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The Inside Word - July 2023

A Word from the Chair

As we venture into the second half of the year, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for your continuous support and dedication to the Association of Building Compliance. The ABC Committee and staff have been very busy working on the final touches to our annual conference. I would like to thank them all for the efforts they have all put in for the benefit of our members.  This event is our unique opportunity to come together, share knowledge, and forge new connections within our industry. With ever-evolving regulations and advancements in technology, it is crucial that we stay up to date with the happenings in our field. I encourage each and every one of you to mark your calendars and join us for this enriching experience, whether it be online or in person. Together, we can pave the way for a safer and more sustainable built environment. See you all soon!

Laura Williams, Chair

To register for the conference please click here

To register for the Streams at the conference please click here

ABC Annual General Meeting 2023

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023 will be held on 26 July at the Holiday Inn, Auckland Airport at 5pm in the Richard Pearce room. We require 30 members present to meet the minimum quorum for the meeting. 

We have 5 committee members whose terms are coming to end but they are eligible for re-election. We are now calling for nominations for our ABC Management Committee. To be eligible you must be a paid-up Corporate, Company or Individual member. The nominations close at 5pm 19 July 2023. Executive positions (Chairperson, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) will be elected from the elected committee members. Download a nomination form here word version or PDF version, complete it and send it into 

A Word from the Chief Executive

I would just like to take this opportunity to talk about some of the recent changes that have taken place at ABC. We have recently unveiled our new website complete with member profiles. The new site allows everyone to register for training and regional forum online which replaces the need to download manual forms. It also means that the registration links to your member profile to ensure we have your dietary needs for all the courses and forums you attend and it also automatically records your CPD for those events. No more waiting for certificates from us. You can download your CPD record at any time.

For those of you that have not accessed it before, please go to our website to log in using your email that you have with us and click on reset password. You will then be asked to put in a new password to give you access to your member profile. Please update your profile with your preferences.

We have also transferred our online training course, Compliance Fundamentals, to a Moodle platform to align with the rest of the education fraternity. This will be available in the coming days.

Trent Fearnley, Chief Executive Officer

What's happening in Training?

Our next round of training will begin in September and our courses are already starting to fill up. We have a new practical training workshop for Backflow testing. Our trainer Glen Burr has taken it up a level by building a testing trailer to take with him to the workshops. He will do his regular IQP refresher workshop in the morning and in the afternoon Glen will run a practical inspection/testing workshop in the afternoon.

So take a look below at our offerings for September and book now to secure your place.

5 September - Palmerston North - Backflow Prevention IQP refresher morning            

                                                  - Backflow Inspection/Testing Practical afternoon

6 September - Wellington - Backflow Prevention IQP refresher morning

                                           - Backflow Inspection/Testing Practical afternoon

8 September - Nelson - Backflow Prevention IQP refresher morning

                                     - Backflow Inspection/Testing Practical afternoon

20 September - Online - Means of Escape to a Final Exit morning                   

                                      - SS4 Emergency Lighting afternoon       

21 September - Nelson - HVAC and Smoke Control - requirements for SS5, SS9, SS11 and SS13       

28 September - Nelson - SS15/3 & SS15/5 Fire and Smoke Separations - Passive Fire Protection

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

Workshops/Seminars » Association of Building Compliance (

Regional Forums

I am pleased to announce that we have are having out next regional forums in August. Please come along to find out what is happening in our industry and any updates from councils. You must register to attend these forums. More details and venue locations are on our website, click here to see more and to register, its free for members to attend. We look forward to seeing you all there. 


Date: Wednesday 13 September 2023

Time:  8.00am - 10.00am

Venue: 177 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga 3110  -Tauranga Art and Craft Centre 



Christchurch - live online too 

Date:  Wednesday 16th August 2023

Time:  8.30am - 10.30am

Venue: Cashmere Club, 50 Colombo St, Cashmere, Christchurch



Nelson - live online too 

Date:  Thursday 17 August 2023

Time:  8.00am - 10.00am

Venue: WSP Offices, 77 Selwyn Place, Nelson



Auckland - live online too

Date:  Tuesday 22 August 2023

Time:  7.30am - 9.30am

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

Speaker: Navin Jayasinghe, Auckland Council

Palmerston North - live online too 

Date:  Wednesday 23 August 2023

Time:  8.00am - 9.30am

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



Wellington - live online too

Date:  Thursday 24 August 2023

Time:  8.00am - 10.00am

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



Welcome to our New Members

We always pleased to see the continued growth of our association. As such, we would also like to welcome the following new members who have joined us since the 1 April 2023. 

Aotea Electric Southern Limited 
Wellington City Property Maintanence
South Taranaki District Council
Firewatch Counties Limited
Future Skills Academy 
Gisborne District Council
Contego Systems Ltd
International Accreditation of New Zealand ( IANZ)
EIS Group Ltd
Jason Castle  - Individual
Three Sixty Electrical Ltd
Independent Compliance Services Ltd 
RE Projects Ltd
Energysave Ltd
Controlled Building Services Limited (CBS) 
Tech Coatings 
Manaia Plumbing Ltd