Programme

Building Sector Resilience


Constructive went virtual for 2020. The Constructive virtual event series started on the 27 August and ran through to 17th September. Every week we brought direct to you, an informative, engaging, and thought-provoking virtual session with a range of industry leaders, influencers, and decision makers from across the vertical and residential construction sectors. Sessions will encourage audience participation and interaction.

This years programme was:

Virtual Event Series 1:

Shaping a Resilient Commercial Construction Future
Sponsored by GIB
Thursday 27 August
4pm – 5.30pm

For nearly 10 years sustained growth in the commercial construction sector has radically changed the urban footprint of our cities and provided a pipeline of work for businesses. We’ve had the boom and now we are experiencing the bust. 

Join our panel discussions, led by industry leaders, about the impacts and opportunities that COVID-19 is bringing to the sector. We’ll be having the hard conversations about whether the talk about contract and procurement behavioural change, greater project collaboration between parties and improving quality of service delivery over the last year is turning into action. Our panellists will also discuss the current and long-term roles of the Construction Sector Accord as an agent of behavioural change. We’ll also be exploring what the sector should focus on in the short to medium term to weather the disruptions to businesses. Taking a more long-term approach, we’ll explore business innovation opportunities, trends that COVID-19 has created or accelerated, and what commercial property will look like in the long-term.

Keynote Speakers

  • Karen Mitchell, Managing Principal Consultant, Advisian
  • Peter Fehl, Director Property Services, University of Auckland 
  • Shane Brealey, Managing Director, NZ Living
     

Panellists

  • Chris Hunter, Managing Director, NZ Strong
  • David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders
  • Karen Mitchell, Managing Principal Consultant, Advisian
  • Peter Fehl, Director Property Services, University of Auckland
  • Shane Brealey, Managing Director, NZ Living

Missed out on watching session 1? Watch it here.

Virtual Event Series 2:
Building Residential Sector Resilience
Sponsored by  CARTERS
Thursday 3 September
4pm – 5.30pm

As COVID-19 and the Global Financial Crisis have shown us, the residential building sector is vulnerable to economic shocks. These shocks leave lasting legacies of business closures, job losses, and skilled workers leaving the sector for good. This reality means that when the economy recovers, the sector is in a state of catch-up, unable to deliver the houses and renovations fast enough to meet demand. 

Join us, as we look beyond COVID-19 and consider some of the most innovative insights of the past year and what trends and developments will influence sector business thinking. Our panel of sector leaders will provide a clear view of the sector’s future and what it needs to do overcome existing challenges to become more resilient. We’ll also have business leaders sharing their learnings from the lockdown and what they’ll be focusing on to ensure their business survival and growth over the short to long-term. 
 
Keynote Speakers
  • Aidan Jury, Sales, Marketing and Franchise Director – Jennian Holdings.
  • Campbell Mattson, Managing Director, Location Homes

Panellists

  • Aidan Jury, Chief Operating Office, Jennian Homes
  • Campbell Mattson, Managing Director, Location Homes
  • David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders
  • Judi Keith-Brown - NZIA President
  • Prof. Wayne Zeng, Managing Director, Chancellor Construction

Virtual Event Series 3:
Opportunities for Reinvention and Transformation: The Political Agenda for the Sector’s Future

Thursday 10 September
4pm – 5.30pm

Joint session from:
 

As our sector knows, the existing building and planning systems often struggle to support the construction of homes in a timely and efficient manner. Years of piecemeal reforms have created unnecessary complexity and a compliance culture that stymies opportunities to address the substantial issues affecting the sector. This reduces sector productivity and is a drag on the economy.

In this joint session from Registered Master Builders and BusinessNZ, we’ll be hosting senior politicians in a pre-election discussion about their visions and policies for the sector. We’ll be asking what role they see the sector playing in New Zealand’s economic recovery and the long-term viability of the Construction Sector Accord. It’s an opportunity to hear their approach to addressing complex existing red tape, poor planning processes, inconsistent approaches in the building regulatory system and what policy levers they’ll be using to support jobs and growth. 

Following their presentations, our panel of experts from across the wider building and construction sector will give their thoughts on whether the proposed ideas and policies will be enough to not only drive the New Zealand economic recovery, but help foster a resilient and vibrant sector. 
 
Keynote Speakers

  • Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance
  • Hon Paul Goldsmith, National Party, Finance Spokesperson

Panellists

  • Darrell Trigg, Managing Director, Trigg Construction
  • Helen O'Sullivan, Chief Executive, Crockers Property
  • Johnny Calley, Director, Calley Homes
  • Kirk Hope, Chief Executive, BusinessNZ

Virtual Event Series 4:
Managing the Shocks: Ensuring Business Resilience
Sponsored by Scenario 
Thursday 17 September
4pm – 5.30 pm

What we build, how we build it and where we build it; construction today is almost unrecognisable compared to 50 or 100 years ago. Today, rapid technological advancements, changing skill requirements, a growing focus on sustainability, as well as changing client expectations means a rapidly transforming sector and business environment. 

What do these impacts mean for your business? In our final virtual event for Constructive 2020 we’re looking at what the sector is doing to manage these disruptors. Industry leaders join us who are actively participating in the Construction Sector Accord. We’ll hear from our first panel as to what the Accord is achieving and what long-term sector change it can deliver. 

Our second panel will also explore how we build business resilience into the industry and buildings we construct today and tomorrow, as well as ways the wider sector can come together to approach business resilience, share its successes, and build a construction ecosystem which thrives.

Construction Sector Accord Panellists

  • David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders
  • Graham Burke, President, NZ Specialist Trade Contractors Federation
  • Leonie Freeman, Chief Executive, Property Council New Zealand

Building Business Resilience Panellists

  • Chelydra Percy, Chief Executive, BRANZ
  • David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders
  • Leonie Freeman, Chief Executive, Property Council New Zealand
  • Scott Fisher, Chief Executive, PrefabNZ

 

If you missed out on watching any of the virtual event series above, you can watch them here.


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