Building together: [Re]set for the future

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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 | 9am - 6pm
MinterEllisonRuddWatts | Auckland
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The Construction and Infrastructure sector’s contribution to New Zealand’s economy has become increasingly evident to all New Zealanders – as has the need for significant investment in all assets.

With the scale of private and public projects that are to be delivered within the context of changing societal and political demands, there is a call for all sector participants to come together to ensure we successfully deliver our pipeline of projects within current constraints and challenges.

Hosted by award-winning journalist Miriama Kamo, MinterEllisonRuddWatts is proud to facilitate this inaugural sector event. We have brought together politicians, commercial and infrastructure leaders, and key industry participants to consider the strategic direction of the sector.

We look forward to hosting this interactive, thought-provoking forum.

Guest arrival and registration
Welcoming and opening
Setting the scene


Keynote: Pipeline: where we are now and where do we need to be

Hear from New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga Chief Executive, Ross Copland on New Zealand’s construction and infrastructure pipeline and the challenges and opportunities faced by our sector in delivering this pipeline.


  • Ross Copland, Chief Executive, New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga 
Debate: Is policy enabling or hindering progress?

Janine Stewart, together with Dr Troy Coyle and Dean Kimpton, will examine the principles driving the creation of legislation and policy for the Construction and Infrastructure sector. This debate will explore the weight given to sustaining our current industry participants and framework, versus the shape we want the industry to take to service our future generations. 


Facilitated by:  

  • Craig Hobbs, Director Regulatory Services, Auckland Council
Panel: Achieving successful outcomes

In this moderated panel discussion, spokespeople from the main political parties will share their views on the role that Government plays in ensuring the health of the Construction and Infrastructure sector and in providing long term certainty in decision making for the benefit of New Zealanders.

Confirmed panellists: 

  • Chris Bishop, Infrastructure spokesperson, National
  • Simon Court, Infrastructure spokesperson, ACT
  • Hon Julie Anne Genter, Infrastructure spokesperson, Green Party
  • Shanan Halbert, MP for Northcote, Labour Party

Facilitated by:  

Lunch and networking
Panel: The rise of mega projects

New Zealand is facing historically high levels of proposed investment in major projects and national programmes to deliver improved public outcomes and as a catalyst for economic growth. The way in which we deliver these projects and programmes gives rise to an unique set of opportunities and challenges. Our panel of leading experts, will consider what we need to do to enable the successful delivery of mega projects and national programmes in New Zealand.


Heads together discussion: Successful implementation of sustainability principles
This informal conversation will cover the implementation of sustainability principles when delivering domestic and international projects, and the parallel delivery of broader social outcomes. Our speakers will delve into the successes, challenges and lessons learned from local transport and energy projects and consider how we can apply international lessons within the New Zealand context.


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Discussion: Māku e kii atu, he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata

People are needed to achieve great things. In this session our speakers will consider the people factor, touching on the most important issues for the Construction and Infrastructure sector today – from flexing your workforce amidst the challenges of a tight labour market and skill shortages, to opportunities around diversity and managing increasing workforce risks including mental health.


Closing remarks
Drinks and networking
Event ends
Registration and event information


Tuesday, 21 March 2023


Level 22 PwC Tower, 15 Customs Street West

Conference timings

9am – 4.15pm

Drinks and networking

4.15pm – 6pm

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For event queries, please contact [email protected]

Building Together: [Re]set for the future is hosted by the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Construction and Infrastructure Division. Our sector-leading, specialist team has the largest dedicated offering in New Zealand. We are involved in all aspects of construction and infrastructure projects across the country, both in the private and public sectors.