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A Word from the Chair

Tēnā koutou katoa (Greetings to you all),

As we are at the midpoint of the year, it is a fitting time to reflect and set our sights on the exciting future initiatives we have planned. 

Your nominated Committee have recently met for their second face-to-face this year where we discussed various industry related activities (such as our Nelson Conference) and other initiatives we want to be involved in, as well as our usual focus on ensuring the Association is operating the most effectively and efficiently for the benefit of our members. I would like to thank the Committee and their Businesses for their time in attending these important management meetings. 

Since our establishment, the core assignment of the Association has been to build competency and set high standards for the provision of Building Compliance Services. So, it is not surprising that the main pillar supporting this is education through our ABC Tech arm. We, and those on the Committee before us, believe that continuous learning and professional development are crucial for maintaining the high standards we set for ourselves and for our industry. In the past few months, we have intensified our focus on educational initiatives, offering a variety of workshops, seminars, and courses designed to upskill our members and keep them abreast of the latest developments in building compliance.

Our recent free online lunchtime seminar, featuring an industry expert, shared their insights and experiences which has proved immensely popular and informative. Because of the great feedback we have received we are committed to providing more of these in the future.  These events not only enrich our knowledge but also foster a sense of community among our members, encouraging collaboration and the sharing of best practices.

Please remember that we welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can continue to support your professional growth and meet the evolving needs of our industry. Utilise the tools we are providing in terms of your member portal for booking events and forums via the website to obtain your CPD Certificates.

In closing I would like to acknowledge all our members for their commitment to being a member of our professional organisation and as always, a warm welcome to our newest members.

Ngā mihi nui

Laura Williams


An insight from the CEO

Kia ora koutou,

II would just like to re-iterate what Laura has mentioned about training and competency. We need to keep ourselves up to date on industry matters and the best way to do that is to attend regular training workshops, regular forums and our webinars. We are endeavouring to increase our range of workshops to cover other specified systems. We are also working on our next webinar series which hopefully will be advertised shortly. 

I would also like to mention that if you miss the forums or webinars, they are available on our members only page for you to either view the video of the session or download the powerpoint for you to peruse. We encourage you to even go back over these even if you did attend them as they all contain valuable information and they might help you in the future. 

As always, we are open to suggestions for topics and speakers for our forums and webinars, so please send through ideas to and possible speakers to our admin team. 

Nga mihi ora mai,

Trent Fearnley

Conference 2024

Conference Updates

Our full brochure with updated programme can be downloaded here. You can also view all the conference details on our conference website.

For those of you that have booked your tickets and for those wanting too, you can now also reserve your space on one of our workshops or site visits on Thursday morning. Our workshops and site visits can be booked online on our Whats on Conference page. Or you can click on the links below:

Workshop 1MBIE Workshop - Council, Institutions and Other Regulatory Bodies session - hosted by Gemma Winstanley, Simpli

Workshop 2 - IQP's, BWoF Agents and other inspectors - Hosted by ABC and MBIE

Site Visit 1 - Pic's Peanut Butter Factory

Site Visit 2 - Tour of Nelson's flood damaged areas and how it affected infrastructure and building compliance

Accommodation at the Rutherford is running out, so if you want to stay at the conference venue you better get in quick to get the last few remaining rooms. Other options are the Quest which is nearby.

Association of Building Compliance 2024 Conference: "Mitigating Risk - Prevention, Procedures, Practice"

We are excited to announce the Association of Building Compliance's flagship event of the year, our 2024 Conference: "Mitigating Risk - Prevention, Procedures, Practice". This year’s conference is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, practices, and standards of professionals across the Building Compliance Industry. Our focus is on exploring innovative strategies and practical solutions to mitigate risks, with a strong emphasis on prevention, established procedures, and best practices.

This premier event offers an unparalleled opportunity for our members, including Independently Qualified Persons (IQPs), Facility Managers, Compliance Officers and Managers, Compliance Administrators, Fire Safey Officers, Territorial Authorities, Technicians and all professionals involved in the building compliance process, to engage with industry leaders, share insights, and gain valuable knowledge. Anyone with an interest in building compliance will find the conference to be of immense value.

Conference Key Highlights:

  • Expert-Led Sessions: Learn from leading experts who will share their insights on the latest trends, technologies, and methodologies in building compliance.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with peers, industry leaders, and innovators in the building compliance field.
  • Interactive Workshops: Participate in engaging workshops designed to equip you with knowledge and new skills to apply in your role.

Registration Now Open! We are pleased to inform you that our registration portal is now open. Secure your spot to be part of this pivotal event that promises to shape the future of Building Compliance in New Zealand.

To register, please visit our website and to the conference section here. Early bird registrations are available until 1 July, offering special rates to our members, affiliates, and partner association members.

In relation to accommodation options, we have secured a Delegate rate for you at the Rutherford Hotel with a special price if you book before 1 May 2024. View your accommodation options here.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to be at the forefront of building compliance, innovation, and excellence. Join us in setting new standards and contributing to a safer, more compliant future. We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be an insightful and transformative event.

Whats happening in Training?



We have just developed and published our new online Means of Escape to a Final Exit course. This is design for those who cannot make the face-to-face workshops or the online workshop. This course allows you to do the training at your pace, start and stop when you have the time. It is on our workshop page alongside our other online course Compliance Fundamentals. To find out more go to our website page here.


These workshops are designed to enhance your skills, update your industry knowledge, and help with your IQP registration. Whether you're aiming to upskill or update your qualifications, our sessions offer valuable insights and networking opportunities to keep you leading in building compliance.

Don't miss this opportunity to advance your professional development. Register now!


Thursday 6 June - Means of Escape to a Final Exit and Signage for Compliance, SS14.2 & SS15.4 – Online - 15% discount for both attending both workshops

Thursday 6 June - Means of Escape to a Final Exit - Online - Morning only

Thursday 6 June - Signage for Compliance, SS14.2 & SS15.4 - Online - Afternoon only

Thursday 6 June - HVAC and Smoke Control - requirements for SS5, SS9, SS11 and SS13 – Face-to-Face in Christchurch

Friday 5 and 12 July - IQP Backflow Prevention course with Unit Standards. This is a 4-day course, 2 days online and 2 consecutive Fridays onsite.

Friday 12 July - IQP Refresher workshop - 1-day theory and practical 

Ongoing - Online Modules Compliance Fundamentals - IQP Practising Certificate Level 1

Ongoing - Online Modules Means of Escape to a Final Exit.

For a list of all courses throughout the year and a detailed description of them, please visit our website via the link below.

Workshops/Seminars » Association of Building Compliance (


August Forum Dates

BOP/Waikato - in person and streaming live

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2024

Time:  8.00am - 10.00am

Venue: 177 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga -Tauranga Art and Craft Centre



Northland - in person and streaming live

Date: Friday 30 August 2024

Time: 8.00am - 10.00am

Venue: Whangarei District Council, Whangarei, Northland

Speaker: TBC



Christchurch - in person and streaming live

Date:  Wednesday 14 August 2024

Time:  8.30am - 10.30am

Venue: Cashmere Club, 50 Columbo Street, Cashmere

Speakers: TBC


Nelson - in person and streaming live

Date:  Thursday 15 August 2024

Time:  8.00am - 10.00am

Venue: WSP Offices, 77 Selwyn Place, Nelson



Auckland - in person and streaming live

Date:  Tuesday 20 August 2024

Time:  7.30am - 9.30am

Venue:  Royal Oak Bowls, 146 Selwyn Street, Onehunga, Auckland

Speaker: Terry Dartnall, Auto doors and Egress Controlled doors


Palmerston North - in person and streaming live

Date:  Wednesday 21 August 2024

Time:  8.00am - 9.30am

Venue:  Palmerston North Fire Station, 50 Cook Street, Palmerston North

Speaker: TBC


Wellington - in person and streaming live

Date:  Thursday 22 August 2024

Time:  8.00am - 10.00am

Venue:  The Open Polytechnic, 3 Cleary St, Waterloo, Lower Hutt

Speaker: TBC

Whats new for Members?

We just thought we would give you an update on what is now in our Members section of the website. We have been busy bees behind the scenes and have posted a lot of new resources on there. Here is a highlight of the new posts:

  • Our Spotlight on Passive Fire Safety series videos - the first 2 of 5 have been posted in our Members Only Section.
  • Conference 2023 individual speaker videos - if you missed a speaker at the conference and want to listen to them again, here they all are.
  • The February round of regional forum videos and presentations.
  • Also, in case you missed the post on it, we have the videos of the Equitable Egress seminar.

Welcome to our new Members

We are delighted to welcome our new members to the Association. Your addition to our community is exciting, and we look forward to both sharing our expertise and learning from your experiences. We are committed to continuous improvement and development, and we believe that together, we can achieve great strides in building compliance excellence.


Brad Hislop, Mathew Crow, Gary Higham, Saskia Holditch, and Sruthi Regula

Thames Coromandel District Council

Joanna Davey, Tracey Donaldson, Stephen Flay, Bryce Keogh, and Ngaio Bray

Guardian Alarms

Justin Cathro, Steve Gowans, and Campbell Sheffield

Frank Burton & Associates Ltd

Frank Burton

Building Compliance and Land Development Limited

Deepak Udhani

Airmaster Airconditioning Limited

Rudolf Garton


Jarrod Cawood

Fire Control Services Ltd

George Coffin

Ampco Lift & Electrical Services

Phillip Barr and Matthew Ireland


Daniel Jephson

Wellington City Council

Sarah MacKenzie

AirLab Limited

Peter Lord

Wormald NZ Ltd

Katie Woller, Anastasia Nicklin, Asheen Lal, Sheridan Hornell, and Daren Green


Puvinia Pillay

Downer Group Ltd

Irina Zueva


Matt Clark

Defend Fire Protection Ltd

Mani Manikam

FFP Nelson

Courtney Hoffschneider

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