Commercial Construction: Strategies for Surviving the Cycle

Friday 26 August


8.30 - 8.45AM


Registration Opens

Welcome to Day 2


  • Jehan Casinader, Forum Facilitator
  • David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders Association
8.45 - 10.15AM

State of the Sector - Our Annual Sector Stocktake of the Issues
A highlight of Constructive, our annual update on the key issues and opportunities facing the sector. This year's survey is informed by over 1,000 participants, drawn across both supply and demand sides of the sector. We hear about what's keeping sector leaders awake at night, and if those concerns are the same as for their customers. A can’t miss session. 


  • David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders Association 
  • Dan McGuinness, Director, LT McGuinness
  • Brett Russell, Managing Director, Russell Group of Companies  
  • Judith Taylor, President, Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects  
  • Alex Waldren, National Director, Industry Policy, Master Builders Australia 

Watch the State of the Sector Video here.
This year, we have developed a more extensive report outlining the challenges and opportunities that the sector faces, including comments from sector leaders. It’s an informative read and one I hope you all find a valuable take away from Constructive. You can read it here.

10.15 - 11.00AM

Address by Christopher Luxon, Leader of the Opposition
National Party Leader Christopher Luxon will provide an address, focussing on his party’s goals and likely policy direction for the building and construction sector should they form the government in 2023, followed by his engaging with Constructive attendees in a Q&A session.  

Keynote Speaker:

  • Christopher Luxon, Leader of the Opposition
11.00 - 11.20AM
Morning Tea
11.20 - 12.05PM

Building Strong and Healthy Teams
This interactive session will focus on the war for talent, and how the sector can attract and retain its best in the face of fierce competition from across the Tasman. The session also provides practical ways to create strong, diverse, and vibrant workplaces where people feel supported and well rewarded. 


  • John Abercrombie, Northern Regional Manager, Hawkins
  • Philip Aldridge, Chief Executive, Waihanga Ara Rau 
  • Nate Alley, Managing Director, Sentinel Homes Waikato 
  • Pam McGarry, General Manager – People & Culture, Naylor Love
12.05 - 12.35PM

Building Mental Wellbeing in Construction
Looking after the mental wellbeing of our workforce is crucial to navigating the next difficult phase of the building and construction cycle. This important session is led by Mates in Construction and will focus on the metal wellbeing of the building and construction workforce, including those working in our offices. Importantly, it will offer practical tips about how we can do better in looking after each other. 


  • Gloria Vetekina, Capability Services Manager, MATES in Construction New Zealand. Ppt here
12.35 - 1.15PM


1.15 - 1.40PM

Resetting the Construction Sector Accord
Established in 2019 the Construction Sector Accord played an important role in the development of essential changes across the sector, and in government and the sector working in collaboration to effect better outcomes. But after three years, it is now being refreshed and renewed, with a significant financial commitment from the government. We hear from one of the Accord’s new co-chairs to understand what's next and how we can get involved and support the framework. 


  • Andrew Crisp, Chief Executive, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Ppt here
1.40 - 2.25PM

The Māori Voice in Construction
Māori Leadership is a new workstream as part of the Construction Sector Accord, we discuss what this means for the sector and what is already happening at a regional and community level.  


  • Amos Kamo, Director Policy & Performance, Te Kurutao, Kāinga Ora 
  • Paul Southey Director, (Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa te Iwi), A1 Homes Wairarapa
  • Nathan Te Miha, (Te Tairawhiti & Ngati Porou, AOTEAROA), Construction Director, Iconiq Group

Ppt here
2.25 - 2.45PM

Reframing Social Housing
An update from Kāinga Ora regarding their social housing approach and where there are opportunities for the sector to partner and support.


  • Patrick Dougherty, General Manager Construction and Innovation, Kāinga Ora. Ppt here
Afternoon Tea
2.45 - 3.30PM

Award Winning Approaches
We showcase award winning projects which are pushing boundaries in terms of architectural innovation, community collaboration and climate action.  

  • Darrell Trigg, Managing Director, Trigg Construction - 
    Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery, was constructed by Trigg Construction. Not only is this art centre a piece of art itself but is one of New Zealand’s biggest community driven projects with an estimated 50,000+ hours put in by volunteers. This project had innovation at its core, both in the design, construction and approach. Ppt here

  • Sam Gordon, Project Manager, Hawkins
    Foodstuffs North Island Head Office, was constructed by Hawkins and won the sustainability award at this year's Commercial Project Awards. This is an architecturally innovative building with a curved roof, concrete glass reinforced concrete (GRC) soffits. It also has been built with the environment in mind and has achieved GreenStar accreditation. Ppt here
3.30 - 3.40PM

Day 2 Wrap Up and Forum Close


  • David Kelly, Chief Executive, Registered Master Builders Association
  • Jehan Casinader, Forum Facilitator