Entry is now open for the 2019 Society of Construction Law NZ Construction Law Essay Prize

Who is Eligible to enter the Essay Competition?

Entry is available to persons who have an interest in construction law and who, as at 31 October 2018, will be New Zealand residents and:

  • will be undergraduate students at a tertiary institution in New Zealand, or
  • will have graduated from any tertiary institution with their first degree or diploma within the previous five years

Conditions of Entry and Entry Form

Download all information about the Essay Competition including the Entry Form
(Note: topic to be submitted for approval by 16 November 2018)

Questions about the Competition?

Please direct any queries with respect to the The New Zealand Society of Construction Law Essay Prize 2019 to the Society's Systems Manager, Melanie Whittaker email

Dates to watch:

16 November 2018 - entry now closed

Proposed topics, and the author’s (or authors’) eligibility, must be recorded on the attached Entry Form and must be submitted for approval to the Society of Construction Law Systems Manager, manager@constructionlaw.org.nz

23 November 2018

The Council will approve (or otherwise) topics and eligibility.
29 March 2019 Essays must be received by the Systems Manager.
June/July 2019 Prize Winners Announced at the SCL Annual Dinner

2019 Essay Competition Prizes

First Prize: $3,000.00
Second Prize: $1,500.00
Recommended for Publication: Those essays recommended by the judges of being worthy of publication will be so recognised and published on the Society’s website together with the prize winners’ essays.


The New Zealand Society of Construction Law was formed in 2005 to promote research and education in the field of construction law and a means by which people from throughout the industry could come together to discuss issues relating to construction law.

The Society has over 700 members from all sectors of the construction industry, including:

  • lawyers
  • architects
  • engineers
  • quantity surveyors
  • contractors
  • project managers
  • insurers
  • academics


The Society meets regularly for presentations by speakers, and these meetings also provide an opportunity for informal networking. Meetings are usually held monthly in:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
There is no cost to members to attend these meetings. 

Copies of papers presented at these meetings are available to members in the 'Members Only' section of the website.

Upcoming SCL meetings

The role of expert witnesses and common tensions that arise between experts and lawyers

Janine Stewart, Stephen Price and James White

19 November - Auckland
27 November - Hamilton (1:00pm)



The intersection of the construction industry and technology

Jack Gordge

22 November - Dunedin



Understanding construction procurement in NZ

A construction industry panel discussion

Chair: David Kelly, CE Registered Master Builders Association

27 November – Wellington Wgtn Flyer folllowed by end of year social

28 November – Christchurch Chch Flyer followed by end of year social


Auckland members end of year social

Pub Quiz at The Paddington

6 December 2018




Seminar and Symposium:  Resolving Construction Disputes

21 February 2019 - Wellington
22 February 2019 - Christchurch

SCL members at AMINZ membership rates

Now in Members Only Area



What has changed from the NEC3 contract suite?

Fiona Bennett

2 October - Auckland
3 October - Wellington
4 October - Christchurch

CPD Attendance Sheets
Audio and Presentation


2018 Essay Prize Winners

Zane Fookes and Jack Gordge

21 August 2018 - Christchurch
22 August 2018 - Wellington
23 August 2018 - Auckland

CPD Attendance Sheets

Essays and Presentations


Philip Britton relating to 2017  Trouble with the Neighbours’: Construction, Disruption and Damages

August 2018 expanded version.  Construction and 'Neighbour Risk' Common Law Variants

Retains a comparative Anglo-Australasian focus, providing a fair representation of New Zealand caselaw, including the long dispute on Ocean Parade in Wellington (Appendix B).  


Claims to documents - Documents win cases

Polly Pope and Michael Taylor

21 June 2018 - Auckland
26 June 2018 - Wellington
27 June 2018 - Christchurch

CPD Attendance sheets

Paper and Presentation


Fire Safety and ACP Cladding – Could Grenfell happen here?

Helen Macfarlane

29 May 2018 - Wellington
30 May 2018 - Christchurch
31 May 2018 - Auckland

CPD Attendance sheets


FIDIC amendments

Graeme Christie and Jo-Anne Knight

9 April 2018 - Christchurch
10 April 2018 - Wellington
11 April 2018 - Auckland

CPD Attendance sheets


The Engineer to the Contract: 

How the role evolved and the part played in dispute resolution

Stuart Robertson

27 February 2018 - Auckland
28 February 2018 - Wellington
1 March 2018 - Christchurch
5 April 2018 - Hamilton

CPD Attendance sheets
Paper and Presentation


Earlier presentations in Members Only area

Visit Meetings & Events page for full list of 2017 meetings

New SCL(Intl) papers added to the SCL International website

SLC(NZ) members can access these papers on the SCL(Intl) website

26 papers presented at the 2018 8th Intl SCL North America Conference, Chicago are now available 

Need help accessing the members area of SLC(Intl)? 

Contact SCL(NZ) Manager Melanie Whittaker

Congratulations 2018 Essay Prize Winners

First Prize - Zane Fookes

The Inclusion of a Methodology in Construction Contracts: A Question of Control and Liability

Second Prize - Jack Gordge

Programmable Construction: Disrupting the Construction Industry with Blockchain Technology

Zane and Jack presented their essays in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in August

Essays & Presentations in Members Only Area

Zane Fookes (left) and Jack Gordge (right) 2018 Essay Prize winners with Stuart Robertson, SCL President

SCL bestows Honorary Life Memberships

SCL congratulates Michael Weatherall (in absentia) and John Green who were awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Society in recognition for their valued contribution to the Society and to the field of Construction Law


John Green (left) with Andrew Hazelton (Immediate Past President) (July2018)

New Members Welcome

The Society welcomes new members

Anyone with a strong interest in construction law is invited to apply for membership.

2018/19 subscription rates (GST inclusive):

$143.75  individual or less than 3 in company
$115.00 for 3 or more in same company

Membership Application Form


The New Zealand Society maintains ties with its sister societies in other parts of the world so that members are kept up-to-date about news and upcoming events in the construction industry in those jurisdictions.

New Zealand members have access to papers published on the SCL(International) website.

2017 SCL Wellington Transmission Gully site tour

Transmission Gully site visit 

2015 Christchurch Key Projects in the Christchurch City Rebuild tour

Christchurch Town Hall site visit 

2017 SCL Wellington Transmission Gully site tour

Transmission Gully site visit 

SCL 2015 Christchurch city tour participants

The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct site visit


2017: Identifying and Managing Obligations, Wellington - Wellington conference papers

15 June 2017: Site Tour - Transmission Gully

16 June 2017:  Conference at Te Papa, Wellington (keynote Richard Wilmot-Smith QC of 39 Essex Chambers, London)

2015 : Best Practice Procurement and Contracting in NZ Construction & Infrastructure - Christchurch conference papers

13 August 2015 : City Tour- Key Projects in the Christchurch City Rebuild (photos above)

14 August 2015 : Conference at The Chateau on the Park (photos below)

2014 : When the Contract Gets Dirty – applying the contract to on-site reality - Auckland conference papers

2012 : Construction Law Core Skills Seminar, Fundamental Topics in Construction Law presented by Leading Industry Practitioners - Auckland conference papers


2017 Identifying and Managing Obligations - Wellington

2015 Best Practice Procurement and Contracting in NZ Construction & Infrastructure Conference - Christchurch