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Trent Fearnley

The Association of Building Compliance is delighted to announce the appointment of Trent Fearnley as our new Technical Director.

Trent Fearnley has over 26 years of experience in the fire industry and the education industry, from firefighting to fire investigator to fire risk management and fire engineering.

Trent brings his vast experience and capabilities from his previous roles as National Advisor Fire Risk Management in Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ), Developer and Subject Matter Expert and for the NZ Diploma in Fire Engineering at the Open Polytechnic of NZ to the role of Technical Director to support and grow the skills of our Association. Trent’s current roles as Director of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and Board Member of Vocational Engineering Education NZ also provide key relationships and knowledge of the education sector to the role.

The landscape of Safety Critical Work is changing and we want to prepare our members for any changes that may happen. Trent has been involved in the changes introduced by the Reform of Vocational Education and we wish to utilise his knowledge to benefit our members.

We look forward to welcoming him to the team.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), in collaboration with the Association of Building Compliance, has developed a new ‘best-practice’ / exemplar compliance schedule document in relation to a case study building (Bulls Community Centre), the best practise / exempla document can be found on MBIEs Building Performance Website.

You can download it here

If you have tried searching for a company using our Members directory recently you may have been presented with a cryptic error message. Turns out there was a bug, but our developer has squashed it and searches seem to be working great now.

Remember, if you do have a problem with our website, please get in touch and let us know.

Stolen Equipment

Important information has been supplied that indicate another round of thefts of Fire Sprinkler Inlets (FSI) couplings is happening in Auckland. At this stage thefts have been identified in Penrose and South Auckland.

The theft of these is a serious safety concern as in the event of a fire, Fire Fighters will not be able to boost these systems.

If you or your staff are visiting any buildings protected by Sprinkler and/or Hydrant Systems, can you carry out a visual check on these to identify any theft or tampering with the couplings.

Please report any thefts to FPANZ via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (0800) 037 269 so they can add it to their database and notify the Police and FENZ.

Download Notice (PDF)

Renew Registration

We have been advised that there are over 100 IQPs that have not renewed their registrations with Build Waikato this year.

You can check the register for any employees who may be due to renew on-line here:

To remain on the IQP register for the next period, you will need to complete the online renewal form which can be accessed here:

If you have any queries regarding your IQP registration, you can contact Build Waikato via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.