The provisions are intended to better protect retention money owed to contractors and subcontractors in the event of a business failure.

The Regulatory Systems (Commercial Matters) Amendment Act also comes into force today. It clarifies the amendments made in the Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015 and introduces an alternative option to holding retention money on trust. The key points being:

           ● retention money provisions only apply to contracts entered into, or renewed, on or after 31 March 2017.
           ● employers or head contractors who choose to withhold retention money, have two options:

  1. hold retention money on trust in the form of cash or other liquid assets readily converted into cash – the default option; and
  2. obtain a financial instrument, such as insurance or a payment bond, to provide third-party protection to ensure payment of retention money.

No regulations in relation to retention money provisions under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 are currently proposed.The retention money provisions will apply regardless of the amount of money involved to ensure payment for small subcontractors is protected.

Check our Retention Trust Fund section for more information


Auckland Build Expo 2016 - 16 Nov - ASB Showgrounds

John Green will be presenting at 1.00 pm on 16 November 2016 on construction dispute and conflict resolution at the Auckland Build Expo 2016.


  • The type of disputes that arise in the industry
  • How to prevent these disputes from occurring
  • What different methods are available to resolve any disputes that may arise
  • Points to consider regarding disputes when negotiating contracts

Venue:  Auckland Build Expo 2016, ASB Showgrounds, Workshop Area 02.
Date:  16 November 2016  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register visit Auckland Build Expo website.

AMINZ Breakfast Meeting Auckland - 08 November 2016

- Organised by the Arbitrators' and Mediator's Institute of New Zealand

Join John Green, one of New Zealand’s most experienced and respected arbitrators and adjudicators, to get a rare pre-launch insight into the development of Australasia’s most comprehensive suite of rules and protocols that govern the wide range of private dispute resolution services provided by NZDRC, NZIAC, BDT, and the FDR Centre.

John is a professional arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator. He has been appointed in more than 1,160 building, construction and infrastructure disputes over the past 26 years relating to residential, commercial and industrial construction projects, power stations, gas fields, manufacturing and processing plants, stadiums, hotels, land subdivisions, roading, railways, wharves, marinas, drainage, wastewater treatment plants, recycling plants, mining, services, and utilities, involving domestic and internationally based parties, complex technical and legal matters, and sums in dispute exceeding $100M.

Date : Tuesday 8 November
Time : 7:15 - 8:45am
Venue : The Northern Club, 19 Princes Street
Cost: $30 including breakfast

Non-members are welcome so bring a friend or work colleague provided we have their details in advance.

To view this event and register, please visit AMINZ Website.

Fair Go

In September 2009, Fair Go introduced BuildSafe to the NZ public in relation to a residential building dispute in the South Island.  To read the transcript of the show, click here or to watch Fair Go, click here...


1st August 2012 - Verbal Quotes

Director of BuildSafe John Green featured on this episode of Fair Go offering advice on 'Verbal Quotes' and variations. Click Here to watch this episode.

Never assume anything! And always record variation requests accurately. As part of the BuildSafe service we provide documents and forms that allow parties to record in writing any variations to an original quoted price so that there are no nasty surprises for either party when the invoice is issued for work already undertaken.


John Green was interviewed on NZI Business with Corin Dann in September. To watch the interview, click here

Suburban Newspapers

BuildSafe has featured in the North Shore Times Advertiser and other surburan newspapers.


Sunday Star Times

An article about BuildSafe called Keeping it as safe as houses featured in the Sunday Star Times on 30 August 2008.



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