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NZIQS 2017 Conference

Welcome to the NZIQS 2017 Annual Conference - Leading through Excellence -  page. The conference will be hosted at Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington 

 21 - 23 June 2017

This is where you will find all the details you need to know relating to the programme, speakers, events, registration, sponsorship and more.

Conference registration closes Friday 9th June 2017. To register click here



The coolest little capital in the world

Sponsorship opportunities

Registration Fees

The NZIQS Annual Conference is the major event on the institute calendar and 2017 is shaping up to be yet another not to be missed conference. The conference will run from 21-23 June 2017 with Welcome Cocktails on the Wednesday night and full day plenary Thursday, Friday. The conference dinner will be held on the Thursday night, this change from the dinner being on the final night is to ensure those of you who need to travel home on Friday night - maybe to watch the All Blacks versus The British Lions on Saturday in Auckland will not miss any of the event.

The Theme is “Leading through Excellence”.  “We chose this theme as we believe as a membership Institute we need to take the lead by showing that our membership reflects our commitment to show excellence within the construction industry. We aim to bring you conference speakers that reflect the ‘Leading through Excellence’ theme to help develop both your professional and personal growth, as well as topics that will ensure you are up to date with what is happening within our industry now and into the future" says 2017 Conference Chairperson Brent Jefferys

Online registrations now open! To register click here


Wednesday 21 June

10.00am - 4.00pm Golf - Boulcott Farm Heritage Golf Course

                            Bus Departs Rydges Hotel, Featherston Street

5.30 - 7.00pm Winstone Wallboards Welcome Drinks

                            Dillngers, 155 Lambton Quay

Thursday 22 June

8.00am  Registration and Exhibition Area Opens

8.35am  Welcome to Wellington - Mayor Justin Lester

9.10am  Welcome to Conference - Jeremy Shearer, NZIQS President

9.15 am  Engineered Timber - Gary Caulfield, Xlam & Jason Guiver, Nelson Pine

                            Kindly sponsored by Ministry of Primary Industries

10.00 - 10.30am  Morning Tea

                            Kindly sponsored by Kwanto

10.30 am   Cost Escalation - Stephen Gracey, RLB

                             Kindly sponsored by Kensway

11.00 am    The Nature of Change - Phil Tate

                             Kindly sponsored by MJH Engineering

11.45am    An update from the Executive Director - Marilyn Moffatt

12.00 - 12.45pm   Lunch 

                            Kindly sponsored by Schindler

12.45pm    Exceeding the Minimum - Dr David Dowdell, BRANZ

                             Kindly sponsored by H H Bunckenburg Trust

1.30pm      Motivational - Jamie Fitzgerald

                              Kindly sponsored by Maltbys

2.30 - 2.50pm   Afternoon Tea

                              Kindly sponsored by Choice Commercial Interiors

2.50pm     Buses depart for St Mary's Church Site Visit

4.45pm      Buses return to conference hotels

7.00 pm      Conference Dinner

Friday 23 June

8.00 - 8.30am   Exhibition Area Open

8.30 - 9.45am    NZIQS Annual General Meeting

9.45 - 10.30am  Morning Tea

                              Kindly sponsored by Savory Construction

10.30am          NZ Construction Industry - Dr Ganesh Nana

                             Kindly sponsored by CMP Construction

11.15am         A customers perspective - Mike Hannaway

                             Kindly sponsored by Carters

12.00 - 1.00pm   Lunch

                              Kindly sponsored by Woodview  Construction

1.00 pm             How to cope with stress in the workplace - Dr Annette Beautris

                              Kindly sponsored by Seven Electrical Ltd

1.45pm              Retentions - Brendon Cash

                              Kindly sponsored by Harrisons Quantity Surveyors

2.45 - 3.15pm     Afternoon Tea

                              Kindly sponsored by Ortus International

3.15pm            Proposed industry changes to multi-level buildings - Hamish McKenzie

                             Kindly sponsored by Rawlinsons

3.45pm          Motivational - Cam Calkoen

                              Kindly sponsored by Rider Levett Bucknall

5.00pm          Conference Close                     



Key speakers for the Conference include:

Ian Jones
All Black Great

Master of Ceremonies
Jamie Fitzgerald
Adventurer and business man

Motivational Speaker
Cam Calkoen
True inspiration and ambassador of Awesome

Motivational Speaker
Dr Ganesh Nana
Chief Economist

Keynote Speaker
Dr Annette Beautris
Head of "Mates in New Zealand"

Keynote Speaker

 The conference programme will also include speakers on
- Engineered Timber
- Cost Escalation
 - Building Life Cycles
- Bonds & Retentions
- Coping with Stress in the Workplace 
and much much more

Conference Dinner

The Dinner this year not only moves from its usual final night spot but also moves away from the sit down formal dinner model. Wellington is unique and we would like to highlight this with an interactive food celebration where attendees will move around pods creating and sampling food and cocktails - all served with a healthy dollop of competition.

The coolest little capital in the World

Embraced by a natural amphitheatre of ocean and hill, Wellington merges big city culture with small town charm. A lively energy pulses through what is celebrated as New Zealand’s arts, film, coffee, culinary, craft beer, events and political capital. Wellington is also known as a socially and environmentally conscious city. Declared nuclear-free over 30 years ago in 1982, it was also the first capital city in the southern hemisphere to gain Fair Trade status, and is home to the world-leading Zealandia sanctuary.

To learn more about click here

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you or your company would like to get on board with sponsoring this event click here to download a sponsorship prospectus or contact Alana on

For more information : Alana Cuthbert

Registration Fees - must close 9th June 2017

after 28/04/17
(NZIQS & AIQS members)
 Includes All Programmed Day Sessions, Welcome Drinks, Conference Dinner, Lunches, Morning/Afternoon Teas  $649
Full Time Students
(NZIQS members)

 Includes All Programmed Day Sessions, Welcome Drinks, Conference Dinner, Lunches, Morning/Afternoon Teas  $150
Day only after 28/04/17
(NZIQS members)
Includes All Progammed Day Sessions, Lunches, Morning/Afternoon Teas $549
Full Registration 

Includes All Programmed Day Sessions, Welcome Drinks, Conference Dinner, Lunches, Morning/Afternoon Teas $750
Day Registration

Includes All Programmed Day Sessions, Lunches, Morning/Afternoon Teas
Partners Programme

Includes Welcome Drinks, Full Day Tour of Wellington, Thursday, Conference Dinner, Optional Friday Morning Programme and Hi Tea on Friday Afternoon before joining the delegates for the final speaker. $250
Golf Day

Wednesday 21st June - Includes transport ex Wellington CBD, Light Meals, Green Fees, Shared Cart Hire and Drink at end of Day. $110

We have secured three accommodation options for Conference.  We will be running a bus from each hotel each morning to Te Papa, the conference venue.  Of if the sun is shining they are both an easy stroll around the waterfront.   

All conference accommodation room holds have now been released.  If you still need accommodation please call and ask, they will try and give you the best rate where possible.

Bolton Hotel 

To book your accommodation at the Bolton Hotel call 04 462 3780

Rydges Hotel 

 To book call Hannah on 04 499 8686

The Park Hotel

Call Park Hotel on 0800 260 5000 and quote NZIQS.



Full day tour of our beautiful capital city on Thursday.  Friday morning option of a Barista Coffee, followed by some down time (or shopping time) then a delicious Hi Tea before joining the delegates for the final conference speaker and conference close.

Cost $250 includes Welcome Drinks and Conference Dinner ticket.