About Constructive

Led by the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA), Constructive is a national construction forum that, for the first time, brings the industry together to discuss sector issues and create a platform for resolving those issues collaboratively.  

The industry needs to take much more of a leadership role and support sector development and this forum is a major step towards this. Through sharing ideas and experiences and challenging the norm, the industry is better able set itself mandates for change and take the lead for an improved operating environment.

In 2016, Constructive focused on the lessons learnt from the Christchurch earthquakes and the Global Financial Crisis and how, nationally, the sector has had to react and adapt to survive and thrive.

The programme consisted of informative and interactive panel discussions made up of leaders from the industry in both residential and commercial construction.  They shared insights into the transformation of their businesses to meet the changing demands of the industry and, in some cases, launch into new markets.

Leaders from across the construction sector are invited to attend Constructive 2017 in Auckland on 3-4 August and participate. Delegates will gain knowledge on how to evolve and grow their businesses while meeting a broad cross section of like-minded folk within the industry.

Constructive is owned by RMBA and supported by a family of sponsors and partner organisations and will be held in Auckland on 2--4 August 2017.  
Registered Master Builders Association members are invited to attend the AGM and RMBA member sessions and partner programme on 2 August, plus the Constructive welcome cocktail function in the evening, prior to the pan industry forum programme taking place on 3-4 August. 

2016 Forum Focus

A key aim of the 2016 Forum was to look at how businesses have adapted and evolved in response to the Christchurch Earthquake and GFC. It is clearly no longer the case of business as usual.

While the viability of some operators in the construction sector was compromised by the earthquake, after a brief spike in SME closures, Canterbury’s contribution to the number of new SMEs in construction actually increased over the next two years before returning to its pre-quakes level in 2013. Indeed the Canterbury earthquakes had a positive impact on Canterbury’s employment. The recovery and rebuild work programme, therefore, has provided opportunities. 

The earthquake prompted new thinking about how the building and construction sector would operate in the future. More complex, demanding and innovative building techniques were called for. For example, pre-fabrication is now no longer primarily the domain of the commercial sector and is now increasingly being used in the residential sector.

But the earthquake also highlighted the need for better building practices and more meaningful collaboration across the private and the public sector to ensure alignment across the New Zealand building and construction supply chain.

This is a key operating principle, for instance, in the Construction Sector Workforce Plan for the Canterbury rebuild prepared in 2013 by the construction sector with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Another key operating principle was Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) i.e. the degree to which contractors can be involved early in the procurement process. The Forum will explore whether this been the case. And if so, how the approaches that emerged from Canterbury might be applicable to the country’s building and construction challenges particularly in Auckland where the demand for building and construction continues unabated. Importantly the Forum provided an insight into what best practice looks like now and what new norms are emerging that will shape this country’s future.

Constructive 2016

The first Constructive forum took place in September. Check out the Archive of what took place here.