PrefabNZ CoLab 2018

PrefabNZ CoLab 2018

PrefabNZ’s CoLab 2018 is FULLY BOOKED. This event comes at a pivotal time, providing the opportunity to upskill and meet all the right people in a fun, heartfelt environment. It’s an exemplary three days all about increasing construction productivity through innovative prefab and offsite manufacture processes. Together we can advance prefabrication use to meet current housing policy and private building demand.

CoLab 2018 is FULL of goodness. All registrations have now closed.

CoLab 2018 is in Auckland, the heart of NZ's housing crisis and the building action.

  • Wed 7 March: CoLab Site Visit Day @ AUT pick-up (9.00am – 5.00pm) FULLY BOOKED
  • Thur 8 March: CoLab Conference Day @ AUT + evening soiree (7.45am – 7.00pm) FULLY BOOKED
  • Fri 9 March: CoLab Members’ workshops @ pro clima HUB. AUT pick-up (8.30am – 1.00pm) FULLY BOOKED

Programme: PrefabNZ CoLab 2018 FINAL Programme 180304.pdf

WHERE TO GO on Wed 7 March: CoLab Site Visit Day

  • Participants taking part in the Site Visit day - register at AUT, 35 Mayoral Drive, at 9.00am.
  • Participants who have arranged Auckland Airport - look for our CoLab signs. Bus departs at 9:15am.

PrefabNZ is pleased to announce that CoLab 2018 is brought to you by XLam and Carter Holt Harvey WoodProducts, our Platinum Partners. Please see all our other wonderful Partners listed below + Flexo - for CoLab fun & games

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What is CoLab?

CoLab is the fun, interactive and thought-provoking event that places you at the heart of innovative construction. Join specifiers, manufacturers, builders and other construction professionals for site visits, hands-on activities, engaging sessions and provocative conversations that will inspire and invigorate.

  • Exposure to international offsite policy and relevant industry response
  • Information on advanced prefabrication technology, systems and uptake
  • Sharing issues, challenges and lessons learnt for the sector
  • Connecting to people in the know and creating collaboration opportunities
  • Being part of the innovative and burgeoning design and construction industry 
  • Being at the forefront of modern methods of productivity and sustainability

If you have an interest in advancing the design and construction industry in NZ then CoLab is your place. We can't wait to see you there!

PrefabNZ has arranged an impressive team of session leaders, who will open their hearts to share their expertise, giving participants valuable information and tools to advance their prefab business.

Session leaders on 8 March:

  • Hon Phil Twyford & Hon Jenny Salesa, Ministers for Housing + Urban Development and Building + Construction. Opening address: Ministers’ messages for prefabrication sector
  • Mark Farmer, CEO of Cast Consulting, UK: Modernise or Die - lessons from UK policy and industry. Mark authored the October 2016 UK Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’. Mark has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors and has become an influential commentator and thought leader on a variety of issues.
  • Prof. James Murray-Parkes, Brookfield Scientific Solutions Group: Modular Design Handbook – a multi-disciplinary approach. James is the Director of the Advisory Committee for the MCCB, on the development of the Handbook for the Design of Modular Structures and what it means for the industry.
  • Ms. Leong-Kok Director at Building and Construction Authority, Singapore. Singapore’s initiatives in construction productivity – learning from a nation moving ahead with offsite.
  • Daryl Patterson, Lend Lease, Australia.

    Digital Fabrication of Structures: A Step toward Industrialised Building.

    For the past seven years, Daryl has lead operational excellence initiatives for the Lend Lease Property business. This work has ranged from the creation of governance models, the establishment of a national procurement function to the creation of the Lend ease Innovation Lab.

  • Susan Freeman-Greene, Chief Executive, Engineering NZ. Diversity A[Gender] – leading a movement for change. Susan became Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand in February 2015. She describes her current role at Engineering New Zealand, with its vision of 'engineering a better life for New Zealanders', as a privilege, a challenge and a fantastic opportunity.
  • Leonie Freeman, thehomepage.Our housing context: a focus on answers for Auckland. Leonie was the Chair of the recent Auckland Housing Summit. Leonie will share her comprehensive solution to solve Auckland’s Housing Crisis. PrefabNZ is excited to welcome Leonie Freeman to lead a session at CoLab 2018.
  • Chelydra Percy, Chief Executive, BRANZ Industry Transformation Agenda (ITA) – an update on the ITA initiative by BRANZ. Chelydra has been CE of BRANZ since 2013. Prior to starting with BRANZ, Chelydra held a range of leadership roles with science and innovation organisations such as Callaghan Innovation, KiwiStar, Optics and Scion.
  • Shamubeel Equab , Sense. Partners Our economic context: a focus on answers for New Zealand.
  • Dr Paul Kremer, XLam: Attitudes to Mass Timber Construction (MTC) – academia + industry working together to bring you results
  • Pamela Bell, CEO, PrefabNZ
  • Lauren Christie, PrefabNZ Board Chair: Launch ‘PrefabNZ Capacity Report’
  • Leah Singer, PrefabNZ Board Member Launch PrefabNZ Better Finance Tools
  • Ben Rickard , Director, Builtin: Launch PrefabNZ Better Finance Tools
  • Ged Finch, Master of Architecture Graduate, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Prof. Robyn Phipps , Massey University
  • John Tookey, Auckland University of Technology
  • Kevin Sweet, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Charles Walker, Auckland University of Technology
  • Yusef Patel + Gemma Campbell, Unitec
  • Guy Marriage, PrefabNZ Board Member, Senior Lecturer Victoria University of Wellington
  • Chris Moller, PrefabNZ Board Member, Founding Board Member and Grand Designs NZ host
  • Daiman Otto, PrefabNZ Board Member, Director Tall Wood
  • Tim Porter, PrefabNZ Deputy Chair, Exec VP – Major Projects, Holmes Solutions LP
  • Tommy Honey, Architectural commentator and former RadioNZ ‘nine-to-noon’ contributor. Launch PrefabNZ SNUG
  • Penny Pirrit, Directory of Regulatory Services, Auckland City Council Launch PrefabNZ SNUG

Session leaders on 9 March, Member Morning include:

  • Rosie Toogood, CE of Legal & General Modular Homes, UK -
  • Dave Christensen, General Manager Sales + Marketing, Carter Holt Harvey WoodProducts
  • Mark Farmer, Cast Consultancy & Leong-Kok Su-Ming, BCA
  • James Murray-Parkes, Brookfield
  • Daryl Patterson, Lend Lease
  • Steve Davis, Assemble: Technology: BIM 101 and beyond
  • Dr. Vicente Gonzalez , The University of Auckland: Lean Construction in NZ
  • John Gardiner and Jock Hyde: Building Consent Compliance: Good Offsite Guide explained
  • Andrew Booker, HousingNZ: Procurement: Housing NZ’s Modular Panel
  • Dr. Bernadette Pinnel, Compass Housing Services: Procurement: social housing opportunities
  • Steve Garner, MBIE: Procurement: KiwiBuild conversation + feedback from Members
  • Nick Sterling, Nathan Stantiall, Dr Conrad Lendrum all Callaghan Innovation: Strategic Investment Funding (SIF) project initiatives
  • Jon Davies, Pro Clima: Pro Clima demonstration
  • Ben Rickard, Director, Builtin: Better Finance Tool explained: a new mechanism for financing prefabricated builds
  • Sam Cadden , Director, Logic Group: Project Managing for multi-unit developments in NZ
  • Sam Archer, Director of Market Transformation, NZGBC: Sustainable ‘green’ buildings Homestar V 4

100% attendees would recommend the event to a colleague. They said...

"It was great to see so many passionate people wanting to share their knowledge in this sector which has so much potential!"

"Thoroughly enjoyed the conference. Very well put together and possibly the first conference in history where I didn’t yawn once!"

"Most enjoyed meeting people (great people!) and having the opportunity to all sit in a room and talk about doing things better."

"Great networking opportunity. Great way to keep up with what’s progressing (or not) in the industry."

Registration investment 2018, All prices include GST. Members rate for Members 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019.

* Not a Member yet? Join PrefabNZ for 2018 and receive the Member rate and attend the Member workshop on Friday 9 March

Regular: Member

Feb 1 – Mar 05


Regular: Non-Member

(2 days only)

Feb 1 – Mar 05


Individual membership ($290) + Member Rate ($750) = $1040*


Student (ID proof)

Feb 1 – Mar 05


Questions about CoLab? Contact Alice Boultbee at

If you wish to cancel your registration, a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee, will be given provided you have notified us in writing (by email, letter or fax) at least five working days before the start of the event. If less than five business days’ notice of cancellation is given then we regret that a refund cannot be given. Please see full Event terms and Conditions here

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