29 March 2019
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NZIOB Constitution, outline of changes, and post EGM election timeline

At the NZIOB’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in Christchurch on 11 April, members will be asked to approve the adoption (by the NZIOB Council) of the proposed new NZIOB Constitution & Bylaw set. Other than updating the outdated language used in the existing Constitution, applying updates to reflect technological advances (such as online elections), and removing the myriad of ambiguities; the main changes are:

  • The previous Constitution included: Membership & Grading, Ethics & Conduct, and Chapters and Branches. These aspects (noting name change of Chapters to Regions) are now separated out into Bylaws; 
  • Bylaws can be changed by the National Board (nee National Council), at Board meetings with a 2/3rds majority. This allows the NZIOB governance group to make changes to aspects in these three areas, or to develop new other Bylaws if needed, without taking the changes to an AGM/EGM, as is the case currently;
  • The National Council becomes the National Board (or ‘Board’, as there will only be one Board) and Chapters become Regions i.e. Northern Region, Central Region, Southern Region; and
  • The Governance structure is updated:
  • Under the current Constitution, the Council composition is: National President (NP), Immediate Past/NP-Elect, 2 x Northern Chapter reps, 2 x Central Chapter reps, 2 x Southern Chapter reps. Notwithstanding that the Chapter Presidents are generally Council members, the only person the membership elects are those in the NP and Immediate Past/NP-Elect roles.
  • The new Constitution sees the (National) Board comprised of up to seven elected members (Chair, 1 x rep from each region (3), 3 x reps from the general membership) and the ability for the Board, post-election, to co-opt up to 2 additional Board members to fill any additional needs (if any). These Co-opts do not have to be NZIOB members, though the Board must first consider whether members can meet the identified need. 
Upon ratification of the new Constitution and Bylaw set that will be tabled at the 11 April EGM, nominations will be sought from the membership for the Chair and Board members for the three Regional (nee Chapter) Committees and the National Board (nee National Council). The new Constitution provides members with the opportunity to have a much greater say in the composition of the National Board and provides the ability for members to nominate (or vote for) both: a member from their home region (i.e. a Regional Board Member), along with a member from the membership at large (i.e. a Membership Board Member). This will aid the Institute in achieving a governance group that reflects the general membership’s views on who is best qualified to run the NZIOB. 
Timeline of the election process post the EGM: 
  • Appointment of an independent Electoral Officer by Tuesday 16th of May;
  • Call for nominations for both Chair and Board members for the (National) Board and Regional Committees by Thursday 16th of May; 
  • Elections held no later than Thursday 25th of July; and

Election results announced at the first NZIOB Annual General Meeting (AGM) under the new Constitution, on Thursday 22nd of August 2019 (Auckland).

Register to attend the NZIOB EGM here

Hirepool joins the NZIOB’s ‘family of five’ supporter base

The NZIOB is pleased to announce that Hirepool has become a National Sponsor of the Institute, becoming a ‘family of five’ member, a group comprised of: GIB®, Resene Construction Systems, Metro Performance Glass, Hays, and Hirepool. This supporter base provides the NZIOB with underlying funding to enable the Institute to operate as the effective building industry stakeholder that it is recognised as being.
Strong alignment between the business offerings of a proposed new National Sponsor and the NZIOB membership is an important factor when determining who is provided with an opportunity to join the Institute’s ‘family of five’. “The choice of Hirepool as an incoming National Sponsor for the NZIOB represents great alignment, not only in terms of the product and service that Hirepool supplies to the projects that many of our members manage”, says NZIOB National President, Graeme Birkhead, “but also in terms of their investment in, and commitment to, the building industry.”
Hirepool is no stranger to the NZIOB, having been a long-term supporter of several of the Institute’s annual events, including: Northern Chapter Fishing Competition, Northern Chapter Golf Day, and the New Zealand Building Industry Awards. Hirepool’s GM Sales & Marketing, Gary Richardson, is “delighted to increase that level of support and become a National Sponsor of the NZIOB. We have been longtime suppliers and supporters to the building industry, and as a proud Kiwi company, we want to get in behind organisations like NZIOB that promote the professional delivery of construction projects. We look forward to connecting more with the NZIOB members throughout the country and offering our resources to help them achieve their goals.” Hirepool’s National Sponsor agreement takes effect from 1 April 2019.

The last of the summer sun, Northern and Central Chapter Golf Days

The annual Placemakers NZIOB Northern Golf Day and Carters NZIOB Central Chapter Golf Day both enjoyed perfect golf conditions and high attendance, with 35 and 32 teams respectively (the Central Chapter attendance level was a record). For 2019, the Central Chapter followed the Auckland event team’s lead by encouraging hole sponsors to put on activities at the holes. This addition enhanced the attendee experience.

What makes these events so special, is that the teams and sponsors represent the full spectrum of the construction supply-chain, just like the NZIOB does. The Golf Days serve as occasions when design consultants come together with main contractors, specialist trades, and suppliers, to enjoy a great day out. To make these events happen requires a great deal of resource, which for the NZIOB is primarily volunteer. Acknowledgments to the respective Golf Committees. Northern Chapter: Matt McGuinness, Aaron Lindsay, Ed Stubenitsky, Karen Fitzjames, and event planner, Alison Smith. Central Chapter: Dennise Austin, Nigel Dong, Graeme Anderson, Mike King, and Susan Duley from the NZIOB National Office.
Alison Smith’s long-standing contribution to the NZIOB was acknowledged at the Auckland event, with the launch of the 'NZIOB Northern Region Service Commendation', for persons that who have provided exceptional long-standing service, first and foremost to the NZIOB Northern Region. Alison was the inaugural recipient of this award, with the ceremony being an emotional one that bought about a standing ovation from the Northern Chapter crowd; reflecting the great affection that the Auckland construction industry holds for her.

The place-getters at the two Golf Days were:
Placemakers NZIOB Northern Chapter Golf Day
1st - Carters 
2nd - Leighs Construction 
3rd  - Hawkins Construction
Carters NZIOB Central Chapter Golf Day
1st - Juralco / AD Architecture
2nd - Naylor Love
3rd - Catalyst

A tribute to Bruce Connor (FNZIOB) by NZIOB Honorary Member, Jack Smith

The sudden death occurred on Friday 22nd February of Bruce J Connor, a well-known and highly-regarded leader in the New Zealand building industry; he was 90.
Bruce was born in Australia, served a building cadetship and subsequently went to the UK and worked for one of England’s leading building companies at the time, Cubitt’s. Bruce returned to New Zealand to take up the role of Co-Managing Director of Cubitt Wells, a company which grew to become a premium building company in the 1960s, constructing many government buildings in Wellington: Broadcasting House, Bowen House, the Ministry of Works headquarters in Aitken St, and Rutherford House. During this period, Bruce served as President of the Wellington and Hutt Valley Master Builders’ Association.
In 1971 when Cubitts became the subject of a takeover in the UK and withdrew from New Zealand, Bruce returned to Australia to work on the Collins Place tower - the largest building in Australia at the time, before becoming Victorian Construction Manager for the prominent Australian builder, E A Watts.
Bruce was recruited by Fletcher Construction in 1979 as their Overseas Construction Manager. He oversaw work in the Middle East, Asia (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia) and almost every territory in the South Pacific.  Bruce was based in Seattle for the final chapter of his Fletcher’s years, where he managed a Fletcher-owned building and marine construction business on the western seaboard of the USA. Back in New Zealand, Bruce received the inaugural NZIOB Chapter Award, an acknowledgement he received in 1987 from the Institute’s Northern Chapter.

During the late 1990’s Bruce was a consultant to Mainzeal Construction, and while there filled the vacant Managing Director role in an interim capacity. Bruce had a wonderful way with people and possessed a great talent for maximising the potential of those he managed across a distinguished construction career.

CPD reciprocity with other Institutes

The undertaking of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement of NZIOB membership, as it is with most professional membership bodies. The NZIOB provides its own CPD events that members can attend to accumulate the minimum requirement of 10 CPD credits per annum. These events cover the range of short Chapter events such as site visits and seminars, through to the National run events such as this year’s BIMinNZ Conference, and the Building Legends series of formal workshops. Attendance at these, along with online learning opportunities, and membership of one of the NZIOB’s governance groups (National and Regional), provides members with an abundance of opportunities to accrue CPD.
Also available to NZIOB members, is the ability to log CPD credits with the NZIOB, for attendance at training and/or educational events that are provided by others, whether that be: other membership institutes, sector associations, tertiary bodies, or training organisations. For example, attendance at a BRANZ seminar attracts NZIOB credits, as does an NZIQS or NZIA webinar, or an industry conference such as RMBA’s Constructive or Prefab’s Colab. The NZIOB promotes many of these events on the non-NZIOB event page on our website. Conversely, attendance at NZIOB CPD events is recognised as eligible for CPD credit by the other construction industry membership organisations.
Though the CPD credit/point allocation differs, CPD reciprocity generally applies, it is just a matter of the member remembering to log it on their NZIOB membership portal.

NZIOB Upcoming Events

NZIOB Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) - 11 April
NZIOB Northern Chapter Networking Drinks - 17 April
BIMinNZ Conference - 8 May
NZIOB Charitable Trust 'Night at the Trots' - 7 June
NZ Building Industry Awards - entries now open

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