Leading CEOs and industry influencers to front KiwiBuild Summit at buildnz designex


buildnz designex organisers are excited about hosting more than 18 of New Zealand’s leading chief executives and industry leaders at the upcoming KiwiBuild Summit in July.

Leading journalist and commentator Duncan Garner will MC the KiwBuild Summit located within the buildnz designex event in Auckland.

Main speakers include Minister for Housing and Urban Development, and Transport, the Hon Phil Twyford, and Minister for Building and Construction the Hon Jenney Salesa. They will be joined by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.

KiwiBuild Summit is free to attend for all industry professionals, and will be structured around a series of themed panel discussions with industry leaders outlining the KiwiBuild plan — the Government’s target to deliver 100,000 high quality, affordable new homes over 10 years, with 50% of them in Auckland. *

“I’m looking forward to returning to buildnz designex,” Mr Goff says. “It’s a great opportunity to talk face to face with the people in this vital industry who, together, will allow us to build more and build better for the good of New Zealand.”

Mr Goff is no stranger to the industry event’s 5000-plus industry attendees, having officially opened the event in 2015 and appearing as a keynote speaker in 2017, where he shared his support and vision for industry innovation shortly prior to the election that brought Labour to power.

National events director Tony Waite says no other industry event has the calibre of speakers and attendees as this year’s KiwiBuild Summit.

“We’re delighted that Phil and Jenny wish to commit their valuable time to front the industry. The Kiwibuild strategy deserves the full attention of the industry to engage, collaborate and buy into the plan,” Mr Waite says

“The industry has been talking for years about the issues of qualified recruitment shortages, the growing cost of materials, and difficulties of fast-tracking major housing projects. This forum gives the Government the opportunity to communicate and deliver on new solutions within the industry.”

PrefabNZ chief executive Pamela Bell will join the pan-industry panel, showcasing the important role of prefabrication.

“The built environment industry simply has to innovate to keep up with changing demographics, housing needs and disruptive technologies,” Ms Bell says.

“PrefabNZ will use this great opportunity to discuss innovative technology and the important role that prefabricated products and processes have in building homes better and faster.”

The event will host 200 exhibiting suppliers, special features and Continuing Professional Development and Licensed Building Practitioner-accredited seminars and learning workshops.

buildnz designex is free to attend for all industry professionals, and runs from July 4-5 at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland.


* www.labour.org.nz/housing

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