As the most widely adopted standard form construction contract in NZ, NZS 3910 was more than ready for updated conditions given the changes in the industry since its last review in 2013. After almost two years of work by a Review Committee, Standards New Zealand released the proposed revisions to NZS 3910 for public consultation in May 2023. See our earlier article on the proposed revisions here; Be quick and ensure you have your say | Hesketh Henry
The public consultation period ended on 30 June 2023. Standards New Zealand has reported that over 2,700 submissions were provided. The draft NZS 3910 has since been updated with further amendments arising from this feedback.
The NZS 3910 Review Committee voted on the further amendments by ballot during September 2023. On 28 September 2023, Standards New Zealand announced that the balloting phase had been completed, with all 23 committee members voting unanimously (and positively) on the draft.
So, where to from here?
The Standards Approval Board will sign off on the draft, and send it to final publication, which will take another two months. Therefore, we can expect NZS3910:2023 to be published and released this December.
Watch this space!
We will be rolling out articles, training and other assistance for our clients and the industry on the key changes (and what it means for projects moving forward into 2024 and beyond) and will provide updates as soon as NZS3910:2023 is released.
If you have any questions about the incoming changes to NZS3910, please get in touch with our Construction Team or your usual contact at Hesketh Henry.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is current at the date of publishing and is of a general nature. It should be used as a guide only and not as a substitute for obtaining legal advice. Specific legal advice should be sought where required.