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  • 16 - 19 November

  • Virtual Event

Building Nations is New Zealand’s leading infrastructure symposium where decision-makers gather annually for a fresh shot of motivation and inspiration. The event provides attendees with new ways to look at the big challenges we face and encourages collaboration on projects that will bring the greatest good to all New Zealanders.



The official countdown for Building Nations 2021 is underway.

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The theme for 2021:

A fork in the road

New Zealand has reached a fork in the road. Now is the time to boldly commit to a handful of big infrastructure decisions that will propel us forward. Let’s talk about it.

Look who's talking

Frances Valintine

Founder CEO, Tech Futures Lab

Professor Paul Spoonley

Massey University

Dr Siouxsie Wiles

Associate Professor, University of Auckland

Professor Ian Goldin

Professor of Globalisation and Development, Oxford University

Dr Catherine Ball

Scientific Futurist

It's work, but not as we know it


The biggest benefit of Building Nations is that it takes you out of your day-to-day. It’s easy to become mired in the detail and just keep trucking on with BAU – but Building Nations gives you an opportunity to step back and take a look at the big picture with your peers. This year we’ll be asking some pretty big questions about New Zealand’s investment in infrastructure and whether we’re on the right track. Plus we’ve got some really inspirational speakers and projects to share with you."

Claire Edmondson

General Manager

Infrastructure NZ

Building Nations