Residential Construction: Lessons to Help with Adapting to Change

Thursday 25 August



Registration Opens
8.30 - 9.30AM
Constructive 2022 Forum Welcome and Opening
9.30 – 10.30AM

The State of Housing in New Zealand - How Did We Get Here and What Comes Next?
Our panel will reflect on our current housing market and the consequences of a material change in market conditions, how we got here, and what we now need to do now. The panel will discuss what needs to change to allow the sector to continue to consistently deliver the housing New Zealand needs. We hear from both supply and demand side market participants on how we can address New Zealand's housing crisis. 


  • Simon Barber Managing Director, Jennian Homes Wellington 
  • Ross Copland, Chief Executive, Te Waihanga Infrastructure Commission. Ppt here
  • Kelvin Davidson, Chief Property Economist, CoreLogic
  • Leonie Freeman, Chief Executive, Property Council New Zealand. Ppt here
  • David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders Association
10.30 - 11.15AM

Minister of Housing's Keynote Address
Minister of Housing and Building and Construction Hon. Dr Megan Woods provides our keynote address, focussing on the government’s goals for housing and the government’s role in supporting the sector during the looming downcycle. This will be followed by an opportunity for an attendee Q&A session.

Keynote Speaker: 

  • Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Housing, Minister of Building and Construction
11.15 - 11.35AM
Morning Tea

11.35 – 1.00PM

Hindsight, Insight, Foresight - Building Through the Current Bust Cycle
The market has materially changed – we face a number of challenges across the sector, but we’ve been here before. Our panel will draw on lessons from the last bust cycle, both here and in Australia, to offer practical solutions and strategies to navigate the current downcycle. 


  • Richard Carver, Managing Director & Co-Owner, Jennian Homes
  • Matthew Duder, Managing Director, EBOSS. Ppt here
  • Judith Taylor, President, Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects 
  • Rudy van Baarle, Owner, Director and Head Gopher of Molesworth Homes, Liberty Developments & Van Baarle Construction 
  • Alex Waldron, National Director, Industry Policy, Master Builders Australia
1.00 – 1.45PM

Lunch proudly sponsored by PlaceMakers

1.45 – 2.15PM

Offsite or Onsite Construction? - The Answer is Both
Offsite construction offers the sector huge opportunities, but too often it is seen as only a niche solution. This is no longer the case. In this session, we will hear about the range of offsite solutions now available and how the opportunity can best be used by integrating offsite construction into every building site to deliver cost and time efficiencies. 


  • Ben Drake, Board Member, OffsiteNZ. Ppt here
  • Brad Hollier, Director & Construction Manager, Nook Homes. Ppt here  
  • Jade Stack, Director & Sales Manager, Nook Homes. Ppt here
2.15 – 3.00PM

Waste and the Circular Economy - A Solution for Builders
The construction industry produces around 50% of all waste generated in New Zealand. It is an issue we can no longer ignore given the drive for emissions reduction and an area that is ripe for new solutions. We hear about a new collaboration which brings key groups together to eliminate waste onsite. The solution discussed is already available in the key centres, and ready to be adapted for regional operators, so it offers opportunities for the sector to reduce its emissions.


  • Nigel Benton, Owner, Nigel M & Jacquelyn N Benton Limited
  • Dr Terri-Ann Berry, Director of the Environmental Solutions Research Centre and Associate Professor in the School of Construction and Engineering, Unitec Institute of Technology Auckland. Ppt here
  • Mark Roberts, Senior Waste Planning Advisor, Waste Solutions, Auckland Council
3.00 – 3.40PM

Balancing and Prioritising Regulatory Change
John Sneyd, General Manager of the Building System Performance branch at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment provides an update on MBIE’s regulatory reform programme, its breadth and timelines, and its implications for the sector. John will also take questions from the attendees.


  • John Sneyd, General Manager, Building System Performance, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Ppt here
Alternative Wall and Ceiling Lining Products Available in Aotearoa New Zealand
Step by Step guide Building Product Substitution
3.40 - 3.45PM
Afternoon Tea

3.45 - 4.30PM

Building For a New Way of Living - The Medium Density Opportunity
Medium density housing is upon us – seen as a key solution to the urban housing crisis, more multi-unit homes are now being consented than standalone houses. How do we ensure these are quality homes that will stand the test of time? We hear from sector leaders in this space on how to ensure quality and efficiency across all stages of the process.  


  • Matthew Duder, Managing Director, EBOSS
  • Jeff Fahrensohn, Manager Inspections, Auckland Council
  • Guy Marriage, Senior Lecturer, Wellington School of Architecture. Ppt here
4.30 - 5.00PM

Commerce Commission - Building Supply Study Report
With the interim report of the Commerce Commission’s market study into building supplies released, the Commerce Commission will discuss its main interim findings, their implications, and explain where to next for its market study. 

  • Antonia Horrocks, General Manager, Competition, New Zealand Commerce Commission. Ppt here
5.00 - 5.15PM

Day One Wrap Up


  • David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders Association
  • Jehan Casinader, Forum Facilitator
7.00 - 10.00PM
Constructive Forum Dinner