Specialist Trade Contractors’ Federation representative among NZ Standards award winners

9 September 2013

Media release


Specialist Trade Contractors’ Federation representative Rod Fulford is among members of an industry standards committee honoured with a New Zealand Standards Meritorious Service Award.

The NZS3910 committee, set up three years ago to review conditions of contract for building and civil engineering construction, won the Committee of the Year Award for its work.

The committee was made up of 21 representatives from different industry organisations and two from New Zealand Standards.

Each member was presented with a certificate by the Hon John Banks, Associate Minister of Commerce, at an awards event at Parliament on 28 August.

Mr Fulford, Executive Director of Precast New Zealand Inc, said that it had been important for STCF to be represented on the committee.

“It has been a long hard haul with at least 12 full day meetings in Wellington and going through many hundreds of printed pages,” he said.

“The Conditions of Contract are for principals and head contractors and, as sub-contractors, members of the STCF have a separate contract.

“However, the head contractors’ conditions flow down to sub-contractors and we are expected to assume a portion of the risk, so it was important for us to be part of the process.”

Committee Chairman Sherwyn Williams was also presented with an individual Meritorious Service Award.

New Zealand Standards Chief Executive Debbie Chin said: “Standards play a pivotal role in ensuring the health and well-being of our citizens, along with supporting international trade.

“This year’s Standards New Zealand Meritorious Service Award winners bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to standards development.”

The committee process resulted in a number of changes to the standard and these are expected to be published by the beginning of October.

NZS3910 has been divided into three specific standards for construction (3910), Design and construction (3916) and term maintenance (3917).