Understanding the Construction Contracts Act 2002

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The Construction Contracts Act 2002 applies to all construction contracts that relate to the carrying out of construction work in New Zealand, whether the contract is in writing, oral, or a mixture of both, and whether it is for commercial or residential construction.

It has four key objectives:

  • To protect retention money withheld under commercial construction contracts
  • To help ensure a fair, balanced and appropriate payment regime
  • To provide a fast and cost-effective adjudication process for people with disputes
  • To provide enforcement mechanisms to recover any unmade payments

This course, from a practical and ‘hands-on’ point of view, will benefit Clients, Consultants and Contractors wanting to understand the key provisions of this Act, and how it applies to them.

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0.5 day course.

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Fiona Knight

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$395 +GST per person

(minimum numbers apply before a course is confirmed)

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Topics include


  • Key content of the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA)
  • What this means in real life
  • How to submit payment claims under the Act
  • The Adjudication process
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On completion of this course participants will

  • Use course notes as an up to date reference on the CCA
  • Be familiar with the key provisions of the Act
  • How to use the CCA to get paid
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Who should attend

Contract and Project Managers, supervisors, engineers'/contractors' representatives, as well as experienced personnel wishing to improve their skills.

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Presenter information

Fiona is a qualified and award-winning training presenter who has been actively involved in training since 2000, with clients across a wide range of sectors including the NZ Contractors' Federation, Fulton Hogan and Downer.  An experienced training facilitator in leadership, management, communications and contract administration, she has been an active participant in the NZQA TROC review of Business qualifications, and the Worksafe Review for the Code of Practice for Excavations and Shafts. From being project leader for the development of Transit NZ's Project Evaluation Manual and Competitive Pricing Procedures in the 1990s, Fiona went on to manage a range of projects within Transit NZ as a second-level manager within the executive team. Fiona's skills lie in presenting complex topics in plain English, with examples and exercises to challenge participants and ensure retention of learned material.  Her qualifications include a BA in Mathematics, a post-graduate Diploma in Education (Guidance), a Master of Public Policy, and National Certificate in Adult Education.  Fiona is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and current chair of its Awards Committee

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