KiwiBuild Summit to return after inaugural event success at buildnz designex


“I was totally blown away by the industry’s desire to collaborate and get KiwiBuild done — and not just done, but done well.”

That was the conclusion drawn by KiwiBuild Summit MC Patrick Gower of the summit that took place at the buildnz designex trade show in Auckland recently.

This year’s event was deemed a great success by the thousands of visiting industry professionals and exhibiting suppliers who attended the show.

The very first KiwiBuild Summit, sponsored by Bunnings Trade, featured five panel discussions, with more than 20 of New Zealand’s industry influencers and chief executives involved.

Lead by Housing Minister Phil Twyford and Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa, the debate was fierce as leaders discussed what the industry needed to do in order to achieve the KiwiBuild promise of building 100,000 affordable homes in just 10 years.

Filled to capacity, the summit presented the challenges, suggested solutions, and generated lively debate amongst all who attended.

Early research amongst those in attendance means the KiwiBuild Summit will return in 2019.

Minister Twyford said it was a fantastic trade show that brought together the most interesting and innovative suppliers from across the construction industry.

Show organiser XPO Exhibitions is collating a white paper outlining the key points and outcomes of each panel discussion, including an overall summary of the KiwiBuild Summit.

This document will be shared with the industry when complete. To receive a copy, email

Thousands of builders, designers, architects and specifiers enjoyed a couple of very busy days exploring the latest product innovations and new technologies that are shaping the future of their industry.

Other features of the show included

Licensed Building Practitioner and Continued Professional Development-lead seminars from the industry’s most influential speakers,

live demonstrations,

an interactive PrefabNZ display,

Innovation Quarter,

the Hirepool trailer backing competition,

NZ Police tool engraving, and

the co-located National Safety Show.

Auckland’s construction industry continues to grow at unprecedented levels, making this year’s buildnz designex a timely and important event for any industry professional’s calendar.

The event presented a range of new and returning initiatives, along with many more interactive special features designed to address some of the challenges facing the industry.

Collaboration, innovation and changing the traditional way of designing and building whilst maintaining quality design was at the forefront of the show.

XPO Exhibitions announced the return next year of buildnz designex, which will again be co-located with the National Safety Show.

For more information, follow the buildnz designex web site and Facebook pages for event updates.

buildnz designex 2018 video highlights can be viewed on the buildnz YouTube page, or via

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