Auckland 2020

25-26 Nov, Wed–Thu 10am–5pm, ASB Showgrounds

Bunnings Trade Speaker Series

Attend the Bunnings Trade Speaker Series for free to up-skill and expand your knowledge on topics showcasing the latest trends and insights. The Bunnings Trade Speaker Series is a hub of knowledge on key topics and issues critical to people who design, construct and manage New Zealand’s buildings and facilities. This is your opportunity to absorb all the knowledge of leading industry experts via panel discussions, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities. All under the one roof and all absolutely free. There's no catch!

Additionally, as outlined in MBIE’s LBP Skills Maintenance Scheme, attendees will be able to claim 1 LBP point for each hour of relevant elective activities including the educational speaker series and workshops at the Mega Event.





Wednesday 25 November

Keynote Session (Live Cast from LA): Moving Targets



It’s hard to think of a time in our generation when society had a lower tolerance for poor behaviour and challenged societal norm. A new standard is borne of what we expect from one another. Based in Los Angeles, world renowned architect and thought leader Doris Sung is intrigued by what this means for the evolving role of architecture; especially living through #Metoo and more recently the Black Lives Matter movements. These new benchmarks are amplified by the genuine hurt we now feel through the global pandemic.

These benchmarks translate to a zero-tolerance future for ill-considered design.

Doris Sung’s “Moving Targets” session will challenge architects to consider their role in creating societal improvement. Whether that is adapting our learnings through biology of animals and human to create living and breathing building skins – or considering how society would change with a united stance to refuse any part of designing new prisons, border walls, nuclear power plants and even highways. We carry influence and we hold a new torch to create our new society.

Doris will blend these thoughts and messages with a journey of her prior projects right through to the important body of R&D work she is currently undertaking, defining passive design in a completely new and smart way.

The targets are moving and architecture carries a very wide footprint for societal change.

Doris will be presenting this seminar (and taking questions) via live cast from LA. This seminar will also be mediated by the NZ Institute of Architects.

IoT is Awesome - so why are the odds your project will fail?

With the evolution of the IoT, the world is full of opportunities to automate processes, learn about your products and their use and to create new services and customer experiences.

Whether that’s a system to measure the atmosphere of your workspace in the Post-Covid world, understanding what conditions cause faults in key machinery, automating dumb processes that simply cost you money and cause staff disruption… There are now so many ways IoT can liberate your business as well as providing important insights on consumer behaviour and product performance.

But not all of it is useful, or advisable!

Digital trailblazer Ulrich Frerk is one of New Zealand’s IoT pioneers - he’s seen all the IoT’s uses, its successes and pitfalls and he’s on a mission to educate businesses on how to succeed with IoT based automation.

“70 percent of IoT projects fail because they’re not tied back to an actual need!"

“How you use data will have a huge impact on your company and likewise, any IoT Project,” he says.

In his talk, hear Ulrich outline how the IoT can take your business into the future, how to refine what you really need and how to ensure that your IoT project is money invested rather than money spent.

And armed with the right plan and the right data, the IoT can arm your business with the tools to succeed and the weapons to defend your niche against competitors.

Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Construction

Did you know that internationally and in New Zealand construction, has the highest suicide rate of any profession? We often take great care when working with electricity or at height, we must now take care to take practical steps to prevent suicide. Suicide is preventable and we can change the terrible statistics. Michael will talk about the latest research and success stories of suicide prevention programs.

This talk will cover...

• Why does construction have such a high suicide rate?
• What practical steps should employers and health and safety professionals take to prevent suicide in the profession?
• Why is "gatekeeper training" so important in suicide reduction?
• Why and how is poor sleep related to why people often want to end their lives. Learn ways that this can be addressed.
• What role does failure play in many suicides?

NZ’s Building Regulator

New Zealand’s building industry has many opportunities for growth and development, particularly as the country gears up for increased activity as part of the COVID-19 recovery process. As the new General Manager for Building System Performance at MBIE, John will discuss the organisation’s strategic plans for the building and construction industry, including the current work programme and what is planned for the future.

This speaking session with John is your opportunity to hear more about:

• MBIE’s strategic priorities for building
• Work programme initiatives and opportunities for change and innovation
• Climate change and the future of building
• A range of new and extended building consent exemptions


Thursday 26 November

Panel: How Can We Build Buildings Better in New Zealand?

With lockdown having a dramatic effect on all of New Zealand, businesses have had to pivot to work together more efficiently. When it comes to the design, construction and management of New Zealand’s Buildings, there is pressure now more than ever on getting it right from the start. So how can we improve those processes, save on costs and work more efficiently across industries? Join our panel of experts from the architecture, construction, sustainability and facility management sectors for a pan-industry debate on How Can We Build Buildings Better?


Business Unusual, the economy in a Covid world. A focus on housing.

Business Unusual, the economy in a Covid world. A focus on housing.

Record low rates supported by copious amounts of Quantitative Easing (QE). And negative rates are a risk.

Financial markets, globally, have been pacified by copious amounts of QE. And fiscal policy has joined the fray. Few do it better than NZ.

Extraordinary measures are designed to boost asset values, including equities. But the risks remain heavily titled to the downside.
We lower our interest rate forecasts and tweak our currency call. We expect the RBNZ to eventually double their QE program. And term lending to banks is the next (best) policy off the shelf.

Jarrod will discuss the short to medium term impact of the global pandemic, and the opportunities that have arisen.

Workplace Drug Testing and the Referendum – Will Your Business Go Up in Smoke?

Workplace drug testing is on the front line of risk mitigation for a business. In this session from The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) you will get a 101 introductory course on workplace drug testing.

Sales and Training Manager Bryce Dick and Group Technical Manager Rod Dale will discuss the importance of a comprehensive policy, testing types and uses, developments in oral fluid testing, and fishhooks, pitfalls, and other common mistakes. Companies will learn about how drug and alcohol testing, or the lack thereof, can make or break a company’s culture.

The team will also discuss what is on every employers’ mind… what to do about the Cannabis Referendum. The panel will also include a Q & A session after the discussion. Don’t miss your chance to hear from New Zealand’s largest and most experienced workplace drug and alcohol testing team during a fun, memorable and informative session.

Connected Environments: What it takes to become a smart organisation in a smart country.

Our world is moving at a speed where nearly anything can be continuously digitally connected. Now, more than ever, the opportunities made available by these connections are revolutionising our homes, our workplaces and our cities.

To fully realise the economic and societal opportunities IoT offers Aotearoa, we need more strategic leaders and innovators who understand the multiple dimensions of a ‘Connected Environment’: technology, data, ethics & governance, and ultimately business impact.

With new techniques of machine learning and artificial insights, and advances in wireless communications such as 5G we are able to manage human activities and engagement to a far deeper and meaningful level. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, digital twins are examples of technologies that support human activity through automation, deep insights of information meaning and engagement for critical action.

Whether you’re operating at an enterprise level or you’re an individual wanting to leverage technology to drive organisational efficiency and advantage using sensing systems, this is a critical time to recognise the impact of IoT, 5G and deep data analytics. The insights it can expose requires strategic consideration and foresight. Creating a Connected Environment is more than adding sensors to existing operations, it is a strategic decision enabling better organisational outcomes and more effective delivery of your purpose to your clients.

How will we make effective use of Connected Environment technologies to make Aotearoa a more liveable and prosperous nation? How will we imbue technology solutions with values that draw on our indigenous knowledge and history to create a positive impact for people and planet

Join the conversation with our panel of entrepreneurs and experts to discuss why Connected Environments represent a digital turning point that will impact all of us.