BOINZ celebrates first 50 in style
The Building Officials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ) continues to go from strength to strength.
The Institute recently held its 50th annual conference and expo in Auckland, with the event attracting around 300 attendees from all around the country.
Attendees came from a range of professions including building surveying, building control professionals, regulatory authorities, government representatives, architects and engineers, builders and developers.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the organisation the 2017 conference offered a fuller programme than usual as well as a number of panel discussions on issues pertinent to the industry, which were particularly valuable to attendees, says BOINZ president Kerry Walsh.
As BOINZ has also dropped its joining fee since September last year to celebrate the organisation’s 50th birthday milestone, a special breakfast event was held at the conference to welcome new members.
A reunion on the Sunday evening was another special event which included past prominent members and presidents: “They all have so many years of knowledge and wisdom to offer to the younger members so it was a very special occasion,” says Kerry.
The conference also included the annual Excellence Awards and this year a special award was added to honour those in the nine branches nationwide who dedicate many hours of their time voluntarily.
The Gala Dinner and Excellence Awards ceremony was opened by the Minister of Building and Construction Nick Smith.
The expo is another important part of the event and included 34 exhibitors as well as a special exhibition of memorabilia collected for the event.
Around 120 objects and 172 magazines were received making the exhibition a real showcase of how far the organisation has come over the past 50 years, says Kerry.
The 2018 conference and expo will be held at the Dunedin Centre, May 13-16, 2018 and registrations will open closer to the event.
The organisation is also hold its annual Senior Building Control Officers’ Forum at Te Papa, Wellington, this month.
The forum is specifically designed for senior building control professionals, government officials and others in a senior or management level position that have an interest in the building control sector.
BOINZ is a non-profit registered charitable organisation.
The Institute has a national office based in Wellington and nine branches nationwide representing over 1200 members engaged in building surveying in both the public and private sectors.
The organisation has a proud history starting when the New Zealand Institute of Building Inspectors was formed in 1967.
To keep up with changing roles they changed their name to the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand in 1992 and the Institute of New Zealand Plumbing & Drainage Inspectors amalgamated in 1998, followed by the New Zealand Institute of Clerks of Works.
Milestones over the years include a national conference held every year since the Institute’s formation, the creation of the national office in 2005 and the Training Academy established in 2006, which offers courses to provide Continual Professional Development.
In 2011 BOINZ coordinated over 400 building officers into Christchurch immediately after the February 22 earthquake to assist in the undertaking of 72,000 residential post-disaster building evacuations, known as Operation Suburb.
Kerry says looking forward the Institute is focusing on establishing a new comprehensive diploma in building surveying to encourage people into the sector and help to meet the skills shortage
the industry is facing.
The Institute also offers recruitment services and accreditation for pre-purchase property inspectors.
And he says that reaching the 50 year milestone is “very significant”.
“It’s something that we are very proud of.
“We will continue to raise the status and advance the interests of the profession of building surveyors, supporting our members to improve the quality and performance of New Zealand’s built environment.”