction and infrastructure industry organisation focused on individuals and best practice professional behaviour – the Institute is literally made up of ‘building people’ at its heart. Together, we are ‘building’ the best people to deliver Aotearoa New Zealand’s built environment.

The conference focuses on 3Ps:

  • People – our ‘next generation’ of workers and how we communicate, prepare, and respond to their needs,
  • Performance – how we use sporting-based learning to prepare our people for better, more, higher, and greater results,
  • Productivity – delivering more while using less by tapping into smart tools, products, and services.

BuildUP24 will be practical and hands on, providing real-world examples and proven success stories which you can take away and use in your own work.


If you’re a manager of people in the construction sector (or aspire to be) - then this event is for you.

Examples of roles this will be useful for: Site Manager, Construction Manager, Design Manager, Cost Manager, Digital Manager, Project Manager, Site Supervisor, Foreman, Project Coordinator, and Services Manager. 

Need to convince the higher ups this event is worth your time and their money? 

Below is some info you can copy and paste into an email to whoever is holding the purse strings: 

  • BuildUP24 will be a day of interactive learning focused on building up people, growing productivity and finding performance solutions.  BuildUP24 will be practical and hands on, providing real-world examples and proven success stories which you can take away and use in your own work – allowing you to contribute to your organisation.
  • Along with the full day on Thursday 14 March at Aotea Centre, there will be an afternoon of site visits lined up for the day before in the Auckland CBD. 
  • The day will be a mix of keynote speakers to inspire and provoke thoughts, panel discussions to dive into our themes of people, productivity and performance – focusing on practical solutions; and roundtable sessions to get into detail on how you can put the ideas into practice.
  • This event is for those already managing people and projects in the construction sector but also those who aspire to get there. Examples of roles this will be useful for: Site Manager, Construction Manager, Design Manager, Cost Manager, Digital Manager, Project Manager, Site Supervisor, Foreman, Project Coordinator, and Services Manager.
  • Attending this event will give you 10 CPD points.


  • Member Standard and Member Flexi $690 + GST
  • Non-member Standard and Non-member Flexi $1,090 + GST **

**Non-member registration includes Connect Membership until 31 March 2025.

Group Discounts
If you have multiple colleagues attending BuildUp, we can offer the following discounts:

1x = 0%
2x = 5%
3x = 10%
4x = 15%
5x = 20% (max discount)

Note:  Discount applies to registrations from the same organisation in the same registration group.

  • Click ‘Add Additional Registrant’ at the end of the first registration and continue until the full group is registered
  • Choose Pay by Invoice later
  • Email to advise registration is complete.  We will then apply the appropriate discount to your invoice

Flexi Registration

We’ve added a Flexi Registration option which makes it possible for more than one person in your organisation to share a registration. If you have team members interested in attending but they don’t have enough time to make it for the whole day, this is the option for you!

The fine print:

  • Flexi registration allows you to use one registration across multiple staff members.
    Only one of you may be in a session at a time and you need to have to the name badge/lanyard.
  • There will be one name badge printed with the organisation name – which will need to be passed between those using the Flexi Registration (you can either hand it back to the desk for your team member to pick it up or pass it between you like a baton!)
  • While you don’t need to know exactly who is coming when you sign up - a name will still need to be given in order to register.
  • For non-member Flexi Registration the free Connect Membership that comes with it can be given to one person (for 12 months) or split between 2 people (6 months each)





As part of your BuildUP24 registration we are running a series of site visits in Auckland CBD the day before, Wednesday 13th March between 1pm-5pm.

Sites include:

  • Site 6 Wynyard Quarter (Hawkins)
  • 1 Queen Street (LT McGuinness)
  • The Grand Chancellor Hotel (NZ Strong)

* Sites subject to change

Register for the afternoon of Site Visits (Site visits are for those registered for BuildUP24 only, registration is required as there are limited spaces.)



8:00am Registration

8:45am Opening: Host Tommy Honey

9:00am Opening Keynote: Productivity Lessons from NSW, David Chandler, Office of the Building Commissioner, NSW (Australia)

10:00am Panel discussion: Productivity Lessons in construction for NZ.  Panelists: David Chandler; Jane Henley, Growthlines; Gazelle Moinfar, Aoraki Construction; John Hemi, Board Chair; Grace Jack, Young Professionals Chair; and Minister for Building and Construction - Hon Chris Penk

10:30am Morning tea

11:00am Next Gen Quick-fire Showcase: Australian Institute of Building, Singapore Institute of Building + Keystone Trust

11:30am Panel discussion: Encouraging 'Next Gen' participation in construction.  Panelists: Geoff Dart, Australian Institute of Building; Simone Sharp, Samantha Morris, George Holtom - Keystone Trust alumni; Catriona Strong, Winstone Wallboards; Yan Chen, Young Professionals advisor; Nigel Dong, Board member

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Keynote: Digital First Lessons from Norway, Bridget White, Warren and Mahoney (formerly with Nordic Office of Architecture)

1:45pm Panel discussion: Digital Productivity Tools - what's working and what isn't?  Panelists: Bridget White; James McLean, LT McGuinness; Keri Niven, Aurecon; Martin Ryall, Autodesk; Jason Howden, Revizto; Philip Negus, APL; Kirsten Magnusson, Board member

2:15pm Roundtable sessions x3 - topical discussions on DigiGuide, Flexi work, Digital tools + Productivity hacks

3:15pm Panel discussion: Success Stories for People + Performance.  Panelists: Mark Watson, Sophrosyne; Steve Willis, Sophrosyne; Zoe Lyon-Gifford, Waihanga Ara Rau; Gillian Brookes; Kylie Eagle, Fletcher Building - Concrete; Milly Perkins, RCP;

4:00pm Keynote: Personal Lessons in Resilience, Dyann Stewart

4:45pm 40 Years Book Launch

5:00pm Closing



Tommy Honey - Educational Consultant, innovator and leader + Executive Director NZCIC

Tommy Honey is a director, designer, educational manager, architectural critic, cultural commentator and occasional architect. He has worked in the theatre, taught architecture and design, directed a Film School and been CEO of an Art & Design college. Tommy was for a long time the resident urbanist on Radio New Zealand’s Nine-to-Noon and in 2018 he completed a Masters in emergent and disruptive technology at the Tech Futures Lab where he investigated disruption in housing. Tommy is currently the Executive Director of the New Zealand Construction Industry Council.




David Chandler OAM - New South Wales Building Commissioner


David Chandler OAM was appointed NSW Building Commissioner in 2019 after an
impressive forty-year career in the Australian construction industry. David is improving the
quality of construction and restoring trust in the industry through leading the delivery of
Construct NSW in collaboration with the sector.

David delivered major infrastructure and urban renewal projects including the new
Parliament House in Canberra and Sydney’s Quay Apartments. As Adjunct Professor in the
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University, David
helped shape the next generation of construction professionals and founded the Centre for
Smart Modern Construction, which invests in new academic and research capabilities for
the construction sector. David was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1989 for his
services to the construction industry.


Bridget White - Senior Associate at Warren and Mahoney

For the past 14 years, Bridget led Nordics Office of Architecture's design technology team as their Senior Architect/BIM Director. 

Bridget returned to Aotearoa in February 2024 bring her knowledge and experience to Warren and Mahoney as a Senior Associate.  

She has high level experience in multiple scales of complex BIM projects such as Stavanger University Hospital, NOIDA international airport in India, and Oslo's own Governmental Headquarters.

With a passion for promoting digital tools towards a sustainable future in the AEC industry, she has worked to innovate new workflows for modular design, rehabilitation and reuse, and facilitate the effective collaboration of global teams to reach inspiring environmental goals.


Dyann Stewart – DPS Consulting

Dyann has been working in the construction industry since 1996 starting in design before moving to management and consulting. In 2021 Dyann completed a Bachelor of Business with a major in Management and a minor in Business Law via Massey University distance learning while holding down a busy full-time job.

In October of 2021 Dyann came off her bike resulting in a staggering 31 broken bones (in her back, neck, ribs, shoulders, ankle) plus ligaments torn and a severe concussion which led to post-concussion syndrome. As Dyann puts it: “not much of me worked for quite a while.”

At BuildUp24 Dyann will tell her mind-blowing story of recovery and resilience for the first time. We will hear how she has rebuilt herself and her career from the ground up.


Site Visits

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Various sites around Auckland CBD


Thursday 14 March 2024

Hunua Rooms, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland


Some accommodation options close to the Aotea Centre


Rydges Auckland

59 Federal Street, Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland

P: +64 9 375 5900

For stays between 13 March 2024 and 15 March 2024

20% discount code applicable to the Best Available Rate

1. Visit 

2. Select Rydges Auckland, enter your required dates* and number of guests staying and click ‘GO’

3. Click ‘I have a code’

4. In the ‘Corporate ID’ field enter your booking code: NZIOBCONF

5. Click ‘UPDATE’6. Your special rates will appear on the rates screen


Crowne Plaza

128 Albert Street, Auckland

P: +64 9 302 1111

For dates between 13/3/2024 – 15/3/2024
$270 Room Only
$300 Bed & Breakfast for 1
$330 Bed & Breakfast for 2

Follow this link for discounted rate.

The link is for room-only rates, guests are welcome to add the discounted breakfast upon check-in for $30.00 per person, per night.


Grand Millennium

71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland

P: +64 9 366 3000

15% discount off all room rates, only available up to 30 days prior to event date (13/2/2024).
For dates between 13/3/2024 - 15/3/2024.
Code: NZIOB2024

Follow this link for discounted rate.














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