Established in 1986, ARGEST offers a total building services package, providing expertise in building compliance management, fire system compliance and facilities management nationwide.

Our experience along with the dedication and attention we give to each of our clients enables us to produce first-rate compliance and facilities management solutions.

We are Telarc Certified and ISO 9001 for the issue of Building Warrant of Fitness Certificates.


We specialise in delivering services to clients with multi-site requirements.

  • We successfully coordinate over 120,000 compliance inspections per year
  • We issue over 3000 Building Warrants of Fitness annually
  • We have facilities management responsibilities at over 2000 sites nationwide
  • We are Independent Qualified Persons for all regions
  • We carry out independent sprinkler survey inspections for over 500 sites nationwide

Fun fact: The name ARGEST comes from the founder of our original parent company Stephenson & Turner, ARthur GEorge STephenson.


“In the middle of the COVID19 lockdown, the BWOF on our building expired, and it was apparent in Level 1 that there was a serious backlog of BWOF’s to catch up with.

We followed up Argest’s requests for all relevant parts of the BWOF, but the repair to the ventilation proved a bit of an obstacle. We had a tenant knocking at the door to rent the building, where it caused me in an urgent situation as the tenant set a deadline for BWOF of my building. Thankfully, Sam Dunn moved heaven and earth to get the BWOF issued, I appreciate her prompt action and feedback. Thank you Sam and thank you Argest for your commitment to helping us.”

– Andrew Lin, Auckland Realty

“Sam, and her very professional team, have guided us through the intricacies of the new council compliance issues. They were able to explain the process and the associated costs in a clear cut way along with choices we can make to defray costs.”

– Lancia Hicks, Village Manager, Fairview Lifestyle Village

“My elderly parents own a small commercial property in Auckland but are permanent residents of Australia. My father would normally travel to Auckland to attend to any tenant-related issues that arise.

During the Covid19 period and with international borders closed we have been grateful for the excellent personal service provided by Sam Dunn and Argest in dealing with the changing Building Warrant of Fitness regulations imposed by local government. This has been particularly important because their property includes a Service Station that requires monthly inspections where compliance is critical to ongoing insurance cover.

Thank you Sam and Argest for your ongoing support.”

– Michael Halsey, Sunshine Coast Airport Motel aka Marcoola Motel


Christine Scammell

Executive Director

Christine is our Executive Director for Argest. She joined Argest in November 2016, taking on the role of Executive Director in June 2017.

Christine is responsible for creating a strong team that will achieve Argest’s vision to be the leader in building and compliance management through innovative and sustainable business practice and achieve our purpose to provide an independent service than ensure buildings are safe and properly maintained.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Before joining Argest Christine, was based in Australia holding senior positions with Data#3, Hewlett-Packard Australia and Hewlett-Packard New Zealand, responsible for providing a broad range of consulting, outsourcing and support services to customers across Australian and New Zealand. Christine brings with her over 35 years of experience across the IT services industry, as well as New Zealand insurance and retail sectors. She has a special interest in leadership development, change management and quality systems.

Paul Taylor

Director of Stephenson Turner and Argest

Paul has valuable specialist skills in building services engineering requirements for a wide range of projects including hospitals and associated healthcare facilities, educational and research establishments and institutional, commercial, retail and industrial developments. His experience includes time working in the contracting and consulting fields in the United Kingdom and Japan.

Paul joined S&T in 1988 and was appointed Principal in 1991. The building services capability of the firm has grown in depth and breadth as a result of Paul’s contribution, especially with a focus on offering expertise in all building services disciplines from within S&T.

Paul also provides mediation services for parties requesting S&T’s assistance in resolving construction disputes. Recent projects under Paul’s direction have been delivered in remote areas including Indonesia, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

Michael Dixon

Director of Argest and Crossfire

Michael founded Crossfire in 2012. His vision to remain at the forefront of good practice in the industry and to seek cost-appropriate solutions to fire engineering has earned Crossfire the strong reputation it enjoys today.

Michael’s professional career started after studying Engineering at the University of Auckland supplemented by a Masters in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury.

Michael’s deep insight into specialist fire engineering has seen him innovate and lead the introduction of new methodologies over his career. He has advised on complex systems such as specialized fire detection, gas flooding, and engineered pressurization systems.

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers NZ chapter was headed by Michael during 2008-9 and he has been a committee member from 2000 to 2012.

Michael is a sought-after expert and has advised the University of Canterbury on its Fire Engineering degree material. He was one of the principal authors of the IPENZ/SFPE PN22 guidance on design documentation

Chris Rowe

Director of Cora Associates & Argest

Chris has been in the construction industry for over 30 years as a building engineering services design engineer, initially in the United Kingdom and latterly in Wellington since 1999. Chris’ special interest lies in naturally ventilated low-energy buildings. He has also worked on several projects as the independent commissioning agent including the Alan McDiarmid Building at Victoria University, Amesbury School and Project 56 on The Terrace.

With a strong interest in producing internally comfortable buildings Chris completed the Passive House Designer certification in 2011 and is currently the passive house designer/technical consultant for a house in the design stage in Wellington. He and the CORA team are also collaborating with Spacecraft in Christchurch on their WikiHouse project.

Chris likes to relax by watching his beloved football team, the (mighty) Phoenix play and sometimes win. He is yet to be asked to join the Yellow Fever.

Murray Anderson

Director of Argest

Murray has 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. For the last 30 years he has operated his own property consultancy company specialising in project management and property management. Murray brings to Argest knowledge of compliance requirements in new construction and property management.