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Join us for the Institute's annual conference on 13/14 March 2024 in Tāmaki | Auckland. 

The hui will focus on three p's: People, Productivity + Performance. If you’re a manager of people in the construction sector (or aspire to be) - whether that’s as a site, construction, design, cost, digital, or project manager – then this event is for you.

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2021 NZIOB AGM and Site Tour

Posted on Friday 11 June, 2021

The NZIOB Central Region Committee will be hosting this year’s AGM in Wellington on 13 July. The event will begin with a site tour of the Indian High Commission in Thorndon, followed by project presentations and AGM at the National Library.

BIMinNZ Conference opening speaker confirmed

Posted on Friday 11 June, 2021

New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor has been confirmed as opening speaker at the BIMinNZ Conference in Wellington on 10 March 2022. Shawn’s interest in how collective performance gains of individuals contribute to an elevated eco-system performance, fits in well with the BIMinNZ Conference theme, Building our Digital Community.

Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill passes first reading

Posted on Friday 11 June, 2021

The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill, which provides greater financial protection for subcontractors, passed its first reading on the 8th of June. The Bill amends the retention provisions in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to provide increased confidence and transparency for subcontractors that the retention money they are owed is safe.

Housing supply to be sped up in major changes to New Zealand’s building laws

Posted on Friday 11 June, 2021

New building laws will support housing supply and affordability, improve trust and confidence in the building sector and support the use of new, innovative and efficient building methods, Building and Construction Minister Poto Williams announced.

Is your project a Beacon? The Construction Sector Accord wants your story

Posted on Friday 11 June, 2021

The Construction Sector Accord is looking for small and medium businesses to profile as case studies for the Accord’s Beacons Programme. Beacons are about shining a light on good practice, but also sharing lessons so that we can learn from each other’s successes and missteps.

Building for Climate Change summary of submissions

Posted on Friday 11 June, 2021

The full summary of submissions from the 2020 Building for Climate Change consultation is now available. A number of key themes came out of the consultation, including the need for more information, concerns around cost, and whether or not existing buildings should be included.

Empty shelves hamper building industry’s Covid recovery

Posted on Friday 11 June, 2021

The effects of COVID-19 continue to linger on the house building industry, which is now being held back by supply shortages. A Statistics NZ survey covering 3,000 new home projects showed that half were still being impacted in the March quarter by Covid-19 problems.

Innovation: The key to unlocking the future of smart construction

Posted on Friday 11 June, 2021

A recently published article in Forbes magazine suggests that the construction industry is one of the least digitalised industries in the world, making the case that traditional business methods still dominate the construction sector, even though construction projects are becoming more complex. The writer of the opinion piece poses the question, how can construction companies keep up with the rapidly changing industry dynamics? The answer lies in Innovation.

Passing of the NZIOB’s first President

Posted on Friday 28 May, 2021

Bob Lockwood, a central figure within the New Zealand construction industry across three decades, and the NZIOB’s first President, passed away earlier this month. The level of industry service that Bob provided was extensive.

Building Legends Workshop: Construction Planning (with Warren Hollings)

Posted on Friday 28 May, 2021

The NZIOB is pleased to announce we are re-running Warren Holling’s ‘Construction Management’ workshop in Auckland in July/August this year. This workshop was first run in late 2018 and early 2019, with every session sold-out.

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