Auckland 2020

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

Monique Surges

Monique Surges

Monique Surges - Chief Executive Officer at German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce

Monique Surges is the officially recognised German Trade Representative in New Zealand and holds the title of Chief Executive Officer for the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. Since its foundation in 1983 the GNZCC has become an important partner in fostering bilateral trade between Germany and New Zealand, with the main objectives being to advise companies in market development and to support them in the initiation of business relations. Monique has also been a member of the supervisory board for BayWA AG since 2015 and is the treasurer of the New Zealand Europe Business Council, an umbrella organisation for all European business associations and councils in New Zealand.

See Monique Surges live in Auckland 2020

Wednesday 25 November
Challenges for the construction sector and why change is inevitable.
3:30pm-4:15pm Speedfloor Education Zone



Many new homes built in New Zealand, often only meet the minimum standards of insulation and weather tightness, that are defined in the Building Code. Add to this the major issues with existing houses and their critical need of upgrading. Every fifth house in New Zealand shows a moisture reading that is above the norm. The average inside room temperature of living areas and bedrooms are not complying with what the WHO recommends them to be – all caused by no, or insufficient, thermal breaking in the building structure or no / not sufficient insulation.

We hope to change this - through robust discussion and lobbying from our members in the construction & building sector.

New Zealand doesn’t stand alone when it comes to more efficient and sustainable solutions in buildings across the country. German-New Zealand partnerships in the building sector have already made a difference, which has led to increased building quality, reduced energy costs and lowered the carbon emission levels in New Zealand. However, as we are German, after all, we want perfection! Hence, we need to talk to the industry directly.

Join our session to:
1. Get an update on the latest technology & products from Germany
2. Discuss the biggest differences/challenges between building quality in NZ & Germany
3. Understand how a knowledge transfer can happen between the 2 countries especially with our current boarder situation


You must pre-register to attend this event