18 August 2021 | IMPORTANT NOTICE


In line with Ministry of Health guidance, our staff are currently working remotely. They remain available to assist and it is business as usual. However, we ask that wherever possible you contact us online or by email to registrar@buildingdisputestribunal.co.nz.

If you need to courier documents, please contact our Registry staff in the first instance to confirm the appropriate delivery details.

He waka eke noa.


By an Agreement

Dated this day of (month) (year)





Together, the Parties

The Claimant and the Respondent are Parties to (define legal relationship):

Entered into on or about (enter date):

For, or in relation to (enter detail):

The Claimant and the Respondent have agreed that [all matters in dispute between them / the matters in dispute between them set out in the Schedule attached hereto (delete one)] shall be referred to Arbitration in accordance with the Arb-Med Rules of the Building Disputes Tribunal (BDT Arb-Med Rules).

The number of arbitrators will be one. [or may choose three]

The language to be used in the Arb-Med process will be English. [or choose another language]

The governing law of the contract will be the substantive law of New Zealand. [or choose another country]

On execution of this Arb-Med Agreement, any Party may initiate Arb-Med by completing an Application for Arb-Med in terms of Rule 5.4.

For the avoidance of doubt, under this Arb-Med Agreement the Claimant is not required to serve a Notice of Arb-Med under Rule 5.1 to initiate Arb-Med or to attach such Notice to the Application for Arb-Med under Rule 5.4(b).

Notices to the Claimant:

Notices to the Claimant shall be given to an address for service which is:




Notices to the Respondent:

Notices to the Respondent shall be given to an address for service which is:




I certify that: I have read and understood this Arb-Med Agreement and the BDT Arb-Med Rules; and
I agree to be bound by the terms of this Arb-Med Agreement and the BDT Arb-Med Rules.

Claimant Respondent
Signature: Signature:
Name: Name:
Position: Position:
In the presence of:
Name: Name:
Address: Address:
Occupation: Occupation:

The Parties have agreed that the following matters in dispute are the matters to be submitted to Arb-Med:

(a) [ ]

(b) [ ]

Prior to engaging in Arbitration, Parties to a dispute must agree to arbitrate. Where they have not already agreed to refer a dispute to Arbitration under BDT’s Arb-Med Rules, they may do so by completing this Arb-Med Agreement.

The BDT Model Clause should be inserted into all new contracts where the parties wish any future disputes to be referred to Arb-Med with BDT.