Restructuring New Zealand - commercial construction landscape

Thursday 12 August



Registration Opens
8.30 - 8.55AM
Constructive 2021: Restructuring New Zealand
  • David Kelly – Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders
  • Jehan Casinader - Facilitator
8.55 – 10.15AM

State of the Sector
Our sector is navigating an incredible boom, while also facing significant disruption due to COVID-19 related skilled labour shortages and key supplies. This adds enormous complexity to already challenging projects. Our state of the sector survey provides an annual stocktake of what is happening across the broader landscape. Our senior executives from across the New Zealand and Australian markets provide their take on what this means for businesses and what we need to do differently.  


  • Chris Hunter – Managing Director, NZ Strong
  • Darryl-Lee Wendelborn - Managing Director, Beca
  • John Coop - Managing Director, Warren and Mahoney
  • Judi Keith-Brown - President, Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute Of Architects
  • Phil Eaton - Managing Director, Greenstone Group
  • Steve Kileen -  Chief Executive, Downer

You can watch the State of the Sector Video here.

10.15 - 10.55AM

Government’s Term of Delivery – An Update From the Minister
How Government and sector can work together to address New Zealand’s critical infrastructure deficit. 

Click here to watch the Ministers update.

10.55 - 11.20AM
Morning Tea Break

11.20 – 11.50AM

Prioritising Critical Infrastructure – An Update from the Infrastructure Commission 
CEO Ross Copland provides an update of the Commission’s first year, including progress of the 30-year strategy.


  • Ross Copland –  Chief Executive, The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission
View his presentation here.
11.50 – 1.00PM

What’s Next for the Construction Sector Accord?
Our sector has come a long way in recent years, and much of this is down to the Construction Sector Accord. The Accord originated at Constructive and has provided a successful platform for Government and the sector to work together. This session discusses the current work programme and what is next for the Accord. We also focus on procurement, showcasing examples of new approaches which are proving successful for clients and contractors.


Case Studies:

1.00 – 1.50PM
Lunch Break

1.50 – 2.10PM
Business Leadership – Defining What Good Looks Like 
What makes a successful and high-performing construction business? PWC is leading work to define what good looks like for all areas of the sector, including subtrades. We provide an update on the process. 

  • Lara Bennett - Executive Director, PWC
  • Peter Cody - Partner, PWC
2.10 – 3.05PM

The Diversity Opportunity  
In a constrained labour market, our sector needs to encourage and engage with a more diverse workforce. Leaders from across the sector share how we can improve our approach as a sector and take better advantage of the diversity opportunity.  


  • Colleen Upton - General Manager, Hutt Gas & Plumbing
  • Maretha Smit –  Chief Executive, Diversity Works 
  • Paul Southey - Director, A1 Homes 
  • Stacey Mendonca - President, National Association of Women in Construction
3.05 - 3.25PM
Afternoon Tea Break

3.25 - 4.35PM

Climate Change – How is Our Sector Responding?
Climate change has moved up the political and business agenda. Our sector is no exception. Environmental issues are impacting not only what we build, but also how we build. This session looks at new approaches to building and retrofitting to help decarbonise our landscapes.   

You’ll discuss decarbonisation across the sector and we’ll then share examples of new practice. 


  • Grant Thomas - Development Manager, Russel Property Group
  • Stephen Middleton - Principal, Jasmax
They will be discussing the Beatrice Tinsley project. Click here to view their presentation. Click here to view the video.

  • Chris Speed – Design Engineer, Dunning Thornton
  • Jeff McHardy - Project Manager, LT McGuiness
  • Nick Baty – Principal, Building Services Engineering,  BECA
They will be discussing the Wellington City Council Convention Centre. Click here to view their presentation.
4.35 - 4.45PM
Summary and Wrap-up of Day One

7.00 - 10.00PM
Constructive Dinner
Shed 6, Wellington
Business/Smart Casual attire