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.

Sam Maling


Service: Adjudication, Arbitration, Arb-Med, Mediation

Area of Expertise: Residential Construction, Commercial and Industrial Construction, Infrastructure and Civil Works

Sam is a South Island based Arbitrator and Mediator.

He has over 40 years legal professional experience representing clients in Courts and Tribunals. He has held senior positions with the Law Society both locally and nationally and he has wide business governance experience (both director and chair)   including NZ listed entities ( PGC;PGGW & NZFSU), Trust Companies (Perpetual Trust and Foundation Corporate Trust) and Financial Services (MARAC). He is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and a facilitator presenter for the IOD’s governance programme.

Sam’s experience in Arbitration extends over 30 years, initially as an advocate but now exclusively as an appointed Arbitrator and Adjudicator.

These appointments as include numerous disputes across a wide range of issues of moment to companies, business people, rural industries, local authorities, Crown agencies and private individuals. He has particular expertise in Unit Title work, Body Corporate Governance, leases, Trusts and property. He also adjudicates on claims lodged under the Construction Contracts Act and regularly acts as Arbitrator in Building Disputes.

His mediation work includes medico-legal work, substantial commercial claims, shareholder and company disputes and facilitating outcomes for high profile public issues.

Since the Christchurch earthquakes Sam’s focus has been is to provide effective dispute resolution at an affordable cost.

He is an Accredited Panelist with AMINZ and with FairWay Dispute Resolution.