18 August 2021 | IMPORTANT NOTICE

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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.

Are you involved in an adjudication which is current over the Christmas period?

Just a reminder that the non-working days under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 run from 24 December 2018 to 5 January 2019 inclusive. This means tomorrow, Friday 21 December 2018 is the last working day this year with time recommencing on Monday, 7 January 2019.*

Our office will also close this Friday and reopen on 7 January 2019. 

Wishing you all a happy holiday season from the team at Building Disputes Tribunal.

*the non-working days extend until the close of 15 January 2019 for any processes under sections 71B, 74 or 75 of the Act. This covers procedures for seeking review of a determination in the District Court, the time for opposing entry of a judgment in the District Court, and the time a determination will be entered as a judgment if the defendant takes no steps.

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