Joiners Magazine December 2017

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Joinery, Cabinetmaking & Kitchen Manufacturing Industries

December 2017

drawer options stylish & functional

panel movements storing & shifting panel

hidden waste out of sight & convenient


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moving panel 14 COVER PHOTO Exterior Shutters in Parnell p.54 photo: courtesy Allegion


Moving panel quickly and easily from stack, to machine, to assembly and dispatch is critical to the efficiency of all panel processing. We look at the latest in panel handling and its application in a variety of businesses.

drawer options

Master Joiners 4

Anthony Neustroski pays tribute to Ken Monk and urges the rest of us to get involved and make a difference.

Laminex NZ Update 12

Jerome Deperrois covers recent happenings at Laminex NZ regarding new products, staff and awards.


We asked leading suppliers what is new and what is important in drawer function and design and got the low down on movement, load bearing, installation, fashion trends and of course usefulness for the various functions in the kitchen, laundry and elsewhere.

NKBA viewpoint 72

Suzie Rees applauds the BCITO initiative on the launch of their My Boss: Legend campaign.

Due Process 74

Geoff Hardy provides some advice on what joiners can do to protect themselves in their financial dealings with clients.

space for waste 44 Handling kitchen waste has become central to kitchen design. Home-owners want choice, use must be convenient, it must differentiate between waste types and it must be out of sight. Suppliers have responded with a wide range of options to suit space and preference.

Steering a Course 75

Ian Featherstone highlights the importance of customer care especially through the busy periods.

H&S 83

Kathy Compliance offers some tips on recognising and reducing stress and fatigue in staff around the busy Christmas season.

window shelter 54 Exterior shutter systems are gaining in popularity in the New Zealand market. Shelter from wind rain and sun, as well as privacy and aesthetic benefits, make them a great addition to many commercial and residential buildings.

REGULAR News & Info 4 - 14 BCITO news - 73 Trade Directories - 76 State of Industry - 80 Classifieds - 84

old Otago 58 One of the oldest furniture companys’ in the country, Otago Furniture has a 149 year history of staying relevant. We look at the use and reasons behind their latest machinery purchases for processing solid timber, a Weinig Cube four sider and a Felder Format-4 spindle moulder.

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from the presidents desk

Making a difference


i all, I hope you are coping with your Christmas workload. I have heard of Joiners with work booked out to the middle of next year and builders who are full until the end of next year. The good times continue to roll on in New Zealand, long may they last! Sad times have been upon us with the passing of Ken Monk, what a diligent and intelligent man he was, the JMF programme and Apprentice programmes would certainly not be where they are today without his immense input. I remember asking Ken ''what drives you to put so much of your free time into our industry” (this was when he was touring the country promoting the 4211 testing programme) his answer was simple “I love the industry we are in and want to give something back”. That statement has stayed with me for a long time and made me realise that I also love this industry and we should all give something back when we can.

Ken was given a $5,000.00 budget for that 4211 New Zealand tour to cover his expenses and only claimed $1,400 - that was the dedication and commitment of the man. Our deepest condolences go out to all the family and friends that knew and loved this great man. Rest assured Ken that all your hard work has not been and will never have been in vain, JMFNZ has become a business with huge potential and the Joinery Training Trust has money available to spend furthering industry training or specific apprentice enterprises. This reminds me to mention being more involved in your local Master Joiner Association, you would find it rewarding to become more involved, other than just attending meetings. Putting your hand up to help would be appreciated and respected by all those that ordinarily ''do it all''. Local Master Joiner Presidents get the chance to make a difference in their region, if you get the chance take on the challenge and make a difference. The Registered Master Joiners are in great shape moving forward, there are new initiatives and directions proposed that will promote and enhance our association. Membership is more than likely to increase with more joinery type of manufacturing businesses looking to be recognised as professional operators or be able to manufacture compliant timber joinery. Don't forget that the Master Joiners website has a wealth of information and tools to help you and your business, also use the Master Joiners discount card, there are good discounts on offer. It is a great time of year, rest and relaxation is just around the corner and a busy start is looming in the new year. I hope you and your staff have a safe and Happy Christmas. Anthony Neustroski National President Registered Master Joiners

Ken Monk (middle) with past NZJMF Presidents, Andrew Bellamy and Liam Wackrow at his Life Membership presentation in 2016.

Ken Monk 6th January 1961 – 19th September 2017 The joinery industry shared grief and shock when the devastating news was received that Ken Monk had tragically passed away while on holiday in Vietnam. Ken was born and raised in Hamilton and completed his apprenticeship at City Joinery. In 1981 he entered a partnership purchasing Pinecraft Industries and renamed it Waikato Woodware. The partnership continued until 1987 when Ken wholly acquired the business. In 1991 a new joinery factory was built and Waikato Woodware began trading as Montage Kitchens & Joinery. The building was extended in 1995. Ken had a long history of involvement with the joinery industry both at a regional and national level. His involvement started with the national executive in 1997 when he was elected President of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region. Then in 2003 and 2004 he took on the role of President of the New Zealand Joinery Manufacturers Federation. Over this period he was instrumental in the updating of the Federation’s logo and the eventual trading name change to Master Joiners. He also helped produce the Health & Safety Guide since given free to all members, and assisted with the creation of promotional material including the Timber and Kitchen Brochures. He was on the JITO board for a number of years as an industry representative and was serving as JITO board chairman at the time of the merger with BCITO. Ken was a Trustee of The Joinery Training Trust, a charitable trust founded with the proceeds bestowed to the whole joinery industry on the winding up of JITO. The investment proceeds from the trust will be used to assist in the training and development of all within the New Zealand joinery industry. In 2012, Ken was the first to be presented with the Owen Wright Memorial Trophy. This award is in recognition of a person who has made a significant contribution to the joinery industry. Ken was a valued member of the Master Joiners advisory board and was a huge driving force behind the development of the NZS:4211 compliant timber joinery project. His countless hours of time, knowledge and selfless dedication put into this project were outstanding. Ken voluntarily spent many days heading JMF NZ seminars around the country, to create awareness of the NZS:4211 standards. He was a current director of JMF New Zealand Limited and was determined to see this programme succeed. In recognition of his enormous contribution to the joinery industry, and the untiring work he did on behalf of the industry over the years, he was bestowed an Honorary Life Membership of Master Joiners in 2015. Ken’s drive, love and enthusiasm for the joinery industry leaves a legacy never to be forgotten. Ken and Rowena were married in 1986 and have three children and one grandchild. Ken enjoyed fishing and travel, and was a valuable member of many committees. Ken’s wisdom, enthusiasm, and strength will be greatly missed by all.” 

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From the Publisher

New Leitz staff

Ken will be remembered


his quarter has been marked by the passing of Master Joiners stalwart Ken Monk. Truly a worthy life Member of the organisation, his sudden and unexpected death has impacted on everyone associated with the Master Joiners. A man passionate about everything he did he will be remembered by all. His lasting mark for the Master Joiners is undoubtedly his almost single handed drive to establish the operation of the NZS4211 regime. Both Michael and I pass on our heartfelt condolences to his wife and family. We have a brief obituary looking at his involvement with the Master Joiners in this issue as well. This issue has some interesting reading including a feature looking at the handling of panel in the factory. This is a subject of growing interest for manufacturers be they involved in joinery, cabinetmaking, furniture or kitchen production. We have product and systems from all the leading suppliers. For those interested in the kitchen we have two features of note looking at how waste is managed in the kitchen and a look at the latest in drawer systems which are becoming almost de riguer in the kitchen these days. Have a look at the item from Parex Industries on dispelling the various myths surrounding the use of waste disposal units. Which reminds me, it has also been a busy season for new product launch functions. It’s almost like the days of old. In the past few weeks I have had the privilege of being invited to functions by Parex industries, Laminex NZ and PSP. We have something on all these product releases in this issue. I also draw your attention to the feature written by Daan Olthuis from Tunnicliffe Timber down in Edgecumbe. He has written several useful articles in recent issues with the latest on compliant exterior timber joinery. Well worth a gander over the Christmas break. The elections are now over and the new coalition government looks to be settling in successfully. The signs are good for a stable outlook for the economy heading into 2018. Michael and I trust you all have a good Christmas/New Year break and look forward to catching up once more in what looks to be a busy year with the Master Joiners Conference in Auckland and the AWISA Exhibition returning to Sydney in early July for the first time in six years. You will find our 2018 Wall Planner with this issue as well, an item we have now done for many years. Enjoy the break Bob Nordgren

Gershwern Scott Leitz Tooling NZ Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Gershwern Scott to the role of Service Centre Supervisor. Gershwern brings to the team a wealth of experience in operating CNC machining centre’s as well as in precision tool manufacturing. He will lead our Service Centre in Penrose and looks forward to share his experience with our Service and Sales team at Leitz Tooling NZ

Blum NZ is pleased to introduce Andrew Campbell as a new account manager within the South Island sales team. Having worked for Blum NZ for seven years in the warehouse, Andrew brings an impressive amount of experience of the Blum systems and product. Andrew lives in Christchurch with his family and visits customers across the lower South Island. 

Dropsa Sing Leitz welcomes Dropsa to the position of Tool Maker/ Grinder. Dropsa is the latest addition to the team at our Service Centre, a qualified Tool Maker, he brings with him excellent experience in tool making and CNC operating. A real details person with a great passion for everything tooling related.

Software Giveaway the December winners are ... Simone van der Plas Wellington Len Day Kitchen Worx Ltd Auckland Albie Hura Huratage Joinery Services Hastings Malcolm Marshall Absolute Kitchens Ltd Auckland Lisa Strang Coronet Woodware Wakatipu see p. 64 for your chance to win.

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South Island Blum Rep

New salesman for Jacks in Auckland Originally from West Rand in South Africa, Wynand Louw and family recently immigrated to New Zealand where Wynand (said ‘Vy-nund’) has joined the sales team at W & R Jack Ltd. Wynand has over 10 years in technical sales experience with the last 3 years of that time invested in the woodworking industry. This experience coupled with Wynand’s enthusiasm for manufacturing efficiency and productivity gains is already being well received in the areas he’s calling on. Wynand is responsible for West Auckland and all areas north of the harbour bridge and can be contacted on 021 677 521 or 









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Formica© Formations™ winners announced Two unique and inventive designs that challenged the traditional uses of laminate have been selected as the winning entries in the Formica® FormationsTM Design Competition 2017. The winners were announced and the winning pieces revealed via virtual reality at an awards function at 1885 in Auckland’s Britomart recently.

All new During the past few years at Häfele we have been working tirelessly to improve our online services. Our goal is to offer a better experience to you, our valued customers. In that time we have developed the Häfele catalogue app, now available on most smart phones and tablets; we communicate via Facebook; and have recently started to provide you with video knowledge via our YouTube channel. We have recognised the positive result from these advancements and also recognise the needs of our customers for further improvements. With this knowledge in hand we have been working hard on designing a completely new online presence for Häfele. The result has cost time, energy and a lot of passion. But now we can launch the new and we believe that it will inspire you like it does us. Häfele is more than hardware technology. Häfele is service, innovation, inspiration, reliability.

The new online shop, meets all the expectations of modern e-commerce. You can configure and compare products. We show similar products, new innovative products and we will inspire you to try something new. From handles to sliding door fittings, our online shop features our extensive range in an easy to navigate, modern format. There‘s no more having to flip through online catalogues to find what you need. All products are categorised and easily found in a few clicks. Online ordering will be faster, easier and more intuitive than ever. Our search function is based on that of sites such as Amazon and eBay. You can update your profile and share projects which you have created using Häfele hardware, or be inspired by projects you see built with Häfele hardware. Let yourself be inspired and let us bring to you.

Formica Formations is a unique design competition which aims to celebrate and showcase the creativity of architects and designers throughout New Zealand. A bi-annual event, it separates entrants into two categories: the professional category and the emerging category for those entrants who are within four years of graduation. This years brief, ‘A Forward Life’ challenged designers to design for the personal space, cross-area living, the public or global space. To ‘see forward’ and help connect with responsible, thoughtful actions. A top judging panel comprising leading New Zealand Designer D a v i d Tr u b r i d g e , F l e t c h e r Building International Division Group Vice President of Design Renee Hytry Derrington and award-winning New Zealand architect Ron Sang judged the entries. Christchurch team Cymon Allfrey & Taylor-Jane Laws were awarded first place in the professional category, while top spot in the emerging designer section went to Massey University student Calum Elliot. Professional Category Christchurch based architects Allfrey and Laws created a unique structural art piece that focused on the rebuild of their city. ‘A Christchurch Perspective’ offers a look into a Christchurch of the future. Allfrey & Laws used a system of layers of suspended bonded materials that allows the viewer to experience the art installation in three dimensional space. The city grid and possibilities come together only once the viewer is in front of the piece. Each city block is depicted with a bespoke visual representing

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a vision of the future. The judges felt this democratic art installation offered a true New Zealand version ‘For a Better Life.’ Emerging Category Massey University student Calum Elliot took a traditional postform technique used in creating Formica benchtops to the next level with a modern decorative flair in his piece Interstice, which took first place in the emerging category. With clever edging details exposing ribbons of light, the judges were impressed by the complex elements of the design belied by its apparent simplicity. For more information visit www.

On these shores since 1884.

Our products are evolving and so are we. Mercer Interiors will be rebranding to Acero. Inspired by the vision of James Mercer who established Mercer in 1884, Acero will be the next chapter in our 133 year history. We take pride in sourcing and manufacturing expertly crafted Mercer sinkware, accessories & commercial stainless steel products as well as being the exclusive NZ distributor of Wilsonart – Global leaders in Surfaces.

products that ďŹ t with todays evolving lifestyles and are inspired by New Zealands unique environment. Technology may have moved on since 1884 but our values and commitment to quality have remained, our traditional principles, combined with modern technology mean we continue to craft & source premium products for any eventuality or application.

A New Zealand company with a rich history here, we take an innovative approach by designing and sourcing

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ercer Interiors recently announced a rebranding and renaming of the company to Acero. Originally part of the Mercer Group which has a 133 year history in New Zealand, Mercer Interiors was formed in 2016 when Ivan Ramsey along with Tom Elworthy and Mark Rutherford purchased the Interiors Division from the group. Mercer Interiors have spent the last two years consolidating the new company including moving its Auckland operation to Christchurch where it already had its manufacturing operation and distribution base. The company is the only remaining manufacturer of pressed stainless steel sinks in New Zealand and have the largest high tonnage press in the Southern Hemisphere, producing industry benchmark sinks under the Mercer name, a brand which Acero will continue to use.

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Managing Director Ivan Ramsey says he and fellow directors Tom Elworthy and Mark Rutherford all have a keen interest in ensuring the business remains a New Zealand company manufacturing its own product for the local and export markets and focusing on developing a world class operation. “Our key focus remains on maintaining strong relationships and assisting local customers grow their business using our product, while looking to expand our export of stainless steel sinks into new global markets.” “Acero begins life as a sound business with excellent IP and experienced staff who love the industry and are passionate about what they do. We are now well capitalised with supportive shareholders who are committed to growing the company. 2018 is going to be an exciting year with a great team and a strong range of existing products as well as new products coming”

Acero will remain the exclusive NZ distributor of Wilsonart a global leader in surface materials with a huge range of products across the solid surface, HPL and metal laminate sectors. The new brand will be rolled out from December with a new updated website in January. Anyone wanting more information is invited to contact their local Acero Territory Manager or Customer Service on 0800 2 637 237. Acero Directors Ivan Ramsey - is an experienced manager who has owned and operated several businesses in New Zealand. He has had extensive manufacturing experience and has held senior positions with international companies including Philips, Rheem, Fasco and Rinnai. Ivan has lived and worked in several countries including the UK, Thailand and Hong Kong. Mark Rutherford - is a 7th generation North Canterbury sheep and beef farmer who farms Gola Peaks in the hill country west of Hawarden with his wife Sue. Mark runs a fine wool ewe flock and Angus beef cows. They have strong partnerships with SmartWool and The New Zealand Merino Company giving them the experience of the relationship from primary product right through to the consumer. Tom Elworthy – has experience across a diverse range of businesses. He purchased a business which distributes snow grooming and snow making equipment across New Zealand and Australia. In 2004 he assembled a consortium to purchase the Snowfarm auto proving grounds, now called Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds and remains MD of that business. Tom has invested in a number of commercial buildings and developments in Christchurch and owns property in various parts of New Zealand. 

John Fleet from Machines R Us with the new Lange edge bander capable of producing near invisible edges.

The NZ Panels Group has increased its laser edge colour options for Prime Melamine and Bestwood.

Michael Keleman left, with Barnaby Thompson from Parex Industries Ltd, at a recent Auckland function.

Laser for smaller shops

Boost to laser edging offer

Waste disposer myths

New possibilities in laser edging at hugely reduced prices from Machines R Us who recently aquired the New Zealnd agency for German machinery manufacturer LangeMaschinenbau.

The NZ Panels Group have had a major boost to their 1mm laser edging offer for both the Prime Melamine and Bestwood Melamine ranges. There are now 23 laser edge colour options for Prime Melamine and 15 for Bestwood in both 22 x 1mm and 45 x 1mm.

Parex Industries Ltd, who specialise in plumbing and kitchen appliances and are the NZ agent for Insinkerator held a breakfast function in early November in Auckland for the kitchen manufacturing industry.

Machines R Us owner John Fleet reports that the edge bander specialist has a range of smaller manual machines capable of producing invisible joins that will appeal to local manufacturers whose workload doesn’t justify the expense of larger automated machines, but who wish to be able to offer the service to their clients.

Full edging availability charts are available on the respective websites on the resources page along with charts showing all substrate options, sizes and thicknesses.

The guest speaker was Michael Keleman, an environmental engineer from Insinkerator, a business unit of US based Emerson, the world’s largest manufacturer of food waste disposers. Michael discussed the myths around waste disposers and the various alternatives to reducing food waste. For more on this go to page 48.

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Laminex New Zealand


Awards, updates and appointments


t’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of another year, especially one that’s been filled with so many exciting projects - like earlier in October, when we undertook the year’s biggest product launch, with the introduction of 10 exciting new colours to the Caesarstone range. The exhibition themed launch was held at Auckland’s art gallery, a stunning venue and indeed a fitting way to introduce the largest number of colours to the engineered stone range since its 2003 NZ debut. We are looking forward to the design community embracing the new decors, and working with our fabrication customers as the range hits the market. Another update I’m pleased to share with you is the appointment of Kylie Gallagher into the role of National Marketing Manager. Kylie has a depth of experience in managing multiple brands and developing campaigns, and her pragmatic approach will support the diverse marketing needs of

Laminex New Zealand. It will be a pleasure to start introducing you to her over the following months. I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge Robert Webster, who, having been a significant contributor to the industry with his vast knowledge and customer relationships, over many years, is retiring. Laminex New Zealand takes its hat off to Robert, and I hope he enjoys his retirement. Time does fly, and it seems to be felt more acutely during this hectic part of the year. It’s been nearly a full year since we launched – our unique online sampling tool that makes it quick and easy for our customers to replenish their merchandising needs. We’ve had an excellent uptake on the service with lots of positive feedback. We are always striving to provide the best products and services in the market so, based on customer surveys, the Quickchip service has continued to evolve, with improved search functionality, an FAQ section and now you can also

download and print layout guides. If you’re not already registered for the service make sure you do at Speaking of providing marketleading products and services, our team in the IT Bureau continue to support our customers with training sessions and updates to the 2020 Design and imos solutions they provide. Have you made the move to 2020 Design version 11? Contact one of the team to learn more and get assistance with the upgrade. And the winners are. An exciting way to help end the year, November saw us reveal the winners of our Formica Formations design competition. Under the theme “A Forward Life” our architect and designer community were tasked with creating pieces, using Formica laminate, that enhanced our modern world. I was delighted with the breadth of creativity shown in the entries received, and bringing the winning pieces to life at the awards event was the icing on the cake with our guests being

treated to an immersive virtual reality experience that will be hard to forget. As we work towards wrapping up for the year, I’d like us all to remember the Importance of staying safe in the workplace. Now is an especially busy time of year and unfortunately also the time when most accidents. Let’s not forget to keep it safe, and look after ourselves, and each other. This holiday season we’ll be looking back on 2017 with an appreciation for your continued support. On behalf of the whole team at Laminex New Zealand, I’d like to wish you and your families a safe and happy break, and we look forward to working with you again in the New Year. Jerome Deperrois General Manager Laminex New Zealand

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4-7 July 2018 ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour Sydney

Australia’s largest-ever exhibition of machinery, materials, fittings and

services for the cabinet, joinery and furniture industries. Taking place on both levels of Sydney’s brand new ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre at


Darling Harbour. JOINERS Magazine December 2017 page 13

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SCM p.22

Holzher p.18

storing & moving panel From manhandling single sheets to an automated flow, the manner of moving panel through the factory defines its efficiency. We look at examples from three of Europe’s biggest machinery manufacturers - SCM, Homag & Holzher - illustrating their latest innovations in automated systems for handling and storing panel. We also look at examples from fellow Europeans, Felder and Schmalz who have refined the handling of single sheets, as and when required, to minimise time and effort.

Felder offer a variety of simple but proven panel handling solutions

FAT handling tables

V-Motion Classic

Panel carriers

Versatile in their use and offering maximum stability and simple mobility the FAT series are an equipment trolley, a stacking trolley or additional work space - the choice is yours. With a solid frame on robust wheels, easy to use foot pump hydraulics and extremely durable working surface these offer manoeuvrability and a comfortable working height is always guaranteed. The FAT 300 S and 500 S models can be equipped with a panel tilting device if required.

The v-motion classic vacuum lifter will transport almost all panel materials within the workshop and is also suitable for permeable materials. The panels can be transported both vertically and horizontally. All the operating elements for the hoist and for the vacuum lifter are housed in a common control unit. This makes operation of the system and guiding of the material possible with one hand.

Indispensible assistance in every professional workshop - makes it very easy on your back. Simple handling facilitates the transport of the panels regardless of their size. Bulky items and even glass panels can be carried comfortably and with minimum effort. The self-adjusting clamping system guarantees non-slip clamping across the whole range.

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Smart logistics for smart manufacturers Horizontal storage system TLF 211 • Fast amortisation – the combination with a saw already pays off with 20 panels to be cut per day • Automatic offcut and stock management • Intelligent stand by – the machines only consume energy when moving • Handling without extra costs – coated panels from 8 mm thickness even in standard due to suction traverse ST61 • High flexibility because of ideal use of the available space even in smallest rooms • Productivity increase up to 40% with constant number of staff

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Fully automatic panel saw at furniture manufacturer MS Schuon Designing the panel layout is seen as an arduous task. On the one hand, the panels are heavy and large. On the other hand, designing the cutting patterns requires a great deal of concentration. At MS Schuon, a robot busily pirouettes around the saw and completes all the jobs efficiently and reliably. The robot at the furniture manufacturer and supplier of furniture parts MS Schuon moves diligently back and forth, using the suction cross rail in front of the pressure beam saw to pick up what the saw has just cut and deposit it in various places. Occasionally, the robot picks up an offcut that the machine operator has fed via the track on the far right. As soon as one half-size panel has been completely cut, the automatic storage system delivers the next. The robot rotates long strips 90° and puts them down on a cross conveyor to the right at the back. Once the half-size panel has been cut into strips and the machine table is free again, the cross conveyor pushes one strip at a time

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onto the machine, transferring each one to the program fence for fully automatic cross cut division. The robot picks up the cut parts and the offcuts for the manual storage system and puts them on the outfeed roller conveyor to the right at the front. The system operator destacks them from there. A labeling station puts a barcode and plain text on everything that leaves the system. The robot either takes the cut parts that have to be recut directly to the program fence behind the saw or parks them temporarily in an interim buffer on the bridge above the pressure beam. The program fence returns larger offcuts to the automatic storage system. The cell programs itself The system operator generally only has to take care of the destacking. They do not program the saw or the robot. The work preparation department has optimized the cutting patterns with Cut Rite and transferred them to the storage software in the planned production order. The storage system and saw take care of everything else together. In urgent cases, the machine operator can use the mouse to push job items to the front on the control screen for the storage system. In 2015, the furniture manufacturer visited Ligna and was

"Our new cutting cell comprising panel storage, a saw, and a robot is 100% reliable, precise, and efficient. It has allowed us to increase our profitability and operate more effectively in our market." Bettina and Phillip Schuon, Managing directors MS-Schuon GmbH

so impressed with the HPS 320 FlexTec that was being exhibited, along with the TLF 411 ProfiLine panel storage, that they purchased it on the spot, built a production facility, and commissioned the system last summer. It runs in two-shift operation, cuts 100 half-size panels every day, and from those panels, delivers approximately 1400 cut parts. The performance of the HPS 320 FlexTec depends on the cutting patterns. Homag claims a performance of up to 1500 cut parts per shift. What the FlexTec machine produces today with just one person at Schuon used to occupy

A Homag production cell for "lights-out" panel cutting.

The robot uses the suction cross rail to pick up what the saw has cut or what the manual offcuts conveyor delivers ...

... and brings it back behind the saw to the cross conveyor, the parts buffer, or the outfeed conveyor.

two employees at two saws. MS Schuon is a supplier for joineries and the furniture industry and employs more than 100 people. It focuses on laminating timber materials with highquality glossy and deep-matt surfaces. From these materials, as well as from glass and aluminum materials, the company produces furniture fronts in quantities of one or more, which they are able to deliver to their customers in just a few days. MS Schuon supplies both joiners with fronts for individual kitchens and the furniture industry with large quantities, in precisely the right quantity and just in time. With modern machines, laser edging, and a special production procedure for furniture parts made from laminated glass and composite ceramics, the supplier can deliver high-quality furniture parts to its customers quickly. The cell pays off Managing directors Bettina and Phillip Schuon are happy with the cutting cell: "We can be sure that everything will be cut completely, precisely, and on time. The investment has paid off, we can realize customer requests more quickly and just in time with lower warehouse inventories. And in each shift, we can use one employee for other tasks. We know the warehouse inventories and don't have to search for panels anymore." First published in the German trade magazine DDS, May/2017. Photos: Magazin DDS / Georg Molinski.

The operator only has to destack the panels.




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The Store-Master 5110 offers the ultimate in panel handling and can be customed to suit production requirements, materials and space.

Intelligent Storage from Holzher Holzher storage systems offer completely automated and intelligent handling processes as well as highly efficient use of available storage space. Production capacity has been found to hugely increase with the use of tried and true, fully integrated software with chaotic storage management. These storage systems offer proper panel separation control with weight measurement particularly for thin materials and optimum stacking based on consumption statistics with the remnants being returned to storage. Valuable operation data is captured for evaluation. With seamless communication between machine and storage, efficient use of space with a minimum overall height, low energy consumption with a stable design and panel

panel measurement. It features a rotation axis with an electric motor drive and panel rotation correction and panel separator. Safety features include a secured door and guard fence around both length and width.

position correction for the best panel positioning these Holzher storage systems offer the complete solution. The Store-Master 5110 offers the ultimate in panel handling and cutting. An intelligent portal manipulator, it provides for careful panel handling to prevent damage and accuracy through electronic

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Importantly, the Store-Master 5110 can be tailor made to meet any production requirements and variety of material, using its fully integrated software which provides the perfect overview of stocks, remnants and panels already booked for processing. This elaborate system solution reduces the work load for employees and handles the panel material gently. The system is also floorplan savvy: it can be expanded to meet size requirements as required. Some interesting technical details include maximum length (from 12m to 42m) and maximum width (from 5.3m to 11.9m), a maximum

stacking height of 2m and a maximum lifting weight of 250kg. For those producing furniture the perfect match for the Storemaster is the NEXTEC machine series with its fully customisable 3D CabinetControl Database. Talk to the team at TMS to find out how you can future-proof your business with Holzher.

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STORE-MASTER intelligent panel handling

HOLZ-HER storage systems offer completely automated and intelligent handling processes as well as highly efficient use of available storage space. Mature, fully integrated software with chaotic storage management increases production capacity enormously.

Panel separation control with weight. measurement especially for thin materials.

Optimum stacking based on consumption statistics.

Remnants returned to storage.

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Over 300 pieces of furniture ready for production in the 3D CabinetControl database – fully customizable. You select the desired piece of furniture with a mouse click – everything else is accomplished by the NEXTEC. SELECT the desired piece of furniture from the extensive CabinetSelect database and drop it into your cart. ADAPT any piece of custom furniture by simply adapting dimensions and quantities. The NEXTEC writes the required nesting programs for formating, drilling and grooving in the background – all you have to do is position the panel and press the “Start” button. READY just remove the finished work from the machining table and apply edging as required. And you are ready to assemble the furniture.

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lean robot cell 4.0 The Lean Robot Cell 4.0 consists of a Morbidelli M600 nesting workcentre, a Stefani edge bander and a drilling centre. The cell uses standard, high performance, easy-to-use machines, operates automatically when the job is launched and has been speciďŹ cally designed to integrate with the customer’s production management system. The result is a system that can perform all the various machining stages, from semi-machined panels to machined panels. At the end of the process, the individual ďŹ nished panels are also grouped by robots on special carriages, ready to be assembled in the CPC clamp. l 09 820 9486 JOINERS Magazine December 2017 page 20

easy panel tracking • increased productivity • reduced storage management cost • maximum care of material with no-sliding movements

flexstore el Automatic 3 axis storage, to optimize the handling of different panels, designed for medium to large industries, Flexstore el can be integrated in production lines for nesting and/or sizing cells, with a significant increase in productivity and considerable reduction of costs. It manages homogeneous and mixed stacks, i.e. made of different dimensions and colours, and raw panels and/or panels with low thickness up to 3 mm depending on the material to process. l 09 820 9486 JOINERS Magazine December 2017 page 21

The Gabbiani Galaxy Panel saw and the Mahros Flexstore El both from SCM allow CIAM to add technology efficiencies to Italian craftmanship.

a blend of technology & craft from Italian fitout specialist If there is a “genius loci” an ugly object could never be produced by Ciam of Petrignano. The company is set in the green plain between Bastia Umbra and Petrignano. Looking up on one side there is the white Assisi towering at the feet of the Subasio, on the other side there is Perugia’s Acropolis. We are a few kilometres from the “centre of the world”; in that land that inspired and influenced the great painters and architects of Italy.

Federico Malizia – young heir of a family tradition that began in 1977 and since 2006 president of Ciam (Costruzioni Italiane Arredamenti Moderni) – is aware of this privilege. “One works better in a place like this”, he explains. The company produces furniture for bars, pastry shops, ice cream shops and restaurants. This year they celebrated 40 years with a series of sizable investments in personnel, technology and communication, central to it the purchase of a working cell from SCM, which includes an automatic Mahros Flexstore EL magazine and a Gabbiani Galaxy 2 panel saw.

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“We’ve come a long way”, explains Federico Malizia. “The company that my father Giuseppe set up began with three employees and it built countertops for shops. In the eighties we moved to the production of modular furniture for bars and display cabinets for pastry shops. At the end of the eighties we moved to larger premises and changed our target and started working with shop fitters and designers for whom we produce every type of furnishing. We now work directly with clients such as Eataly, Illy, McDonalds, Starbucks and with designers creating bars and restaurants worldwide”.

The company has 120 employees and various departments. As well as technology there is still a lot of craftsmanship involved? “Of course, we invest a lot in materials, pushing customisation to the maximum. We present innovative materials such as every kind of steel and metal, resins, burnished brass, porcelain stoneware as well as every kind of wood. In other words we pursue every new and captivating shape, which is the added value of our product. We have developed a genuine culture of beauty, of knowing how to make things and we maintain great flexibility.

a Mahros Flexstore EL 14 station storage which supplies a Gabbiani Galaxy 2 panel saw ... this cell has been active for a few months and overall production has been simplified. Now we can do something in two hours that before hand used to take us a day and a half.

The Mahros Flexstore El - shifting panel easily across the factory floor.

On the one hand constantly thinking about new solutions, tracking state of the art materials and using the latest software; on the other we have true craftsmen who are exceptionally proficient in creating the products. Your relationship with SCM has consolidated over time. How has it changed and which machines do you use? “We have been working with SCM since the middle of the nineties. Currently we have an SCM Tech Z5 five axes work centre and a

series of classic SCM machines that help us in the various machining operations. This year we decided to invest heavily in the woodworking workshop to bring it up to the same level as the metal department, therefore we have made the same conceptual choices: a Mahros Flexstore EL 14 station storage which lets us place a different material in each station. The magazine supplies a Gabbiani Galaxy 2 panel saw (that replaces a SCM Sigma 90 panel saw) which can machine with speed and precision and on

“batch one” productions. This cell has been active for a few months and since then the overall production has been simplified. Now we can do something in two hours that beforehand used to take us a day and a half. The electronics linked to the panel saw are also an important step forward for example we can label the product with the client’s name”. How do you see the near future? “We will focus on foreign markets that demand high quality Made in Italy products. We will

certainly continue producing all our products in-house, with a strong organisation that can perfectly combine state of the art technology with the values of craftsmanship.”

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Cost effective & ergonomic

solutions for panel handling JumboErgo For workpieces of many different shapes and sizes, weighing up to 300kg, the Schmalz Vacuum Tube Lifter JumboErgo is the perfect solution to safe handling requirements. The twist grip on the JumboErgo is designed to operate like a motorcycle throttle. Large and heavy loads can be moved gently and precisely. The length of the operator handle can be varied, which allows the user to always maintain a safe distance from the load. The optional swivelling unit, allows you to swivel workpieces by 90° with the push of a button, letting the user swivel workpieces weighing up to 120 kg securely and ergonomically. For airtight non-porous workpieces, the additionally available venting unit enables the user to quickly and safely release the workpiece as required. The benefits you can realise from the installation of a vacuum lifter include, increased productivity thanks to reduced handling and loading times, less requirement for multiple people to handle workpieces and the minimization of downtime due to employee injury, damage-free gripping by using vacuum rather than sliding.

JumboErgo & JumboFlex - simple one finger control when moving panel.

The lifting unit, operating unit, vacuum grippers and vacuum generator on the JumboErgo can be configured according your specifications. It is characterized by its lifting unit, which contracts and extends when lifting and lowering the load. The large effective suction area maximises safe holding of the workpiece. Due to its modular design, the vacuum tube lifter can be customized to your individual application. JumboFlex The vacuum tube lifter JumboFlex allows you to move lighter goods such as post process laminate up to

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50kg ergonomically and with high cycle rates. The control handle fits comfortably in the hand and allows the operator to work for a long period of time without fatigue. With simple one-finger control, lifting, lowering and releasing the load is extremely intuitive. The JumboFlex’s wide range of features allows it to tackle virtually any task. It comes standard with a quickchange system for replacing the vacuum grippers and the ability to rotate the work piece under the handle. JumboFlex is the ideal solution for smaller loads between

20 and 50kg which need to be handled manually. Automation Equipment offers Schmalz comprehensive range of accessories and complete systems with a highly ergonomic and responsive aluminium crane or gantry. For more information on Schmalz Vacuum Lifting and Vacuum clamping, call Automation Equipment on 0800 847 200 or e-mail the team at

Leitz Tooling Full Sharpening i CCentre t now iin PPenrose

The NZ Leitz team outside their Penrose base: left to right Dropsa Singh, Richard Dunn, Gershwern Scott, Dan Mellick, George Vratsidis, Andy Xia, Lee Cotton and Wolf Hoheisen.

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means manufacturing quality Leitz has produced tooling for the woodworking industry for over 140 years since the first drills were made by Albert Leitz back in 1875 in Germany. Ownership of the company by the Leitz family has continued to this day. Bob Nordgren from JOINERS Magazine spoke with Wolf Hoheisen, NZ Manager for Leitz about the company here in New Zealand. Leitz are known the world over for their quality and service. How does that work in reality for Leitz here in New Zealand?

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“We have in fact been well known here in New Zealand for some time now but since we established our own operation here in Penrose (Auckland) we have been able to offer our clientele the true taste of Leitz quality in tooling.” says Mr Hoheisen, “Even the best quality tool can only provide optimum performance if it is regularly maintained by experts, which we at Leitz are. Our Auckland service centre use the same machinery and programmes as in our tool production at Leitz back in Germany. This means our tools provide consistent top quality whether they are brand new or resharpened at our Auckland service centre.” It is a competitive market. How is Leitz able to compete so well? “Three factors greatly help I think. Firstly, experience in tool manufacture and servicing accumulated over many years combined with adherence to strict quality control. At each of our 140 worldwide Leitz service centres we attach a great importance to such quality. We have a quality management system that is certified to DIN ISO 9000 standards that ensures uniform quality standards are applied worldwide. This combines well with our speedy turn around times. Secondly, a sound investment in new technologies keeps us at the forefront of our industry. For example we recently installed a new eroding machine from Germany to sharpen diamond tipped tooling. Third but not least, it is about having the right mix of staff with the right skills and that is something we have here in New Zealand as well. It is reflected in the steady growth of our business here.”

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Novare’s Julie Grgicevich’s designed showroom and Manufacturing Manager Alex Rau with the company’s new SCM Pratika.

SCM good choice for many excellence in cutting, edging and moulding Cutting and edging panel and shaping solid timber are central to the efficient operation of most kitchen manufacturers and fit out specialists. We spoke to three manufacturing business in the Auckland and Northland area who all purchased very similar SCM machinery and discussed their experience with the SCM brand and their New Zealand agents Machines R Us. Novare Kitchens Auckland kitchen designer Julie Grgicevich and commercial fitout specialist Darren Cook joined forces in the middle of last year to set up Novare Kitchens Ltd to provide the manufacturing arm for their high end kitchens and fitouts. Among the first issues faced was the selection of the machinery required for the business. Initially they looked at a second hand set up but quickly decided against that as they weren’t confident any cost savings would outweigh the uncertainty in the service and maintenance side of such an arrangement. The eventually decided to purchase SCM a decision which was influenced by several factors, says Darren Cook. “Positive discussion with colleagues in the industry with similar machining requirements, compatibility with the existing design software we were using and very importantly service and spare parts availability. Following on from this and after

The SCM Olimpic edge bander features a very quick tape change.

viewing a number of possibilities in action at various shows and showrooms we went with a Pratika CNC machining center, Olimpic K 400 edgebander and SCM panel saw from Italian brand SCM.” “SCM’s NZ agent Machines R Us were pivotal in this decision,” says Darren, “They offered a good deal and they are just down the road providing very close service and parts support. We also established an instant rapport with owner John Fleet who really went the extra mile, providing good advice on

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specific requirements across the machines as well as advising on factory layout.”

remote access has been very good when a technician has not been immediately available.”

Novare’s experienced CNC operator and main man on the factory floor, Alex Rau assisted in and was very pleased with the purchase decisions. “The Pratika is very easy to use, great for our panel cutting requirements and in conjunction with Microvellum software provides us with excellent links from design to production. The SCM Olimpic K 400 edgebander provides quality edging and has a very quick tape change saving significant set up time, and the panel saw is great for the smaller jobs that we don’t need to run on the CNC such as toe kicks and kitchen rails.”

Fifteen months on from purchase Darren Cook is very happy with their purchase and the support from Machines R Us. “The SCM machines are working well for us and John Fleet has been great throughout the experience. I would recommend the brand and John and his company all day long.”

“The three machines provide us with a comprehensive cutting and edging set up with good time management options and make my life a lot easier. On the occasion we have needed support Machines R Us have been here within the day and their online

Cab Workshop Ltd Alex Bowler purchased an SCM Pratika CNC machining center and SCM panel saw in early 2016 when he set up a new factory in West Auckland with business partner Stu Bowman. The company focus on custom furniture and fitouts - specialised, unusual and highly spec’d work. (continued over page)

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SCM good choice ... (cont.)

Alex Bowler finds the SCM Pratika excellent for the solid timber work that Cab Workshop Ltd do - some of which can run for hours at a time.

Alex has an engineering and design background and wide experience in CNC machinery, having even built a small CNC router himself, so he knew what he wanted and what he didn’t want and was able to compare current requirement with previous use when selecting his machinery. “For us much of it is was about what you pay, for what you get,” says Alex, “and the SCM package was a lot better when considering the specifications of the machine versus the cost. We do a lot of specialised work, shaping solid timber, creating curves with often complex jointing and needed a CNC with specifications capable of doing that within the budget of a new business.”

running and some of our jobs can run for hours at a time.” “The Pratika was installed and commissioned very quickly, we virtually plugged it in and began to use it. It has continued to run well and there have been no mechanical problems with it. The panel saw has been much the same it is in constant use largely for preparing jigs and ripping material for the solid timber tables and seating we do. It has an extremely smooth table action and cuts really well. Both purchases have worked well for us - no problems, and I have found Machines R Us very honest and supportive in the dealings we have had. 

“With the Pratika I liked the separate spindle drill bank, it is designed for seven drill bits and takes the load off the spindle well designed for the workload we put on it. The unloading set up was also very important to me. As the timber comes off the machine it vacuums the board from above and below the piece being machined, before it leaves the work area, keeping the factory clear of dust and particulate.”

Guyco Kitchens Guyco Kitchens and Joinery Ltd are a well established Whangarei firm manufacturing across the residential, commercial, and timber joinery sectors. Until recently their panel cutting had been primarily done on a beamsaw but in the middle of this year that changed with the purchase of an SCM Pratika CNC machine and SCM panel saw from Machines R Us.

“I also liked the enclosed box nature of the machine. Great for safety but it also forces you to think about the whole process before you start, you have to set it up right before you push the button, once it is running it is

Managing Director David Brinn says the shift was prompted by an ageing beamsaw which was becoming difficult to service and the need to stay abreast of new technology. The decision to go the SCM way was down to the

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Guyco Kitchens use their Pratika for both residential and commercial work.

fact of the SCM brand reputation and that he liked the background of Machines R Us as a machinery service company and the good reports he received on owner John Fleet from others in the industry. “We largely use the Pratika for the manufacture of cabinet parts which incudes drilling and shaping of board products, it is working great, doing all we expected,” says David. “The purchase and install process was very seamless and we were manufacturing kitchens the next day. We had pre-done the software side which made things easier, and the technician from Machines R Us, who had been trained on the machines in Italy, was very sharp. Our young operator took to it easily. In fact it was unbelievable how easily he picked it up. It actually operates like a 3d printer which he had used in school - he understood it and just started using it.” “We have occasionally needed assistance from Machines R Us

since, and they have been on call anytime of the day, the 180 odd kilometers in distance from Auckland hasn’t seemed to be an issue.” “In the SCM panel saw we wanted a good finishing saw capable of cutting the 3600 sheets we use in some of the special work we do. With its over-size table the saw provide these options. We initially purchased it with electronic stops but once we had it in the shop we decided we preferred mechanical stops - it is a sign of Machines R Us attention to service that they converted it straight away - no problems.” “The benefits to the business through the purchase of these machines have been significant. As well as improved and more efficient panel processing we have ensured the business stays current with developing technology in the industry.” 

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Factory Manager Warren with Dennis Weatherell and machine operators Nathan and Eric between the Felder CNC and panel saw purchased from Jacks.

Total Kitchens choose Felder reputation and Jack’s professionalism With the latest technology, a large, efficient workshop and an extremely wellorganised marketing strategy, Total Kitchens in Te Rapa, Hamilton, is a business to watch. Operated by Dennis Weatherell and his wider family, Total Kitchens offers exactly that: design, manufacture and installation of all-thingskitchen. Dennis has plenty of experience in the area. From a farming background he became an electrician, before moving into rural real estate and appliance retail. Together the family is also involved in running Kitchen Things in Hamilton, offering quality kitchen and laundry appliances. “I quickly noticed that many of the customers visiting our store asked if we also made kitchens” says Dennis. “Then an opportunity came up to get three local kitchen designers on board, so we did – and we’ve never looked back.” After a few years successfully having kitchens contract-cut

Dennis made the decision to start manufacturing locally. Today Total Kitchens has a team of four designers a production manager, an administrator and four staff on the floor in the factory. Their large factory also doubles as storage for the appliance store, yet still has plenty of room for their latest European machinery. When it came to selecting what machinery to buy, Dennis did his homework. “I talked to a few machinery suppliers” he explains, “and then Warren [Factory Manager] and I did our research on the products we were being offered. We chose Jacks based on the professionalism of their approach, and the reputation of the machinery they were proposing. Jacks offered a complete service from selecting suitable machinery through to installation and training. I really appreciated the way John Walton [from Jacks] listened to our business plan, then worked with us to choose the most suitable machines for our company’s development.” At the heart of Total Kitchens’ production is a Format-4 HO8 CNC, from Austria’s Felder Group.“The HO8 is just the

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right mix of quality, price and performance for us to do what we do now, and still give us the capability to increase production in the future” says Dennis. The Format-4 HO8 incorporates many features you’d expect on a European CNC: a Windows operating system that is intuitive, a separate drilling head, and automatic lubrication of all axes to ensure fast and efficient production.The centralised dust extraction system ensures a clean working environment, and safety features include monitored pneumatic pop-up stops and a light barrier safety zone system. For edgebanding Total Kitchens have a Homag Ambition 1230AT, complete with airTec functionality for reactivating laser-edged tape. “Laser edging capability means we’re at the forefront of technology, and can satisfy all our customer’s demands,” says Dennis. The Homag Ambition series – previously known as ‘Brandt’ – is NZs most popular edgebander, and the AT models can use standard EVA glue or the airTec system. “The 1230AT has all the functionality we need, and – like the CNC – is capable of higher production if we need it later.”

Rounding out the suite of workshop machinery are a Felder K700S panel saw, a trusty Janssens edgebander for curved shapes, and a Micronair dust extractor. “We’ve deliberately purchased a particularly good saw” says Dennis. “The CNC is our main machine for kitchens, but we’re not limiting ourselves to just kitchens in the future. We have the skills in the factory for all manner of work, whether or not the CNC is available. The Felder saw gives us that flexibility.” With strong word of mouth, local print and radio advertising, Total Kitchens is busy across the wider Waikato. “Now with our workshop and new machinery we’re in the position of having have total control over the finished product, and therefore our customers’ satisfaction” says Dennis. “That’s exactly where we want to be.”

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Behind closed drawers Although the kitchen is a highly styled, highly viewed area of the home much of the function which makes it work is hidden behind closed drawers - and quite a bit has been happening there over the last few years. We asked our leading suppliers what is new and what is important in drawer function and drawer design and got the low down on movement, load bearing, opening and closing, installation and adjustment, modular platforms, fashion trends and of course usefulness for the myriad of purpose in the kitchen, laundry and elsewhere.

NOVA PRO SCALA from GRASS Clear design principles and perfect unity of form and function, makes Nova Pro Scala the perfect drawer solution. The puristic design with its striking lines, right angles and small radii gives the double-wall metal drawer sides a timeless, technical and functional look. The special character of Nova Pro is hallmarked by its perfection down to the last detail and the modular system concept. From the precision craftsmanship of every part as well as the colour and surface finishes, everything is focused on perfect function, top quality and lasting value. The Nova Pro Scala drawer system at a glance: • Timeless design: Nova Pro Scala has an elegant and slim edge without interrupting the design outline. • Wide range of options: Three standard drawer options: 63 mm, 90 mm and 122 mm. Three standard pot drawer options: 90 mm with rail, 186 mm and Crystal. Plus. Three distinct and modern finishes: Ice, Stone and Silver. The possibilities are almost endless.

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Modular: Nova Pro Scala includes a wide range of products for segmentation of starter versions through to the premium segment. Scala is also based on the Nova Pro slide and is therefore compatible with Nova Pro Classic and Deluxe. Perfect movement: The track-proven Nova Pro slide has excellent running characteristics with load ratings up to 70 kg.

Closing comfort: Smooth closing action with new Softclose technology and very low opening forces. Simple installation: With its clever and detailed design, installation is extremely easy, saving valuable time. Ti p m a t i c S o f t - C l o s e : Adjustable Push to open soft closing action integrated into the same liquid soft close runner as your standard drawer with the simple

addition of two clips, two self-locating mechanisms that are held in place with two screws under the drawer, and a central cross rail which can easily be trimmed down. The new Tipmatic soft close is elegance in motion.

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With its clear, sharp contours, colour options, versatile side elements and attractive interior organisation, InnoTech Atira by Hettich provides the perfect mix for greater individuality.

Atira & ArciTech drawer systems with platform concept The efficient platform concept behind the Atira and ArciTech double-walled drawer systems guarantees lean production while minimising the cost and effort involved in manufacturing, stock-keeping and logistics. They also impress with their technology: straight forward installation and adjustment as well as cleverly devised assembly aids. Although Atira and ArciTech are mainly used in the kitchen and bathroom, they are also sparking more and more interest among living-room and bedroom furniture manufacturers. With consumers wanting variation, manufacturers are keen to give their furniture marks of distinction. With Atira and ArciTech to offer, Hettich has the right drawer system for all wants, needs and budget. Atira The Atira drawer system has proven to be a great success in the world market. Its platform concept provides a cost effective way of giving a distinctive identity to drawers and pull-outs of every kind. Using different runners such as full extension version with Silent System or Push To Open, as well as various design elements make it possible to customise in function and design on the basis of one drawer side profile. Technical details in brief: • 2 drawer side-profile heights • 7 lengths • 4 rear panel heights • Colours silver, white • Side elements for front extensions in two heights, railings, Metal or glass TopSides below the railing

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Quadro runner systems: full extensions 30 kg and 50 kg Silent System integrated as standard for 30 kg and 50 kg Opening systems Push to open optionally integrated in the runner, Easys

ArciTech An ArciTech drawer is distinguished by its incredibly smooth running action and exceptional stability. The Actro runner’s prism principle gives it impressively smooth, even performance. Catering to loading categories of 40, 60 and 80 kg, ArciTech can cope with any demand. The broad product line-up based on a single platform provides two side profile heights in silver, white and anthracite as well as six rear-panel heights. For the high end segment, the range comes with the option of a 126 mm side profile height with DesignSide in glass or TopSide and rear-panel height of 250 mm. Technical details in brief: • 3 drawer side profile heights • 8 lengths • 7 rear panel heights • In white, silver and anthracite with stainless steel and champagne available upon request • Side elements for pot-and-pan drawers in two height, railings • Runners: 40, 60 and 80 kg - Silent System • Push to open, Push to open Silent, Easys 

The ArciTech platform concept can cater to any market trend and any customer preference on the basis of a single drawer side profile.

The ArciTech system front drawer panel is installed and removed without the need for tools in one easy action: It simply pushes into place, with an acoustic signal indicating it's firmly locked.

Folding door fascination: WingLine L for handleless solutions As if by magic, the handleless folding door opens in response to a gentle push. No bench top profile leaves kitchen appliances easy to pull forward. WingLine L with Push to Move unfolds furniture ideas. JOINERS Magazine December 2017 page 35

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Capri profiles

Tekform drawer, a family of double wall drawers characterised by a simple mounting procedure and a reliable performance with ‘ConfidentClose’.

Whether it’s handleless clean cabinetry you’re after, or you are using your handles as a design statement, the Stefano Orlati range has a style and finish that will suit your scheme. Introducing new European inspired finishes in your favourite Stefano Orlati handle styles, including a bright polished copper, a brushed antique copper and antique iron appearance.

The fast and simple ‘EasyFix’ locking system of the front panel connector requires just a hand insertion and a quarter turn of the screwdriver to reliably lock the connection. Its expanding feature allows for repeatable assembly and disassembly of the front panel. Optimal drawer alignment is comfortably accomplished through an intuitive vertical and horizontal adjustment procedure. The rigid drawer and rail design assures drawer stability in open position. The integrated Titus damper in all Tekform drawers adds value to the furniture, providing a reliable and consistent soft closing tuned to end consumer preferred ‘ConfidentClose’ features: fast, gentle, silent and safe.

Alternatively, for a sleek handleless look on drawer or tower cabinets, use the Capri-C, Y, R or J profiles, now available in matt black and white! The Capri profiles offer the kitchen user a clean handle-less look, with the convenience of easy drawer opening. The Capri-C can be mounted between drawers and the Capri-J under the benchtop above the first drawer. Get creative! For white cabinetry, use the matt white Capri profiles to create a clean

Capri profiles provide a range of options for a clean handle-less look.

and seamless look or switch up the finishes to create a contemporary multi-tone look, with a titanium grey profile. Now you can even go a step further and light up your cabinetry with Capri-LED C-shape profiles, fitted with Stefano Orlati LED strip lighting and ready to install.Emphasis is placed on providing a comprehensive range of high quality stylish products that fit with the latest trends. Our carefully selected product range encompasses inspiration for your vision and it’s our aim to exceed expectations by providing all our valued customers with unparalleled service and supply. Tekform offer a family of drawers characterised by a simple mounting procedure and reliable performance.

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Roller Doors so much more versatile than your toaster



Times change. Trends change. And with changing trends, the way triedand-true products are used in design also changes. Here we take a look at the classic Roller Door – still standing the test of time after all these years. Roller Doors have been around for many years and don’t appear to be planning to leave anytime soon. And justly so, given how versatile they are. Roller Doors hide everything that’s behind them without swiping objects in front, making them the ideal space-saving door option. With a trend towards larger single sided roller doors being used in kitchens (sometimes instead of a scullery when there isn’t enough space) roller doors are finding their place in kitchen design again However, kitchens are only the tip of the iceberg – Roller Doors are used for so much more! They are often used to hide study nooks, laundries, and we have also worked with architects and engineers on projects to see our roller doors integrated into machinery, kiosks and more.

No Minimum Order Wide Range of Colours in Stock

Often these end up being customized to suit the environment and other requirements – and that’s what we’re all about at Sage Doors. We love working with you to make what we do work for something slightly different.

Durable & Hard Functional Layer as per Sage Doors’ Rule of Thumb

Hide more with a roller door! what would you store behind your door? Here’s some things you might not know about Sage Doors single sided roller doors: • • • • •

Roller Doors are really easy to install. Roller Doors can be motorized (and these are also simple to install). Roller Doors can be made out of virtually any material to either compliment or match the surrounding cabinetry. Roller Doors can be made any size up to about 2m x 2m (sometimes larger). Roller Doors don’t need to just go up and down! They can go from side to side and around curves – the possibilities are endless.

Roller Doors be customized to suit so many environments, and have the ability of hiding so much. From your toaster to your Kenwood mixer, your computer to your washing machine – the possibilities are endless!

Reflections on 2017 It’s been one crazy year to reflect on. We started the year with renovations in full swing. With a building site in the factory and machinery that couldn’t be used, it was a tough few months for everyone. By the middle of the year, the Automatic Storage System was completed and we started a new chapter, eager to see where it would lead us. Six months have passed since the ASS was installed, and having just made it through a very busy Christmas rush with a 4 day lead time, we look back on the renovations and realize that sometimes you need to go through the hard to get to the easy. We are looking forward to 2018 – but first of all, we want to celebrate 2017 for the year that it has been, and thank you for being part of our story.

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Two quality drawer options for kiwi kitchens Ideal for traditional installation and internal drawer pantry systems of any height HARN RITMA For a smoother open and close, and fast, simple user friendly installation, the highly cost-effective Harn Ritma range of soft close drawers is designed to be compatible with well-known industry brand machining. The Ritma system is built on full extension roller bearing concealed runners with a 35kg load capacity, synchro control, integrated cushioning and integrated lateral stabilisation. In classic white, Ritma provides 6 runner length options (270mm, 350mm, 400mm, 450mm, 500mm and 550mm) and the fixing options you would expect (screw-on, front fixing, knock-in and expansion) across all four drawer models. S Drawer – 96.5mm high standard drawer, ideal for cutlery and general kitchen use. MS Drawer – 157mm high with railing set and the HSS Drawer – 229mm high with railing set. Both perfect for storage of packaged goods and plastics. HS Drawer – 229mm high with railing set and 128mm side extension panels – great for pots and pans, crockery and general kitchen use. Naturally, the Ritma system covers all the individual components you need to customise to your client’s requirements, including divider panels and connectors to create organised drawers that minimise content movements and rattling.

Harn Ritma drawers - the strength of an I-beam in a drawer runner.

TANOVA VENTILATED DRAWERS Ten years of development experience in kitchen waste and laundry organisation puts New Zealand’s Tanova team in pole position to create a practical, durable new drawer system that is perfect for use in kitchens, sculleries, pantries, laundries, wardrobes, daycare centres and more. Solid bases prevent fall-through of contents while ventilated sides allow airflow for longevity of food stuffs and preventing mustiness in clothing. Each width (for 450mm and 600mm cabinets) is available to suit two cabinet depths and there’s also three height options - 165mm, 229mm and 293mm – ensuring an option to suit any purpose. Tanova’s funky modern looking ventilated drawers are stocked in classic white. But why not get creative? Talk to us about custom colour to suit your client’s project; Access Group will work with you and talk through options and pricing.

Tanova Ventilated Drawers - durable, practical and modern

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With soft-close systems and a preference to drawers below bench as standard New Zealanders are now making inner pull-outs within pantry cabinets the norm.

Dynamic spaces for New Zealand design Is there such thing as the perfect drawer? Different from the norm, focused on the principles, it pursues – yet unprecedented in its level of performance. Straightforward. Simple. Slim. Blum’s constant desire to perfect motion produced Legrabox, an innovation to suit joiners, specifiers and clients alike. Legrabox, however is only an addition to the Blum box system range. Legrabox, Tandembox and Metabox provide top quality drawer options to span every project need. Easy to assemble, adjust and a pleasure for daily use Blum box systems can be used in all living areas and commercial cabinetry. Dynamic Space – Blum’s ideas for practical kitchens

and a preference to drawers below bench as standard New Zealanders are now making inner pull-outs within pantry cabinets the norm. Additional layers of storage with flexible access and flexible design options – inner drawers within pantries suit kitchens of any scale. The Space Tower can be specified in Legrabox or Tandembox, single or double door and has the ease of ordering in kitset form. Original Blum quality box systems have motion technology options for handle-less applications and colour finishes to match aesthetics.

has been a topic communicating ergonomic and efficient kitchen applications since 2003. Dynamic Space is constantly being developed with new research findings and product innovations.

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Blum has completed New Zealand based research with kitchen observations being performed within 10 sample kitchens, adding to comprehensive global kitchen studies. With soft-close systems

More importantly for joiners choosing Blum box systems comes with Blum services both online and in person supporting businesses on a day to day basis.

BANOVA® PLUS furniture design made easy up to 70% lighter than conventional wood panels

LIGHTWEIGHT PANEL WEIGHT IN COMPARISON BANOVA® PLUS is the world’s lightest plywood 10.5 kg/m 10 - with a balsa core and a high grade surface. 9.0 kg/m The panel is faced with regionally available light 8 hardwood. The accurate selection process of raw 6 material selection ensures the BANOVA® PLUS 4 face veneer is thin, resistant and top quality. This 3.4 kg/m 2 panel structure proves to be a real advantage both BANOVA Birch PLUS Plywood Chipboard when material is being processed and when it is 0 2 Panel weight 15mm [kg/m ] in use. Not only does it weigh 50-70% less than conventional panels, it also stands out due to its high level thermal insulation, excellent bonding properties and its sustainability. Processing BONOVA® PLUS is very easy due to its top quality uniform structure - this means there is no need to changes existing tools and joining techniques. 3




SURFACE QUALITY Banova® is a natural product with natural colour variations and characteristics. The panels, sanded smooth on both sides have a front and a reverse face, which may very due to typical wood features. Both surfaces are produced using spliced veneers with natural colour variations and in some cases leveled with filler. FACE LAMINATES Material properties like stiffness, strength, impact resistance, scratch resistance and appearance can be optimised by combining the panel with a variety of different face laminates such as aluminimum, hardwood veneer, MDF/HDF or birch plywood. BANOVA® PLUS - at a glance • Uniform surface quality • Outstanding flatness due to top grade PU bond and uniform structure • Ideal surface for lamination with foil, CPL and wallpaper or direct lacquering and painting • Natural wood from responsible sources FSC Mix (FSC-C127318)






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waste space

accessible space

As one of our contributors states later in this section ‘being ecologically conscious is very important’. The question of what to do with waste has become central to kitchen design. Customers want choice in their waste organisation, it must be simple to use, it must differentiate between waste type and it must be invisible. We look at the products of eight New Zealand companies who offer a range of solutions - including putting more waste down the drain - to see what local and international innovation has delivered in this area. The bench height bin drawer is rather unique to our part of the world and is extremely popular in New Zealand. Whether a bench height solution or a space saving under sink drawer – it’s all about personal preference. Blum offers bins as a companion range of products with 5 – 40L options. Harmoniously working with the rest of the kitchen the bin drawer can be Legrabox or Tandembox with the option of adding Servo-drive. Blum offers top mount and bottom mount bin solutions to suit different household and client needs. Hands full? No problem – Servo-drive uno the ultimate rubbish bin solution. An electronic opening support system which can be specified with or without a handle. Simply press the front with an elbow, hip or knee and the drawer will open with ease providing a clean and hygienic solution for kitchen waste. Your clients can have original Blum quality in every aspect of their kitchen. To find out more about the bin range and Servo-drive uno download the brochure or contact your Blum representative.

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Tekno Softclose Bins

Tekno Softclose Bins offer a high quality solution for integrated kitchen waste. The range includes single and twin bins with clip ring bag holders, fully concealed liners, easily removable bins and integrated soft close damping. Tekno Softclose Bins can be used with any European drawer to create a sleek system that maximises space and functionality. Options are available to suit 400mm, 450mm and 600mm cabinets with a variety of bin capacities.


Compatible with the Tekform drawer


Easily removable bins


Smooth, integrated softclose

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Eco conscious?

A good, better, best philosophy applies to Hafele’s offer, the basic Hailo Tandem range (above), the more substantial built in Euro Cargo range (top) and the premium drawer integrated One2five range (left).

Hafele can assist Now more than ever, being ecologically conscious is very important. Simply throwing away paper, plastic and glass when it can be de-constructed and reused is both extremely wasteful and detrimental to our environment. This is one of the many reasons why managing our waste, choosing to recycle and up cycling is important. Hafele’s extensive range of bins helps you to keep on top of potential mess without any fuss. What makes Hafele’s waste separation systems so versatile is the large choice of inner bins that can be varied in height, finish and volume to suit every requirement. Offering peace of mind with great features like Ninka’s plastic pails being made of easy-to-clean 100% recyclable food grade polypropylene with re-enforced glass fibre handles that hold liners in place for Hailo’s minimum 100,000 cycle testing. Hafele’s dynamic bin range offers solutions for base, top or side mounting, for behind hinged doors or mounting to fronts as well as integrated systems for use with double wall drawers, offering comparative soft-close operation throughout the kitchen.

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NINKA One2five The premium waste solution is the Ninka One2five system which integrates into a frame within our Alto, Studio or Grass Drawers. Available for 6 different cabinet widths with a possibility of up to 4 different bins in 6 different sizes, two finishes our tried and tested alu grey and our new trendy anthracite option. A variety of different lid options, including a dust pan set can also be integrated from our One2top range. With drawer integration you can ensure aesthetically the waste solution matches the rest of the kitchen as well as the operating action, from a standard soft close runner with a pull handle, to a Tipmatic or Sensomatic push, to open handle less design there is no compromise on style while maintaining functionality. Hailo Euro Cargo Waste Bin System Hailo's Euro Cargo waste bin range has been a corner stone of Hafele’s waste bin solutions now for well over a decade with upgrades in recent years to "Cargo soft" and "Euro Cargo-S" which incorporate either a soft closing ball bearing runner or soft close Grass under mount runner offering a lovely closing action with low pullout forces.

With robust removable plastic bins, an easy to follow installation template and lots of adjustment the Hailo Euro Cargo is among the best value European quality waste bin solution on the market. The waste separation systems can accommodate cabinet widths from 300-600mm with a variety of different bin configurations. With easy pail removal via comfortable hand cut-outs or swing handles. Hafele is proud to introduce the Orion Euro Cargo, which is a soft close dual 38l bin for a 450mm cabinet in an on trend darker titanium finish. Hailo TANDEM Waste Bin System The Hailo tandem waste bin range from Hafele is an entry level twin bin system contained neatly behind a cupbard door. Manufactured in either a white or anthracite finish these bins are both simple and easy to install. Simply mount the unit to the base of a standard hinged door cabinet and away you go, nothing could be easier. Pails are easily removable by way of a simple carry handle.

The entire range can be viewed online at

Hideaway Compact 1 x 15L Bin KC15SCD, and Hideaway 1 x 60L Laundry Hamper SCLBM160D-W

Hideaway Soft Close 2 x 15L Bin SC215D-W

Smart hidden storage for kitchens, bathrooms & laundry Hideaway Bins are passionate about providing smart storage solutions, especially for dealing with kitchen waste. Being one of the most frequently used appliances in the kitchen, the best location for a homeowner is to have the bin mounted at bench height rather than under a sink. The need for smart storage solutions is not limited to just the Kitchen. Creating a functional and stylish bathroom can be

a challenge, especially when space is at a premium. Often the disposal of rubbish or storing of laundry is an afterthought, and a small rubbish bin or laundry hamper is placed on the oor once the bathroom is in use.

Hideaway Laundry Hampers can be used in a bathroom to hide laundry, store extra linen or as a removable washing basket. The base mount model allows easy removal of the 60L hamper, with no high runners to clear.

A Hideaway Compact 15L bin oers an ideal solution to keep a bathroom looking clutter free when installed within a bathroom vanity. Plumbing can be directed behind the bin, allowing for more storage in other draws.

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Where do your food scraps go? Going Green in the Home: How food waste disposers can play a role Each year in New Zealand, 700,000 tonnes of organic waste is trucked to landfills according to information from the NZ Ministry for the Environment. Organic waste is the single largest component of municipal solid waste sent to landfills. Once there, it quickly decomposes and produces methane, an environmentally harmful greenhouse gas at least 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Landfills are considered the third largest sources of methane. Most people agree on the goal to reduce food waste at the source, but when it comes to discussing alternatives for managing the ‘unavoidable’ fraction, people often focus on one alternative, such as composting. However, if the goal is diverting organics from landfills, instead of viewing any one system as a silver bullet, it is important that the discussion includes multiple options. Unfortunately, because of myths and misconceptions, one device, common in many New Zealand homes, is left out of the conversation – the food waste disposer. “While composting and kerbside food bin schemes have received a lot of attention as of late, it’s not for everyone,” said Michael Keleman, manager of environmental engineering for InSinkErator, the world’s leading manufacturer of food waste disposers at a recently held breakfast function sponsored by New Zealand agents Parex Industries Ltd “Food waste disposers offer one alternative to composting, but less than 40% of New Zealand homes have an installed disposer.” Used mainly for convenience by homeowners for plate scrapings, disposers are now present in nearly 40% of all New Zealand homes. Since results from studies in five U.S. cities found disposers have the potential to reduce food waste in the solid waste stream by 30%, and given that food waste is 7090% water, rather than managing just plate scrapings, there is an opportunity to divert more food

Waste disposers reduce food waste at the source and keep tonnes of organic waste from our landfills.

waste from New Zealand landfills. Outdated and spoiled food can also be processed in disposers, and instead of ending up in landfills, this material will travel through the sewer to wastewater treatment plants, otherwise known as water resource recovery facilities. There residential, commercial and industrial sewage is converted into clean water and fertilizer, and in some cases, renewable energy. Advanced facilities now harness anaerobic digesters to generate methane which can be used to make energy. Auckland’s Mangere facility and the Palmerston North Totara Road plant are two examples where anaerobic digestion is utilized to produce renewable energy. Watercare, the wastewater authority in Auckland even established a goal to become energy self-sufficient at two of its plants by 2025. Not every wastewater treatment plant utilizes anaerobic digestion, but a life cycle assessment of twelve systems for managing food waste, including eight types of wastewater treatment plants with

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and without anaerobic digestion, determined that using a disposer in conjunction with a treatment plant always results in lower greenhouse gas emissions than landfilling. More importantly, where the treatment plant does utilize anaerobic digestion, the greenhouse gas emissions are lower than even composting.

Dealing with food waste disposer myths Waste disposers do indeed use water, and because of this they are often perceived as ‘water wasters’, but they account for only about 1% of a household’s total daily use of water. They also only use about 3-4 kwh of electricity per year, so the cost to run them is negligible.

Composting food waste is a great option for homeowners who are willing and able to do so, especially for those in more rural areas, or those not connected to sewage treatment infrastructure. Composting meats and dairy products can be problematic though, because green bins can create odours and attract vermin.

“Modern waste disposers are capable of grinding nearly all types of food waste, but proper use is the key to reducing the risk of clogs”, said Barnaby Thompson, General Manager InSinkErator New Zealand. “First turn on a moderate stream of water before turning on the disposer, then add food scraps gradually and grind to completion before letting the water run a few extra seconds”.

“Considering food waste makes up as much as 40% of the solid waste stream in New Zealand, consumer and governmental officials should look at multiple options for managing food waste, and they should also be wary of the many myths and misconceptions about food waste disposers,” Keleman added.

Homeowners should also never pour fats, oils and greases (FOG) down their sink, which can lead to issues in both plumbing and continued over page



FOOD WASTE PUT DOWN A DISPOSER CAN BE TURNED INTO RENEWABLE ENERGY! InSinkErator food waste disposers are not only convenient and hygienic, but environmentally responsible too. That’s because when food waste goes down the disposer it’s not going to end up in a landfill site where it generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. It’ll actually end up at a wastewater treatment plant. Modern wastewater plants throughout New Zealand capture the methane gas generated during processing and convert it to renewable energy in the form of heat and electricity. So as well as using minimal electricity and about 1% of an average home’s annual water consumption, a food waste disposer offers a compelling solution for responsible food waste management.

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Waste solutions by Hettich - more than just rubbish Recycling is a topic that is gathering momentum. As such consumers are asking that more of their kitchen space be dedicated towards it, creating ‘waste stations’ rather than just a simple bin. It’s not uncommon to see up to 600 or even 900mm wide units with a multitude of different sized and coloured bins. Think of any area that needs organisation: • • • • •

Where do your food scraps go?

Under sink cleaning stations for cleaning agents, brushes and cloths Recycling centre for plastics and glass including composting to contribute to reduced landfill Storage for dry food goods to reduce grocery costs by buying in bulk Laundry station for sorting dirty washing making this onerous task easier Children’s bedroom toy storage for easy to maintain clear floors

sewers. Sewage collection system around the world, including many areas nearly void of disposers, experience serious issues with blockages from hard deposits resulting from the improper disposal and management of FOG. Homeowners need to understand that processing FOG in a disposer is inappropriate, as well as pouring it down the toilet. Other myths include the notion that you need a double sink bowl to have a food waste disposer installed and that they have blades and are dangerous to use. Wrong on both counts “A waste disposer can be installed in a single or double bowl. It is just a matter of preference and Insinkerator disposers do not have blades but instead have small lugs fixed to a grinding plate that act like hammers breaking down food whilst spinning 360 degrees. Once small enough the waste particles pass through small holes in a stationary grind ring” notes Michael.

Hettich’s new Waste System Solutions brochure contains three main categories of bins; All in one bins, bins that hang below drawers and bins that sit in drawers. All in one bins are great when you don’t have much cabinet space. Whereas the other two categories are designed to work with Hettich’s Atira and ArciTech drawer systems – giving users the look and feel that they have in the rest of their kitchen drawers. New: Waste System 300 Waste System 300 bins are an ‘all in one’ system that run on Hettich’s KA4532 soft close ball bearing slides, along with a host of other features; • • • • • • •

Made in Germany High quality feel and finish Top or side fixing 3D adjustment Soft close Drawer front or handle pull option Branded with Hettich ‘flash’


Food waste disposers have been called old 80’s technology being noisy and you can’t get rid of some food waste items. Michael comments “The reality is that food disposers have been around since the 1930’s however the grind and sound technology has always been evolving. The top end range can grind 99% of food types and are ultra quiet compared to standard units. Patented anti vibration and insulation technology largely eliminates the vibration and noise issues. As to food scraps like bones and fibrous materials, the high performance units can even handle that as well. There are of course best practices to follow to make this process a quick and safe process.” The new Hettich Waste System Solutions brochure is a great specifying tool that contains all bins that fit in ArciTech and Atira drawer systems, along with the new Waste System 300 range.

There are four different bucket size options in the Waste System 300 range, (2x15l, 1x30l, 1x40l & 1x40l laundry basket) all using the same frame to fit into a 300mm wide cabinet (hence it’s name) 

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Scan the code above or go to and find the Waste System Solution catalogue link

“Given so much focus on better managing food waste, stakeholders should take a closer look in their own homes – the answer might be right in their kitchen sink”, Mike added. “With better education and outreach, additional use of food waste disposers can be a win for the industry, consumers and the environment.”

For more information, visit FOOD WASTE DISPOSER MYTHS or www. Video watch

Kitchen waste solutions by Kiwis, for Kiwis. For more than a decade, the Tanova team has been designing and assembling pull out waste units in New Zealand; producing quality, innovative solutions for a smooth-running home.

• Systems to fit cabinets from 200mm to 800mm wide • Deluxe, Simplex Plus and Simplex options provide solutions for every project and budget • hygienic and easy to clean, with most models having a top mounted cover that acts as an odour-minimiser when unit is closed • multiple bin/basket configurations offer excellent solutions for sorting/storing recyclables and organic kitchen waste • Deluxe range with heavy duty 60kg runners and fully integrated so close as standard • Simplex Plus range with 30kg runners and super smooth running Harn Ritma so close runners • Simplex range, with 45kg runners, offers models for installation with fixed front or behind hinged door, and with so close and push-to-open options on many models • recyclable polypropylene buckets, with handles to hold bags in place • designed by Kiwis, with Kiwis in mind


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Microvellum - a boost to traditional firm The Nelson firm of Ruby Bay Joinery recently changed from using a table saw for cutting panel to the use of a CNC machining center. Along with the CNC came the purchase of Microvellum software to run design and production, but also providing a technological boost across the company. We spoke to company joiner Ben Bushell about the change and benefits ... he takes up the story. “We had no technology on the manufacturing side of the company, making up cut and part lists from our designs before cutting out on a table saw,” says Ben. “We were producing great product but very traditionally and the owners decided they needed to take the company forward, improve efficiencies and provide a better service with technology. “Following the purchase of the CNC we spent around 4 months using its on-board software and familiarising ourselves with the machine before looking to include software specific to our design and production needs and which would linked the two. “We trialed 3 different softwares before deciding on Microvellum, finding it worked the best for us with the variety of work we do. We liked the way it provided very

realistic imagery for the client and the simple manner in which it delivered the design data to the machine for production. “My introduction began with a week of induction and training which was enough for me to get up and running. I love it and took to it quickly but can see that Microvellum is a very powerful program and has so much flexibility that with time I will become even more proficient. There are always several ways to do things and it is a matter of finding the best way for you. “The Microvellum support team has been great, I can’t fault them. They are always available by phone, email or via team viewer. They understand that if the software goes down the whole company stops and accordingly are there when you need them.

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Microvellum is well suited to the variety in Ruby Bay Joinery’s work.

“It has made our joiners job very different - they appreciate the parts coming to them with many of the menial tasks already complete. They can follow the detailed drawings and can focus on creating a quality product. “It can produce a good render for the customer to see, which helps them visualise the final product. Changes to materials, hardware and construction can be made here, these changes carry straight through to the machine which again saves time.

“Utilisation of materials is a lot better, the software tells us what we need to order before we start cutting which often saves us on buying that extra sheet - ‘just to be sure’. “The vision of our management in choosing Microvellum has in my view not just kept us up with the time it has put us ahead of the times, we can continue to develop with this software to continue to improve efficiencies and service to clients.” 

Microvellum - runs 2-day training event in Auckland In mid September Microvellum held their first national training event for New Zealand clients. Held at Rydges Hotel in Auckland over two days, the seminar provided Microvellum users from around the country with the opportunity to experience the software’s latest advancements and learn how to utilize new tools to help maximize their software investment. Run by New Zealand Microvellum agent Tim Veale and his team of Conrad Mincher and Michael Grajo the seminar was well attended by around 30 joiners and designers who use Microvellum in their day to day business. Aimed at the intermediate level the seminar was ideal for those who had come to grips with the software and were ready to learn some of its subtleties (and perhaps unlearn bad habits).

client comments “it was reassuring watching professionals using the system and seeing how they moved around the screen - I picked up a lot of new things - new menus - new methods” Ruby Bay Joinery, Nelson

Microvellums recent seminar in Auckland allowed participants to learn from certified Microvellum trainers and network with other users.

Those attending agreed the direct access to the Microvellum team and networking with other users in similar situations to their own and the fact that the event forced a time and a place rather than planning but never finding the time, added to the success of the event. Tim Veale said that the popularity of the event would certainly lead to more and as the knowledge

levels grew among users it was likely advanced sessions would also be included, exploring the full extent of Microvellum’s potential. A video of the proceeding was presented to participants following the seminar to allow for later review plus knowledge sharing with others in their respective companies. 

“great way to brush up on updates and new technology, previously we would have to go on line to Microvellum’s live webinar events run out of America and often streaming here in the middle of the night” Aspire Joinery, Christchurch “we are here to refresh and renew on updates and see what is available. I have picked up quicker and simpler methods not just in constructing a design but also in filing and accessing, tips that will save substantial time and energy” Stanley Construction, Matamata

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Versatile Brio folding hardware system installed The premium One three Cheshire commercial showroom and residential development situated in the heart of historic Parnell has utilised Brio’s ‘Weatherfold’ folding and sliding system to fix eye-catching Insol shutters to the building’s exterior. Exterior shutter systems are gaining in popularity, and why wouldn’t they be? While their most obvious qualities are the weather-related benefits they can provide such as shelter from the wind, rain and sun, they have many other attributes that make them a great addition to any commercial or residential building.

A shutter system can save energy by reducing the need for air conditioning and heating - sun can be kept out of indoor areas in summer and heat loss via large glass areas can be reduced in winter. The beneďŹ ts inherent in these shutter systems are even greater in countries which have changeable and extreme weather, as we often experience in New Zealand. Shutters have the appeal of creating privacy when desired, and are great for apartment-dwellers and apartment owners who wish to avoid creating the‘eye-sore’ of washing being dried on their outside deck areas. They can enhance the visual interest of a building, giving it character, increasing its desirability and resale value, and improving the area where it is situated. From a compliance point-of-view, it is important to note that local councils are more likely to consent

Insol shutters are fixed to the One three Cheshire development using the Brio Weatherfold sliding & folding system.

apartment buildings with shutter systems included in their design. This change has mainly been due to the lessons learned during earlier periods of building activity in New Zealand, where poorly designed and built apartment buildings detracted greatly from city skylines and landscapes.

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Peter Van Betuw in front of Otago Furniture’s new Format-4 F45M X-motion spindle moulder.

Confidence & control in processing There aren’t many companies in NZ who can claim to be founded more than a century ago, but Otago Furniture is one of them. With a rich history in retail and commercial furniture, Otago Furniture has been a part of the Dunedin landscape since, well, since Dunedin! N e w Z e a l a n d ’s f u r n i t u r e manufacturing scene today is but a shadow of what it once was, but Otago Furniture stands as a lesson in resilience, adaptability, and success. While the core of production skills has remained a constant throughout the years, the Company’s path to their customers has been through several iterations. The decline of department stores and the increasing competition from cheap imported furniture proved the end of many furniture manufacturers. But Otago Furniture has not only adapted to the challenges they’ve faced, but thrived on them – and today remain as a reminder of Dunedin’s proud manufacturing background.

Francis Butterfield was a Tasmanian gold-miner who had failed to make his fortune in California, did an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, then ended up working in shipping. While in Dunedin, passing comments he made about a building site were met with “if you can do better then you better join us” - so he did! And in 1868 Otago Furniture was formed. Since then the Company has been involved in the furniture trade throughout the lower half of the South Island, including the Butterfield chain of department stores. Today Otago Furniture provides furniture via retail stores across New Zealand, as well as supplying many commercial customers in areas such as hospitality, aged care and education. “It’s a constant challenge” says Manager Roye Haugh – herself a descendent from Francis Butterfield. “We can’t be complacent about the customers we have. Therefore, our aim is to ensure we’re easy to work with, and provide the quality product that our customers want in a timely fashion.”

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With the advent of cheaper, imported furniture Otago Furniture saw the need to focus on the upper end of the furniture market. Another factor in their longevity has been the company’s willingness to adapt processes and products to suit the demands of the day. This includes using fabrics sourced worldwide, as well as developing techniques to make their furniture unique – such as their finishing process that turns native Beech into a rich and warm timber for furniture. Otago Furniture’s process of adaptation and modernisation is obvious in their large workshop, where new European technology ensures quality and efficiency. The two most recent additions are the Cube, a straight four sider from the Weinig Group, and a Format-4 F45M X-motion spindle moulder, from the Felder Group. Leading the ‘hard furniture’ side of the business Chris Still has 45 years’ trade experience, and when combined with the team leader of the machine shop Peter Van Betuw then there’s not much about furniture production they

don’t know. As part of a continual review process regarding their machinery efficiency, Chris and Peter travelled to Auckland and visited the Jacks showroom which included a demo of the Weinig Cube. A simple but powerful straight four sider, it was the Cube’s simplicity of use that prompted the visit, and it wasn’t long before there was a Cube on the floor in Dunedin. “Getting the Cube enabled us to retire our old four-sider” explains Peter. “It’s also meant a huge jump in productivity, because the machine is so simple to use and maintain. Everyone’s trained to use it, and while I thought the laser guides on the infeed table were a bit of a gimmick, they’re really useful – a quick guide as to whether you’re going to get what you want out of a piece of timber. Punch in the dimensions you need and put the timber on the table and you can see straight away if it’s going to work. Saves a lot of trial and error, and therefore waste.” “We regularly process a whole pack of timber at once, and here it’s a big step up from our old machine. When processing 200

by 50 or 60mm our old machine would be working hard, slowing down and it’d slip now and then. With the Cube: no problem. It doesn’t miss a beat. Maintenance is easy too. It’s throwaway tooling and very quick and easy to change. Other than that there’s about 8 grease nipples and that’s it! With such good internal extraction then the machine stays clean inside, meaning it’s pretty much ready to use the minute we need it. And while we thought hard about giving up our ability to run T&G we needed it so infrequently that it wasn’t worth the hassle of a full moulding machine.” Safety has also been a big benefit of the Cube. “Being so easy to use we find we have no trouble teaching the young ones how to use it” says Peter. “The safety features are excellent, and training is quick, so it removes a whole lot of risk from either using our older moulder, or the traditional buzzing and thicknessing process.” While in the Jacks showroom Peter and Chris were quickly convinced of the Cube’s value. But something else caught their eye too: Format-4’s Profil 45M X-Motion spindle moulder. “We didn’t go looking for a spindle moulder” says Peter, “but after looking at it we were quickly convinced. It’s already proved to be a valuable investment. It’s a beautiful piece of kit.” The Profil 45M is a 3-axis programmable s p i n d l e m o u l d e r, w i t h t h e overhead touchscreen controller giving instant adjustment of the spindle height, tilt and fence position. With an interchangeable spindle system, a tooling database and a programmable memory then multiple spindle set-ups are available at the touch of a button. A further benefit is the fact the complete fence mechanism can be folded back behind and below the table height of the machine, saving the hassle of having to lift it off when setting up for curved work. Otago Furniture’s Profil 45M is equipped with Felder’s F48 powerfeed, forming a synchronised system that maximises control and handling, while minimising the risk for accidents. “The machine only tilts back too” explains Peter. “We totally agree with

Felder’s policy of not allowing a spindle to tilt forward. It’s so much safer, and when combined with all the guarding then this is a far safer spindle moulder than we’ve had before.” Peter’s also impressed with the level of control and adjustment. “Being able to step up fractions of a millimetre at time from the control panel gives such a degree of control and confidence in the results you’re going to get when processing” says Peter.“It also has excellent internal extraction. We’ve not cleaned up around here for awhile” he says, gesturing at generally dust-free area around the Format-4. “Concise control and accuracy, safe and easy use, and with such good results, then we’ve actually retired all three of the old spindles we were using, and are just using the Profil 45M now.” It's clear looking around Otago Furniture’s large manufacturing facility that there is a lot of quality work going on, and the large storage area is filled with multiples of elegant, solid furniture covered in stylish fabrics. It’s these large orders for significant clients that sustain companies such as Otago Furniture, and such orders don’t come easily, nor without a dedication to quality and efficiency. ‘With age comes experience’ so the saying goes, and it seems clear that experienced leadership and vision, continued innovation in manufacturing processes, and honest hard work are the pillars on which Otago Furniture continue to thrive. Here’s to the next 150 years.

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Dimter S90 provides speed and accuracy for Wiri Timber Managing Director of Wiri Timber Lance Worthington recalls establishing the business back in 1986. “We were located just down the road from where we are today, just where the motorway on-ramp is now” he says. “We named the business for this location.” And what a location it is! Five acres of prime real estate in heart of Wiri’s industrial area, very near Auckland airport. Given the economic situation at the time, it was a tumultuous beginning for Wiri Timber. But having weathered the stock market crash and its subsequent fallout then the only way for the business was up, and that’s where Lance and his partner Danny Brown have taken it. He moved from wholesale timber supply into pre-nail, and aligned Wiri with timber connection specialists Pryda. Founding members of the Frame and Truss Manufacturer’s Association (FTMA), today Wiri Timber is now very much a family business, with Lance’s son and daughter both involved. There are 40 staff, including 12 on the workshop floor and 5 in design. Their market is predominantly from Mangawai to Pokeno, with a side business (Wiri Pacific) that exports to the Pacific Islands. There’s a timber hardware warehouse on site too. Wiri Timber ’s main market today is providing pre-nailed structures for mid to high-range homes. “We work closely with project managers, builders and developers” explains Lance. “Our brand is key, and what supports our brand is ensuring we provide the best possible result for every job we undertake.” In Wiri Timber’s case such a focus on quality is key when you consider that every truss and frame they produce is a custom size. “We

Wiri Timber have found their new Dimter S90 Speed optimising saw simple, accurate and productive.

have a very strong emphasis on quality control” says Lance. “We have to. Quality starts at the cutting. If the initial cutting isn’t pin-point accurate then there will be problems further down the assembly chain.” Sitting at the heart of Wiri Timber’s cutting accuracy is a Dimter S90 Speed optimising saw, from German woodworking machinery specialists Weinig. “I struggle to comprehend how we manufactured without it” says Lance. “We should have had it years ago. Its simplicity and accuracy and the productivity it gives us means our business can only go forward. The Dimter complements everything else we’ve got here.” What led to Lance’s interest in the Dimter was a need to improve Wiri’s processing of short timber lengths. Wiri’s Razer 5-axis CNC saws offer excellent accuracy and productivity on complex, angled cuts, but are a very expensive resource when tied up cutting simple blocks for length. The manual alternative for preparing

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Quality starts at the cutting. If the initial cutting isn’t pin-point accurate then there will be problems further down the assembly chain.

these shorter sections was timeconsuming, and lacked accuracy. “I did some research” says Lance, “and saw the Dimter operating in Australia and the US.” From there Lance worked with Peter Cook at W & R Jack Ltd – agents for the Weinig Dimter saw – to specify the right model and specifications to suit Wiri’s requirements. Putting the Dimter S90 in the middle of Wiri’s cutting process quickly helped their efficiency, but for shorter lengths they saw huge improvements in both speed, and accuracy. “We’ve linked the saw to our Pryda software, so design

software is generating the cutting list for all our cut components – not just the angled cuts on the Razers. What this means is on our Dimter S90 we do in 20 minutes what we used to do in 2 hours,” explains Lance. The Dimter S90 Speed is capable of taking timber up to 6.3 metres long, and isn’t named ‘Speed’ for nothing. A crossfeed chain buffers and feeds timber onto the infeed table, over which a pusher incorporating a laser photo-eye is mounted. This pusher scans each ingoing piece during the back stroke (at up to 240m/min) measuring the timber length and optimising according to a predetermined cut list for length. The saw is capable of scanning for grading marks of up to four grades too, but in Wiri’s case this isn’t required as they’re using stress-graded framing timber. A powerful 13.5kW motor housed inside a strong steel frame, combined with precise and dynamic pushing and positioning continued over page

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The saw takes data from Pryda’s cutlist, as well as its own measuring software, and labels each workpiece accordingly, with length, wall and stud number. Such detail on every workpiece is invaluable for assembly.

results in a fast, reliably accurate cut, and a very high daily output. Wiri’s S90 also features a long 10 metre outfeed table, with a variable speed belt controlled by frequency converter, and five kickers. This means accurate handling of timber of various sizes and weights – with very heavy or long lengths triggering the belt to automatically work a stop-and-go operation. Another key element to Wiri Timber’s efficiency for assembly is the Dimter’s workpiece labelling. Mounted before the sawblade on the fence side is an HP cartridge printer, clearly marking each workpiece even before it’s cut. The saw takes data from Pryda’s cutlist, as well as its own measuring software, and labels each workpiece accordingly, with length, wall and stud number. Such detail on every workpiece is invaluable for assembly. Having a smooth and automatic system passing clear information all the way from design through to fabrication is crucial to Wiri’s efficient operation. “Our Dimter wasn’t cheap” says Lance, “but the benefits have been huge and it has been well worth the investment. If I was to start up another pre-cut operation

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elsewhere, the Dimter would be the first piece of kit I’d buy.” As well as being core to their productivity, Lance also speaks highly of how simple it is to operate. “It’s well built, and logical to use” he explains. “Installation was quick and easy, and Pryda connected their software without any dramas. We’re currently working a nine-hour shift, and with three trained operators we’ve got production humming.” Although they have the systems, machinery and space to do so, Wiri Timber isn’t chasing volume. “We’re focused on quality, not quantity” says Lance. “I know what happens when you go down the volume-based route – you create a monster that needs constant feeding, and the first thing to suffer is the price.” Over their long history, Lance and his team at Wiri aren’t about to tinker with their successful formula. “Over 30 years we’ve created a successful brand based on quality and accuracy,” says Lance. “Reputation is everything in this game and I’m very proud of ours.” 

New joinery factory In Silverdale Mackays Joinery, manufacturers of beautiful modern kitchens and cabinetry, have opened a new factory at 150 Foundry Rd Silverdale. Owner James Mackay comments, “smart design, attention to detail and integrity, is the foundation of what we do” No wonder then, he chose Egmont Air to design and supply a new centralised dust extraction system to provide a smart and clean environment for his new factory. James comments how quiet the system runs; the Egmont Air system features a high-efficiency fan to provide powerful suction at each machine with minimum noise. The system is fitted with Egmont Airs unique pressure stabilizer system. This saves significant power consumption by monitoring the live suction pressure and automatically adjusts the fan speed to match the quantity of extraction ports open. James is also pleased with the Rotary-valve discharge – this device allows him to quickly and easily change the bin while the system is running, with no mess, and no fuss. Egmont Air offer a large range of products and solutions for joinery shops and timber processors anywhere in New Zealand. The Egmont Air dust extraction systems are a

popular solution due to their modular design and heavy-duty construction and smart design, which focus on balancing high suction performance with energy savings. A free on-site evaluation service of your particular application is available to determine your exact dust extraction needs. A preliminary scope is defined, documentation of machinery layout, problematic areas and issues are identified as well as future plans. The on-site evaluation covers 11 critical points including airflow and pressure testing where relevant. Egmont Air provide a complete on-site service from ‘technical advice’ to ‘design & installation’ of turn-key projects. Egmont Air Systems are not only limited to wood-dust, many solutions are available off-the-shelf for all types of dust or fume applications including smoke, fumes, spraybooths, metallic dust and more.

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Based in Dunedin, Ron Kirk Joinery Ltd has been tailoring bespoke cabinetry, joinery and furniture for clients throughout Otago for over 25 years. We speak to Hayden Kirk, second generation joiner and son of founder Ron about how the recent purchase of Cabinet Vision software, to support a move to full nesting, has changed the environment of the company for the better. Ron Kirk Joinery purchased Cabinet Vision’s high end Solid Vision Ultimate version from NZ agents Joinery It in the middle of this year. Previously the company had been nesting with a CNC panel saw and when they stepped up to a full nesting operation with the purchase of a Biesse machining center they knew they needed a software specific to their tasks to maximised their investment.

“We do anything and everything and so does Cabinet Vision. Phil Smith from Joinery It had been calling in for years so I was reasonably familiar with what the package offered and I spent some time on-line watching videos of it in operation. It seemed very easy to design and prepare a whole range of products for production which suited the diversity of our manufacture.”

Hayden had had experience with several different software packages over the years and liked the fit Cabinet Vision had with their work.

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The advantage of the program came quickly for the company making everything faster and more efficient. TeamViewer session, maybe 1½ hours, 3 or 4 times a week, watching and participating on Teamviewer while talking on the phone, which I found a great way to learn. Now I’m still in contact maybe once a week for technical instruction or to clarify an issue as I need it. I feel this is one software package I will never outgrow. There are really no limits to what it can do, its endless and grows with you as your skills develop.”

The advantage of the program came quickly for the company making everything faster and more efficient. “Drawings come out quicker and clients can see exactly what they are getting. The detail is impressive right down to drawer divisions and arrangement of shelves and any resultant client changes are very easy to make,” says Hayden. The benefits continue through to the shop floor. “All parts are labeled with full assembly instructions,” says Hayden. “The boys in the shop love it, it easily shows how all the parts go together resulting in less errors and perhaps more importantly, less question asked of me about how it all goes together. There

is probably a 20% efficiency saving right there. The beauty of Cabinet Vision is that it frees up our experienced joiners by providing such detailed information to machine operators and apprentices that they need little further guidance to get the work done” “I can’t speak highly enough about the program, it has improved labour and material efficiencies significantly, virtually eliminated bottlenecks and bought a big change to the environment of our company with a huge reduction in stress.” 


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Is it as safe as you can possibly make it? Controlling dust explosions with unique VFV In New Zealand, senior managers and Directors are now personally liable for the safety of staff. It’s no longer sufficient to pass the buck to the ‘Health and Safety rep’, we all have to do what’s reasonably practical to safeguard our people. Dust explosions are rare in New Zealand and, even when they do occur, they are often referred to as “We had a fire in our Dust Filter”. Fortunately these mostly do not result in a larger dust explosion. However if there had been an explosion, how might the extraction systems in place have safeguarded the staff on site? Geoff Ebdon from NZDUCT +FLEX recommends managers and operators take a walk out to their dust filter unit or bag house. “You need to ask some simple questions” says Geoff: • •

If there was an explosion, how does this explosion get released? Have you even had an ‘explosion membrane’ fitted? If so, in which direction does it point? Out into a specially marked off ‘Safe Section’ of the yard where employees are told not to enter is the best answer, but frequently the membrane faces straight at the neighbours, or even your own car park. Or your own office window! If you did get a dust explosion, how does the filter explosion membrane actually release the pent up pressure? Well, it actually does it with a ball of flame and heat, in the direction the explosion membrane is facing, travels 50 metres maybe, so not that ‘safe’ after all perhaps. Is this the best that can be done?

NZDuct+Flex are now fitting into schools and joinery workplaces, dust extraction systems that not only prevent the explosion going back into the workplace but also release it with no flame or pressure wave across the working site. Instead, the fire is contained within the filter unit and the pressure is released out of the roof. No fireball, no secondary explosions, and far less chance of injury to your staff, neighbours or working members of your own family. VFV (Vertical Force Venting) safety is one of the unique safety systems from Danish extraction experts JKF Industri. Most customers are amazed that these Scandinavian manufactured extraction systems don’t cost much more than the old designs from the 1950’s that so many of us still have. The larger systems can even be cheaper than the older, less safe, products. This is the most advanced and safest explosion protection system available in the world and meets, and exceeds, all European ATEX and any other markets safety regulations.

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“Why wouldn’t you choose a system that is as safe as you can possibly make it : for you and your company colleagues, especially if it’s the same cost as other older designs” ends Geoff Ebdon.

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Industry Development

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ith reference to our article of last year,“The New Dimension for the Exterior Timber Joinery Shop”, we touched on the change our industry has undergone with regard to compliance with NZS 4211. The change however is nothing else than a catch up with what has been the standard since 1985. It would be fair to say that the introduction back then largely went unnoticed by our industry and the authorities until we started looking at double glazing with the introduction of Clause H1 Energy Efficiency to the Building Code in 2007. Tunnicliffe has been supplying Exterior Timber Joiners since 1946. We witnessed the changes in the market when aluminium joinery was introduced. Yes, we started to produce the timber window reveals for this product line but chose to remain supporters of the original timber joinery manufacturers at the same time. In 2007 we got involved in testing a window and door system in joint venture with several customers called Certified Timber Systems Limited also known as the “tight five”. We took on the challenge to make compliant exterior timber joinery. We can assure you that it is a very involved and costly process which takes considerable Time. The compliant products are currently being produced by the participating companies. Testing a system is one thing, to cataloging and creating a manual, including ongoing testing and updating is another big thing again. Besides the willingness, it proved to be beyond the joint venture’s ability to make it available to a wider audience. Soon after our initiative the Master Joiners started their NZS 4211 project, which is now known as the JMF system. This system can be accessed by becoming a Master Joiners member and adding the NZS 4211 affiliation to the membership. As an associated member Tunnicliffe’s became a sponsor of the scheme and have a licence for manufacture and sale of the JMF profiles.

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Good things take time and change is more than often only reluctantly accepted, especially for an industry that can be described as very traditional. We are a decade into the scheme now and we may as well reflect a little. Once the joiner has accepted the change he ends up with a large manual. The big book with its charts is scary. Every day when you come to work, entering the office it looks at you from its shelve. It starts to play on your conscience. An uncomfortable feeling, which you recognise from your days at school with your parents going on about doing homework. Your natural instinct is to avoid it and you would really like to put the bloody thing in a drawer, never to be seen again. But you have grown up now so you make an effort. The next phase is to figure out a way to deal with it. The next natural thing we tend to do is to find a way to simplify, which in real life is called “looking for shortcuts”. We endeavour to find a way we feel comfortable with but there is still a niggling question in the back of our minds as to whether we know what we are doing. That

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is with anything new. When you are young and learning you take it for a fact. When you have to teach an old dog new tricks you will run into difficulties. And that is what our industry is facing. Good things take time and we will only get there if we have a positive mind-set. There is no ideal world, nothing is perfect. We can only work on it and we need to do that together. Michael Bangs, secretary for the Auckland branch of the Master Joiners, is also representing Woodman, a PC management system for joinery licenced to work with the JMF system. Michael spends time with joinery companies to bring them up to speed with the JMF system. He also organises training sessions for members during their quarterly meetings and helped Tunnicliffe’s design its JMF suite of pre-run profiles such as rebated jambs, sills and mullions. Michael is the “go-to-man” for an increasing number of joiners. Following are a few interesting topics he frequently comes across, which can be described as misconceptions. It should be beneficial for joiners and the

JMF system to clear these up in an effort to make the scheme go forward. NZS 4211 is a performance standard, which means the exterior timber joinery must have been tested to strict rules for particular circumstances. The testing happens in a test booth where wind and rain are simulated. Components The joinery product is made up of four main components; timber, hardware, glass and seals. Once you test a piece of joinery you test the combination of these four components which, means that if you want to build the joinery compliant, each of the above components must be exactly the same as the tested joinery. For timber there are constants translated in charts for strength. The sizes are categorised by dimensions according to the wind zone requirements. The same for glass. In the case of hardware you are limited to use the product as produced by the manufacturer. So no, unfortunately you cannot use a different seal despite your belief you have a better one, it’s a fact. The manufacturers of alternative

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Exterior Timber Joinery products need to find a way to get their products tested and signed off before they can be implemented. Details The timber profiles have to match exactly as to what is in the manual to make it compliant. Even the location of a seal. There are joiners putting the seal in the middle of the rebate of the meeting stiles in a French door. This is where they sat traditionally. The fact however is that you are creating small holes top and bottom where these seals do not join up with the seals in the frame. As a rule of thumb; if an ant can crawl through a hole between the seals or light can be seen through, then water will penetrate and would fail NZS 4211. Wind Zones As described above, when the urge of wanting to avoid going through the manual and understand the system, the following misconception can hamper your business significantly. Never assume that the area you sell your joinery in is one wind zone only. By the time you build the joinery fully compliant according to a medium wind zone it will be non-compliant if it gets installed in a high wind zone area. Also the wind zone can have a significant impact on the price of the joinery. You can miss out on jobs because you had the wind zone wrong. Technically you may expect the wind zone to show on the plans from the architect however it is very simple to check and search for it online once you have the address. You can go to Michael’s website to find a quick link to the BRANZ website covering all of New Zealand. Double Glazing If you over-spec your joinery, making the assumption that if you build all NZS 4211 in the double glazing 56mm suite you are always on the safe side, without having to check the manuals and the charts, you may well be missing out on a lot of work due to over-pricing. It is a misunderstanding that double

glazing can only be incorporated in the heavier 56mm suite. It can also be done in 44mm. Again you may well be pricing jobs too expensive. The reluctance or maybe even the resistance to change is, off course, most likely, as we all know, the fact that we are forced, in a way, to give up some freedom that we are all too used to and follow rules, made up by others… Yes, we have to admit that. Timber is a wonderful thing. You can shape it and make out of it what you like, relatively easily and that is why we love it, to create and design. Timber joiners probably have become timber joiners because of that aspect. Now, we have to come to terms with the changes. But once you get your head around the issue you will find there is still a challenge and a reasonable amount of freedom to do your thing…. Once you are familiar with the system and understand how it works, it gets easier and you are certainly not with your nose in the manual all the time. Just get over the mind-set and don’t let your business, for which you worked so hard for, fall victim to authorities, over time. We believe there is never a reason to panic but there is a good reason to be aware and well informed of what is happing around you. With the sad passing of Ken Monk who will be dearly missed, the original driver of the Master Joiner NZS 4211 scheme Andrew Long is now the new full time manager, listening and reviewing the project with new vigour. We are looking forward to supporting our industry in the years to come. Tunnicliffe Timber Company Limited

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My Boss : Legend

Milvia Hannah with BCITO CEO Warwick Quinn at the Launch of the MY BOSS:LEGEND campaign.


t’s always great to celebrate success. NKBA would like to congratulate Milvia Hannah of German Kitchens, Wellington, on being acknowledged by BCITO as the recipient of MY BOSS:LEGEND for the Kitchen and Bathroom Design sector. Milvia was recognised by her industry advocate due to her commitment to industry training in Kitchen & Bathroom Design. Well done to BCITO for acknowledging bosses in all of the BCITO sector trades, these legends are helping develop the future of our industries in New Zealand. Thank you for including the National Advisory Groups to help celebrate with our Legends. This is just the beginning of the story … keep an eye out for Milvia and her trainee Madi’s story from BCITO in January 2018. Wishing everyone a smooth run up to Christmas and getting jobs completed. Enjoy your holiday with your friends and families, a well earned break and ready for an exciting 2018! I will leave you with BCITO’s news item ...

Suzie Rees Executive Officer NKBA

BCITO launches legend campaign


e tell many stories across all our media channels about young people who become champion trainees; are high achievers in their trade; people who’ve struggled and through industry training have come out on top or now have a better lifestyle because they joined the building & construction industry. But the stories we haven’t shared regularly are those of the employers of these young people, who without their boss’s dedication and best work practices, would never have been given the opportunities and support they have enjoyed. At a gala event held in Wellington on Tuesday 7 November, we launched a new marketing campaign to promote ‘good bosses’ across all our trade sectors. My Boss: Legend will inspire employers to improve their workplace practices and

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behaviours in order to be like the legends they see and read about through this campaign.

The first phase of the campaign is the launch of a new micro website at

Our goals are: • to help reduce trainee churn in the first 18 months of training by encouraging employers who train to lift their game • inspire behavioural change to improve workforce development • give trainees the opportunity to single out their boss as a legend within the industry and to thank them.

Some employers aren’t just great, they’re legendary, so we went out and asked trainees a simple question – ‘Why is your boss a legend?’

Do you remember someone who has inspired you? Whether it be a teacher at school, your first boss, or just someone you know in your community who has mentored and supported you – we’re sure you can all think of someone. These are the types of stories we’re going to tell.

These fifteen stories are just the beginning – on the website trainee\s and employees can share their own stories with us about their legendary bosses and we’ll craft those into inspiring tales of the real legends who help support our trainees every day on the job and share them with the wider industry.

We’re sharing these trainees’ stories in fifteen short films we’ve commissioned. We hope that other employers watching will be inspired to think about and focus more on workplace culture and training within their own businesses.

Alternative Funding Streams by Warwick Quinn, Chief Executive, BCITO We believe that if employers can have better relationships with their workers by improving their workplaces, then we may be able to curtail the number of trainees leaving their traineeship because, for example, they don’t get on with their boss, and we hope this will also make for better work environments. By creating a better working environment, including better working relationships between employers and trainees, we hope some early withdrawals can be avoided. Each film is unique but they all share the same theme - what it means to be a good employer and ultimately a legendary one. We are sure there are some great stories out there and sharing these stories with the rest of the industry not only singles out and thank those employers but will also help showcase the nature of the people in our industry who make it what it is today. At BCITO we know that people are the most important part of every business. This campaign shines a light on what employers within the industry can do to make their workplaces a better place to work and grow trainees and future industry leaders. More tactics are planned for this ongoing campaign in 2018 and beyond. We’ll be sharing case studies and other side-stories in print, online, through social media channels and in our own publications as well as in trade-specific and industry association magazines and newsletters. Go to now to view just some of the real legends that are our trainees’ heroes. 


e have a whole bunch of ideas and initiatives that we believe need to be addressed to improve skill development in construction. One of the more controversial proposals relates to alternative funding streams to support those employers who train. With only 10% of firms training we must grow that number but we shouldn’t continuously be going to the Government with our hand out as the industry has an obligation to play its part. The industry training system requires all ITOs to be co-funded by their industries as well as the government. This is an important principle as it ensures our industries have ‘skin in the game’, and consequently that our standards and qualifications reflect genuine industry demand.

Queensland operate similar schemes. Not only does this system make training more accessible for smaller businesses, but it encourages firms to train in order to gain benefits from the levy funds that they contribute. The possible effect of providing direct support to employers can be seen in the impact of the 2013 ‘Apprenticeship Reboot’ initiative. This scheme provided an additional public subsidy for employers’ training costs when apprentices signed up, and saw apprentice numbers grow by 92% and employer numbers by 73%. This suggests that a relatively modest subsidy – under the Reboot scheme this was $1000 or $2000 per apprentice depending on the trade – can have a significant impact on the willingness of firms to take on trainees.

The concept of an industry-wide levy is not new to New Zealand; we already have a building levy that is used for various purposes. Similarly, the Primary ITO has long used a levy model to supplement the funding secured from individual clients. A levy system is not the only way of providing direct support for employers, but it provides a model in which such subsidies effectively come from the industry itself – thus preserving the key principle of industry contribution. As a starting point, trialling such a system could involve the use of surplus funds from the existing building levy. 

However, this cost can also dampen the willingness and ability of individual employers to take on trainees. As well as the direct financial cost involved in training, employers effectively provide a significant ‘in-kind’ contribution when they take on a trainee in the form of lower staff productivity, the cost of materials required for rework, and the like. While larger employers may be able to carry this relatively easily, it can be an excessive burden for the SMEs that constitute the majority of construction firms (over 90% of firms have 5 staff or less). There are a variety of ways in which the need for an industry contribution can be reconciled with making training more financially sustainable for employers. Within our industry, some support exists for the introduction of a training levy on employers from which a training subsidy might be paid. The UK government recently introduced an Apprenticeship Levy on the payroll of large employers, and both Western Australia and

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Due Process Geoff Hardy

What joiners can do to stay out of trouble


specialise in construction law, and I spend a lot of time helping tradesmen and property owners to settle their differences. It is the tradesmen who are usually at a disadvantage, because they typically do their work before they get paid.That means that if their client becomes dissatisfied, the client’s usual reaction is not to pay the invoice. And that leaves the tradesman very vulnerable. I really feel for them because the amounts of money they are deprived of can be crippling, and no-one seems to understand how hard it is for small owneroperators to survive when muchneeded cash flow suddenly fails to materialise. Imagine how an employee would react if their employer said to them “I suspect you spend too much time each day on facebook, so I’m keeping all your accrued holiday pay and your last two weeks’ salary”. And yet that is what tradesmen face all the time. I’m sure that a certain percentage of joiners are bad apples, but so are a certain percentage of property owners. So here are some tips on what joiners can do to protect themselves from them. 1. Identify and avoid clients from hell You can usually identify these people, because they leave a trail of destruction in their wake. The trick is to know how to uncover their history, and have the courage to turn them down. I have lots of ideas about how to do that, so contact me if you are in any doubt. 2. Use quality terms of trade You always put yourself at a disadvantage when you don’t use sophisticated terms of trade, or you don’t fill in the blanks accurately, or you allow changes to be made to the terms

without professional advice. Don’t just use the one-sizefits-all terms that your debt collector gives you, because those have been written for general trading companies, not specialist joiners. And if you are asked to sign a subcontract, then read it, understand it, and negotiate changes if necessary. 3. Take a big deposit and hold onto it The reason that the clients have the upper hand in a dispute is because you have done the work first, and hoped to get paid later. That gives them an unfair advantage which you can eliminate by holding onto a deposit that is sufficient to cover your last invoice. Alternatively, you can insist on the whole contract price being held by some independent stakeholder so that the clients have no more control over it than you do. 4. Treat cost estimates seriously In a cost-reimbursement project the clients understandably want some idea of the likely cost so they can borrow the necessary money or put sufficient funds aside. The problem is that when the builder says “estimate” the clients inevitably hear “fixed price”. So make an effort to calculate the estimate as accurately as possible. And then provide your clients on a regular basis with a comparison between the cost that you have estimated to that stage, and the actual cost to that stage. Then you can recover the true cost even if it exceeds the estimate. 5. The More Paperwork the Better In fixed price projects, a common mistake is to underprice the job by relying too much on guesswork. Instead,

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you should do a detailed analysis of the likely cost, and resist the temptation to undercut your competitors. You can’t price a job accurately without detailed plans and specifications, so insist on them, both at the outset and during the course of the project. It is also common to be denied payment for variations because the clients successfully argue that you didn’t follow the proper process, or they didn’t authorise the variation, or the work wasn’t actually a variation because it was within your original scope of work. You deal with that by having a very detailed scope of work at the outset, and getting the clients to sign off a written authorisation of each variation (including the likely delay) as soon as it becomes obvious to you. And in cost reimbursement projects, it is the labour content that is most often challenged, so maintain detailed timesheets, not just scrawled notes in your diary. 6. Invoice Regularly Consider invoicing weekly or fortnightly, not monthly or on completion of defined stages. That way, when you find out that an invoice isn’t going to get paid, you are only exposed for a small amount, not a large amount. 7. Be Very Strict About Payment Defaults Even if there is a legitimate reason for your clients missing a payment, that is the clients’ problem to solve, not yours. If it is due to a genuine dispute, try to get the disputed amount paid into trust, and start the dispute-resolution process. If the default is unjustified, give formal notice of suspension of work immediately, and act on it. At that stage, suspension gives you very powerful leverage

because what the clients want above all else is the project completed. And it ensures that your financial exposure doesn’t get any worse. To suspend work you either have to have that right under your terms of trade, or you can follow the process under the Construction Contracts Act. But if you are going to follow the process under the Act then you will need some help from a lawyer. 8. Change the Arrangements After a Default Bear in mind, however, that a payment default is usually a sign of things to come. If you are not carrying an adequate deposit through the project, then you will be very vulnerable once you have achieved practical completion and you still have some invoices outstanding. Under your terms of trade, you might be able to ask for security for payment. If you can see the relationship with your clients deteriorating, think about getting out of the project by mutual agreement, on the condition that you hand over what you have completed, and you are fully paid up to date. Often the clients will be just as pleased to see the end of you, as you will be of them, and you will have saved yourself a lot of heartache. 9. Try to Get the Disputed Sum Put Aside If you don’t get payment up front or carry an adequate deposit right through the project, then you will be exposed to the risk that a dissatisfied client won’t pay your final invoice once he has taken possession of your joinery. You can insist on cash on delivery but in a competitive market you won’t always get away with that. The

Steering a course problem is that a disgruntled property owner who is holding onto your joinery and your money, has no incentive to resolve the dispute because in his mind he has already won it. The only way to have a fair contest is to have the disputed sum paid to an independent stakeholder such as a lawyer’s trust account, so both of you are deprived of it and each of you has an equal incentive to sort your differences out. You can’t insist on the money being paid into trust unless your terms of trade say so. So make sure they do. 10. Be Smart About Dispute Resolution I have major misgivings about the usefulness of debt collectors, mediation, the Small Claims Courts (Disputes Tribunals), and the regular Courts in low-value building disputes. Theoretically the most cost-effective methods are short-form arbitration or the adjudication process under the Construction Contracts Act, but both processes currently have their limitations. You need to choose your arbitrator or adjudicator wisely, and if possible get them to meet the parties and do a site visit, so they can tell who’s exaggerating and who isn’t. One of the things I think should be mandatory is for any allegations of defective workmanship to be resolved by one independent expert whose cost is split between the parties. The expert would have to be neutral, and would distinguish between genuine defects that the joiner is obliged to fix free of charge, and mere unfinished work that the joiner is entitled to complete at the clients’ cost.  Geoff Hardy has 42 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer and is a partner in the Auckland firm “Martelli McKegg”. He guarantees personal attention to new clients at competitive rates. His phone number is (09) 379 0700, fax (09) 309 4112, and email This article is not intended to be relied upon as legal advice.

Ian Featherstone

Stop, keep calm … and carry on


s I write this it's mid-November, the busiest month of the year for NZ's joinery industry. It's great to see so many businesses prospering and reaching new heights of performance whilst producing outstanding, quality workmanship and next level service.

As soon as practical, after the end of 2017 storm has passed, make time to consider what is working well for your team, the challenges that remain, and what kind of leadership you need for you and your business to be at the top of your game in 2018.

It makes me proud to see this increasing standard of customer care, which prompts clients to provide positive feedback, testimonials and even give "thank you" gifts to individual design, manufacturing and installation staff. The businesses who focus on exceptional customer service have a determination to get it right first time for their clients. This results in higher referral rates, greater team satisfaction and better staff retention. I observe that they're also the ones most likely to be at the top of their game for safety, process improvements and profitability.

You can have cutting edge IT systems, machinery and showrooms, but having an amazing team to run these, take care of customers and communicate with them, is what will make the biggest difference to long term value.

At this time of year, tempers can be frayed and there might be a tendency to fly off the handle. It's easy to concentrate on just "getting things out the door" and stop or drop the focus on behaviours, culture, service and "the little things". But this is the stuff that can really make a difference! I urge you, even during this extra busy period, to find a few moments every day to share positive feedback and encouragement with your team. Give examples of good behaviour and results to keep lifting the bar of the actions and attitudes that matter.

Pause and look around. Who needs 5 minutes with you? Expand your toolbox meeting agenda to include Work Well Done and acknowledge your team's superb efforts that have been recognised by customers. It's true that "failure is a great teacher" but too often I see a bias towards negative issues or things gone wrong instead of a more balanced approach.

Without a first-rate team, all you have is a building with some assets in it. That's not what a business is. Yes, there's a skills shortage within our industry. However, all of us, whether business owners or leaders, can choose to develop a team of great joiners, cabinetmakers, machinists, installers, designers, and admin support if we take the time to stop, reflect and lead with purpose. Remember, over the Christmas holidays our people may also be thinking about their next move. So be sure to give them a reason to stay with you and return with renewed enthusiasm. I wish you a very safe and happy summer break doing whatever you choose to do, and look forward to an excellent 2018.  Ian Featherstone is a business and leadership coach, and owner of Glass Half Full. He specialises in the construction industry, particularly the joinery and cabinetry sector. For more information, please visit

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master joiners members Executive Officer - Corinne Moore, 20 Cambridge Tce, Taradale, Napier. ph: 06 844 9954, fax: 06 650 6756, email:

AUCKLAND Secretary, Michael Bangs 24 Linwood Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025. Ph 09 846 3364, email Advanced Timber Joinery PO Box 132, Silverdale, 217 Spur Road, Stillwater/Silverdale, Ph 09 426 9785, contact Wade Saunderson. NZS4211 Affiliated. All Timber Joinery (2017) Ltd Unit A, 1058 Great South Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland. Ph 09 270 9605, contact Rory Johns. NZS4211 Affiliated. Alpha Joinery Services (2010) Ltd 124D Felton Mathew Ave, St Johns, Auckland, Ph 09 578 0391, contact Juan Whippy. NZS4211 Affiliated. Auckland Joinery (2014) Ltd 2 Taylors Road, Morningside, Auckland, Ph 09 846 0346, contact Ross Webster. NZS4211 Affiliated. Blue World Yachting Ltd 6 Ngahura Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland, Ph 021 150 5710, contact Serge Landry. bmc limited Unit E, 191B Archers Road, Auckland 0629, Ph 027 511 3717, contact Sandra & Bjoern May. BML Builders Ltd 18 Shamrock Drive, Kumeu, Ph 09 412 2350, contact Kaye Butler. NZS4211 Affiliated. Bungalow Villa & Beyond Ltd 377 New North Rd, Kingsland, Auckland. Ph 09 846 1502, contact Simon Buckley. Carlielle Kitchens 138 Manukau Road, Pukekohe, Auckland 2120, Ph 09 238 5222, contact Doug McMiken. Cedarlite Industries Ltd 4 Mahunga Drive, Mangere Bridge, Auckland, Ph 09 633 0410, contact John Harrison. NZS4211 Affiliated. Continental Stairs Ltd 32 Waipareira Ave, Henderson, Auckland, ph 09 836 1935, contact John or Anthony van Erp. Counties Joinery 36 Sedgebrook Rd, Patumahoe, RD 1, Pukekohe 2678. Ph 09 238 7264, contact Roy McKerras NZS4211 Affiliated. CT Timber Joinery Ltd 48 B Porana Road, Glenfield, Auckland, Ph 09 444 9041, contact Cameron Stringer. NZS4211 Affiliated. Cube 3 Cabinetry Ltd 8 Tironui Station Road West, Takanini, Auckland, Ph 09 297 7830, contact Nigel Hanley. Dando Doors and Windows Ltd 62 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill. Ph 09 629 2461, contact Peter Facoory. NZS4211 Affiliated. Danska Cabinetmaking Unit 5, 56 Rewarewa Rd, Raumanga, Whangarei, ph 09 438 1100, contact Aaron & Carolyn Rawson. Euro Timber Joinery Co Ltd 34 Waipareira Ave, Henderson, Auckland, ph 09 837 1833, contact Shane Paterson. NZS4211 Affiliated. Fineline Joinery Limited 4 Corban Avenue, Henderson, Auckland, Ph 09 836 2212, contact Richard Schaefer. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Format Ltd 17 Parity Place, Glenfield, Auckland, Ph 09 914 4560, contact Frank Schlaffmann.

Owairoa Joinery Ltd PO Box 58 336, East Tamaki. Ph 09 273 3699, contact Mark Harriman. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Beaver Kitchens 28 McAlister Street, Whakatane, Ph 07 308 7642, contact Mark Bruce.

Goldfinch Timber Joinery Ltd 20 D & E Onslow Avenue, Papatoetoe, Auckland, Ph 09 277 8803, contact Harvey Whitehead. NZS4211 Affiliated

Pakuranga Joinery Ltd 2 Canon Place, Pakuranga, Auckland. Ph 09 576 8858, contact Gary Farquhar. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Classical Doors Ltd Cnr Chadwick Rd & Sherson St, Greerton, Tauranga, Ph 07 578 4908, contact Scott Wilkins. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Grandvue Joinery 42 Gregory Road, Waitakere. Ph 09 810 9398, contact Robert Piacun. NZS4211 Affiliated. Guyco Kitchens & Joinery Ltd 8 Rewa Rewa Road, Raumanga, Whangarei, Ph 09 470 0653, contact Peter Dainty. G & J Joinery (1997) Ltd 372 West Coast Rd, Glen Eden, Auckland. Ph 09 818 5585, contact Alan Parry. NZS4211 Affiliated. Heritage Joinery Ltd 1007 Paerata Road, Paerata, Pukekohe. Ph 09 239 2794, contact Michael Oglesby. JT Cabinetry Ltd 32 Neil Park Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland, Ph 09 279 8984, contact Noel Rowse. Kay Joinery 1226 Oruru Road, R D 2, Peria, Kaitaia, Ph 09 408 5547, contact Daniel Kay. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Papakura Joinery Ltd 45-51 Tironui Road, Papakura North, Auckland, Ph 09 298 7145, contact Glenn Haszard. NZS4211 Affiliated. Rockfield Woodworkers (2003) Ltd 9 Parkwood Place, East Tamaki, Manukau, Ph 09 274 4698, contacts Bryan Hancock and Nick Jones. NZS4211 Affiliated. Seaboard Joinery 2016 Ltd 59A Leonard Rd, Penrose, Auckland. Ph 09 579 9571, contact Michael Kreft. NZS4211 Affiliated. Smith & Parker Joiners 35 Waipanga Road, Kamo, Whangarei, Ph 09 435 5415, contact Albert Smith or Simon Parker. NZS4211 Affiliated. Southey and Knight Group Ltd 50 Hooper Ave, Pukekohe, Ph 021 073 6273, Contacts Marc Knight, Ryan Southey. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Clearline Ltd 65 Hull Road, Mt Maunganui, Ph 07 572 4307, contact Barry Ririnui. NZS4211 Affiliated. Colourform Joinery Ltd PO Box 10121, Te Rapa, Hamilton, Ph 07 849 6655, contact Mike Taylor. NZS4211 Affiliated. Concept Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd 73 Riverlea Rd, Hamilton, Ph 07 856 4705, contact Ross Bones. NZS4211 Affiliated. Coromandel Kitchens 2016 Ltd 7 Dakota Drive, Whitianga 3510, Ph 027 288 8713, contact Robert Duxfield. Cromptons Joinery PO Box 751, Taupo. Ph 07 378 7968, contact Allan Crompton. NZS4211 Affiliated. Customtone Kitchens 33 Progress Drive, Otorohanga, Ph 07 873 8083, contact George van Boven.

KBL Serene Joinery Ltd 70 Ellice Road, Glenfield, Auckland, Ph 09 443 5679, contact Matthew Senior. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Timber Joinery Solutions Ltd 1007 Tauhoa Road, R D 4, Warkworth, Auckland, Ph 09 422 5873, Contact Dave Sattler. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Design Line Kitchens & Motorhomes 21 Gateway Dr, Whakatane. Ph 07 307 0058, contact Adam McNeil.

Kitchen Dynamics Limited 122 Kitchener Road, Waiuku, Auckland, Ph 09 235 0252, contact Colin Drummond.

Total Timba Joinery PO Box 101 153, Glenfield. Ph 09 444 7772 contact Rob Pickup. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Eastern Waikato Joinery Ltd 3 Allen Street, Morrinsville. Ph 07 889 7654, contact Paul Bennett. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Kitchen Inspirations Ltd Unit 15, 518 Buckland Road, R D 2, Pukekohe, Ph 09 239 0875, contact Justin and Rebecca Berry

VSP Interiors Limited 68 A Hillside Road, Wairau Valley, Northshore, Auckland, Ph 021 183 9151, contact Vishal.

Fernlea Cabinetry & Joinery Ltd Unit 3, 593 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton, Ph 07 849 4844, contact Frank Lawrence. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Leslie A J & Co Ltd PO Box 35 628, Browns Bay. Ph 09 479 4662, contact Steve Leslie. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Western Joinery Ltd 26 Cartwright Road, Glen Eden, Auckland, Ph 09 818 8802, contacts Jim Purvis or Leanne Beaumont. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Fine Woodworking 1536 Main North Road, R D 5, Te Kuiti, Ph 07 878 6194, David Higgins. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Mahurangi Joinery Ltd 23a Glenmore Drive, Warkworth, Auckland 0910, Ph 09 425 9849, contacts Joel and Suzannah Hemus. NZS4211 Affiliated. Matakana Kitchens & Joinery Ltd 50 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, Ph 09 422 7804, contact Jeffrey Smith. NZS4211 Affiliated. Mattson Joinery PO Box 76690, Manukau City. Ph 09 277 7642, contact David Mattson. NZS4211 Affiliated. McNaughton Windows and Doors PO Box 27 061, Mt Roskill. Ph 09 620 9059, contact Andrew Riley or Dave Cunningham. NZS4211 Affiliated. Meridian Joinery Ltd 18 Parity Place, Glenfield, Auckland, Ph 09 444 9247, contact Kieren Mallon. Mitchell’s Joinery Ltd 6A Blanc Road, Silverdale, Auckland, Ph 09 421 9042, contact John Williams, Tracy Lister. Neo Design Ltd 96 Hillside Road, Glenfield, Auckland. Ph 09 443 4461, contact Wayne Church or Paul Burgess. Next Level Joinery Ltd 30 Target Court, Wairau, Auckland. Ph 021 568 655, contact Brendon Sowerby. NZS4211 Affiliated. Nicks Timber Joinery Ltd 56 Forge Road, Silverdale, Auckland. Ph 09 426 6862, contact Ken Caldwell. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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Westpine Joinery Ltd 7 Binstead Rd, New Lynn, Auckland. Ph 09 827 6488, contact Bill or Donny Rawlinson. www. NZS4211 Affiliated. Wendekreisen Travel Ltd Unit 1, 197 Montgomerie Road, Mangere, Auckland, Ph 03 489 6507, contact Sascha Warnken; Dieter Schuetze Whenuapai Joinery (1988) Ltd 49 Pupuke Rd, Takapuna, Auckland. Ph 09 416 4995, contact Ian Midgley. NZS4211 Affiliated.

WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY Secretary, Sonya Mackenzie 65 Duke Street, Hamilton. Ph 07 847 9352 Email: Advance Joinery 2015 Ltd 71 Higgins Road, Hamilton, Ph 07 846 0026, contact Kris Allen. Arborline Products PO Box 9003, Hamilton. Ph 07 847 8217, contact Julian Jaques. NZS4211 Affiliated. Autocrat Joinery 31 Maru Street, Mount Maunganui, Ph 07 574 8162, contact Tony Morgan. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Gartshore Group PO Box 2117, Tauranga. Ph 07 578 4529, contact Bill Gartshore. Harker Laminates 58 Bryant Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton, Ph 07 849 7745, contact Steve Harker. Hopkins Joinery 126 Taupo St, Putaruru. Ph 07 883 7951, contact Ron or Hilary. NZS4211 Affiliated. Hostess Joinery Ltd PO Box 1048, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 3099, contact Peter Clarke. NZS4211 Affiliated. Huntly Joinery 2000 Ltd PO Box 170, 22-26 Glasgow St, Huntly, Ph 07 828 8370, email NZS4211 Affiliated. Keith Paton Joinery 15 Carters Crescent, Cambridge, ph 07 827 3249, contact Keith Paton. King Country Kitchens 49 King St, Te Kuiti, Ph 07 878 8820, contact Richard Pethybridge. NZS4211 Affiliated. Kitchen Fx Ltd 8 Bandon Street, Frankton, Hamilton. Ph 07 847 3003, contact Mark Davies. Lee Brothers Joinery Ltd PO Box 1170, Rotorua, Ph 07 348 0620, contact Paul Ingram. NZS4211 Affiliated.

MAKZ Joinery 26 Alexander Ave, Whakatane, Ph 027 284 9412, contact Jamie McConnell. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Counter Concepts 16 Bisley St, Palmerston North, ph 06 355 5971, contact Graeme Andrews.

Broadway Joinery 381 Broadway, Stratford, Ph 06 765 6829, contact Graham Podjursky.

Makepiece Limited Unit 2, Number 10, Gateway Cres, Coastlands, Whakatane 3194, Ph 07 219 0903, contact Richard Knott. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Heritage Doors Ltd 3 Muhunua West Road, Ohau, Levin, Ph 0274 418 934, contact Tod Aitken. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Elite Kitchens 2004 Ltd 221 Devon Street East, New Plymouth, Ph 06 759 8221, contact Sean Rice.

H.R. Jones & Co. Ltd Aorangi St, Feilding. Ph 06 323 4388, contact Mark Pickford. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Fisher Taranaki Window & Door PO Box 3061, New Plymouth. Ph 06 758 5068, contact Mark Whitaker.

Hughes Joinery Ltd PO Box 4250, Palmerston North, Ph 06 952 3581, contact Cliff Hughes.

Glen Valley Joinery 83 Breakwater Road, Maturoa, New Plymouth, Ph 06 751 4631, contact R G Barlow. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Christie Builders & Joiners 11 Husheer Place, Onekawa, Napier, Ph 06 843 6676, contact Peter Christie. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Hawera Kitchens and Furniture Ltd 24 Glover Road, Hawera 4610, Ph 06 278 7044, contacts Klinton Hunt / Lance Hunt.

Classic Kitchens (1977) Ltd PO Box 3150, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 6500, contact Larry McKenna.

In 2 Kitchens Limited 78 Portia Street, Stratford, Ph 06 765 4058, contacts Brent and Jo Russ. NZS4211 Affiliated.

D Stevens Ltd 336 Childers Road, Gisborne, Ph 06 867 5700, contact Peter Claydon. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Jones & Sandford Joinery Ltd 285 St Aubyn Street, New Plymouth, Ph 06 759 9251, contact Roger Jones.

European Designer Kitchens 80 Taradale Rd, Napier. Ph 06 843 7319, contact Murray Nattrass.

Kitchen Designz NZ Ltd 225-229 Courtenay St, New Plymouth. Ph 06 759 8324, contact Dan Holmes.

Gemco Trades Ltd PO Box 8360, Havelock North. Ph 06 877 1204, contact Craig Russell. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Kitchen In Ltd 9 Saltash St, Upper Vogeltown, New Plymouth 4310, Ph 06 753 8006, Contact Marty Surrey

Kitchen Zone 219 Stanley Road, Gisborne. Ph 06 863 2044, contact Tony & Lynda Sharp. NZS4211 Affiliated.

KP Joinery Ltd 2 Dowding Place, Waitara. Ph 06 754 4726, contact Ken Parsons.

Kevin Molloy Joinery Ltd PO Box 3251, Napier. Ph 06 843 5037, contact Simon Molloy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

MacLeod Joinery 42 Beach St, New Plymouth. Ph 06 757 8172, Kieran MacLeod. NZS4211 Affiliated.

MCL Joinery Ltd Box 320, Hastings, Ph 06 876 0252, contact Ross Morgan. NZS4211 Affiliated.

New Plymouth Joinery Ltd 10 Cody Place, New Plymouth. Ph 06 758 8580, contact Roger, Paul or John Ancell. NZS4211 Affiliated.

McIndoe Kitchens PO Box 3221, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 3880, contact Murray McIndoe.

Montage Kitchens & Joinery PO Box 5266, Frankton, Hamilton. Ph 07 8479 174, contact Ian Megchelse or Craig Mackie. NZS4211 Affiliated. Morrinsville Industries Ltd PO Box 69, Morrinsville. Ph 07 889 5199, contact Murray Foster. NZS4211 Affiliated. Native Timber Joinery Ltd 92 Bruce Berquist Drive, Te Awamutu, Ph 07 871 6188, contact Stuart Walker. NZS4211 Affiliated. Pacific Coast Kitchens NZ Ltd 471 Omokoroa Road, R D 2, Tauranga, Ph 07 548 0606, contact Eric Thompson. Personal Touch Kitchens Ltd 360 Rickit Road, Te Awamutu 3800. Ph 07 871 3998, contact Cherie van der Poel or Eric Prole. Plain & Fancy Furniture & Kitchens 2 Lake Rd, Frankton, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 4563, contact Michael Kenyon. Ross Curtis Joinery PO Box 396, Taumarunui. Ph 07 895 7152, contact Ross Curtis. SMJ Ltd 49A Matai Street, Taupo. Ph 07 378 8049, contact Stu Martin. Stanley Joinery Ltd 6 Browns Street, Matamata, Ph 07 881 9234, contact Hayden Vile. NZS4211 Affiliated. St Andrews Joinery Ltd 46 Mahana Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton, Ph 07 849 3050, contacts Stewart and Robert Cunningham. NZS4211 Affiliated. Treetown Kitchens Ltd 57 Albert Street, Cambridge, Ph 07 827 7309, contact Kevin Middlemiss. Thames Joinery (1995) Ltd 913 Queen Street, Thames, Ph 07 868 6951, contact Bruce Fulton. NZS4211 Affiliated. Torrington Stairways 24 Matos Segedin Drive, Cambridge, Ph 07 827 6323, contact Brian Courtney. Wackrow’s Joinery Ltd Gillies St, Box 150, Cambridge. Ph 07 827 5981, contact Carl Riley or Liam Wackrow. NZS4211 Affiliated. Waikato Benchtops Ltd Glasgow Street, Huntly, Ph 07 828 8370, contact Simon Curran. Waikato Joinery Specialists 56 Killarney Road, Frankton, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 6006, contact John Vercoe. NZS4211 Affiliated.

CENTRAL Secretary, Craig Fleet UCOL, Private Bag 11022, Palmerston North 4442, Ph 06 952 7001, Al-Wood Joinery Ltd 7 Arthur Street, Pahiatua, Ph 06 376 8692, contact Kate Harris. Benchtop Surfaces Ltd 590 Tremaine Ave, P. North. Ph 06 356 9384, contact James Hurren. Careys Joinery (1989) Ltd PO Box 229, Marton. Ph 06 327 7949, contact Shaun McDowell.

Jeff Clayton Joinery 25 Roxburgh Cres, Palmerston North. Ph 06 357 1736, contact Jeff Clayton. Kitchens By Healey Ltd 42 Bennett Street, Palmerston North, Ph 06 355 4646, contact Peter Healey. Lanwood Joinery 26 North St, Palmerston North. Ph 06 357 4757, contact Steve Duck. Levin A1 Joinery Co Ltd 27 Hokio Beach Rd, Levin. Ph 06 368 9987, contact Phil Benefield. NZS4211 Affiliated. M R Osman Furniture & Joinery 383 Heads Road, Wanganui, Ph 06 344 2391, contact Murray Osman. NZS4211 Affiliated. Murray Judd Joinery Limited 25 Station Street, Woodville, Ph 06 376 5043, contact Murray & Tessa Judd. NZS4211 Affiliated. Palmerston North Joinery 2015 Ltd 153 Benmore Ave, Palmerston North. Ph 027 353 6010, contact Brian Craw. Pelco Joinery 834 Tremaine Ave, P. North. Ph 06 357 8031, contact Robert Wilson. Rob O’Keeffe Joinery Ltd 368 Heads Rd, Wanganui. Ph 06 344 5040, NZS4211 Affiliated. Reilly Joinery 18A Parkview Ave, Feilding, Ph 06 323 3743, contact Andrew Reilly. NZS4211 Affiliated. SB Joinery Ltd 2 Edward Street, Pahiatua 4910, Ph 027 979 0368, contact Scott Beales. The Door Shoppe 157 London Street, Wanganui, Ph 06 345 7707, contact Mark & Diane Thompson. NZS4211 Affiliated. Townshends (1994) Limited 59 Makomako Road, Palmerston North. Ph 06 354 6699, contact Denise McLean. NZS4211 Affiliated. The Joiner – Leighton Judd Ltd 50 Johnston Street, Foxton, Manawatu, Ph 06 363 5119, contact Leighton Judd Tweakit Joinery Solutions 200 Tutaki Road, Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North. Ph 06 357 2897, contact Vaughn Tongs.

Burley Kitchens & Cabinetry Ltd 14 Lipton Pl, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 5588, contact Craig Burley. Cherrywood Joinery Ltd 11 PotaeAve, Lytton West, Gisborne. Ph 06 868 0971, Richard Childs.

Newton Gordge Joinery 2016 Ltd 67 Breakwater Rd, New Plymouth. Ph 06 751 5165, contact Scott Dudley. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Peter Norris Joinery Ltd Unit 9, 28 Edmundson Street, Onekawa, Napier, Ph 06 843 8086, contact Peter Norris. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Pace Office Furniture Ltd 113 De Havilland Drive, Bell Block, New Plymouth. Ph 06 755 4012, contact Lew Dickie or Bryan Frank.

Rabbitte Joinery Limited 807 Warren St, Hastings. Ph 06 870 8911, contacts Greg & Trudi Rabbitte. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Prestige Kitchens 2001 Ltd 98 Molesworth Street, New Plymouth, Ph 06 759 9177, contact Mark Schmidt.

Rawcraft Kitchens of Distinction PO Box 3375, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 9008, contact Mike Daly.

Rhys Powell Joinery 7A Euclid Street, New Plymouth. Ph 06 753 3822, contact Rhys Powell. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Stephen Jensen Cabinetmakers Ltd 37 Takapau Road, Waipukurau, Ph 06 858 9028, contacts Stephen Jensen / Kane Griffin. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Vogue Kitchens & Appliances 214 Courtenay Street, New Plymouth 4312, Ph 06 758 7241, contact Carl Lewis. Wayne Lovegrove Joinery 647 Frankley Road, R D 1, New Plymouth 4371, Ph 06 753 9002, contact Wayne Lovegrove. Westwood Kitchens 90 Rata Street, Inglewood, Ph 06 756 7592, contact Wayne Herbert.

UCOL Princess St, Palmerston North. Ph 06 952 7001, contact Craig Fleet. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Summerfield Joinery 4 Innes Street, Gisborne, Ph 06 868 4236, contact Dale Summerfield. NZS4211 Affiliated Sunshine Joinery Ltd 44 Pandora Road, Ahuriri, Napier, Ph 06 844 6105, contact Rick Martin Sydaz Joinery Ltd Unit 6, 7 Cadbury Street, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 842 2086, contacts Simon Wakeman. Waipukurau Joinery Limited 2322 Takapau Road, Waipukurau. Ph 06 858 9961, contact Greg O’Kane.

Unique Timber Joinery 143B Gillespies Line, R D 5, Palmerston North, Ph 06 355 2654, contact James Griffin. NZS4211 Affiliated.



Secretary, Sue Page QSM, JP 13a Charles Street, Westshore, Napier 4110. Ph 06 835 9549. Email:

Secretary, Graeme Paul PO Box 4136, New Plymouth. Ph 06 751 1111.

Brittin Builders Ltd T/A Parkhill Joinery 475 St Georges Road South, Havelock North, Ph 06 877 7623, contact Tom Robertson.

Your Solutions Joinery Ltd 46 Ford Road, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 5954, contact Adam Satherley.

Awapuni Joinery Ltd 22 Parkinson Street, Gisborne, Ph 06 867 3301 contact Peter Webster.

Arthur Brown Construction Ltd PO Box 266, Hawera. Ph 06 278 5199, contact contact Mark Dombroski

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WELLINGTON Secretary, Peter George PO Box 1575, Paraparaumu Beach. Ph 04 297 0212. Amalgamated Joiners 1977 Ltd 4 Mountbatten Grove, Upper Hutt 5018, Ph 04 526 8091, contact Paul Pepper. NZS4211 Affiliated. BM Hamilton Kitchens & Joinery 39 Park St, Kingsley Heights, Upper Hutt, 5019, Ph 021 923 231, contact Benn Hamilton. Carroll’s Joinery Limited 148 Lincoln Road, Masterton. Ph 06 377 3160, contact Richard Carroll. C N Fayen Ltd 16 Gregory Street, Lower Hutt, Ph 04 567 0014, contact Chris Fayen Commercial Joinery Wellington Ltd 232 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington. Ph 04 387 2050, contact Grant Smith Countrylane Kitchens 67b Victoria Street, Carterton 5713, Ph 0274 761 315, contact Darrell Garrett David Barker Custom Cabinets Unit 1, 408 Hutt Road, Alicetown, Lower Hutt, Ph 027 248 8140, contact David Barker. NZS 4211 Affiliated. David Ladd Joinery Ltd 19B Broken Hill Road, Porirua. Ph 04 237 9175. Goldmark Group Ltd 9-11 Jean Batten St, Kilbirnie, Wellington. Ph 04 387 8964, contact David Goldsack. Graedon Joinery 69 Pharazyn St, Melling, Lower Hutt, Ph 04 939 0405, contact Graeme Hopkirk. NZS 4211 Affiliated. Hanns Builders and Joiners 72 - 74 Sydney Street, Petone, Ph 04 570 0000, contact Peter Hanns. Joinery Productions Ltd 457 Jackson Street, Petone, Ph 04 569 8808, contact Wayne Wilmshurst. NZS4211 Affiliated. L & P Crown Joinery (2002) Ltd 37 Burden Avenue Wainuiomata. Ph 04 564 8895. NZS4211 Affiliated. Living Timber European Joinery & Furniture Ltd 64 Fisk Street, Naenae, Lower Hutt, Ph 04 567 2577, contact Horst Mundt. NZS4211 Affiliated. Maymorn Joiners Ltd 247 Parkes Line Rd, Upper Hutt, Ph 04 526 6657, contact Anthony Neustroski. NZS4211 Affiliated. Orchard Joinery Ltd 14-18 Te Roto Drive, Paraparaumu, Ph 04 298 3380, contact Geoff Orchard. NZS4211 Affiliated. Paraparaumu Doors & Joinery 14 Manchester St, Paraparaumu, Ph 04 297 2233, contact Tony Thomson. NZS4211 Affiliated. Pete’s Joinery & Building Ltd 205 Main St, Greytown. Ph 06 304 9137, contact Peter Algie, Rhys Severn or Paul Coventry. NZS4211 Affiliated. Prestige Joinery Limited 140 Perry Street, Masterton, Ph 06 377 1331, contact Gregory Morgan. NZS4211 Affiliated. Renalls Joinery Limited 147 -155 High St Sth, Carterton. Ph 06 379 8008, contact Steve Ruscoe. NZS4211 Affiliated. Stylish Interiors Ltd 29D Dragon St, Granada North, Wellington. Ph 04 473 1944, contact Mathew Gubb. NZS4211 Affiliated.

The French Door Factory 14A Kingsford Smith Street, Rongotai, Wellington. Ph 04 387 7822, contact Alan Chambers

Ruby Bay Joinery Ltd 8 Warren Plc, Mapua, Nelson. ph 03 540 2123 contact Wayne Roberts. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Dynamic Joinery & Cabinetry 6b Maces Road, Bromley, Christchurch, Ph 022 087 9918, contact Jeremy Smith.

The Joinery King Limited 73 Hutt Road, Thorndon, Wellington, Ph 04 473 6367, contact Tony King. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Simply Joinery 924 Queen Charlotte Drive, R D 1, Picton, Ph 021 126 2514, contact Glen Godsiff. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Elite Joinery Ltd Unit 1, 97A Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui, Christchurch, Ph 03 354 8311, contact Hayden & Sarah Illingworth.

The Sellers Room 9 Echodale Place, Stoke, Nelson, Ph 03 547 7144, contact Margaret Sellers

Evolution Interiors Limited 19 Stanmore Road, Phillipstown, Christchurch, Ph 03 381 1633, contact Karl Kitchingham.

TH Joinery Ltd 3 Murphys Road, Springlands, Blenheim, Ph 03 579 4004, contact Tony Hammond.

Finesse Joinery 423 Main North Road, Christchurch. Ph 03 352 3457, contact David Street.

Viking Furniture & Joinery Ltd 88 Vanguard Street, Nelson, ph 03 548 0493, contact Barry Thomas. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Grant Kearney Joinery 51 Boys Road, Rangiora, North Canterbury, Ph 03 313 7125, contact Grant Kearney. NZS4211 Affiliated.

TRS Joiners Ltd 58 Fisk Street, Naenae, Lower Hutt. Ph 04 566 0650, contact Theren Sugrue. NZS4211 Affiliated. Wainui Joinery (1977) Ltd Box 42-062, Wainuiomata. Ph 04 564 7011, contact Nikki Wynne. NZS4211 Affiliated. Well Hung Joinery 21 Lower Tyers Road, Ngauranga, Wellington, Ph 04 494 7230, contact Stephen Fairbrass. NZS4211 Affiliated. Wellington Joinery and Kitchens Ltd 8a Burgess Road, Johnsonville, Wellington. Ph 04 478 7652, contact Phil Schwartfeger. Woodworkshop Ltd 118 Tirangi Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington, Ph 04 387 3228. Contact Steve Hind.

Waimea West Joinery Ltd 111 Beach Road, Richmond, Nelson, Ph 03 544 0177, contacts Kathy & Alan Gibbs. NZS4211 Affiliated. Walklins Joinery Ltd 13 Sutherland Tce, Blenheim 7201, Ph 03 579 5266, contact Mark Walker. NZS4211 Affiliated.

A K Joinery Ltd Units 3-5, 28 Dublin Street, Picton, Ph 03 573 6860, contact Andrew Kenny. Bays Joinery Ltd 6 Tokomaru Place, Wakatu Industrial Estate, Stoke, Nelson, Ph 03 544 0087, contact George Molnar. NZS4211 Affiliated. Blenheim Building Centre 41 Houldsworth Street, Blenheim, Ph 03 578 3049, contact Wayne Yealands. Brightwater Cabinetmaker & Joinery Ltd 8c Merton Place, Annesbrook, Nelson 7011, Ph 03 548 6400, contact James Palmer. Building Connexion Ltd ITM Joinery, 16-18 King Edward Street, Motueka, Ph 03 528 7256, contact Paul Rusbatch. NZS4211 Affiliated. Cantwell Joinery and Window Centre 15 Bristol Street, R D 4, Riverlands, Blenheim, Ph 03 578 3375, contact Ian Cantwell. Cooper Webley (2006) Ltd 64 Beatty Street, Tahunanui, Nelson, Ph 03 547 0010, contacts Noel Tait / Michelle Hill. James Neal Joinery 35 Fell Street, Grovetown, Marlborough, Ph 03 577 7872, contact James Neal. Matai Joinery Nelson Ltd 26 Quarantine Road, Stoke, Nelson 7011, Ph 03 547 7990, contact Greg Couper. NZS4211 Affiliated. Motueka Joinery Co 2001 Ltd 20 Old Wharf Road, Motueka, Ph 03 528 9012, contacts Phil or Barb Sharkie. Nazareth Joinery Ltd 1 Warwick Street, Blenheim, Ph 03 578 8752, contact Ruda Suleiman. Orange Building Group Joinery Ltd 16 Nayland Road, Stoke, Nelson. Ph 03 547 9784, contact John Andrew. Re Space Limited 2 Kidson Place, Nelson 7011, Ph 03 547 1636, contact Steven Harvey or Peter Harvey. Prestige Furniture & Joinery Ltd 38 Beach Road, Richmond, Nelson, Ph 03 544 1789, contact Richard Dohmen.

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Hagley Kitchens 6 Nazareth Ave, Addington, Christchurch. Ph 03 961 0703, contact Nathan Moore. Hardie & Thomson Ltd 1062 Colombo Street, Christchurch, Ph 03 366 4303, contact John Thomson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

NELSON / MARLBOROUGH Secretary, Philip Thompson PO Box 1348, Nelson 7040. Ph 03 547 1730

Grieve Construction Limited 179 Alford Forest Road, Ashburton 7700, Ph 03 308 0328, contacts Ben Grieve and Scott Jamison. NZS4211 Affiliated.

CANTERBURY Secretary, Mary Van Schalkwyk 12 Granite Drive, Rolleston, Canterbury. Ph 021 025 81798. Adrian Harris Woodcraft Unit J, 3 Timothy Place, Wigram, Christchurch 8042, Ph 03 348 6996, contact Adrian Harris. NZS4211 Affiliated. Advanced Joinery Ltd 27 Watts Road, Sockburn, Christchurch, Ph 03 348 7700, contact Greg Ayers. NZS4211 Affiliated. Alsop Joinery Ltd 18 Alloy Street, Sockburn, Christchurch, Ph 03 348 4666, contact Gary Alsop. NZS4211 Affiliated. Anderson Joinery Ltd 247 Alford Forest Rd, Ashburton. Ph 03 308 2988, email:, contact Dougal Anderson. Architectural Joinery Ltd 82 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch. Ph 03 377 6760, contact Andrew Clark Ashburton Joinery Limited 8 John Street, Ashburton, Ph 03 308 5059, contact James Donaldson. NZS4211 Affiliated. Bates Joinery (2008) Ltd 101 Shortland Street, Christchurch 8061, Ph 03 388 8111, contact Mark Allworthy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Homeview Building Products Ltd 9 Tenahaun Place, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 343 9949, contact Garry Ottmann or Howard Stone. NZS4211 Affiliated. Joinery by Design PO Box 19 973, Woolston, Christchurch. Ph 03 384 8461, contact Evan McLachlan & David Phillips. NZS4211 Affiliated. Joinery Concepts 2006 Ltd 25 Osbourne Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch, Ph 03 381 1066, contact Peter Robertson. LX Joinery 39A Buchanans Road, Sockburn 8042, Christchurch, Ph 03 342 9605, contact Steve Mangan. NZS4211 Affiliated. Mackay Kitchens Ltd 345 Brougham Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023, Ph 03 365 3988, contact Chris Moore. Millbrook Kitchens Ltd 25 Southbrook Road, Rangiora, Ph 03 313 5764, contact Andrew Silcock. Modern Age Kitchens & Joinery Ltd 24 Hawdon St, Christchurch. Ph 03 365 1675 contact Grant Woodham. Modulink Screen Partitions 2012 Ltd 47 Hands Road, Addington, Christchurch, Ph 03 338 6464, contact Sam Bain. Murray Hewitt Joinery Ltd 25A Lunns Rd, Christchurch, Ph 03 343 0360, contact Murray Hewitt. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Bower Kitchens and Tops Ltd 12a Bower Ave, Christchurch. Ph 03 388 2924, contact Russell Lloyd.

Murray Milne Ltd PO Box 356, Ashburton. Ph 03 308 8018, contact Murray Milne.

Brent Johnson Joinery Ltd 306 Flaxton Road, Rangiora, North Canterbury. Ph 03 313 6256, contact Brent Johnson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

MWF Manufacturing Ltd 23 Leeds St, Sydenham, Christchurch. Ph 03 365 6218, contact Gary Altenburg. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Busch Joinery Limited 1737 Boundary Road, R D 3, Ashburton, Ph 027 563 4537, contact Nathan Busch

NZ Doors (2004) Ltd 41 Anchorage Road, Hornby, Christchurch, Ph 03 344 2516, contacts Ron and Lisa Zwarst. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Creative Joinery Ltd Unit 1/ 7 Homersham Pl., Burnside. Ph 03 358 4900, contact Wayne Brown.

Paul Renwick Joinery Ltd PO Box 11047, Chch. Ph 03 349 7049, contact Paul Renwick.

Don’s Joinery Ltd 43 Sandown Cres, Christchurch. Ph 03 382 0828, contact Don McClintock.

R A Hale Ltd PO Box 9020, Addington, Christchurch. Ph 03 3666 909, contact Donald Bisphan. NZS4211 Affiliated. Ruben’s Joinery Limited 402 Bethels Road, 4 R D, Christchurch, Ph 03 329 5458, contact Ruben Patchett. NZS4211 Affiliated. Ryan’s Kitchens and Joinery Unit 3, 50 Dakota Cres, Sockburn, Christchurch 8041, Ph 03 348 7921, contact Ryan Butler. NZS4211 Affiliated Sockburn Joinery PO Box 11227, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 6044, contact Tony Lemmens. Southbridge Furniture & Design 103 High Street, Southbridge, Canterbury, Ph 03 324 2517, contact Sandro Dyer. NZS4211 Affiliated.

McMaster Joinery Leonard St, Waimate. Ph 03 689 7557, contact Des McMaster. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Miller Creative Group Ltd 53 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin. Ph 03 477 4191, contact Keith Cooper.

Millennium Joinery Ltd 2 Regina Lane, Oamaru. Ph 03 437 0227, contact Michael Sandri. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Mt Iron Joinery Ltd 66 Anderson Road, Wanaka, Ph 03 443 8075, contact Lawry White.

Paterson Joinery 307 Rosewill Valley Road, Timaru. Ph 03 688 7060, contact Alan Paterson.

Nigel Molloy Joinery Limited 300 Great North Road, Winton, Ph 03 236 0399, contact Nigel Molloy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Rycole Joinery 44 Homestead Road, 1 DRD, Oamaru, Ph 03 434 5012, contacts Darryl and Adrienne Whitburn NZS4211 Affiliated.

Nova Joinery Limited 29A Sawmill Road, Queenstown, Ph 03 441 3568, contact Daniel Hillidge

Tony Boyce Builders & Joiners Ltd Washdyke Flat Road, Washdyke, Timaru, Ph 03 688 2181, contact Tony Boyce. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Sydenham Joinery Ltd 6 Dalziel Pl, Woolston, Christchurch, Ph 03 379 6840, contact Bernie Hunt. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Timber Doors & Windows 2007 Ltd 194 Wordsworth Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023, Ph 03 379 1725, contact Martyn Neville. NZS4211 Affiliated. Timber Tru Ltd 374 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch, Ph 03 389 2986, contact Tony van der Plas. NZS4211 Affiliated. Trends Kitchens Ltd 34A Parkhouse Road, Sockburn, Christchurch, Ph 03 343 5242, contact James McKeown Vision Joinery Limited 150 Ashworths Road, Amberley 7481, Ph 03 314 8083, contacts Scott Drewery & Yvette Drewery.

WAITAKI Secretary, Jo Sherborne PO Box 2115, Washdyke, Timaru 7910, Ph 03 688 4783, email

Riversdale Joinery Ltd Liverpool Street, Riversdale, Southland 9744, Ph 03 202 5527, Barry O’Connor. NZS4211 Affiliated. Ron Kirk Joinery Ltd 403 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin, Ph 03 453 5718, contact Ron Kirk. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Daiken New Zealand Limited EC Credit Control Enko Group Ltd Häfele NZ Ltd Hazard Co Ltd Herman Pacific

Steves Joinery Ltd 22A Margaret Place, Frankton Industrial, Queenstown, Ph 03 442 3206, contacts Stephen Walak, Amanda Trainor. NZS4211 Affiliated.

KLC Limited

Stewart Construction Ltd PO Box 2125, St Kilda. Ph 03 455 2057, contact Paul Mulholland. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Barrett Joinery Ltd 204 Hilton Highway, PO Box 2115 Timaru. Ph 03 688 4738, contact Mark Mitchell. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Gavin Player Furniture & Joinery Ltd 14b Chardonnay Street, Cromwell, Ph 03 445 8136, contact Gavin Player.

Taylor Made Joinery 22 Orari St, Dunedin. Ph 03 455 6520, contact Chris Taylor.

JP Quality Kitchens Limited 66 Vogel Street, Dunedin, Ph 03 474 1395, contact John Peddie.

Treebay Manufacturing Limited 229 Kaikorai Valley Road, Bradford, Dunedin, Ph 03 453 0340, contact Brian Daken.

Joinery Specialists 1997 Ltd 608 Kaikorai Valley, Kenmure, Dunedin, Ph 03 488 2371, contact Graeme Emmerson.

Wanaka Joinery & Glass Ltd 52 Ballantyne Road, Wanaka, Ph 03 443 7890, contact Jason Fisher. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Leading Edge Joinery Specialists Ltd 13 Surrey Street, Gore, Ph 03 208 3001, contact Donald McGuigan. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Wedgerwood Joinery Ltd 11 Ngapara St, Alexandra. Ph 03 448 8832, contact Blair Harris. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Leith Joinery PO Box 778, Dunedin. Ph 03 477 0115, contact Peter Leith. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Withers Joinery 78 Factory Rd, Mosgiel. Ph 03 489 4179, contact Paul Crawley. NZS4211 Affiliated.

JMAC Joinery Ltd 7 Laughton Street, Washdyke, Timaru, Ph 03 688 2725, contact Craig Mason. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Masterwood Joinery 2008 PO Box 385, 28 McNulty Road, Cromwell, Ph 03 445 0313, contact Don McDonald. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Wood Solutions PO Box 2443, Dunedin. Ph 03 479 2323, contact Andrew Bellamy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Joinery Zone 2012 Ltd 110 Fraser Street, Timaru. Ph 03 688 8223, contact Warren Atwill. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Mearns & Leckie (2006) Ltd 7 Gow St, Mosgiel 9024, Ph 03 489 2024, contact Brian Ballantyne. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Lunds Joinery Ltd 33a Grants Rd, PO Box 128, Timaru. Ph 03 688 9149, contact Mark Albert. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Mojo Modern Joinery Ltd 2 Wolter Crescent, Cromwell, Ph 03 445 0128, contact Craig Harrison.

J E Dennison Ltd 5 Redruth St, Timaru. Ph 03 688 0029, contact Gary Dennison. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Burns & Ferrall

Hettich New Zealand

Streamline Kitchens & Joinery Ltd PO Box 13101, Green Island, Dunedin 9052. Ph 0800 755 646, contact Rachael Kirk.

Geraldine Timber Products 27 High Street, Geraldine, Ph 03 693 9598, contact Paul Autridge. NZS4211 Affiliated.


Stevenson & Williams Ltd Joinery PO Box 4007, Dunedin. Ph 03 455 4034, Email: contact Gary Turner. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Formatt Bespoke Joinery Co Ltd 19 Glenda Drive, Frankton, Queenstown. Ph 03 441 4944, contact Reuben Bogue. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Firman Joinery Ltd 9 Dee St, Oamaru. Ph 03 434 1561, contact Gary Firman. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Blum NZ Ltd

Crombie Lockwood (NZ) Ltd

Alpine Joinery 480 Fairview Road, No 2 RD, Timaru, ph 03 688 5748, contact Paul Butchers.

Duncan Joinery Limited 20 King Street, Temuka, South Canterbury, Ph 03 615 7327, contact Craig Duncan.

ASSA ABLOY New Zealand Ltd


Secretary, John Rigby P O Box 473, Dunedin. Ph 03 456 1805

Cut-it Joinery Limited 22 Clan Mac Road, R D 2, Wanaka 9382, Ph 03 443 5031, contact John Titterton.

Artia (Coventry Group NZ Ltd)

Bostik New Zealand

Retro Wood (Zeddd Group Ltd) 122 Kaituki Ridge Lane, Queensberry Hills, Cromwell. Ph 027 434 6912, contact Catherine Mann.

Coronet Woodware (2017) Ltd 99 Glenda Drive, Frankton Industrial Est, Queenstown, Ph 03 442 3700, contact Colin Strang. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Architectural Hardware Supplies

Peter Howley Joinery Ltd 224 Mersey Street, Invercargill, Ph 03 214 1055, contact Peter Howley. NZS4211 Affiliated.


B & M Joinery Ltd 4 Ree Crescent, Cromwell, Ph 03 265 2077, contact Brendon Munro or Mark Harrison. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Allegion (New Zealand) Limited

Biesse Group New Zealand

Pooles Joinery Ltd 22 Bay Road, Invercargill, Ph 03 215 9167, contact Peter Fisher. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Abernethy Joinery 18 Melbourne Street, Dunedin, Ph 03 456 1654, contact Ian Abernethy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Access Group Ltd

O’Brien Group 2012 8 Gow Street, Mosgiel, Ph 03 489 3849, contact Peter O’Brien.

Queenstown Joinery 53 Industrial Place, Queenstown, Ph 03 442 7555, contact Kevin Harradine. NZS4211 Affiliated.

The Joiner Shop Kaikoura Ltd 19 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, Ph 03 319 5562, contact Fraser Syme.



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STATE OF THE INDUSTRY Reports from Branch Presidents October 2017

AUCKLAND The Christmas rush strikes again. You would think that as Christmas happens every year at the same time, We (manufacturers) and Them (customers) would be a little more prepared. It would only take a little bit of pre-thinking as to what is required for that Christmas project and the pressure would become a little more manageable. Auckland has remained reasonably steady over the winter months. There is still a very strong building boom happening especially in the commercial building sector. I believe that residential building both new and the renovation market have slowed down a little. There are probably many contributing reasons for this; elections, too wet through the winter, banks tightening up on mortgages, building consent issues and probably many more reasons. This reaction to many of us was probably a blessing and gave us a moment to catch up, shake off the last 7 to 8 months, reset and go again. The Auckland region of Master Joiners is very well. Our membership has continued to grow, our meeting attendance has continued to grow. We had 60 members attend our last meeting which must be a record number. I believe that this is due to offering different venues of interest to our industry with factory visits or machine demonstrations included, good guest speakers on topics that relate to what is happening in our industry directly, and of course the continuing push on NZS:4211. In Auckland there has been a lot more awareness of NZS:4211 from the Auckland Council, architects, builders, end users and timber joiners. NZS:4211 has become part of a common language used by the whole building industry. Auckland is still facing a massive shortage of tradespeople in the whole building industry; painters, plumbers, electricians, steel fabricators, builders, joiners, carpet layers and this list would also keep going on. The best way to combat this in the future is to start taking on apprentices now - don’t leave it until tomorrow. Deb Paul from what used to be JITO would always say that an apprentice is the cheapest tool that you will ever invest in she was right. The other problem that we are all facing all the time is the rising cost of timber. Please be

aware that when quoting reasonably sized projects they can take a bit of time to get underway and it could be noted on your quotes that the timber rates have been calculated at the time of quoting and may increase unexpectedly. Well that’s about it from Auckland Master Joiners. We wish you all a busy time leading into Christmas and a prosperous New Year. - David Cunningham CANTERBURY I cannot believe that it is October already! Spring is in the air and the days are warming up with daylight saving now in. We have had an unusually wet winter, which has caused delays in projects, for some builders. I would like to thank Nathan Moore who after 6 years has stepped aside as our Canterbury President. Nathan did a great job and made our meetings and social gatherings very enjoyable. Now our social convener, we will be in for more fun times. The last few months our members are reporting workloads to be good, steady, busy. They have also indicated a slowdown in the group home builder market. Commercial work seems steady and now with a decision on the Christchurch Cathedral we hope that this will help developers move forward with projects around the square here in Christchurch. It is very positive to see how the city is being rebuilt with a lot of new bars and restaurants going back along what was once ‘the strip’ Oxford Terrace and Cashel Mall looking like a Mall again. Architectural housing is also steady. Quoting work would normally be against 1 or 2 other joiners, there now seems to be 3 to 4 joiners after the one job. I hope that we won’t be seeing Joiners dropping their margins to win work. On the other hand, I urge all out there to be diligent with giving credit. Being paid a deposit and job in full, less install, before leaving the factory would be the ideal if possible, as payments have been noted at recent meetings as being a bit slow for some. Maybe to do with Provisional Tax and GST being due recently. If you start working for a new builder all of a sudden, then do a good credit check. None of our members are reporting significant bad debts which is great. On the staff front, members are reporting little difficulty in finding suitable Joiners at the moment. There appears to be,

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a bit of staff movement from one to the other happening. It was with sadness we learnt of Ken Monk’s sudden death. Our condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues. His work with NZS:4211 will always be remembered. He was very enthusiastic and passionate about this which made his talks on the topic easy to listen to, and he got the information out. On that note we are seeing a few well known architects in Christchurch specifying NZS:4211 timber windows; however we are unsure how well it is being enforced by the councils. We are expecting Andrew Long JMF NZ Operations Manager here in Christchurch soon, which will be good as a few members have a couple of questions or items to be clarified. Congratulations to Advanced Joinery - really great to have a Canterbury company take out the Supreme award at this year’s Master Joiners conference. And well done to all the others that won awards. It is really good to see such a high standard across the categories at the conference this year. Again, a good conference with great activities. Thank you Corinne and your team. Hope to see more Canterbury members at the 2018 Conference in Auckland. Well, with Labour weekend on the doorstep, Xmas is not far away and fast coming up. Just a note, ensure that you have good backups of your computer systems stored offsite - in the cloud, or a portable hard drive, so you can have peace of mind while enjoying your break. Merry Xmas everyone, take care and enjoy your holidays. - Mark Allworthy CENTRAL 9 Months down, only 3 to go, and things are really starting to ramp up in the Central area. Commercial has been quieter than usual but the housing sector is still very strong and the huge demand on new houses and land shortage has forced many people to stay put and renovate their existing houses. We are also seeing a lot of Auckland people opting for a more rural lifestyle and moving south which is putting further strain on our housing market. WorkSafe are doing the rounds in the Manawatu at the moment. We had an evening at Counter Concepts in September to check out the latest additions to Graeme's stone cutting arsenal and they

came along to explain to 35 of our members what they will be looking for in their inspections. This has proven to be extremely helpful and it's great to see WorkSafe’s positive attitude towards just trying to help everybody get compliant. Our annual Race Day is coming up on the 4th of November to help relieve our members and suppliers of some of that hard earned cash they've been working hard for all year. We’re expecting another good turnout of around 80 people and even Anthony Neustroski MJ President will be making the trip up from Wellington to join us. To finish, as you will all know, we've lost a stalwart in our industry Ken Monk. Ken's passion and drive will be sorely missed and our deepest condolences got out to the Monk family. - Andrew Reilly HAWKE’S BAY / POVERTY BAY First off, I, like all of my colleagues and fellow Executive members, were shocked to hear of the passing of Ken Monk. On behalf of Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay Master Joiners, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the Monk family. Ken was a tireless advocate and worker for not only the Master Joiners but JITO (now merged with BCITO) and was the driving force behind the Master Joiners being involved with NZS:4211 testing. Ken got our industry moving forward along with like minded people. I know there will be a large number of people giving their thoughts on this man but he was truly so important to us. Ken will be greatly missed. In most companies and organisations it is a common to say a person is replaceable. Ken, I believe, will not be replaceable. As Master Joiners we will need to keep his legacy alive by continuing to strive for high standards and quality in our industry R.I.P. Ken. On to other matters; our region has experienced another busy year this year. A large number of companies have closed their order books for the year and have good workloads into next year. As it has been busy for the last couple of years we are aware of what is required and are better organised. It is easier to say No to the demand for kitchens or joinery wanted before Christmas. In almost all cases, prospective clients are willing to wait until the New Year. The Election has caused a small ripple but nothing to be

concerned about as yet. Locally we are still seeing a number of plans for higher end architecturally designed kitchens and joinery items. There are a lot of interesting designs with specifications for new and different products to keep up with European trends. We are still seeing a slow but steady increase in timber joinery specified on plans with reference to NZS:4211 which is really great to see. So there are encouraging signs that 2018 will be busy for most joiners. Looking ahead for our local branch of NZMJ. We have got some plans in the pipeline for upcoming meetings and social events to encourage more participation in the NZ Master Joiners Awards 2018. We are still looking at ways to get more members along to our meetings. All in all 2017 has been a pretty good year. We had a great time at the conference in Taupo and look forward to Auckland next year. Thanks to all those involved with putting on a great conference. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy festive season. – Simon Molloy NELSON / MARLBOROUGH It was of great shock to have heard of the passing of Ken Monk last month. As we all know his contribution to our industry was immense. An absolute advocate for what was best for the industry, his passion and knowledge especially regarding training is very difficult to quantify, he was a legend. As we reflect and take note of his achievements and the direction he was taking our industry, we owe it to him to keep the momentum going forward. Our thoughts and thanks go to Rowena and her family, to the Montage Joinery team, for allowing Ken to give so much of his own time to the industry. Ken was obviously proud of his success in business, but he was very proud of the team he had around him, both family and business. We will miss Ken immensely but our industry is in a better place because of his generosity of time and commitment. The Nelson Marlborough region will continue to promote and support the things that Ken so passionately supported. Quality workmanship, quality business practices and protecting the future of the Industry. Ken Monk you will be missed. – Myles Sellers OTAGO / SOUTHLAND All members are reporting full workloads through to the early / mid part of 2018. We have had one resignation from Hawea. We have a further three businesses which are showing interest in joining the association, relevant information

has been sent to one and we hope to send the remaining two the information this week. The Central Otago / Lakes district continues to expand considerably in both housing and commercial. As in other areas there is a major problem with affordable housing. We are seeing some large apartment developments starting to be developed within the Queenstown area to try and address this issue. As I’m sure with all regions, qualified labour shortage is now becoming a problem. Our apprentice graduation night is to be held 9th November with 14 Graduates being honoured. Regional meetings have now been extended to bi-monthly rather than monthly with meetings alternating between Invercargill and Dunedin. - Peter Fisher

A bit of a raw prawn.

TARANAKI Like most other regions Taranaki seems to be hurtling towards the end of the year with the majority of members not only struggling to keep up, but wondering where all the work is coming from. With both the oil and farming sectors still a way off recovering from the battering they have had over the past few years, there still seems to be plenty of building taking place. The weather, as in most other areas, has been a major factor in delays particularly with new builds, which is only going to produce heavier workloads in the lead up to Christmas. If the rain stops!!! With the heavy workloads the region is experiencing some of the standard problems such as finding staff. A number of local members have been looking for staff both qualified and non-qualified but have struggled to find any suitable applicants. As an industry we have been aware of this shortage for many years and although the number of trainees being registered and trained has increased slightly within the region, that number is still well below the number needed to keep up with staffing levels. It is disappointing to see some members still choosing not to train staff through recognised ITO’s. Apart from lots of wet weather, long hours, heavy workloads and staff shortages, Taranaki is rocking along with not too many supply issues. We are all looking forward to getting through the next few months and having some well earned time off and more settled weather. – Rhys Powell

stories. A highlight was fishing for prawns and the excitement it caused when one of the creatures was hooked! There was the usual high standard of entries in the Master Joiner Awards, and it was great to see the excellent work the apprentices had also entered. This year’s conference will be all the more memorable as it turned out to be Ken’s last. We were all shocked and saddened at the sudden passing of Ken. He will be missed as a valuable and outstanding member of the Waikato Bay of Plenty region and of course the Master Joiners Federation on a national level. The “building boom” in Waikato/ Bay of Plenty region continues, including not only new builds, but renovations also. The incredibly wet weather over Winter (and now Spring!) has caused delays to some projects, pushing them out to 2018. Most members have closed off for the end of the year and have forward work already in place. Timber joinery would appear to be gaining in popularity, with people becoming more sympathetic to home eras and designs and choosing timber joinery for alterations rather than aluminium. They also seem more willing to spend on a high end quality option over aluminium. Supply of goods and materials has been challenging at times, especially for those of us not in the main cities. Freight and courier companies’ service this year has often been inconsistent, and when combined with stock delays has led to great frustration in some workshops. A slight improvement in debtor delays was reported, although one member commented: “Seems to be the bigger the client, sometimes the greater their arrogance is when it comes to paying bills”.The focus for all of us will now be getting through workloads before the Christmas deadline is upon us! - David Higgins

WAIKATO / BAY OF PLENTY T h i s y e a r ’s M a s t e r J o i n e r s Conference was held at the Wairakei Resort in Taupo on June 15th, 16th & 17th. It was a great weekend, with everyone enjoying themselves, catching up with peers and swapping

WAITAKI The industry seems to be running strong down here. Of the members who replied to my email, all have good busy workloads leading into the Christmas period and into the new year, and there is a lot

of work out there to be priced, showing no signs of slowing down at this stage. A couple of Joinery factories have picked up new staff but most are saying that they could do with more but can’t seem to find any at the moment. There is as you know a real shortage of good qualified joiners down here as there is everywhere it seems. Materials coming in seem to be flowing ok; don’t seem to be hearing any problems anywhere from anyone, just need to be organised at this time of year. Finances, everyone down here seems to be getting paid with no real great issues, apart from the odd slow builder no one has any real issues. So to put it in general, of all the joiners that replied to my email, everyone is very busy and all are happy with the amount of work that is out there to be done and also to be priced, so the end of this year and the start of next year at this stage are looking really promising. Looks like being another good year down here. – Warren Atwill WELLINGTON It seems like last Christmas has only just passed and most of our local members have reported a great year with no let-up in work load and enquiry which means a lot of us are now booking into the new year. This has been made worse when trying to hire extra staff with many of our members searching for additional staff and coming up empty handed, especially when looking for qualified joiners. Which highlights the need for us to continue to train more apprentices whenever we can. We are now seeing a good increase in plans coming through specifying NZS:4211 which is great to see. However, it’s very disappointing to hear there is still a lot of this joinery going in untagged so I urge any members missing out on these jobs to question who is getting these jobs so we can follow up with JMFNZ to make sure tags are being purchased. It was also great to see the big turnout for our last local meeting which would have been our largest attendance since I've been a member. As our membership has grown, so has the friendships and helpfulness between members and this is proving to be valuable with overload work being shared between each other as well as helpful information. Finally, I would like to wish everyone a great run through to Christmas and I hope the current workloads continue long into the future. – Jeremy Patmore

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What should your charge out rate be?


hris sits nervously waiting for Alex his accountant to report if it was a successful year this time. Or whether, despite his best efforts, he is still looking for the elusive “extra profit.” He’s really worked hard and was proud to have finally hit the two million dollar mark for sales. But deep down, in his gut, he’s just a little worried. The bank account has been a bit tight lately. Some of our clients have been shopping around. Comparing prices with other competitors. I’ve had to sharpen the pencil a few times. There were also a few surprises on some jobs I suspect we lost money on. But hey - we’ve been really busy… So with all the extra work, it should make up for it – right? Alex puts on his Accounting voice; not a great sign. “I see you’ve billed a lot more this year. In fact 32% more. That’s good. But I see your margins have slipped.” Okay, so what does that mean? “You’ve made another $10,000 extra profit compared to last year, but that’s it. I think you might be pricing too low on your work.” Bugger. Those extra guys I took on last year. And all those late nights and weekends. With nothing to show for it but a measly extra 10 grand! Chris heads home angry, frustrated and discouraged. I can’t do another year like this. There has to be a better way. If this sounds all too familiar, the first place to start is with your pricing. As a joinery company, the labour allowance you include when pricing jobs (made up of the number of hours allocated to the job - and the actual cost per hour) will be essential in determining how much profit you make this year. And also the long term success of your business. If these allowances are too low, no matter what else you do, you won’t be able to make good profits. A sign of this is that cashflow will always be tight, most noticeably at peak times during the month,

and also when work starts to slow up. You’ll find yourself sweating it out. Hoping there will be enough money in the bank to pay staff and suppliers. Ultimately, you’ll find yourself frustrated that profits are disappointing year after year. Alternatively, if your pricing is too high, you could be losing too many jobs to your competitors.

Jamie - Employee Costs $41,600.00

Jamie hours paid per year

2080 per hour

Actual Costs Salary


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So how do you work out your labour allowance accurately? Some base their allowances relative to the experience and skill level of their team. Or what they think the market will pay. Others go on gut feel and adjust pricing according to how much work they have. Some even guess what their competitors’ rates might be and base it on that. These are factors you should be aware of, but this is not the right way to price and will get you into trouble. Use these calculations instead. 1) Actual cost per hour calculation To get this right, you first need to start with your actual costs. Let’s take a look at a Jamie who has been working for Chris, as an example. Jamie is a good reliable joiner, a hard worker and gets the jobs done quickly and efficiently. Jamie works on average 40 hours per week at an hourly rate of $20 per hour which is $41,600 per year. Chris believes Jamie costs $20 per hour and some extras. The chart above shows a breakdown of actual costs for Jamie: Overhead cost calculation: Costs that are not directly related to the jobs (ACC, administration staff, rent, office expenses, advertising, vehicle expenses, etc). To calculate this accurately take all overhead expenses for the year divided by total hours spent on the jobs to get an hourly rate. This can range somewhere between $15 - $25 per hour, depending on the size of your company. Non-Billable hours: Hours not directly related to the job itself (talks, training, health and safety documentation, meetings, delays in start times and dates where your team is less productive, material supply delays, etc)

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Overhead Costs ($18 per hour for 2,080 hours)

$37,440.00 cost


Actual Hours Worked hours paid for per year (52wks x 40hrs per week)


less public holidays (10 days x 8 hrs = 80hrs)


less annual holidays (20 days X 8hrs = 160hrs)


less sick days (5 days x 8hrs = 40hrs)


less non-billable hours (20% of time at work)

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Actual Cost per hour

Although Chris initially thought Jamie cost $20.00 per hour + extras, to his surprise the actual costs are $58.01 per hour. 2) Number of hours allocated to the job Estimating accurately how long a job will take is also essential to making profit. Every hour worked over the estimated time eats into profit. Unless hours worked are tracked against the estimated hours for each job, time blowouts are usually not seen (aka backcosting). This is often where tradies get tripped up. As a business coach, many tradies I work with have significantly increased their profits by getting control of their hours worked on the job and quoting based on newfound understanding of how many hours a job actually takes (as opposed to how long you think it takes). So check times on every job competed against your time estimates to see how accurate you have been. Then use this history as a guide for quoting for new work. Putting it all together Mark up and Profit Now that Chris understands his labour allowance, he is in a better position to price the job.


Here are the calculations: Actual cost per hour per employee x Number of hours allocated to the job = Labour allowance Labour allowance + materials costs = Total cost Total cost x Mark Up = Total Price to quote client for job So start with actual costs and make sure you are pricing right – it will be the difference between being successful - or frustrated with nothing in the bank. Once you allow for your labour allowance, check your mark up – is it enough? If it’s too low, then it’s time to starting increasing prices and making decent money. If you need a hand with this, grab a free strategy session with me, and we will go through your personal situation to make sure you are pricing for profit. by Daniel Fitzpatrick Successful Tradie

H& &S with Kathy Compliance

Reducing Christmas stress & fatigue


t’s nearly Christmas! With deadlines to meet, summer holidays to prepare for, planning for 2018, and the general bustle of the season, Christmas can be a busy time. And for some, a stressful time. Tempers can flare, rags get lost, standards of behaviour falter. It’s well known that levels of domestic violence spike over Christmas, and some workplaces can have a similar breakdown of standards. So it’s timely to remember that stress and fatigue are Health and Safety issues you may have to deal with at this time of year. A bit of stress or inappropriate banter H&S issues you question? Surely they’re staffing issues? Yes they are, but all of them fall within the boundaries of H&S. Employees deserve the highest level of protection against harm to their health, safety and welfare, and stress and fatigue are certainly part of employee welfare. Stress and fatigue are well known causes of accidents. Stress can result from demanding work schedules, sleep disruption, environmental conditions (heat, noise etc), physically demanding work and emotional well-being (such as constant criticism or pressure). Employers are responsible for worker’s health, so anyone suffering from stress or fatigue needs support. But it’s not just the person who may be suffering the stress that’s at risk. There’s also the risk that person may pose to those working around them. A tired machine

operator or weary kitchen installer driving to work may not just hurt themselves. It’s hard to eliminate stress and fatigue entirely, so the next best thing is to minimise as far as is reasonably practicable. WorkSafe list some strategies for this, and they include the following suggestions. Work schedules Make sure workers take regular, quality, rest breaks appropriate to the length of their working day. While there are no specific rules around how long these breaks must be, if you have a fatigue-related accident then you can be confident WorkSafe will determine your breaks weren’t long enough. Bear in mind though that workers have obligations too, particularly around turning up in a fit state for work. But leaving H&S aside for a moment, tired workers are unlikely to produce top quality work so there are good commercial reasons for careful management of work schedules too. Sleep For larger organisations, design rosters well to allow for good sleep opportunity and recovery time between work days. Limit the number of night shifts in a row. Workplace or environmental conditions Consider your working environment: noise, dust, workflow etc. Is the environment contributing to workplace stress,


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or helping relieve it? Can staff roles be rotated to minimise exposure to less-than-ideal working conditions? Do staff have somewhere suitable for rest breaks? Are they taking breaks? It’s amazing the difference a 10 minute walk around the block on a nice day can make to someone’s state of mind. Physical and mental work demands Limit periods of excessive mental or physical demands. (No one wants a bad back at the Christmas dinner table!) Ensure machinery and tools are fit for purpose. And avoid impractical deadlines. Easily said, but sometimes a frank and honest conversation with a customer about their unreasonable delivery expectations can save an enormous amount of stress for all concerned. Emotional well-being Where possible, be aware of personal circumstances that affect workers and provide support where possible. A positive work environment should result in better productivity (and lower staff turnover). Good supervision helps too, because sometimes we all need to be told ... Most of these strategies are common sense, but it’s easy to overlook them when there’s a deadline to meet and someone phones in sick, or crashes the CNC. (And don’t forget bullying and harassment fall under H&S too!) It’s also worth remembering that workers also have responsibilities.

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As well as turning up in a fit state for work they also need to inform a manager if a job is beyond them for whatever reason. They need to take responsibility for being alert to their own tiredness, or tiredness they see in co-workers. Importantly, they’re also obligated to report fatigue related incidents, and there needs to be a process for them to do so. Water Safety NZ have hit the headlines with their ‘Swim Reaper’ Instagram account, and if you haven’t seen it you should take a look – it’s a smart and clever reminder of the dangers that lurk behind some of our favourite summer water-based activities. It wouldn’t take much to photoshop that reaper into photos of a joinery workshop, and replace Water Safe NZ with WorkSafe. Although a bit heavy handed, the message would be the same: watch out for yourself and your colleagues, be aware of dangers and know your limits. Enjoy the Christmas break. Personally, I’ll be taking heed of the lessons in this month’s column. I’ll be working hard at eliminating stress and fatigue by not coming to work! Merry Christmas Kathy from Jacks

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