Monthly Archives: August 2013

Securing Positive Project Outcomes using NEC3

The NEC3 suite of contracts is growing in use in New Zealand.  The contracts were used with apparent success for the development of the stadium and other facilities for the London Olympics in 2012, and it is the preferred form of contract by the Office of Government Commerce for all public private partnerships in the UK.

In NZ, the engineering and construction contract was used for the development of the Northland Events Centre for the Rugby World Cup in 2011.  At $16.5 million, the development was more modest that some others, but it was on time, within budget, and effective.

This paper was prepared for the NEC Users’ Group Australasia conference in Christchurch on 27 August 2013.


The rumours of my death are premature!

My condolences to the family of my namesake who was killed in an air crash in South Africa yesterday.  While sharing a name and an apparent passion for aviation, it was not me.  I am safe and sound at home in Auckland.

My day will come, but not today.

By |August 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Email issues resolved

For those of you who have tried to contact me by email ( over the last week or so, I have had a problem with my email settings at Orcon which has now been resolved.

My apologies for any inconvenience.

By |August 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adjudicator did not “go off on a folic of his own”

In a recent Technology & Construction Court decision in the UK, Justice Ramsey held that an adjudicator had not “gone off on a frolic of his own,” and had there been a breach of natural justice, there had been no waiver.


Commerce Select Committee – Submissions on the Construction Contracts Act

Yesterday I had the pleasure of appearing before the Commerce Select Committee with Deborah Hart, Executive Director of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute, to make oral submissions in support of the submissions already made by AMINZ in relation to the Construction Contracts Bill.