18 November 2021
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Contracts 101 – Interpreting and Administering a Construction Contract 

Contracts 101 will be of interest to any builder or project manager who submits and/or reviews tenders, negotiates and/or signs contracts, or works under the terms of those agreements. The workshop has two components: Contract interpretation – ensuring that all parties are aware of their responsibilities under the contract; and Contract Administration – providing practical tools and techniques to both, ensure project team familiarisation with the contract, and to link project operations to the contract. 

Workshop Outline 

Contract Interpretation 

  • Documents issued prior to the Date of Acceptance of Tender: What are the documents that comprise the invitation to tender and how to interpret them
  • Notice to tenderers: What they are they and how to deal with amendments to documents that have been previously issued
  • The Contractor’s tender: Determining the essential elements of an offer
  • Post offer negotiations: What they mean and how to keep a record of the negotiations tidy
  • The counteroffer and acceptance: Delineating between the separate stages that lead to acceptance
  • The Contract agreement: Converting the acceptance into ‘The Contract’ 

Contract Administration 

  • Treating the contract as a document to be referred to continuously – front of mind for the management and project team
  • Tips on ensuring project operations are aligned with the agreement
  • Converting actionable items into a roles and responsibilities matrix
  • Scenario roleplaying with your teams to ensure contract comprehension 
Date Session 1: Wednesday, 9 March, 2022
Session 2: Wednesday, 23 March, 2022
Time 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Location Carters Head Office, 64 - 68 Harris Road, East Tamaki, Auckland
CPD Credits 10
$475 +GST for NZIOB Members* & $575 +GST for Non-Members

*NZIOB membership is based on individuals, not organisations. To check if someone in your organisation is a member, to request a membership number, or to enquire about membership, please email


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Presenter profiles:

Charles Brown
Engineer to Contract Lead and Project Director, The Building Intelligence Group

Charles leads The Building Intelligence Group’s ETC service line, and his role directly addresses our client’s hot issues around the separation and independence of ETC. As a professional Construction Manager, Charles has amassed 21+ years’ experience directing medium and large-scale construction projects.
Through his significant ETC knowledge and experience in Contract Negotiations and Claim Adjudication, Charles has proven himself to be an impartial, practical, and professional Engineer to Contract.  This was validated when Charles was invited by Kāinga Ora to be one of four Engineers to Contract on their ETC Working Group Panel to provide legal guidance to define and draft contractual responses to parties as part of the Covid-19 lockdown response.

Charles’s understanding and experience in the ETC space draws on his expertise across housing sector portfolios, Government vertical and horizontal projects, infrastructure and a substantial range of commercial projects.

Janine Stewart LLB, BA 
Partner  Construction, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Janine is a specialist construction, property and projects lawyer who acts on the full spectrum of construction projects and property disputes. Janine is known for her pragmatic approach, adopting either litigation and/or dispute resolution to achieve a commercially effective outcome for her clients. 

Janine developed the syllabus for, and is the lead lecturer in, the first Construction law elective paper at Auckland University (which started in 2018) and developed the post graduate Construction legal course at the University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering. Janine also lectures in the ‘Law for Construction’ in the Masters of Project Management programme at AUT University, is a member of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law and a member of the Building Advisory Panel to MBIE. Janine was invited to participate in the New Zealand Government’s Construction ‘Accord’, a leadership group focused on tackling key issues in the construction industry. Janine presents annually at the ADLS Property Law forum and is a prominent thought leader in construction and property matters. 

Sam Lomax
General Manager and Director, Savory Construction

Sam is highly respected and regarded as an industry leader amongst his peers and construction personnel throughout New Zealand.
Sam commenced his career as a quantity surveyor at Rider Levett Bucknall in 1999 following the completion of his study at 19 years of age. His skills and leadership qualities developed quickly with the wide range of opportunities that he had exposure to. Sam progressed through the ranks to an Associate Director, and lead teams within the RLB organisation.
Looking for a change in career after nearly 11 years in the Client-side role, Sam moved onto a role with Fletcher Construction where he was a site based commercial manager before being appointed Auckland Chief Quantity Surveyor for building at Fletchers.
In early 2014 he was offered an opportunity at Savory Construction as part of a succession plan to take over the General Manager role. Sam joined the Savory team and then in December 2016 he took over the role of General Manager at Savory Construction Limited and become a Director and a Shareholder in the business. Sam continues to put himself out there with the attitude of ‘age is no barrier’ and was elected as the youngest NZIQS President to date at 39.
Sam became a member of the Institute of Directors after becoming a Director at Savory Construction and soon after attended several short courses in preparation for the Company Directors Course that was successfully completed in March 2018 and he was awarded the Certificate in Company Direction. Sam adopts an outgoing, friendly approach which enables Sam to gain respect and ability to engage with anyone. Honesty, Focus, Passion and Respect are Sam’s key values which he incorporates into the Savory business and other initiatives he is involved in.

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