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J o i n e r y, C a b i n e t m a k i n g & K i t c h e n M a n u f a c t u r i n g I n d u s t r i e s

December 2015

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This years Best Kitchen at the Master Joiners awards went to a design by Hagley Kitchens in Christchurch for a kitchen which judges described as technically difficult, built on timeless principles using contrasting colours.

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COLUMNS Master Joiners 4 Liam Wackrow discusses the year past and is positive about the year in front.

Over the last 10 years Hamilton has seen a proliferation of urban and conmmercial development, accentuated by the growth of manufacturing operations that service the Waikato and beyond. We speak to some of those involved.

Laminex NZ Update 10 Richard Pollington uses the All Black example to reflect on sustained performance in the market place. Dr Buzz 78 Duncan Such references a recent visit to Japan to question our obsession with growth and inflation percentages. H&S 79 Kathy Compliance outlines the process W&R Jacks go through when sourcing machinery for the NZ market. Due Process 80 Geoff Hardy informs on the laws holding residential builders accountable for their workmanship and materials. A view from both sides 81 Tony DeLorenzo in his last column reflects on six years of comments regarding the industry and life.

Timber design 40 The NZ Wood Timber Design Awards celebrated their 40th year in 2015, with the record number of entries a testament to the ever growing passion for wood. We look at the winners representing the most innovative design in timber in NZ.

designer extraction 56 Employee health, production quality, environmental protection, council regulations there are lots of reason to ensure your extraction systems are up to scratch. We look at the reasoning behind some recent installs.

REGULAR News & Info 4 - 12 Trade Directories - 84 BCITO news - 88 Product Focus - 90 Classifieds - 92

Vector 120 64 New Zealand firm Vector Systems is a leader in the development of contour edgebanding technology. The company has recently added to its range with the Vector 120 aimed at the smaller shop.

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from the presidents desk

a prosperous 2016 2015 - The Year that flew by. I write this looking back on the year that has seen the world encounter the lows of terrorism and economic instability but also encountering the highs of a little nation at the bottom of the world dominating the Rugby World Cup going back to back with great All Blacks including the greatest of all time Richie McCaw bowing out on a magnificent win. Nationally it’s great to see and hear members busier than they have been in a long time with solid bookings through into 2016 already. Vigilance in pre-planning, ordering ahead to ensure stock is available and production planning are all critical elements of our businesses the busier we get. Speaking of pre-planning now is the time to choose your award entries for the 2016 Master Joiners Awards. Remember, cut off for award entries is 1 month earlier due to conference shifting forward. Conference for 2016. Start preparation for Queenstown, New Zealand – Pure Inspiration. 26-28 May 2016 so a little earlier than traditional conference dates due to events and festivals clashing with our traditional dates and potentially a little warmer than sub zero freezing bleak days. The schedule is shaping up for a great adventure with some exciting presentations and some thrilling activities. Here’s looking towards a prosperous 2016 for all as our industry copes with the current construction requirements and forecasted business ahead. Don’t forget that the easiest way to find staff in our industry at the moment is to train them yourself so if you aren’t currently training an apprentice, think about it.

PPG staff (with a few ring ins) at a ceremony celebrating the NZQA qualifications (from left to right) Rita Moza, Saroj Sharma, Alicia Melendrez, Tony Stralen, Suzette Almeida, Helen Aird, Vaughn Pantry, Karen Singh, Pat Cannon, Hon Steven Joyce, Jonah Gumaka, John Blakey, Ellen Marnitz, William Bratton, Amy McLeod, Andre Kaukasi, Zubin Patel, Sasa Veljkovic, Derek Whitelaw, Darren Ding, Grant Pedersen, Ronnie Samupo, Quintin Tauri.

More staff at PPG gain NZQA qualifications In early September coatings specialists PPG Industries NZ Ltd held a special ceremony at their Head Office in Penrose, Auckland for the latest group of staff to gain recognition of their achieving their NZQA Competitive Manufacturing Qualifications. To recognise their achievement and the importance given to these qualifications, the ceremony was attended by the Hon. Steven Joyce, Economic Development Minister who presented the Awards and John Blakey, CEO and Board member for Industry Training Organisation Competenz. Proceedings were led by Patrick Cannon, General Manager for Industrial Coatings for Australia and New Zealand. Some nineteen staff were awarded NZQA Diplomas and another six gained their Certificates. The Competitive Manufacturing Qualifications are part of a wider commitment by PPG to provide opportunities for their employees to gain qualifications available through NZQA. 

To sign off, I along with all the Executive wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as well as a well-earned break with family and friends. Cheers Liam Wackrow National President Registered Master Joiners



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From the Publisher

The Formica Formations function run by Laminex NZ was run this year at Orams Marine Centre down at the Viaduct in Auckland. The place is impressive and they sure know how to stack boats!

Hamilton ... ten years on In creating the Hamilton feature for this issue it was hard not to notice how proud those who live there are about where they live. There is a real sense of identity with the Waikato region and its growing economic importance. Now we see more and more people from outside of Hamilton taking an interest in it. Since the last feature (2005) we did on Hamilton we have seen a boom and a recession followed by a rapid recovery. Hamilton looks and feels resilient. Many are still reflective but are moving forward confidently. I hope you find the comments made in the various stories of interest. Health and safety have always been issues not far away from the public eye. The trades have responded well to the various changes made in recent years and we have a look at those involved in the dust extraction scene. Now there is more on the way with the new Health and Safety legislation coming into force in April next year. We have some interesting editorial supplied by Worksafe NZ starting in this issue looking at various aspects of health and safety. Worth a gander I think. On a more pictorial note we have a feature on the Best Kitchen Award from Hagley Kitchens in Christchurch from the Master Joiner Awards for 2015 as well as all the winners from the 2015 NZ Wood Timber Design Awards. Of note here is our look at the Waiheke Island Library, winner of the inaugural Overall Supreme Award sponsored by Resene. This was an impressive project with really smart use of timber and design. A worthy winner. A year of ongoing growth and change. This publication has passed the 20 year mark and looking forward to the years ahead. The Master Joiners has undergone growth as well. Its numbers have risen and its purpose intensified with the continually evolving implementation of the NZ4211 Standard for door and window construction. Next year the Annual Conference is back in Queenstown and should be a cracker and I strongly suspect with increased attendance. In the meantime Summer has arrived and Michael and I wish all of you a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. See you next year Bob Nordgren JOINERS Magazine December 2015 page 8

melteca surfaces

taking design to a new level Laminex New Zealand is taking design to a new level with the introduction of beautiful new Melteca surfaces and the expansion into innovative new product solutions in 2015, with formal launch activities through October. Recent customer launch events in Auckland and Christchurch enabled close to 200 customers to be introduced to the new Melteca Clipwall lining solution, Melteca Purecoat designer painted panels and the 2015 Melteca collection. The Auckland event saw over 90 architects and designers attend at the Spark Lab in central Auckland for an evening of inspiration and information. With three product displays showcasing the new products in large format, the design community were highly engaged and very impressed. Through collaboration with the NZ Institute of Architects, this enabled attendees to earn valuable CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points with Neil Sookee, Group Design Director Laminex NZ and Australia unveiling ‘Future Vision’. ‘Future Vision’ is the trend and colour forecasting presentation from Fletcher Building Laminates and Panels Group, created by the

specialist global design team. With a passion and sixth sense for what’s next, the Laminates and Panels global design team is dedicated to anticipating our customer’s future needs. It’s certainly a perfect example of being Customer Leading, one of Fletcher Building’s important values. “Future Vision is a market leading initiative that definitely cements our leadership position within the design community, we should be really proud of this” says Richard Pollington, General Manager Laminex New Zealand. “Our customers loved seeing first hand how Clipwall actually works. Following the launch in Australia, we’re really pleased to have introduced this in NZ and we expect a strong specification pipeline over the coming months” says Laminex New Zealand New Product Development Manager Jesse Staines. “It was also great to host our colleagues from PlaceMakers and Fletcher Living so we look forward to working on some joint opportunities to maximise the overall benefit to Fletcher Building.” For more information on the Melteca range visit www.melteca.


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Christchurch start-up Bamtino Bespoke has launched an online platform which promotes quality New Zealand-made furniture and makes it accessible to the internet generation. With Bamtino, furniture makers no longer have to go out in search of customers; now customers come to them via a few clicks. is the go-to platform for people who want bespoke furniture made. Clients post projects for whatever piece of furniture it is they want to have made. From those, the makers choose which projects they’d like to quote on.

“We match the two,” said Bamtino cofounder and CEO Adrien Taylor. “From the client’s point of view, we’ve made it really easy for people to get their dream piece of furniture made. All a client has to do is upload a few photos and a short description of what it is they're after. It’s great for furniture makers who see the project briefs, because they don’t have to waste their time with clients who have unrealistic budgets or design ideas.” Bamtino currently has more than 40 makers in its network and welcomes further enquiry.

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update Strong sustained performance I’m sure we would all agree that rigorous planning, comprehensive training and superior skill levels played a huge role in the fantastic All Blacks win at the Rugby World Cup 2015. The nation certainly stopped, celebrated and then celebrated some more with the incredible performance of true world champions. It’s certainly clear that there are analogies between the sporting world and the business world. For businesses to have strong sustained performance over many years it is true testament to the quality standards, integrity and customer relationships that ensure continued development and progress to take place. Laminex New Zealand has recently launched new Melteca Clipwall providing a prefinished wall lining solution. Its all about making your lives easier, combining all the durability properties of Melteca panels with a patented jointing system for quick and easy to install walls. So now feature walls in either the home or commercial spaces can be bought to life through texture and colour. Regional centres within New Zealand are thriving and this issue’s focus on Hamilton is a great example. Our Melteca manufacturing plant is actually located in Hamilton, as well as our Waikato Sales office and team of on-the-ground experts. It’s amazing that 2016 is just around the corner, and we are excited with a range of new developments in the pipeline that I can’t wait to share with you in due course. In the meantime, lets collectively continue to support the local NZ economy and our prosperous building industry.

AWISA 2016 Melbourne 6-9 July The AWISA 2016 exhibition that will be taking place in Melbourne from 6-9 July 2016 will be the largest AWISA ever. It is already close to being sold-out, with over 90% of the space booked. The Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association says that it will be over a quarter of a century since an AWISA exhibition took place in Melbourne. “The combination of a positive business environment in Australia at the moment, with strong housing starts and other building activity in most parts of the country, plus enthusiasm for the Melbourne location, has led to a great exhibitor response to the 2016 exhibition,” says Geoff Holland, AWISA general manager. “Just as our decision to hold the last show in Brisbane helped refresh the exhibition, it is obvious that Melbourne has also refreshed the show. Visiting the show not only creates the opportunity to be brought right up to date with what’s new in woodworking, but also an opportunity for New Zealanders to explore the city of Melbourne and the state of Victoria,” he said. AWISA 2016 presents a wide range of machinery, tooling, hardware, decorative products and software for cabinet makers, kitchen manufacturers, shop and office fitters, joinery and furniture manufacturers, and other timber and panel processing industries.

I’d like to wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas break, hopefully we’ll see some long summer days for lots of rest and relaxation before 2016 starts with a roar. Regards Richard Pollington General Manager Laminex New Zealand

Visiting AWISA not only creates the opportunity to be brought up to date with what’s new in woodworking, but also to explore the city of Melbourne.

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Long-term BCITO CEO retires On behalf of the BCITO Board, Chair Kevin Sceats has announced that Ngaruma Karaitiana, Chief Executive, has decided to retire within the next 12 months. Ruma has been BCITO’s Chief Executive since January 2006 when the then Board were fortunate to appoint a talented and experienced CE who had a background in both education and construction. He is a current member of the Executive Committee of the Industry Training Federation and former long-serving Deputy Chair. He is also a former Director of ACC and a current board member of both the Workbase Trust and the Central Energy Trust, as well as the Chair of Education Services Ltd.

Blum NZ’s Nicola Chan (left) with Belinda Gasser from Blum Austria

Blum R&D comes to town As the flyer seeking interested participants said you have to know the habits, requirements and wishes of users if you want to develop products that are tailored to their actual need. Blum Austria’s Observation Manager Belinda Gasser came to New Zealand to visit selected kitchens as part of Blum’s research and development programme. With some twenty years of research, kitchen surveys and observations, Blum’s research teams have seen what the main activities and workflows are in kitchens all over the world. It has allowed them to identify the demands made of practical kitchens including such things as storage space and ergonomic requirements which in turn show what is demanded of Blum products. The information gathered is also used and considered in the creation and development of new products from the kitchen users perspective. Bob Nordgren from JOINERS Magazine caught up with Belinda and Blum NZ’s Nicola Chan while she was here in late September. “The process was very low key and nondisruptive” Belinda explains “At a distance we have a look at the preparation of a normal family meal looking at such things as what utensils are used, how the kitchen is laid out and where the cook is encountering issues.” The whole process of preparation, cooking and cleaning up is video recorded and photographed, measurements are taken (door and cupboard dimensions, distances walked, etc) and some short questions asked with the whole process taking about two hours.

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Nicola, who handles marketing for Blum NZ and arranged the visits to the kitchen participants (who all received an ORGA-LINE Kitchen tools package), travelled around New Zealand with Belinda over five days in late September. “All the participants were very good, some with Blum hardware and others without, modern or traditional, simple or elaborate. The key was the wide variety of kitchens.” comments Belinda. Belinda has travelled all round the world doing this so it was inevitable to ask, is New Zealand any different? “Without all the data in and analysed it is hard to say, but as everywhere else space is a key factor. High population density such as in China for example, where space is tight, means utilization of space in the kitchen is very important.” Has this observation process as part of the R&D Blum do brought tangible results? “Oh yes, for example our AVENTOS range of lift systems came from this very process. Blum’s research and development programme has gone from strength to strength over the last five years or so and you can expect to see more new products derived from it in the near future.” What about across the ditch in Australia, we differ from them? “Not really although they do tend to cook more outside than here.” Belinda says. I thought to myself “Come on Kiwis, power up the barbies!” Look out for the results in our next issue.

Ruma says, "I am grateful to have spent over 9 years with this great organisation, and deeply honoured to have had the opportunity to lead it. I am very proud of what my colleagues at BCITO have accomplished together during a time of both successes and challenges. I believe that 2016 is the right time for me to retire for a number of reasons. First, BCITO has performed exceptionally over the past couple of years, exceeding both our and our stakeholders' expectations. As a result, the organisation is operationally very sound and positioned for continued success. Second, the Board and I, along with the BCITO senior leadership team, have laid out a vision for the organisation that will guide the BCITO for many years to come. This gives me great confidence in BCITO’s future ability to serve the construction industry. Mr Sceats says, “the Board cannot find the words to express its thanks for the enormous contribution Ruma has made towards the achievements of BCITO, and his contribution to learning and development across the construction industry during his term. The Board is firmly committed to further enhancing the services and support BCITO provides to its stakeholders and the wider construction industry. “We are now focused on selecting a new Chief Executive to work with our Board and senior leadership team to chart BCITO’s future success.”

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Hagley Kitchens - Master Joiners Awards 2015 - Best Kitchen

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his year’s Best Kitchen winner (and Best Kitchen Design) at the Master Joiners 2015 Awards, from Hagley Kitchens in Christchurch is notable for its interesting twist on the kitchen island theme as kitchen designer Kirsty Davis explains, “The client wanted an integrated casual dining space that meant people sat opposite each other rather than in a line down an island. The lowered benchtop with the waterfall end gives a feeling of luxury and ties in the different benchtop materials within the kitchen.” This lowered benchtop presented a challenge construction wise. Having a chunky stone benchtop with no joinery below it required a steel support to the underside of the benchtop and within the waterfall end to prevent the benchtop bowing. “Getting the heights correct for the lowered seating space to allow for the thickness of the timber floor and the height of the already purchased seats for knee room was a nicety you wouldn’t normally notice” comments Kirsty. The brief for the project was part of a fairly open area that included two living areas. The open plan walk in pantry was to have no door which meant this space was visible from the kitchen and living space. To keep the same tidy

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simplistic look and maintain storage capacity and kitchen to pantry flow through, similar materials had to be used in both areas. Another challenge came with the client wish not to have a standard melamine finish in the kitchen or a basic layout. Kirsty notes “They really wanted to create impact with the use of different materials of different thicknesses, surfaces and lighting along with hardware enabling for a more modern layout.” The task therefore was to tie in the different benchtop materials and create interest with touches of painted glass in natural tones which complemented the stone look. Storage was an important feature to the client family. Additional storage was gained by raising the height of the joinery and using the front of the island for integrated cabinetry. Hidden drawers for utensils on each side of the oven allowed for a more simplistic look but also created extra storage for larger items. The glass fronted aluminium framed joinery with recessed handles in both the kitchen and pantry and recessed LED lighting makes for a modern contemporary look. For more information contact Kirsty Davis at Hagley Kitchens Ph 03 961 0943 or visit

Hagley Kitchens Founded in 1983, Hagley Kitchens has long established it’s reputation as a customer focused business. Their four person design team offer a complete design service for the design, manufacture and installation of quality made kitchens, laundries, wardrobes, home office / study and stairs. Combined with their manufacturing facility based around new machinery from Biesse, Hagley provide a quality product and excellent service with a ‘can do’ attitude. The company is no stranger to awards having regularly won regional and national awards going back to 2010, their craftsmanship and service is reflected in their ongoing membership of Master Joiners and the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association.


“As always, Best Kitchen is a challenge to judge. The judges saw technical difficulties with building this kitchen, built on timeless principles using contrasting colours. Good choice of materials.” Judges comment

Hob benchtop: Ceasarstone Raven 42mm & lower benchtop Raven 75mm from Laminex NZ, Island benchtop: Titanium Light Grey 30mm from The Granite Benchtop Company Ltd, Gloss white vinyl wrap door drawer fronts and panels: Dezignatek, Colour coated (Masala) low iron painted glass: Resene, Aluminium recessed strip handles and strip lighting in aluminium extrusion: Stefano Orlato, Aluminium glass door profiles and vertical lift hardware: Hafele NZ Ltd, Hartford stainless steel sink insert: Mercer Stainless, M e l t e c a s n owd r i f t melamine to open pantry units: Laminex NZ,Ta n d e m B ox f u l l extension soft close drawer runners, Metabox drawer runners and hinges: Blum NZ Ltd, Three layer White Ash flooring: Quality Wood Flooring, Ovens & hob: Smeg, Rangehood: Bosch, Dishwasher: Asko, Microwave: Panasonic, Fridge: Samsung. Photography: Anthony Turnham SNAP! Photography Awards category sponsor: Arborline Products


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Hamilton hub of the Waikato W

e last had a look at Hamilton in our December 2005 issue. Back then there was about 129,000 living in the Hamilton area and it is still the largest inland city and the fourth largest in New Zealand with a population of about 142,000. Economic growth, obvious then is even more so today. This has run in tandem with the substantially improved road links between Hamilton and elsewhere, particularly Auckland in the last decade. Visually the Hamilton landscape has really changed. Take the main drag Victoria St: full of restaurants, bars and other people amenities. North and east of Hamilton City has seen urban development proliferate. This has been accentuated by the growth of manufacturing operations that service not only Hamilton but the rest of New Zealand. In 2005 it was emerging, now it is in full flower. The industrial estate concept most notably with The Base past Te Rapa has expanded as more manufacturing and semi manufacturing businesses view Hamilton more favourably as a base to service the Waikato region and beyond. Land is no longer cheap but is in tune as those in more expensive locations such as Auckland look South. Hamilton is not just about it’s economy. It is seen as a good place to live and raise kids. Sure, it may by many outsiders still be seen as a pitstop to somewhere else but more and more it is viewed as offering good living environment . Leading kitchen designer Robin Caudwell from DesignCK says “I’ve lived here in the Waikato most of my life and it has a good feel to it, almost a culture of it’s own. My success lies in good long term relationships with others in the same area.” The trades are also doing well in the Waikato let alone Hamilton. The weblike nature of Hamilton and its surrounding townships – Matamata, Te Awamutu, Cambridge and Morrinsville to name the closest – have fed off each other’s growth. Hamilton is also changing once more: coming to terms with being a bigger city with more responsibilities to the wider Waikato region. It is now acutely aware of it’s status as the economic and social hub of the Waikato. JOINERS Magazine spoke to several suppliers and manufacturers who, over the next few pages, share their views on running a business in the city. 

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As part of a commitment to ensuring the factory provides the best working environment for staff, last year Resco installed a Micronair VC4 Vibra-flow dust extractor. Elroy is very happy with the decision.

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cubicle construction very considered When Elroy and Kate Thomson purchased Resco, production took place in a small workshop, whereas today they operate from a purpose-built factory and showroom in Te Rapa. With a team of 12 staff and additional contractors they’ve grown to become the market leaders in wall panelling, toilet partitions and Laboratory benches throughout NZ.

“Cubicles are not a glamourous industry” says Elroy, “But we saw an opportunity and took it, and growth has tripled over five years.” The success of Resco has come from a clear customerfocused approach, and a visible emphasis on efficient systems and processes – clearly demonstrated by the smart showroom and offices and an immaculate warehouse where everything has a place. “We consider the lifelong value of a customer” explains Elroy. “We want all their future work, so the current job is never completed until the customer is satisfied.” Much of their customer satisfaction comes from the quality of the panels that Resco processes – a strong, robust compact laminate that gives their jobs that durability so important for cubicles. In

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addition to a quality core product, Elroy recognises the importance of maintaining consistently good processing. And to do this requires happy staff engaged in their work – something encouraged by a modern efficient factory. As part of a commitment to ensuring the factory provides the best working environment for staff, last year Resco installed a Micronair VC4 Vibra-flow dust extractor. Elroy is very happy with the decision. “It’s quiet, it’s easy and it’s convenient. When we moved to this new building we decided we’d do it right – and putting in the Micronair to keep a clean factory was part of that decision.” Located outside, the 11kW Micronair has been designed to dump into the standard-sized large bin that local waste carriers collect.

“Emptying our waste used to be a horrible, messy process” says Elroy. “It was a Friday afternoon job and the guys hated doing it. Now it’s easy, the air is clean, and removing the noise of an extractor from the factory is a huge improvement.” Elroy and his team continue to develop and extend Resco’s production capacity. They’ve just had a large vacuum lifter installed between their CNCs, enabling loading to be done by just one person – even their large panels weighing up to 160kgs. With ongoing refinement of their products, manufacturing processes and working environment, Resco are continually thinking ahead, no doubt to further success.








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safety efficiency quality Over the past five years Arborline Products in Hamilton have instituted a health and safety regime which has delivered significant benefits for both the company and its employees. General Manager Andrew Jaques explains the reasons behind the move and the positive effects an audited safety regime can have on both sides of the management structure. Health & safety reversal “Five years ago we earned the tag of worst client from our ACC safety manager,” says Andrew who along with his brother Julian runs the door manufacturing company of around 35 staff. Andrew admits they had a pretty kiwi attitude towards health and safety in the factory, “I suspect like many others out there we didn’t give it the attention it requires in the modern manufacturing environment”. The statement from their ACC manager came after a series of accidents over the preceding years, minor lacerations, back problems - not huge but serious enough to become official. The last was more serious and resulted in a legal wrangle and substantial fine when a staff member nipped the tip off his finger while operating an edgebander. “The accident happened despite the guy having 20 years experience on edgebanders, but the guard was not in place at the time and we found it very hard to defend our position as we didn’t have a properly audited regime in place so we ended up paying the price,” says Andrew. “We decided to embrace the challenge and implement our own health and safety system. Fortunately we were lucky enough to secure The Laminex Group as a mentor and their input has been very helpful. Lynn Wilkinson our admin manager was put in charge of implementing the scheme and

using the Laminex model as a starting point she was able to take what we needed and adapted it to suit.” “We needed to review a range of issues and procedures through out the factory. We needed to ensure staff were abiding by safety regulations when operating all machinery. We needed to be aware of who was on site at all times and required visitors to sign in and wear appropriate gear in the factory. The forklift needed a protective cage, we needed signage to highlight go slow areas, we put a stop to delivery drivers jumping on it to unload their trucks without authorisation. Essentially we needed to take better control. There was no more fooling around in the shop. We now require new employees to take drug tests and health checks to determine pre-existing health problems so we know what we are, and are not responsible for.” “The buy in by the staff has been unreal, they have seen it as a positive experience where everybody is treated equally and have responded well. The ongoing issue is to keep the momentum going. Under Lynns guidance we now have regular review dates which include staff views and we have added wellness programmes to the system. We have people come in to talk on a wide range of issues affecting staff - from mental health and nutrition, to how to lift properly, and how to protect hearing and vision in the factory environment.”

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Arborline produce both cabinet doors and exterior timber doors.

“A couple of years in we are very pleased with the outcome and realise it was a necessary development for the company. It has been an investment in everyones health and the health of the business with a noticeable drop in sick days. It has also provided us with a system for closer monitoring of our factory and if anything does go wrong we have a good basis for determining how it happened, how to prevent it happening again and where any legal or financial responsibility lies.” Management system update As well as tracking safety in the workplace Arborline has recently updated its time management system. The goal was to create transparency and accuracy while keeping the use of the program as simple as possible. Working with Integral, a New Zealand based IT company who already provided Arborline with all its job card, customer management and invoicing software, Arborline has built a customised system specific to its cabinet and timber manufacturing needs.

The system is bar code based, simple for staff to use, provides a range of current job status and delivery reports for the front office and sends automatic emails to customers with delivery details. Future extensions include online ordering which will give instant quotes. The system could well be of use to others in similar manufacturing setups ... Andrew would be happy to talk to you. New invisible edgebanding Arborline products has just purchased a Homag edgebander. The machine to be installed early in the new year will allow the company to compliment their Arborform pressed door range and provide a further avenue of invisible edging for cabinet doors. It is expected the edgebanded product will be particularly popular in the high gloss end of the kitchen market.

plain and fancy cover the range A

s their name suggests, Plain and Fancy offers the complete range of joinery. Established by John Clausen over 25 years ago, they’re renowned for the wide range of styles on offers, and the personal touch they give each job. They produce predominantly residential kitchens in whichever material and finish a customer prefers, although will also create bookshelves, entertainment units or the odd bit of commercial joinery when required. John has deliberately kept the company small and personal, focused on customer service, and quality. As part of maintaining that consistent quality, Plain and Fancy upgraded their edgebander to the Brandt 1110. “Our old machine was starting to require a lot of work” says John. “We looked around, and settled on the Brandt for a few reasons. One was the interchangeable glue pots – which make swapping between colours simple. Also the Brandt was heavier than other machines we looked at.”

“It’s been simple to learn to use” says Foreman Michael Kenyon. “It was an easy transition, and it’s great being able to make many of the adjustments from the controller. It’s also run faultlessly for two years.” Given the volume of edgebanding work they have, John decided not to go for an edgebander with on-board corner rounding. “We considered it” says John, “but decided we’d save the extra money and just get a separate machine for rounding.” They opted for a Felder ERM 1050 corner rounder, a simple, efficient machine that will edge ABS or PVC edges in less than 3 seconds. Early adopters of CNC and design software, the Plain and Fancy workshop is well equipped and well maintained. Their strong reputation for customer service has kept this business a landmark of Hamilton’s residential kitchen scene for a long time. With modern machinery, dedicated staff and a forward-thinking approach, Plain and Fancy still have plenty yet to offer.

John Clausen (left) and Michael Kenyon in front of their new Brandt.

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a passion for design Waikato is a good place to be - says Hamilton based kitchen designer Robin Caudwell. Having been born and raised there it is perhaps not so surprising but it is more than that. With some twenty five years plying his well known skills Robin has developed a strong rapport with his clientele. “This is the key to what I do, creating good working relationships with people and thereby getting to understand what they want - I believe it is the reason for me still being around all these years later.” He has been so successful at this that he is now the Waikato’s most awarded kitchen designer with his most recent success being at the 2015 NKBA awards where he won Best Kitchen of the Year (see pic), the Regional Kitchen Award for Central North Island and the CDS Best Kitchen Design. A cabbie in the furniture trade, Robin has always had a yen for the design side of things. He gravitated towards design becoming a CKDNZ qualified designer and then moving to his current location back in 1996, from where he offers a full design, manufacture and install package.

between new and renovation work. “The Waikato market has changed over the years. People here still want all the new looks but also now, that extra quality in terms of products and services.” observes Robin. The traditional design layout for the fridge, oven and benchtop is not quite so important. “It all seems so American these days” comments Robin. “With new products turning up every day it has become even more challenging to create something that the client is going to like and want.” “My cabinetmaking background has proved to be invaluable as it enables me to better understand and construct what my clients want.” comments Robin. He employs two long term staff who help put together the kitchens. Robin streamlines his operation by outsourcing the board cutting and processing. Robin says “This works well for me as it reduces a major overhead capital equipment wise and I can concentrate on the assembly process and final look here in my factory.” Most of his work comes from word of mouth. Usually from around the Waikato although of recent he has seen work coming from Auckland. It is split 50/50

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Robin has been using mainly 3D Kitchen design software and finds it has the robustness yet flexibility he looks for. He uses Planit software for cutting out. What about products? Always a tricky one but he has some favourites. “Corian for benchtops is something I have always had a penchant for: it’s easy to use and offers some great design variations.” When it comes to architectural hardware Blum gets his vote. “A lot of high end product comes out of Germany and we sometimes forget that Austria also makes top stuff and Blum is a good Austrian product. I’ve always used Blum: it fits with what I look to achieve and

they have such a good team here in New Zealand.” Satin finish thermal wrap and acrylic gloss are still his finishes of choice. I have to say that the Melteca Pure Grain finishes with their 1mm matching PVC edges are becoming quite popular as well. A big factor has been higher client knowledge. “This sounds great but sometimes the public is too well educated for their own good! It can often create confusion in the design process.” says Robin. In chatting with Robin it soon becomes apparent he is passionate about what he does. That reflects in the number of clients who come back again and again to avail Robin of his services. One gets the impression his modern, perfectionist approach instils that all important confidence that puts him in demand. A good Waikato success story. Bob Nordgren For more information contact Robin Caudwell, Designer CK, 17 Foreman Rd, Hamilton, 07 849 3757,

Blum wins further awards for excellence in design Three Blum products receive the much sought-after German Design Award 2016 •

Tip-On Blumotion - an inspiring combination of mechanical one-touch opening and soft and effortless closing

Aventos HK-XS - the small stay lift with a slim construction

Servo-Drive flex - the electric opening support system for handle-less fridge/ freezers and dishwashers

Blum’s latest German design awards bear testimony to the fact that the fittings manufacturer from Hoechst, Austria, not only attaches importance to the functionality of its high-tech fittings, but also sets great store by the design of its hinges, lift systems and pull-outs. Three Blum products have just won the “German Design Award 2016 – Special Mention” for excellence in design.

Excellence in design. Tip-On Blumotion – is an inspiring combination of mechanical one-touch opening and soft and effortless closing.

Great demands are made on furniture fittings today. They have to deliver enhanced user convenience, work perfectly (for the furniture lifetime for Blum products) and merge in well with furniture interiors. The company’s latest design awards are further proof that Blum, has again come up with innovative products that meet all these requirements. This time, however, Blum has pulled off a hat trick. Three of its products have been presented with the German Design Award 2016 in the category “kitchens”. A synergy of design and function The first award went to Tip-On Blumotion, an inspiring combination of mechanical one-touch opening and soft and effortless closing. Blum’s latest motion technology brings enhanced user convenience to handle-less furniture throughout the home. The second was awarded to the Aventos HK-XS stay lift. Thanks to its sleek, slim construction and metal finish, the fitting is ideal for small wall cabinets with minimal depth, e.g. small wall cabinets in kitchens or elsewhere in the home. And the last sought-after design award was presented to Servo-Drive flex, Blum’s electric opening support system for handle-less refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers. Fittings manufacturer Blum firmly believes that “excellence in design and function go hand in hand today”.

Small cabinet, big design. Aventos HK-XS requires only a shallow depth for fitting and is therefore ideal for small wall cabinets throughout the home. * Availabilty dates in NZ: Servo-Drive flex is available now, Aventos HK-XS and Tip-On Blumotion for Legrabox and Movento are available in the first quarter of 2016.

The German Design Award is the international premium prize of the German Design Council. Its goal: discovering, presenting and awarding unique design trends. Every year, top-quality submissions from product and communications design are awarded, all of which are in their own way ground-breaking in the international design landscape.

Servo-Drive flex for handle-less refrigerators and freezers supports the latest design trend and is top in terms of design.

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There is considerable flexibility in what the plant can produce: any mixture of colours, sheet size, thickness and finish with a 24 hour manufacture and delivery regime to anywhere in New Zealand

meeting melteca demand It is not often I get to do a factory visit so it was with some real interest when the chance came to visit the Laminex New Zealand plant which manufactures their LPL Melteca brand in Te Rapa, Hamilton. This facility, which produces Melteca for the entire New Zealand market, was first commissioned back in 1983. From a single building housing the German made press the plant has quadrupled in size to include another four large storage sheds and an administration office covering a total some 12,000m2. My tour guide was the Plant Manager David Miles. David, who has been with Laminex New Zealand for fourteen years is also responsible for the Papakura plant in Auckland. The Hamilton facility, like all Laminex NZ’s New Zealand facilities, is very much safety conscious, hence the zebra crossings to adhere to between each shed. Two of the sheds contain the stacked particle board and the various papers used in the lamination process. The papers which are of two types, print and solid colour, come in rolls from primarily France and Germany with lesser quantities from Japan and Spain and are delivered to the Papakura plant. “The advantage we have with the Papakura plant is that the heat activated resin coating can be applied here in New Zealand and delivered on demand to our factory here and so improve the paper life and an increased ability to satisfy customer requirements” says David. There is considerable flexibility in what the plant can produce: any mixture of colours, sheet size, thickness and finish with a 24 hour manufacture and delivery regime to anywhere in New Zealand which makes it very competitive. The press was enlarged back in 1996 from a four foot to a six

Plant Manager David Miles.

foot wide and 16 foot long press which can now take up to two sheets at a time with thickness ranging from 9mm to 35mm. The operating temperature is between 160C and 180C. “The sheets can be pressed with any one of five finishes in any colour from the standard colour range with a maximum single sheet size of 3660mm by 1830mm. It only takes 20 minutes to change the stainless steel texture plates to have a different finish.” comments David. A fire retardant panel for wall linings is also available in any of the standard colours. The press of course generates a lot of heat. “Prior to the 1996 changes we made the board would need to stand for a day or two to cool before shipment to a customer

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but with the installation of the cooling wheel it makes the 24 hour turn round possible.” comments David. The plant is run by teams of five working 12 hour shifts. “The manufacturing process is very much quality and safety orientated. For that you need alert people all the time so we rotate these teams regularly. With the safety measures we have including motion sensors to prevent anyone mistakenly getting too close to the press, we have an excellent safety record.” The plant is closed down once a year for maintenance for about 3 weeks. Its that long because it takes three days for the press to fully cool down so you can work on it. In addition to the four teams there are three staff in a preparation role five days a week and another three in logistical roles. A further six management staff make up the full complement. Of interest I noted was the presence of stacked MDF board. Although the plant meets the demand for Melteca board NZ wide, up to 50% of what it produces uses MDF board. “As we don’t produce MDF we have to bring it in from other manufacturers.” explains David. This plant when it gets going can produce a lot of finished product: the annual out put from the Hamilton plant if laid end to end, would stretch from Hamilton to Fiji.

It is an impressive, well organised plant. Most of the staff there are long termers and this breeds not only experience but also confidence that all the product produced is of a consistently high standard. Just as Hamilton has grown so has this Melteca plant in size and production. Bob Nordgren

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John Kay and his new Brandt. Bruce Mackay and his Alfa.

Brandt suits variety


idden in a couple of sheds behind an enormous old dairy factory in Matangi near Hamilton is IntaWood Products. Owned and operated by John Kay, it’s hard to classify what IntaWood Products does, and John likes it that way. Previously a tutor in CNC machining, a Joiner by trade, and with experience in large scale building and fit-outs around the Pacific, John can turn his hand to most projects, and frequently does. At the time of visiting he was preparing flat-packed materials for a bar/restaurant and office complex in the Solomon Islands, which he would also be installing. Other current work includes contract work for local joiners, some solid-wood processing of bespoke furniture components, and some 3D moulds. As well as his experience, it’s also John’s machinery that is in demand. With a large 6 metre CNC, a new Brandt edgebander and a well maintained suite of traditional machines then John’s got the skill, and the machinery, to take on most projects. After returning from a long period based in Fiji to spend more time with his family, John took his machines out of storage and set about upgrading his workshop. After finding and then rebuilding his 2nd hand CNC, he turned to edging. “My old edgebander was worn out” he says. “I knew Brandt had an excellent reputation, so it was just a matter of choosing which model.” Given the wide variety of work John does (which includes a variety of materials - custom wood, sold wood, plastic and aluminium) – he wanted a simple but versatile machine so opted for the Brandt Ambition 1110 – a flexible machine capable of 8m/min feed speed, simple operation via a touchscreen controller, and the reliability that comes with German engineering. Given his wide range of projects then quality machinery is a key part of his business. As part of his current bar project he was applying 42mm edgetape. “This is big heavy tape” he says, “and the Brandt handles it really well – it runs like a dream, as I expected it would. I requested Jarrod from Jacks to install this machine, because I know he knows our CNC as well, so was keen to have him be able to service both machines when he’s here.” With just two other companions in the workshop, John has kept IntaWood Products modest in size at present, but the only restraint on the business is his time, and imagination. “I’ve got great plans” he says. “I’m planning to expand again early next year. First is to train up someone on the CNC - programming and operating.” Given John can turn to his skills to just about anything, IntaWood is a company promising exciting things.

Alfa offers flexibity


986 was the first time Bruce Mackay hung a door - he’s hung quite a few since using a variety of methods. While completing a building apprenticeship with his father, Bruce developed a series of jigs to speed up the process of door hanging. Over the following decade the two of them transitioned from building and developedt heir business - Kitchen Culture – a specialist one stop shop offering a complete kitchen design, manufacture and install service that included general cabinetry and pre-hung doors. Since his father passed away last year, Bruce has continued Kitchen Culture along the same lines. With his well-organised workshop and his infectious enthusiasm, Bruce enjoys being the only point of contact for the customer, from the collaborative design through to installation. “I could take on another worker” he says, “but I enjoy working on my own. I’m also quite happy with the workload – I’ve got no plans for global domination. As long as I’ve got enough money to put petrol in the boat and feed the family I’m satisfied. I enjoy providing the personal face-to-face business practice with my customers”. While more staff would enable Kitchen Culture to expand, Bruce has chosen instead to invest in more technology to help him grow the business in a different way. As well as his kitchen business, Bruce also offers pre-hung doors. Standing right in the middle of Kitchen Culture’s workshop is

a Centauro Alfa CNC milling machine. The Alfa offers the flexibility of being able to mill out for the hinges, handles, locks and other hardware – and in many different combinations, with the controller able to store a large database of milling operations. “My old jig system was pretty efficient” says Bruce, “but it relied on doing the door and frame at the same time. Now I can produce separates and keep them in stock for when needed. I can move quickly between different doors, or I can set it once and process a house lot.” One of the challenges Bruce has found is that builders often don’t know what hardware they require until the point of hanging the doors. “Often they haven’t got the customer to choose the hardware until they’re ready to install the doors” explains Bruce. “But if they can get that decision early it’s so much faster to have all the milling done with a machine like this – it can save hours and hours on site. I’m trying to educate them about the savings to be made.” Bruce clearly takes pride in the work that he and his father did together, and is doing his best to maintain the reputation and standards that Kitchen Culture is known for. With plenty of capacity to increase his door hanging business, and with no shortage of happy customers recommending his kitchens, Bruce can choose to be as busy, or not, as he desires.

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Centauro Alfa is sold in New Zealand by W&R Jacks

lead times made easier Fernlea Cabinetry & Joinery in Frankton have been making a variety of commercial joinery for 25 years, fitouts for hospitals, prisons, retail business, whatever the architect wants - an ideal business in a city and region experiencing considerable growth. Owners Linda and Frank Lawrence has been keeping abreast of the growth with new machinery, new software and more space. The slogan goes ‘Hamilton - it’s happening here’, and it is. Hamilton is growing and so are the other towns and cities in the area. There are big infrastructure developments going on with such projects as the new inland port at Ruakura and the extensive re-routing of State Highway 1 creating thousands of new jobs throughout the region.

our library. The latest version is proving faster, easier to use with the screen-to-machine and easier to manipulate and alter jobs - a real asset.”

It’s great for business, says Frank Lawrence. But with the growth comes competition and tendering for commercial business is aggressive, lead times are very important and there is pressure on to be able perform quickly and capably. Two recent purchases have helped Fernlea in both these aspects.

“The AscentPro was a good selection for us, well priced a solid all round work horse that suited our space and links very well with Cabinet Vision. The install was simple and Jacks back up has been good, online cameras mean very quick and very simple remedies if any issues arise.”

The company recently invested in an Ascent Pro CNC from Jacks and Cabinet Vision software from Joinery It. “Together they enable us to not only do the job a little quicker but instill confidence in those looking at our tender, that we can perform to it. In fact we often assist designers and architects with technical support on a project before tendering, it shows we can interpret what they want and gives us a good idea of what is required.”

“In selecting Cabinet Vision we talked to other locals who were using it and they had good things to say. The screen to machine nature was appealing to us for speed of flow and accuracy in taking our designs to production. We purchased just as a new version was coming out and because of that it took us a little longer to come to terms with. But the Joinery IT team led by Phil Smith have been great in their support. They have been very available, giving us increased tutorial time, and invaluable help in setting up

A further element in performing to tenders is having the right support partners for hardware. “We have used Hettich product for a long time they account for about 80% of our hardware. Very good quality, great range, well priced. Our Hettich rep Grant Waugh is always available if we need him - which is usually to get something to us quickly.” Having outgrown its current site the company is moving to Te Rapa in December. “I expect the New Year to be more of the same, a little uncertainty still around, but generally steady. The only real cloud on the horizon is finding staff, which can be a challenge. We are currently looking for a QS and tradesmen ... if you know anybody out there interested.”

Unit 3, 593 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton. Tel: 07 849 4944

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Having good quality product from reliable suppliers is pretty much on every manufacturer’s want list and we have been fortunate in this regard

Kitchen FX rides the wave Hamilton kitchen specialists Kitchen FX are a good example of a business thriving because of the custom made product they produce. Established by Mark Davies back in 1998, Kitchen FX has steadily amassed a solid client base that has seen it through the recession and beyond.

too. It has in turn enabled us to look further afield product wise eg wardrobe production.”

The business has moved three times since then, but remains in the same street. “We have moved to a bigger and better site each time as we have grown, moving to our current address with its factory facility and showroom in 2008.” comments Mark.

Mark Davies.


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The business saw a lot of kitchen renovation work during the recession but in more recent times a move to new homes. “We are a nested based operation which offers the ability to do a wide range of production according to what our clientele want. It means speedier production and indeed increased quality,” says Mark. New home developers in the Hamilton region form the basis of his current work load. This means designing, manufacturing and installing not only kitchens but also bathrooms, laundries and wardrobes. This was all possible with their shift to full nested base back in 2012. Mark bought in a Skill CNC flatbed router from Biesse and a design software package from Cabinet Vision. “The solid customer return rate we had been experiencing saw us through the recession while the move to nested base has moved us to another level both in quality and production. The software was easy to learn, the flatbed router requires only a small footprint but still enables us to meet increased demand. The onboard tool change is a real plus

Currently the business has eight staff and is producing about twenty kitchens a month. Kitchen FX enjoys good relationships with its suppliers, a factor not lost on Mark. “Having good quality product from reliable suppliers is pretty much on every manufacturer’s want list and we have been fortunate in this regard. Laminex NZ and Impeys these days supply our board requirements while although we use several brands of architectural hardware the Grass brand of hinges and drawer slide systems from Hafele has been our cabinetry hardware of choice.” The Waikato region and Hamilton in particular has been experiencing increased building activity which has made Kitchen FX a busy place. They have in fact even had enquiries from Auckland in recent times. “Good quality, custom made componentry and fittings is at the heart of what we do and underlies our success and we offer a free consultation and quote service to back that up,” comments Mark.

For further information contact Mark Davies at Kitchen FX, 8 Bandon St, Hamilton on 07 847 3003 or kitchenfx@ or visit their website at

Custom made storage solutions


pecialist wardrobe m a n u f a c t u r e r Wa i k a t o Wardrobes have moved ahead in leaps and bounds since they were rebranded under their current name some 16 months ago by owners husband and wife team Chris and Debbie Wenn. From their Hamilton based factory they produce a range of wardrobes mainly for the residential market through a number of building companies that deal in both new house construction as well as renovation work. These wardrobe systems are made from both MDF Melteca and melamine board in a variety of colours as well as aluminium framed internal sliding doors, some being full length mirror doors. They also make a range of entertainment units. “The business is primarily about creating custom made storage solutions” comments Chris. “We have twenty years experience in creating these various solutions which have proved to be quite popular judging by the amount of business we have been getting.”

“This machine was priced right and allows us to increase our production significantly.”

The business has its showroom in the Carpet Mill Building in Maui St and is run by Debbie who handles sales and administration. With 4 staff in the factory, located close by in Newton Place, production has been brisk and the company needed to upgrade its production capacity to meet increased demand.They purchased an in line Holzher Streamer 1054 edgebander from NZ agent Mike French of Technical Machinery Services Ltd.

The real beauty of the Streamer 1054 is that it was designed to achieve excellent results within a very small space – 3.9m long by 1.6m wide. The Holzher Streamer range, including the 1054, have a premilling cutter which includes two diamond tipped cutters for perfect one pass processing of panels before edgebanding. The patented Glu Jet S application system provides visual zero joints using ultra thin glue joints, equivalent to industrial laser edges. It creates high strength joint connections by injecting the glue under high pressure and it allows the use of waterproof PUR glue as standard with a very short heat up time of just three minutes. Flexibility is paramount with changeover from coloured to neutral glue at the flick of a wrist whilst the single cartridge, or granule hopper, easily allows for switching from EVA to PUR glue. The whole system can be cleaned in just minutes.

The Streamer will make things for Waikato Wardrobes a whole lot easier. “We use mainly 18mm MDF with 2mm PVC edging which works well with the Streamer and importantly, Mike from TMS is only a call away should we need him” comments Chris. The business has solid relationships with leading suppliers including Laminex NZ, and Carters along with Bestwood and Impeys (now part of NZ Panel Group). Chris says “Business has been steadily growing over the last year here in the Waikato hence the capital investment and with our ten year warranty we offer a high quality product we stand by and our clientele is happy with.”

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a good place to manufacture ... and finish The northern, dare I say industrial, suburb of Pukete running adjacent to Te Rapa Rd in Hamilton has blossomed over the last decade with a multitude of different industry sectors taking root on the level ground. Amongst them has been Colourform Joinery Ltd, a successful player in the commercial fitout scene. Managing Director and owner Mike Taylor who bought the business fifteen years ago, moved it to their present location in Pukete in 2006. With the move came changes that raised the business to another level. Bob Nordgren from JOINERS Magazine spoke with Mike Taylor about those changes. Colourform primarily manufacture commercial fitout componentry including furniture and reception counters. The main source of business these days has been from the tender process from various construction companies as well as from close relationships they have with a number of local builders. “It’s through these associations that we also manufacture a lot of upmarket kitchen and bathroom componentry around Hamilton although generally we have little direct contact or involvement with the public,” comments Mike. From early on Colourform developed an enviable reputation for quality work. So much so that to meet the growing demand for their services the company moved into their present 1900 square metre site, had a good look at what they did and made the move to investing in some serious plant and equipment. This move was of course to nested base manufacturing. “To meet the demand of running several projects at once and

manufacturing the various components in time we needed to get quicker but not lose quality. The nested base way was an essential step forward.” explains Mike. To this end they invested in a Rover CNC router from Biesse, an inline edgebander from Brandt and an F45 panel saw from Altendorf which now form a core part of their manufacturing process in what is a really busy operation. The business has grown and currently has some 14 staff on tap. The firm offers the three aspects of design, manufacture and install. Interestingly, they have a full time and a part time designer who use Vectorworks software from Megabits. “We have used this software for some time now and it is quite easy to convert any design or drawing we get so we can make it. It can be directly linked to our CNC for the cutting process.” The business uses MDF be it laminated such as Melteca and Formica from Laminex NZ as well as board from Carters for

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some key projects, or plain which it spray paints, to make up all their carcasses and cabinetry. How do you handle the finishing process? “This is critical for us. A good finish is what both we and our clientele look for. We have for many years now been using Mirotone one and two pot solvent borne coatings for everything from low sheen to the high gloss finishes required in many high spec kitchens. It works well and we have a good long term relationship with their local distributor here in Hamilton, Versatile Products. To make it all happen we have an excellent spray booth facility which is an integral part of the factory. ” There has been a lot of talk about waterborne of recent times. What is your take on it? “I really like waterborne with its no smell and eco friendly nature. You must remember though we are driven by client specification but I would hope in time they will start asking for waterborne coatings more and more.”

Along with the board, what about the hardware? “That has generally been Blum because of their consistent quality and because of that we often design our cabinetry and drawers to accommodate their product.” comments Mike. I couldn’t leave Mike without asking about the future of the business. “We have been very busy in the last couple of years and expect it to continue to be so. We don’t even have a website to attract other business as it comes to us through our wide ranging, existing network of contacts here in Hamilton. There’s a good culture here in Hamilton.”

For more information contact Mike Taylor at Colourform Joinery Ltd on 07 849 6655 or email joinery@




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Smart solutions for smart manufacturers Homag woodCAD|CAM Software solutions from Homag eSolution optimise the processes for cabinet makers and the furniture industry. The industry is using wood CAD|CAM (WCC) particularly for the parametric design of cabinets, especially manufacturers with a high variety or custommade products. The industry treasures the direct generation of part lists and CNC programs. Furthermore, woodCAD|CAM itself has numerous functions for transferring data to manufacturing plants and machining centers, as well as specific administrative tools, which allow the generation of production batches. Homag Group software modules like woodWOP, woodNest or CutRite for cut optimisation are seamlessly integrated.

How can customers benefit from WCC? Customers without any existing design software or with entry level design software will benefit from the one solution which does it all. Our solution creates floor plans, elevation views with automatic dimensioning and rendered preview picture.

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Additionally, it will also create AutoCAD based architectural drawings, views of the articles for labels or reports, customised reports, list of purchase parts, material and edges required and a seamless export to the machines. We know many customers who use multiple software packages to achieve all this while woodCAD|CAM solution does this in one package.

The BHX 050 is a state-of-the-art drilling and routing CNC centre with an incredibly small footprint and an equally trim price tag, and it can also match the rapid processing times of much larger machines. The machine has become the favourite CNC machining centre, particularly for kitchen, bedroom or office furniture manufacturers.

Ralph Kottmann is Homag Australia’s software specialist and answers 3 major questions.

How long does the software training take? We include 5 - 8 days initial training in our package, which includes a customised configuration and machine integration. This is generally sufficient to start productive work, we do encourage another 3 days training after a few months of using the software. These 3 days are well used to look at the customers’ solution in the database and to suggest improvements and more parametric/flexible solutions.

Who will be interested in using WCC? 50 per cent of WCC users are primarily kitchen manufacturers, while the other half works in shop fitting, commercial furniture or they are general cabinet makers. This is one of the strengths of our solution. The standard package covers all areas. Anyone interested in automation concepts or future growth of their business without replacing existing software can benefit from options such as online selling platforms or import of parametric article lists from existing ordering systems.

Quite a few customers use these additional days to talk about improvements in production and processes such as update reports, labels or machine operations.

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The Weeke BHX range of compact CNC drilling centres includes three vertical processing centres – the BHX 050, 055 and 200 models – and a gantry processing centre, the BHX 500.

The BHX 050 is a reliable 3-axis processing centre which can drill on five sides and is capable of grooving and routing at fast throughput rates whilst, keeping energy bills down due to its low energy consumption. This versatile workhorse is capable of processing panels as small as 200 x 70 x 12mm up to panels as big as 2500 x 850 x 60mm as standard. There is also an option to increase this working length to 3050mm. Did you know that you can improve your nesting machine output about 20-30% if connected to a BHX 050/055? Ask Homag for more information.

Smart off-cut management from Homag Automation The foundation of successful furniture production from the delivery of the raw material up to the delivery of the finished furniture to the customer is based on intelligent logistics. A lot of leeway in combination with operating machines and in the panel variation makes Homag Automation horizontal storage the ideal solution for highly efficient logistics for industrial production. The TLF 211 or 411 helps to reduce utilised capital from storing up to sawing or nesting and the material used is coordinated with the ordering system and the order planning. The TLF sets the program a night before, picks orders over night and is ready for production the next morning. Also, offcuts are managed automatically.When only half a sheet is needed for cutting, the storage system returns the other half into the system where it is registered as an off-cut. It will be accorded priority to be used when the next suitable job comes along. 

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Duropal Pyroex Splashbacks are a 4mm fire retardant solid compact material, laminated in several layers, with a decorative surface on both sides.

Duropal Pyroex Splashbacks are a 4mm fire-retardant solid compact material, available in four colours. Compact is resistant to wear, impact and scratching, making it long lasting and easy to clean This flexible splash-back doesn’t require special tooling and is easy to install.

A different look in splashbacks the latest from Germany Splashbacks are a modern trend in kitchens, often contrasting colours, highlighting walls, and under cupboard areas. There is an array of splashback material options from glass, to tiles, and various plastic options, however not all are fit for purpose in that many are not approved for installation behind gas hobs. Splashbacks also create untimely delays between kitchens being installed and the splashback being installed, resulting in dissatisfied customers and delays in receiving payments for the job.

Duropal Pyroex Splashbacks, now available from Amorini NZ, solve a lot of problems. Duropal Pyroex Splashbacks are a 4mm thick, fire retardant and available in four modern colours. They are tough, resistant to heat and moisture, as well as to wear, impact and scratching, making for a long lasting, easy to clean surface. Duropal Pyroex Splashbacks offer quick and easy installation in large sheet sizes of up to 2800mm by 2070mm that can be installed the same day as your cabinetry.

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Due to the inherent nature of Duropal Pyroex Splashbacks, they can be cut to size by the kitchen installer, machined with any tungsten type tools and holes cut on site for plugs and switches as necessary. No special tooling required. Alternatively, they can be designed, quoted and ordered using Amorini’s online platform, accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The splashbacks are available with a two working day despatch.

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Duropal Pyroex Splashbacks are flame resistant according to classification CGF to EN 438-4 and compliant according to Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZ 1530.3:1999, meaning it can be installed with confidence behind gas hobs. For more information contact Amorini NZ Ltd on 09 952 0880 or visit their website at








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Product savy clients require quality plus When Kitchen Mania owner Carl Arnold made the shift from machinery supplier to kitchen manufacturer seven years ago he knew a lot about the machinery involved in making kitchens but little about how they were made. In the intervening years he has developed a modular based construction system based on the European model with an emphasis on cost effectiveness and quality. The combination has seen the company experience 25% year on year growth and gain a strong share in the mid range kitchen market. Kitchen Mania’s business is almost all retail and invariably based on a close working relationship with the end user. Forty percent of that work is now referral business, mostly middle market kitchens, a trend which sees the company moving away from the cheaper end where they started. There is little CNC or automation in the factory with most of the machinery purchased second hand at the start of operation in 2009. Production methods are based more on European processes than here, modular based with a standard stock range pre-cut and held in storage until needed. The only new machine in the shop is an AirTec edgebander purchased earlier this year, offering seamless edging for the popular high gloss finish market. Carcass components are all precut on a beam saw, held in stock, then picked and assembled as needed. With over 900 stock components the company’s designers are able to offer individual design for any kitchen space. Assembly is largely done via use of a carcass press a practise not often seen in NZ but which is very efficient and suited to modular construction methods. “We have loosely three ranges,” says Carl. “The Maniac range aimed at the cheaper end of the market, the Big Box range which competes with flat pack kitchens such as those in Bunnings and Placemakers and the Q-Bix range which suits the reno market.”

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I wanted to upgrade the hardware we used but was looking for more than quality on its own ... Blum delivers that with quality products backed by a global support infrastructure that helps sell kitchens “The Maniac and Q-Bix ranges are current strong areas for the company. The Maniac range appeals to the landlord and rental market which is an ongoing and stable niche area to operate in while the Q-Bix range appeals to among others, young people with equity in their property who don’t want to move but want to improve their living space.” “We hold their hands through the process - do the plumbing, the electrics, and the bathroom and laundry as required - complete project management. This market tends to be quite sophisticated in choice, very product savy with magazines and the internet giving them access to the best and knowledge of the best - they know product brands and they know quality.” Carl kept this in mind when recently looking to shift to using European hardware to improve the quality and profile of his kitchens.

“I looked at all the European brands we see here and the quality is without doubt very good on most, but to me Blum appealed as the cleanest offer. They are hardware specialists not caught up in other stuff. They have good drawer systems, good storage systems, good innovations and importantly the support material reflecting their product range is informative, stylish and widely available.” “Blum’s point of sale material for prospective clients, their international magazine advertising and their online presence are very good and very visible. We are able to show prospective clients Blum brochures with specific products and systems they can select for their kitchen. We are then able to order that product, say a drawer system, as a complete package not piece by piece as you sometimes have to do elsewhere.” “They also go a little further - they recently put out a recipe book, which is a nice touch to hand on to clients on completing a kitchen and it is helpful to be able to refer clients to their Rosebank Rd showrooms to look at their range insitu especially as we are yet to upgrade our own showroom to reflect our use of their hardware.” “Using Blum hardware suits the way we do business - clean and easy while improving our quality and profile.” 

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The perfect combination is a chopping board and colander that sit over the bowl. This allows you to chop vegetables on the board, pushing the scraps directly into the sink and the vegetables into the colander for rinsing. You could use either separate accessories that can be used individually, or our new chopping board with the colander inset. Portable drainers have become essential as more and more kitchens are produced with single or double under mounted bowls

with no drainer. We have a number of options available for different scenarios, but our new R15 drainer tray is by far the best design. The fabricated stainless steel tray is complemented by a nylon surround that covers the edges and forms the feet at different heights to create the fall to the sink.

to be washed. With a matt black finish made from acrylic and a stainless steel plug, the Eco Bowl is another stunning design from Burns & Ferrall. Our very popular Roller Mat is now available in five colours so ask your rep to show you a sample.

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NZ Wood Timber Design Awards Commercial Architetural Excellence & Resene Overall Supreme Award Winner

Waiheke Island Library Phillip Howard of Pacific Environments NZ Ltd: Architects the variety of timber applications encompassed in the structure, decorative cladding, fine detail finishes and large timber landscape elements become apparent as you delve deaper into the detail of this building. This is clear and subtle artchitecture enjoyable at many levels; from the spatial manipulation of the timber roof trusses, to the symbolism of the incline roof support columns, fine detailing and craft work in the exterior timber screen. - Judges Comment

Interior Innovation Kashiwa - Nelson David Wallace of Arthouse Architects Ltd

New Application of Wood Award Beach Barn - Christchurch Dan Tremewan of Welhaus ltd JOINERS Magazine December 2015 page 40

Residential Architectural Excellence Maniatu Road Residence - Bay of Plenty Brian White of Edward White Architects Ltd

Exterior Innovation & Infrastructure Depth of Shadow Sunscreens - Wellington Mark Southcombe of Southcombe Architects

NZ Indigenous & Specialty Timber Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Pavilions - Wellington Phil Mark of Wraight Athfield Landscape Architecture

Excellence in Engineered Wood Products Upper Queen St Buildings - Nelson Andrew Irving of Irving Smith Jack Architects

Engineering Innovation (joint winner) Trimble Navigations Offices - Christchurch Andrew Brown of Opus International Ltd

Engineering Innovation (Joint winner) Wynn Williams House - Christchurch Grant Wilkinson of Ruamoko Solutions Ltd JOINERS Magazine December 2015 page 41

Waiheke Island Library - Resene Overall Supreme Award winner

for Books read Wood The NZ Wood Timber Design Awards this year marked forty years of excellence by selecting the new Waiheke Island Library as the winner of the inaugural Resene Overall Supreme Award for 2015. A deceptively simple looking project, but one that transforms Waiheke Island’s well known arts precinct which includes a theatre, gallery, cinema and restaurant. The marvel of this project, put together by architects Phillip Howard and Anthony Gibbs from Pacific Environments NZ Ltd, lies in the detailed use of timber. All eco preferred through third party verification such as Environmental Choice New Zealand where possible and in several forms, the timber is at the heart of the design of the new library and surrounding grounds. As the promotional material says, the collaboration between artist, iwi, schools and architects has delivered an integrated, seamless and stunning hand finished piece of art.

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With greater scrutiny, this use of timber is multi layered and goes to the very being of the project. In essence, the design concept for the library is based on the notion of reading books under a canopy of pohutakawa, a native tree common throughout coastal New Zealand. Upon first sight of the building there is the exterior facade of carved sculptured battens formed to look like book spines as on a bookshelf pushed apart to let you see inside. The contrasting whitewashed vertical grooved panels are a reference to the pages of books. More so, in different lights these battens appear to move. These exterior battens as were those for the interior and reading platform and decking, architraves and built in shelves were made from New Guinea Teak (Vitex Cofassus) known locally as Vitex, a hardwood imported from the Solomon Islands. “There were a number of factory visits” recalls Anthony Gibbs, Design & Contracts Administrator from Pacific Environments NZ “to review and select the final stock, as timber coming in from the Solomons had a

large variance in widths (often being milled by portable chain saw units by locals), in order to maximise the widths. A lot of effort was put into having all the exterior battens cut from full length timbers.” A base size of 200mm by 50mm was selected during the design process to allow for two battens to be cut from each piece of timber to minimise waste. Each batten was cut in two mirror curved pieces according to a base design from which a cutting template was made. These curved battens used two profiles, a steep and a shallow profile, which was hand drawn by local but internationally known artist Kazu Nagagawa. This in turn was converted into a digital file and with the offset pattern produced thirty six batten profiles. These were then arranged into nine batten panel types to fit the plywood sheet module which were in turn numbered on the various elevations. The base cladding material was made from band sawn plywood Radiata Pine. The 4.5 to 5.5 metre high battens constitute four main sectors of the exterior structure.

The base CAD files were supplied to the Master joiners member company Woodstar who in turn had these files converted for use in a design programme to enable them to cut a full set of sample battens in finger jointed pine to allow for a full scale layout and the logistics of the pattern install to be worked out in the workshop. After the Vitex battens were cut Woodstar saw to the hand finishing of the edges, sorting, sizing and labelling prior to shipping to the site in batches matched to the plan for location. All the battens and related exterior timbers were finished with a natural oil finish giving them added warmth and depth and to mitigate potential leeching of tannins on to concrete paving. Once installed, the sculptured elements came from Kazu Nagagawa who over a six month period carved his tribute to Waiheke Island’s climactic conditions with Forty Nine Letters embedded across the building’s southern side (see main picture). The phrase is continued through the glass surfaces with ceramic frit letters. It fittingly says - lots of rain, lots of sun, lots of wind, lots of day, lots of night. Etched on the outside concrete floor with overlapping calligraphic script, the words form a lyrical pattern of repeating text that incorporates ‘whenua’, ‘land’, ‘hau’ and ‘wind’. The interior and exterior glass surfaces were given a dynamic graphic treatment of repeated pairs of crescent waking wave and whale motifs signifying the nourishment of stored food and knowledge collectively called Ngaruora by artist Lorna Dixon-Rikihana. To the inside of the library, the first thing to catch the eye are the wood pole columns of 180mm diameter Radiata Pine beams from the floor through the ceiling of back lit perforated plywood panels offset to represent a forest of trees. The plywood skylights, children’s wall and courtyard canopies were made using 12mm and 18mm Radiata pine plywood finished with a white wash to remove the yellow providing

a soft finish while still showing the timber grain. Again, the architects produced CAD files that were then converted and matched up to a sample panel made up during the design stages by Stanley Construction. These were then produced by Woodstar. The building has many other interesting uses of wood: you just have to look for it. Take the reception desks for example, these include a leaf pattern not dissimilar to the interior roof panels that were incorporated into the front panels. The grooved timber wall made from 12mm BD grade Radiata Pine came from a CAD file that allowed the cutting of sheets for the wall and door faces and finished in white paint to reflect the white pages in a book look. The 800 square metre library is both physically pleasant to be in and as well as being a visual delight. “The focus of the design has been to produce the feeling of airflow and lots of daylight” comments architect Phillip Howard. “This is augmented by a comfortable feeling with the right temperature at all times be it summer or winter.” The polished concrete floor has underfloor heating to assist in this as there is no formal air conditioning. The use of high and low level hinged windows and slow moving fans add a real ambience – a good place to see and read books. The whole package works and if you ever happen to be on Waiheke Island, go see it. The surrounding curved landscape including Totara sleepers to the stair facings, retained gardens and seating areas form a natural amphitheatre for movie nights, which is overlooked by the three intricately carved POE which take pride of place at the top of the hill. Overall all the components of this project cohesively come together in what is an outstanding inaugural winner. Bob Nordgren

The Library project also won the Commercial Architectural Excellence Award

CREDITS Architect Pacific Environments NZ Ltd Phillip Howard and Anthony Gibbs Head Contractor Gibson O’Connor Timber South Pacific Timber (1990) Ltd Timber Processing & Finishing Woodstar (2005) Ltd Computor Cutting Programmes Cad Cam NZ Ltd Sample Production Stanley Construction Natural Oil Finishes Dulux Artists Kazu Nagagawa and Lorna Dixon-Rikihana Window System Door & Window Systems Ltd Internal fans Big Arse Fan Co Mechanical System Thermal Solutions Electrical RSB Electrical Earthworks & drainage Earth Tec Landscape works Mace Contractors

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Whangarei Branch Manager Craig MacKenzie (left) with Glenn Venables responsible for Northland Sales Region.

coming home Whangarei Paint Centre offers coating solutions to Northland A new player has stepped up to the plate in the high performance coatings market for the Northland region. Whangarei Paint Centre opened for business in September to both the trade and the public. A branch of Auckland based Wairau Paint Centre run by the Crispin family, the new outlet stocks high performance coatings and associated equipment and sundries. It will service a wide range of industry sectors including wood finishing and has been appointed as sole agents for leading industrial coatings supplier PPG Industries. JOINERS Magazine’s Bob Nordgren spoke with General Manager Will Crispin about their foray up North. “It’s really a coming home for us as Whangarei is where our family is from, both mum and dad were born and raised in Kamo.” explains Will. The business covers the Northland region north of Wellsford. “The total region is population wise some 155,000 spread around the region so the challange will be to grow the Whangarei area from our new base while we put a full time rep on the road in a fully stocked van to service the rest of the region. Just as we do here in Auckland we will provide the best coatings and technical advice to a number of industry segments including automotive, marine, industrial protective, decorative and of course wood finishing.” Will is particularly pleased that Whangarei Paint Centre (WPC) will be the sole agents for the range of wood finish product available from industrial coatings specialists PPG Industries. “Whangarei Paint Centre is really a mirror image of our operation in Auckland where we are also agents for PPG. They bring to us an excellent product range, technical expertise and support,” says Will. “It’s all about providing the right solution for the customer. In the wood finishing sector this is particularly important when it comes to technical advice and colour matching, a key service we offer.”

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WPC is also about people. I had a chance to catch up with Branch Manager Craig MacKenzie and Northland Sales Glenn Venables on a quick visit not long after they opened for business and found them both keen to get going. Both have a solid history in sales and management in the Northland region.

WPC has been out fitted with a new onsite mixing room with mixing banks and paints supplied by PPG. The heart of the system is of course the Merlin colour matching software system with a massive database of colour formulations already loaded. With these elements they can match just about anything “and if there is an issue we always have PPG’s team of experts to fall back on if necessary” comments Will. “All this expertise is there to serve the customer’s requirements first and foremost by tailoring specific solutions to their needs and budget.”

“It’s a good thing for us particularly selling to such a wide range of industries. We both have local experience and are looking forward to servicing the Northland region.” comments Craig. Peter Crispin, owner of WPC has moved back to the North leaving son Will to run the Auckland operation. The groundwork has now been done. “We now have a well stocked, good looking site here with plenty of expertise six days a week. With the growth in the Northland region we are looking to serve an even wider audience as time goes by and this is extremely exciting for our team and family.”

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Jayco - making australia’s RV’s From the budget conscious Songbird campers and pop-up caravans of the 1970s, Jayco now produces Australia’s largest range of quality recreational vehicles. Australian correspondent Philip Ashley reports. The company makes eight different types of RVs and park cabins and their production figures are very impressive. Almost one in every two recreational vehicles sold in Australia is a Jayco and, in 40 years, 170,000 have been produced. Fifty four recreational vehicles roll off the production line every day. With dozens of different layouts and a wide range of finishes, Jayco aims to give the customer exactly what they want. To help achieve this goal, owner Gerry Ryan and his team turned to Biesse to produce their extensive range of often complex interior cabinetry. Jayco’s investment in Biesse machines is as impressive as the company’s extensive range of products. No less than 14 major pieces of Biesse equipment occupy one of the seven large buildings on the 20 hectare property in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong South; a total of 60,000m2 under roof – five CNC machining centres include a Rover A and Rover B flat table machines and two Skill 1224 nesting machines with automatic labelling, working two shifts. The machines produce a range of parts including floors and every standard, custommade or oddly-shaped cabinet that goes into a modern RV. As manufacturing manager (pre-assembly) Chris Tibb explained: “We’re fitting square boxes into curved spaces where every millimetre needs to be used efficiently. This requires design and machining capabilities beyond normal cabinet type work”. The CNC machining centres also include a Biesse Rover A Edge and a Rover C Edge machine to rout a shape and apply and finish ABS edge to even the smallest of components in the one cycle, thanks to clever processing techniques. Caravan components are often made with lightweight materials – something that’s finding its way into interior joinery in Europe but not used much here. Lightweight panels of laminated plywood with a Styrofoam core are easily and expertly processed on the Biesse equipment. These two machines are complemented by five additional Biesse CNC flat bed nesting or single-part processing machines. Amazingly, one of these CNC machines is 14 years old, which proves they stand the test of time. To cut the huge range of panels required for the high-level of production, Jayco has invested in three Biesse beam saws – two with twinpushers and one of these two with a turning

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The Jayco finishing line - 54 vechicles everyday.

function (Selco EBTR120) to align grain direction. Due to the volume of work, Jayco rear-loads the saws in packs and book-cuts in stacks up to 110mm in height. Custom Australian JNC software takes the parts from caravan orders and puts them into nested patterns. All the square sections are done on the three beam saws and all the curved sections are cut in nesting patterns on the CNC routers. The oldest of the three beam saws, a WNT600, is showing signs of cosmetic wear after ten years (over 30,000 hours) but the machine still functions perfectly. In addition to these, four edge banders, including the recent purchase of a Stream B1, produce edged panels designed for long-life in the diverse range of adverse climatic conditions in which the RVs will be used. The Stream B1 was designed and tested for Jayco’s lightweight product that is machined with its plastic surface (protective) film still intact. The Biesse Stream handles this very light but tough product with ease. The Stream was also designed to allow a possible future addition of Biesse’s Air Force zero glue-line technology should the need arise. In 2016 a further purchase of a very special double-sided Stream edge bander will be installed and this will be capable of applying and trimming pieces that are not flat.

Lightweight panels cut on a Biesse CNC.

Biesse has shown they are able to meet Jayco’s present and future production needs. A number of smaller hand-fed edge-banding equipment has been supplied by Biesse to handle small, curved profiles.

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Insects? Brio’s sliding solution… As the weather warms up, and we open up our homes for that great summer outdoors lifestyle, one pesky problem emerges. Insects. Nothing is more frustrating than having to slide doors closed to keep flies, mosquitoes and other annoying insects out, while trying to keep your home cool and comfortable. Fortunately, Brio have designed the stylish 612 Retractable Pleated Insect Screen. Strong, durable pleated sliding screens, designer style and a clever no-post corner design makes Brio’s Insect Screen the perfect solution for easy summer living. Durable performance The Brio 612 Insect Screen is constructed from a highly durable European polyester mesh, with horizontal tensioning cords across multiple precision bearings. The high strength, braided tensioning cords provide stability to the screen and control the vertical orientation of the handle bar. This makes the pleated screen more stable than standard mesh screens, with less sagging likely to occur. The tensioning cords also prevent the mesh from blowing out in windy conditions. The screen’s precision bearings significantly increase the lifespan of the screen and keep operating force very low, enabling effortless opening and closing.

Uninterrupted views, designer looks The Brio 612 Insect Screen can screen corner openings without the need for a corner post, providing stunning, uninterrupted views. The mesh is a simple, unobtrusive black, and aluminium sections are available in three standard powder coat finishes – Custom Black, Precious Silver Pearl and Pearl White. Alternatively, the aluminium sections can be custom coloured to match specific interior finishes. As the screen is independent of any door system, it can be used in a multitude of applications including folding doors, sliding doors and French doors. The Brio 612 Screen is designed to be retrofitted to existing systems, or integrated into a stacker door application; making the unit versatile, as well as discreet in appearance and operation. Open up the possibilities The Brio 612 Insect Screen has been designed to easily cover large or oversized openings. With capacity to cover spans up to 9 metres wide and up to 3 metres high, the Brio 612 Screen is one of biggest single action products of its type in the world. The Brio 612 Screen has been successfully cycle tested to perform over 150,000 cycles, and has been tested to withstand wind gusts up to 30km/h before the mesh leaves the channel.

Brio’s passion for design and quality can be seen in every aspect of the 612 Insect Screen. Durable polyester mesh, versatile installation options, clever design and rigorous testing make the Brio 612 Insect Screen an important addition to your summer lifestyle.


Open doors or pesky insects? With Brio’s 612 Retractable Insect Screens, you no longer have to make the choice between great summer living and annoying insects. Constructed from durable and stylish European mesh, Brio’s insect screens are versatile, can span openings up to 9m wide and easy to install. Open up your home to a fabulous summer. Say goodbye to pesky insects.

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Jayco - making australia’s RV’s (cont from p.46) Jayco remains one of the most competitive brands in the market; able to produce at a price point that leaves the competition in their wake. To do this, their equipment must be fast, flexible and reliable. Operating over two shifts every day, Jayco cannot afford machines that are unreliable or fail to operate at the very highest standard. Biesse delivers with equipment that, in some cases, is over ten years old and still produces consistently every single day. Over the last several years, Jayco worked with Biesse to specify exactly the type and specifications a machine needs to suit their unique manufacturing needs and Biesse has been able to accommodate all their needs. Spare parts are delivered promptly and, when it’s needed, service is always readily available. When the oil crisis hit in the early 1970s many families downsized to four cylinder vehicles. In fact, by the mid 1980s, Holden and Ford were being replaced by Camry and Magna as the preferred family vehicle. At the same time the major caravan makers were building 30 to 40 foot caravans. The stage was set for a new product and so the Jayco story began.

The Jayco assembly line - square boxes into curved spaces.

future demand. Buyers are savvy on what they want so Jayco loosely follows European design trends while keeping true to Australian performance and quality expectations.

This year, Jayco celebrates its 40th anniversary as an Australian-owned family business. It hasn’t always been easy but Jayco survived the economic downturn of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s through sound business management leading to numerous awards including the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame for founder, Gerry Ryan.

Biesse machines meet Jayco’s expectations for quality, performance and reliability. As production foreman Troy Wilkins said: “We push our Biesse machines to the max and they perform. Biesse is very good at providing what we want and whatever Jayco has asked for, Biesse has delivered”.

The order books are now full as Australia’s ageing baby-boomers hit the road in search of adventure and discovery. As the largest supplier of recreational vehicles to the domestic market, Jayco is well placed to meet the current and

Gerry Ryan started making camper trailers in a cow shed in Cranbourne (Victoria). Humble beginnings for sure but, from the initial eight employees, Jayco has grown to become the market leader with 46% of the market. The

remaining 54% is divided between the other 80 (approximate) companies building recreational vehicles in Australia. Such dominance is only achieved by hard work and smart decisions. As Gerry Ryan said: “I figured if I could struggle through that first year we’d last a lot longer. Well, we made it ... must have been doing something right.” One of Jayco’s many clever decisions was to invest in Biesse for its cabinet manufacturing and this decision has certainly paid off. 

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Formica Formations design winners Two stunning designs that really challenge the traditional concept of lighting have been selected as the winning entries in the Formica® FormationsTM Design Competition 2015. The winners were announced and the winning fabricated lamps were revealed at an awards function at Oram’s Marine Services in Auckland’s viaduct harbour. Formica Formations is a unique design competition which aims to celebrate and showcase the creativity of architects and designers throughout NZ. 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. Launched by Laminex New Zealand earlier this year, the competition challenged New Zealand’s professional designers as well as emerging architects and designers to reimagine the concept of lighting using Formica laminate. The inaugural competition in 2011 saw two stunning chair designs selected from over 50 high calibre entries. In 2013 New Zealand’s design community literally turned the tables on Formica laminate, and two spectacular tables that referenced the history of the iconic brand in the year of its 100th anniversary wowed judges. In 2015 Laminex New Zealand sought to further spark New Zealand’s design creativity with Luminate, a challenge to reconsider how we interpret lighting hardware, fixtures and applications for the NZ and global stage using Formica laminate. Laminex New Zealand General Manager, Richard Pollington, said he was delighted with the quality of entries received. “We received a number of creative and inspirational entries, from the whimsical to the bold and it was encouraging to see New Zealand designers considering innovative ways to use Formica laminate.”

A top judging panel comprising leading designer David Trubridge, Fletcher Building Laminates and Panels Group Vice President of Design Renee Hytry Derrington and award-winning architect Ron Sang judged the entries. Christchurch architect Wendy Tran was awarded first place in the professional category of the competition, while top spot in the emerging designer section went to Christchurch designer Kyla Davies who graduated from a Diploma in Interior Design in 2013. The winners each approached the way light and shape are combined in non-traditional ways, one as vertical wall art and the other as a larger-than-life floor standing sculpture.

Christchurch Architect Wendy Tran with her winning ‘Crimson Summer’.

Professional Category Tran created ‘Crimson Summer’, inspired by the beautiful Pohutukawa tree that blooms with red flowers throughout the summer months across New Zealand. “To me the Pohutukawa tree evokes memories of summer, family gatherings, beaches, barbeques and most of all happiness, and it is these feelings I wanted to convey with my design,” says Tran. A sophisticated solution to a self supporting floor light, Tran’s design combines art and function in dramatic Formica red and Formica Plex gold metallic laminate covered sprays of light. The team from The Benchtop Shop in Rotorua did an absolutely amazing job bringing Tran’s vision to live, as noted by judge Renee Hytry Derrington “the piece demands attention, not be tucked behind a sofa as an ambient light source!”. Emerging Category A practicing independent interior designer since 2013, Kyla Davies had two designs in the final three, her ‘Modern Love’ wall lamp capturing the hearts of the judging panels with its originality. Created using Formica AR Plus Solid Colour laminates, the design stood out from other submissions with its quirky message and use of text. “The inspiration for Modern Love came from the observation of misunderstood text messages

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Judges, Renee Hytry Derrington, Ron Sang, David Trubridge with Kyla Davies, and her winning entry ‘Modern Love’.

and how this can be comical or disastrous” says Davies. “Whether you love or hate our obsession with text messaging, this reference to one of the most famous missed messages shows our dependence on staying in touch is not new. Formica AR Plus laminates provided perfect instant colour in a durable and workable format.” Judge Renee Hytry Derrington found Davies’ light delightful, “she focused on a social theme of how we communicate today with texting. Executed with visually interesting laminate shapes, Kyla's design has a dual purpose of light as art.” Modern Love was fabricated by Laminex New Zealand customer Murray Hewitt Joinery of Christchurch.

“It’s really amazing to see such inventive applications of Formica laminate coming from New Zealand designers and we love supporting the design community through our market leading competition” says Pollington. Laminex New Zealand is currently planning the next instalment of the bi-annual Formica Formations Design Competition, the focus of which will be revealed in early 2017. For more information visit www.

Central MJ race day The event, the weather & the fun, lived up to everyone’s expectations. Using Halloween as this year’s theme, the Central Branch of Master Joiners held their Race Day at Awapuni Racecourse on Saturday 31st October. This annual event, now in its 18th year, is always linked with the Feilding Gold Cup Meeting. It is a great opportunity for the members to socialise with colleagues, peers and suppliers. 74 guests attended representing 12 member companies and 13 sponsor companies. This was one of the better turnouts in the events history. As usual the totally organised Jenny Wallace, Branch Treasurer & Race Day Organiser, was suitably dressed for the occasion in a form fitting vinyl costume and she was ably supported as always by ‘MC’ and also in full Bettlejuice” costume, Branch President Graeme Andrews. With her legendary flare & attention to detail, all tables were theme decorated plus she had every race financially supported by a local or national supplier with Steelfort Engineering as the overarching Theme & Prize sponsor. To keep the ‘punters’ betting, three random prize draws were held before every one of the nine races on the card with betting slips in reducing denominations. A special guest appearance by a local comedian and another personality with betting advice all added to the atmosphere. As part of the ‘off track’ entertainment, John Jenkins - Commercial Products Manager for Steelfort Engineering - chose the winners in the “2015 Master Joiners Halloween Fashion Stakes”. Each winner won a bottle of Champagne, Statuette & Medal. • Best Dressed Couple was won by Kirk & Melissa Vartha, • Best Individual Costume, Raewyn McDowell her outfit set off with imitation spider and bat tattoos • Best Accessory, Sonya MacKenzie with an amazing set of green eyes • Tried Hard category, James Bennett won in a black & white skeleton ‘onesie’ and calf length black boots with contrasting white laces.

Race Day Sponsors Overarching Theme & Prize Sponsor – Steelfort Race 1 – Laminex Race 2 – Prime Panels Race 3 – Architectural Hardware Race 4 – Carters/Bestwood Race 5 – Nelson Pine/Moss Panels Race 6 – W&R Jack/Timspec Race 7 – Blum NZ Race 8 – Rose City Wood Panels Race 9 – Hettich NZ

An absolutely enjoyable day was had by all – bring on 2016 Race Day

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Yesteryear - Bruce Robertson (left) and the company’s first employee Noel Pollard, outside their premises on Ponsonby Rd in Auckland, circa 1961 - and today left to right Bruce Menzies, Tokes Teariki, Paul Robertson, Tony Ratcliffe and Patrick Connery outside their Great North Road premises.

providing customers solutions To anyone in woodworking and its associated industries, the Auckland based firm of Robertson and Sinclair Ltd would spring to mind as one that has been around the longest, building an enviable record for quality, reliability and service since they were established back in 1961 by Bruce Robertson and Bob Sinclair. The company today has a reputation for selling high end products and providing a first class sharpening and toolmaking service to the woodworking industry throughout New Zealand. JOINERS Magazine spoke with General Manager Paul Robertson about the company’s progress over the last 50 years. Robertson & Sinclair has the look and feel of a business renewed, would that be a fair comment? Refocused would be more accurate I think. The decision to end our foray into the woodworking machinery selling market a decade ago enabled us to reassess and reshape the business around what the business is really known for, our core activity of tool sharpening and related services. Our success has been due to offering customers reliable solutions along with developing a new range of world class product agencies to create a working revenue stream for the business whilst having a group of experienced long term staff that has enabled us to provide that all important technical expertise to our clientele. Successful businesses offer excellent quality and service, how has Robertson & Sinclair gone about achieving this? To better serve our customers and rationalise the business with its new focus we relocated our head office from our old site down the road with its large but redundant machinery showroom to our

current more practical address (still on Great South Rd) back in 2007. While still maintaining our other two branches on Auckland’s North Shore and in Hamilton we also relocated all sharpening and tooling services they had provided to the new head office as well. In our current 8500 square foot site we now have a tool sharpening workshop, a spare parts facility, showroom and administration centre for the business. In the intervening years since 2007 we have secured sole New Zealand agencies for a number of world leading manufacturers. Vortex USA manufacture a wide range of cutting tools which have found real favour with our customers while Leuco from Germany provide us with saw blades and tooling widely recognised for the excellent finish they achieve in a wide range of different materials. Lamello from Switzerland, the original inventors of biscuit jointing technology, has also proved to be a big seller. These brands as well as others such as Festool from Germany and AMAC from Taiwan can be bought from any of our three branches.

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Service is often about supplying the product in a timely manner. With so many products sourced from overseas how does that work for the company? It has in fact become one of our strengths. We have weekly shipments arrive from Vortex in the States and Leuco from Germany which allows us to maintain our extensive stock range and bring in products which are for special applications. This reliable service means we can be sure to service our clientele who can plan and order from week to week: order one week , get the next. We also run a fleet of vans, one from each of our branches to service our customer base. Our van drivers are hand picked to have both selling and technical skills. We have a solid commercial arrangement with many manufacturers to supply the necessary tooling and componentry as well. Robertson & Sinclair is above all about people. Having long serving personnel means our customers are getting solid technical advice they can rely on from people who know what’s what.

With everything now in place what’s next for the company? We have grown steadily over the last decade both in what we offer along with our reputation for reliability. We are now where we need to be as a business. We currently have nineteen full and part time staff spread around the three branches. The aim will be to maintain the current brands we have and there are a lot of them, while always searching for more new ones. Every year we visit key overseas trade shows to ensure we always have the latest products available to our customers. Being proactive and responsive to our customers’ needs is important for us. The evolution of machining processes using CNC for example will continue to mean new tooling will be to the fore. Providing customer solutions in an ever changing environment will always be paramount. 


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clean air clean machines clean product

Ssshhhhhh! Air being cleaned ! Dust being captured ! Energy being saved !

Stealth Filter –

This month NZ DUCT + FLEX are launching the ‘Stealth Filter’ – a fully automatic filter that doesn’t look like a dust filter.

The upgrade of an extraction system is sometimes an action that can be deferred as it is easy to be viewed as capital spending on a non productive item ... however the reality is something else. Good extraction in the modern factory is more important than ever not only by adhering to regulations and providing clean air for employees but also by ensuring machinery and tooling stay in good condition and finished product is not damaged by chips or dust. Over the next few page we talk to those involved in the supply and installation of extraction systems and seek reaction from a couple of firms that have recently upgraded.

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It’s the latest development from JKF Industri in Denmark – Europe’s leading dust and fume filtration manufacturer. Something the company wants to make a big noise about is that the versatile ‘all in one’ filter and fan is designed to be operated indoors. So ease of use, dust removal and noise suppressions have been top priorities. The unit has been tested at 70dB (at one metre) and is ideal for dust from a wide range of woods including wood, plastic and metal shavings etc, The Stealth filter is extremely quick and easy to install as everything arrives preprogrammed to provide optimum extraction at all times. The fan is fitted with a variable speed drive which is coupled to a pressure sensor to give constant extraction velocity. As more machines in the work area are used, the suction speed increases to provide increased extraction. As machines are switched off the speed drops and energy use is decreased. The filtered air is clean enough to go straight back into the work space or can be ducted outdoors or maybe linked to a heat recovery system.

Standard features include ‘EC’ compressed air cleaning ensuring minimum pressure loss through the filter bags. This results in the energy consumption for the integrated fan being reduced even further and various filter media is available to suit the dust type. The Stealth filter saves installation costs normally incurred as you simply remove from its crate, wheel into position, lock off the wheels, connect the compressed air, power and ducting and its ready for use. The unit is set up automatically to optimum suction at lowest energy usage ( of course there are manual overrides if required). Compressed air pulses through the filter bags (from 30 to 90 depending on the model size) to loosen the dirt and dust which falls into the integrated buckets. The bags are cleaned in cycles, each approximately every 10 minutes. A sight glass makes it obvious when the buckets require emptying. What really stands out though – is the design. ‘Danesign’ pastel coloured panels and quiet operation means the unit can be placed in situations where you wouldn’t necessarily want a big ugly bag house.


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issues with neighbours. This unit is stylish, quiet and being less than 2.4 meters high there are no ceiling height problems. There are 4 models available with optimum air extraction of 20006000m3/hour of dust and air. Removeable dust drawers for the Low maintenace unit

“Its appearance is so radical and it’s so quiet” says Geoff Ebdon, Sales manager for NZ DUCT+FLEX, “When I first saw this at an exhibition in Germany I had to ask my Danish colleague what it was. Once he explained I asked him to turn it on to find out it was already running. In the, admittedly acoustically dampened, exhibition hall you couldn’t hear it.” “For many suppliers, the technology for dust extraction equipment is stuck in the 1960’s” comments Geoff Ebdon, “however, we are able to offer state of the art filters with safety and cleaning features unique to JKF. Their decades of expertise based in the world’s most demanding market - Europe, benefits us in New Zealand. Not all customers want or need a traditional modular bag house, not all can fit one outside the building due to access or noise

If you design top of the market kitchens or furniture and simply would prefer something in the middle of your studio that doesn’t look like a 1950’s silo, this is the filter for you. Denmark is famous, even in Europe, for their classic, clean, contemporary designs. The Stealth Filter takes design into a new market. “ We haven’t promoted this filter until now but we already have a lot of interest from customers with the first 2 units being shipped to NZ just after Christmas. The whole concept is very appealing.” says Geoff Ebdon. Stealth Filter – the only filter with ‘Danesign’ For more details call 0508 69 38 28 or visit and






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Airtight and dust proof Connoisseur Kitchens in Silverdale was started around 40 years ago by the grandfather of current owner Mark Geurts. For the last 25 years their dust extraction has been a cyclone system better designed for the large particle wood chips that the industry generated at that time rather than the fine dust of a modern CNC operation. When Mark decided it needed upgrading he looked to Airtight Solutions to provide him with a solution that would clear the dust - his post install verdict. “I would never use anybody else.” “Our old cyclone system dropped a lot of dust especially during the emptying process,” says Mark. “I got sick of seeing dust all over the place and anticipated it was only a matter of time before we got a visit from the council, so I decided to do it, do it right and then be able to forget about it.”

as machines are used or turned off. The variable speed drive senses how many gates are open and will alter the motor speed to ensure the system is running at the correct pressure. It also means considerable power savings as the machine only operates to required levels.

“I didn’t really go to too many dust extraction firms but asked around a bit and heard good things about Airtight Solutions so rang them up and talked to their representative Chris Hand. Chris called on us shortly after and we discussed our requirements which was for an efficient, quiet system, clean machinery and a clean factory. I wanted to automate as much as possible so staff don’t have to think about it and I wanted to future proof the system to allow for growth. Chris listened, advised, took some photos and about three weeks later turned up with a comprehensive quote and a plan of how we should proceed.

“Getting rid of the dust is also a lot easier. The system has a 4.5m3 bin which needs emptying every 3-4 weeks, its sealed and done in 15 minutes, no dust escapes and shut down is minimal. The old one was only emptied twice a year - its bin was twice as big but that still shows how much more efficient this one is and how much dust the other one was losing.

“We installed six months ago and again the install was simple. Chris came by, said where do you want it, I indicated the area, and Chris gave us the dimension for the concrete pad. I laid the concrete myself with a couple of mates over the weekend. Chris turned up on Monday when he said he would and dropped the machine in place and hooked it up.

After and before - the new extraction system looks and perfroms a lot better than the 25 year old cyclone it replaced.

“We had decided the system had to be self cleaning and this one cleans itself, blowing the bags down, every time you turn it off. With smokos and lunches that can be up to 8 times a day so the systems is always performing at optimal levels. “We also wanted the suction where it was needed. Airtight supplied a variable speed drive and automatic opening and shutting of the gates

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“Airtight Solutions service is also ongoing. They will drop in when they are passing and test the pressure to make sure it is operating at the correct levels that wasn’t part of the contract they just do it. It means we get the best out of the system including our bags which should last 10 years if looked after properly. “We didn’t buy the cheapest system, I don’t believe you get the best result if you do, but we have a system that does exactly what I wanted and the self cleaning and power monitoring will recoup any extra investment over time. “And it certainly looks better for our customers coming in to see a big new shiny bin outside rather than the old rusty corroding one. “As for Airtight Solutions - their advice, installation and after sales service has been fantastic, I wouldn’t use anybody else.” 

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excellent suction at all speeds Stylecraft Stairways, New Zealand’s reputable manufacturer of stairways, have recently installed a new Egmont Air dust extraction system to replace their burnt out unit. The new Egmont system offers excellent suction and allows the factory to operate much cleaner Dust extraction systems always pose a potential risk for fire due to the containment of a combustible product (wood), plenty of oxygen, leaving only a source of ignition required to start combustion. Spark detection is becoming increasingly popular as business owners and investors seek to protect valuable property against the devastating destruction that fires cause. Spark detection uses infrared sensors placed in the ductwork to scan across the full width and area of the duct for any heat source that may cause fire or explosion. Quick-acting nozzles placed down-stream spray atomised water to extinguish any sparks or incandescent particles before they reach the filters & dust collector. The Stylecraft system was installed with a variable speed drive which provides automatic fan speed adjustment. A pressure stabilizer monitors the live suction pressure and ramps the fan speed up/down according to the quantity of outlets open at any one time. This simple but unique feature provides a massive saving in power, a small reduction (20%) in airflow typically provides a 50% saving in power consumption. Considering the rising cost of electricity an average-size dust extraction system will save approx. $3000 per annum depending on usage and electricity rates. A larger system will save two or three times this amount. Mr Turley from Stylecraft reports that the “the workshop staff report that new extraction unit has excellent suction even when operating at reduced speed”. A rotary-valve discharge allows waste to decant into gravity-fill a bin that can be quickly and easily removed for emptying.

The Egmont Air extraction system at Stylecraft.

Egmont Air provide a free on-site evaluation service of your particular application. A preliminary scope is defined, documenting layout of machinery, known and problematic areas, issues, and future plans. The on-site evaluation covers 11 critical points including airflow and pressure testing where relevant. Egmont Air provide the complete on-site service from ‘technical advice’ to ‘design & installation’ of turn-key projects.

A large range of products and solutions are available for the one-man joinery shops to large timber processors and sawmills anywhere in New Zealand. Egmont Air dust extraction systems are the favourite solution for wood-working factories such as timber processors, boat builders, solid-timber and MDF manufacturers, which require a ‘great value’ system that offers suction performance and energy savings.

Egmont Air Systems are not only limited to wood-dust, being experienced in all types of dust or fume including smoke, fumes, paint spray, metallic dust and more, many solutions are available off-the-shelf, for a FREE on-site evaluation for your requirements contact them today on 0800 781 200 or visit the website

For a FREE on-site evaluation contact Egmont Air today on 0800 781 200

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Cutting through tough modern challenges The growing popularity of strong, dense building materials is posing a challenge: how to cut them effectively while protecting your tools and workspace.

Plywoods are renowned for causing significant wear and tear on standard cutters, with burning and grain pull-out the most common results. Often the problem is compounded with the various glue types used in the manufacture of the ply.

Across New Zealand and the World, materials like phenolic, compact laminates, plywood, laminated plys and fire rated materials are used increasingly throughout the joinery, construction and manufacturing industries. While their stability and versatility make them ideal for a wide range of modern projects, they demand special cutting tools to maximise efficiency and effectiveness.

When working with plywood, Tungsten & Tool recommends 2 flute chip-breaker compression cutters to produce an exceptional result with faster feed rates in a 1-tool pass.

To promote clean, professional workshops and factories, we have recently introduced our Tornado Dust Suction System. Taking advantage of the airflow generated by a spinning tool and by directing airflow to create a vortex, it assists your factory’s extraction unit to remove 90% of the dust your cutters produce. After a simple setup, it helps to increase the life of tools and machine bearings, while dramatically reducing ‘downtime’ spent cleaning between cycles.

By preventing furring and edge chipping, these high-performance cutters deliver the accuracy and strength you need for resistant, solid building materials.

Whatever your challenges as a contemporary joiner, we’d love to help you choose the right solutions when working with materials like timber, plastics, composites and aluminium.

Compact laminates, also known as solid phenolic, are thick, robust and self-supporting. Often used in laboratories and for partitioning, the material is impervious, very dense, abrasive, extremely hard and very noisy to cut.

For even greater durability and longevity, Tungsten & Tool’s heavy-duty diamond tipped tools are also perfect for plywoods and also the very abrasive fire rated MDF which is becoming more and more common.

With the largest range of cutting tools available in New Zealand, backed by extensive industry experience, Tungsten & Tool can help you cut with confidence, at the same time boosting factory efficiency and safety.

According to New Zealand’s cutting tool specialists, Tungsten & Tool, solid tungsten cutters are ideal for this application. Designed in the United States specifically for use on compact laminates, the cutters offer 3 flute downcut and upcut spiral options and incorporate chip-breaker slots and special geometry to reduce noise, improve chip control, reduce resistance and extend the life of the cutter.

In fact, Tungsten & Tools’ solutions go well beyond providing the highest quality cutters for modern-day materials. Having worked with close to 1,500 joineries across New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region since 1985, we strive every day to ensure outstanding service, efficiency and safety.

These slow helix cutters provide the best of both worlds: faster feed rates and a quality finish. This all-in-one product provides a 1-tool pass with powerful ease.

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Getting real about health & safety There’s never been a better time to come to grips with health and safety at work. Not just because the health and safety law is changing, but because keeping yourself, your employees and your co-workers safe is the right thing to do – and it’s good business to boot. As a country New Zealand is not all that good at keeping people safe at work. In fact our workplace health and safety record is twice as bad as that of Australia. On average, 73 people per year die on the job, one in 10 is harmed and more than 600 die from work-related diseases. The new Health and Safety at Work Act, which comes into force on April 4 2016, is part of the Government’s response to our unacceptably high workplace death and injury toll. It’s the first major overhaul of health safety law in a generation and has prompted a lot of debate and discussion – not all of it very well informed. You may have heard it at the pub or read about it in the media – claims that the new law will mean endless paperwork, or that businesses will shut down because of the fear of compliance costs and liabilities if things go wrong. Not true - if you’re already taking a responsible approach to health and safety then little will need to change. Who’s responsible for health and safety? The question is not “do I have a responsibility for workplace health and safety?”, but “What is my responsibility?” Under the new law, the organisation has the primary duty of care to ensure the safety of its workers and anyone affected by its work. Company officers - Directors, Board members, Chief Executives and Partners - are responsible too. They don’t have to ensure the health and safety of the workers but do have to make sure their organisation has an appropriate approach to health and safety. Workers have a role too and must take reasonable care for their own and their fellow workers’ health and safety. It’s about collaboration, particularly when multiple trades are on site. The nature of the modern workplace means that on any given day you might have multiple contractors on site at the same time – say, one doing planned maintenance on a dust extraction unit and a sparkie installing new lighting and power points. The Act aims to ensure that they work together to keep themselves and each other safe. It’s not about a mass of paperwork but about making sure that everyone knows who is taking the lead on health and safety in each area of work and ensuring that sensible arrangements are in place.

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At a practical level that might mean the client and the head contractor working together to decide who is responsible for the workers they influence or direct. This will include contractors and tradies (who, in turn) have duties to their workers and anyone else on site. Simple, practical and reasonable. So what do you have to do to manage risk? Well, if you believe some of the stories you hear, health and safety is all about stopping any activity that might possibly lead to harm. That’s rubbish - WorkSafe wants to save lives, not stop them. The new law recognises that each business is best placed to know what it should do to keep people safe and meet its requirements. Businesses need to do what is ‘reasonably practicable’ and proportional. Put simply, you need to assess the level of risk, the chance of an incident happening and how much control you have over managing it. Basically, you’re expected to do what anyone in your situation would be expected to do. It’s about taking responsibility for what you can control. It’s also about how we work more than where we work. In your typical workshop, for example there will be a number of risks – machinery, solvents, power tools, forklifts and the rest. The people doing the work are best placed to identify those risks and the best ways to eliminate or minimise them. So all businesses will be required to have a worker participation and engagement process – that way everyone can be involved in keeping our workplaces safe. What happens next? Between now and when the new law comes into force on 4 April, WorkSafe, working with other regulatory bodies and business, will provide information to help businesses make sure they are up to speed. Formal guidance, as a result of regulations, will also be issued.

Keep informed by visiting www.worksafe.govt. nz and sign up to the Health & Safety at Work Act subscriber updates.

18.5kW VC8 One of a rare breed of Kiwi furnituremakers remaining, Forest Furniture represent the “good old days” of handmade furniture production. With two retail stores in Auckland and one in Hamilton, Forest Furniture make and sell a range of traditional and contemporary solid-wood furniture made from Pacific Kauri and Rimu. All the furniture is designed and manufactured at their large workshop in Hamilton, by a team of 11 furniture makers and apprentices under the guidance of Product Manager Tony Hunt. As you’d expect from a traditional furniture factory there are many processes requiring a lot of specialist machines – the type of machines that don’t see a lot of work in many of today’s joinery shops. Two big stroke sanders sit centrally in the workshop, with a suite of solidtimber machines scattered about the various workstations. From the Weeke BHC250, to the Holytek widebelt sander and rotary clamps, and a Weinig Quatromat 23P, there’s plenty of technology that’s still spot-on for furniture processing. But the most recent machine amidst Forest Furniture’s collection lives outside: a large Micronair VC8 extractor. While the complicated spider-web of ducting throughout the workshop is awaiting some final tweaking to optimise the airflow, the 18.5kW VC8 – from Australia manufacturers Micronair – is already in place and operating.

As well as having plenty of power to suck from the many machines around the workshop the VC8 features ‘Vibra-clean’ technology. Essentially self-cleaning, at set times throughout the day the large filters automatically vibrate to shake any saw dust build-up from them. With so many machines to extract from, and plenty of dust to collect, Tony opted to have the Micronair’s skirt custom-fitted to cover the large custom-built trailer the company uses. “We can get 6 cube of saw dust into this” says Tony proudly. With so many staff and machines in a variety of operations every day it’s easy to see why efficient extraction is so important to maintaining a clean working environment, “We’re in expansion mode” says Tony, “so moving to an outside extraction system gives us more room in the workshop.” Having the unit outside also means extraction noise is kept to a minimum. With the old showroom in front of the workshop full of stock, and two more retail stores in the pipeline, Forest Furniture are busy. With their new Micronair they now have the extraction capacity to get even busier.

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Production Manager Tony Hunt with the Micronair.

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The New Vector 120 the best pressure and glue system available for contour edgebanding Vector Systems Ltd, run by well known industry figure Duncan Such, is a leader in the development of contour edgebanding technology. The company has been selling its Vector 180 edgebander both locally and internationally for several years and is now launching their new Vector 120 version. JOINERS Magazine caught up with Duncan recently to find out more.

Operating from their new factory in the Auckland suburb of Henderson since June this year Duncan and his team have been kept busy with the assembly process of new machines for delivery. Utilising the Solidworks design and SAP inventory system has made the process easy. Fully designed in NZ, with some 70% of the machine’s componentry also being made here and the balance from leading European manufacturers, these sophisticated contouring machines are very much a local effort. “Edgebanding curves has traditionally been labour intensive producing lower quality finishes than that now available through the Vector machines” comments Duncan. “The Vector 180 can handle a sheet up to 3.6m by

1.8m and glue, band, trim and surface scrape all in one pass producing a better finish at a faster rate – ideal for anyone looking at curved work as part of their production run.” The machine can work in pendulum operation and process some 2-3 times faster than competing systems. Vector Systems has now produced a smaller version called the Vector 120 for both the local and overseas market. It does everything its bigger brother can but has a smaller footprint and handles a smaller board size of 2.4m by 1.2m. “We have found there is a growing need both locally and internationally for a contour edgebanding machine for businesses doing contour work but who can’t justify the cost of the bigger version.” comments Duncan.

“This is particularly valuable for those doing curved work in the office furniture, shopfitting and furniture for the education sector.” The real value of the Vector 120 lies in its capability rather than its capacity. The Vector 120 can use either an EVA or PUR cartridge glue system. Duncan points out “The problem has always been to do tight curved work, worktop corners for example, and get the quality right. The 120 offers the capability to do really tight curves under the high pressures required. We have built on our experience with the Vector 180 and the system we have developed is the best pressure and glue system available for contour edgebanding.”

With the introduction of the VECTOR Revolution 120, there is an affordable solution which meets the exacting quality standards required to band contours, but which can be attained by even small to medium manufacturers. It is now possible to handle complex shapes and varied banding materials while maintaining the industry-leading edge bond and single-pass processing previously found only in the larger VECTOR Revolution 180.

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The Italian manufacturer Griggio has just won First Place for Innovation at this years LIGNA Show in Germany with its new Unica Safe Sliding saw. This saw has a unique safety device. Sensors detect workers hands and retract the blade in 5 milliseconds. The saw blade will automatically reset without harming the blade so you can continue to work. The retraction speed is 5 milliseconds which is 10 times faster than a car airbag. Once the safety system has been activated, it recharges automatically and within 2 minutes the panel saw is ready for use.

an important element at Frankco & Simon

Griggio describe their saw as “… the first professional panel saw with this system.” At the show Henk van Oeveren the Director of HPTech watched the demonstration of Griggio’s new Unica Safe Safety saw and realised New Zealand manufacturers would be interested in this technology. The benefits of both increased employee safety and productivity are obvious. With the first shipment due early 2016 he expects word of this remarkable innovation to spread. You tube video of the GriggioUnica safe is continuing to create a great deal of interest. See a selection of comments below made on woodworking discussion forums: The Vector 180 at Frankco & Simon - easy to operate and adding real value to the production process.

Impressive for a large blade format saw! finally a true slider with flesh sensing tech. Very cool!! Interestingly, the blade isn't destroyed when the system is triggered. That is a pretty slick machine, thanks for posting.


ommercial furniture manufacturer Frankco & Simon Ltd based in Auckland’s East Tamaki have been honing their operation for some 22 years, through continuous efforts to automate their processes in manufacturing a wide range of customised commercial furniture including desks, storage and reception.

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Owner Frank Tong comments “We have always been looking to improve our efficiencies in producing what we do. We use Microvellum autoCAD based woodworking software to better transit from custom design to manufacture while constantly looking at the latest in machinery technology.” The latest investments have included two new CNC machines from Biesse as well as the latest Vector 180 contour edgebanding machine from Vector Systems Ltd. Curved work is perhaps 10% of what they do as a whole but it is an important cog in a larger process. “The Vector 180 offers us speed, a good finish and reliability. About 70% of our work comes from smaller clients so this machine enables us to produce efficiently small runs when required thus giving us good flexibility in our manufacturing capability. If we don’t have this efficiency it is has a chain reaction on other processes within the factory.” says Frank. It has proved to be quite efficient. “This machine is impressive because it is quick with a lower error rate so we can achieve better production times. The service from Duncan and his team at Vector Systems has always been very good as well. The Vector 180 has made a significant difference to the quality, flexibility and speed of our operation since it was commissioned earlier this year.” 

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over the years I had found John and the Machines R Us team to be pretty constant in their good advice and service, so I looked to them again when purchasing the SCM Olimpic K 800

Operator Rob Tonks has found the SCM Olimpic’s state of the art touch screen makes running jobs very simple.

CNC pioneers use expert advice In its 24 years of operation West tec has been a company able to accommodate to the business opportunities around it. Initially set up by John Kerridge to manufacture commercial office furniture, the business continues in this area, but has also found lucrative markets in childrens furniture, commercial fitouts and kitchen manufacturing. Its flexibility and competitiveness across these sectors has been due in part to the selection and use of machinery, the latest of which is an SCM Olimpic k 800 egdebander purchased from Machines R Us earlier this year. John Kerridge started West tec in the early 90’s when a couple of furniture retailer friends were having difficulties sourcing the commercial furniture they required for their retail outlets. The company then began supplying kitchen carcasses for well known Auckland kitchen manufacturer Protec for many years while also developing a long term relationship with local childrens furniture retailer Kidzspace who they still supply today. In between they have found lucrative markets in commercial fitouts and providing display units for retailers such as Harvey Norman. More recently the company has moved into manufacturing high end kitchens which at the moment provide around 70% of their work especially through the summer months. The common factor in much of this work is that it is very much of a custom, one-off nature and production methods and machinery have reflected this. “We need to be able to switch between jobs both on a day to day basis and seasonally and to set up new jobs quickly,” says John. From the beginning West tec has been about CNC production, by nature of their timing the company were pioneers in the production

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method in New Zealand. “We started with an early CNC machining centre 25 years ago which gave us a major advantage over some of our competition in the commercial furniture market who were still using jigs at the time,” recalls John. This automation has continued over the years with several CNC machines, the most recent being purchased last year from John Fleet at Machines R Us. More recently it was decided that their ageing edgebander was also due for an upgrade, prompting John to again go to Machines R Us and SCM. “I had a look around at various options, but as well as selling us the CNC workcentre, John Fleet had serviced our machinery for years and we had found him and Machines R Us to be consistently good and it was natural I talked to them again. I like Johns input, he is very good on understanding the specific requirements of your business and has very good attention to detail. He recommended we look at the SCM Olimpic range which he felt would suit our needs across the range of work we would be using it for.”

We ended up buying an Olimpic k 800 which can be easily customised to suit a range of production requirements. We have found it very good, the quality of the final edge is excellent, it is easy to operate allowing greater flexibility with staff who we shift around our machines quite a lot and depending on the nature of the job the same guy can also run the CNC. “The install and commissioning was quick and easy, back up from the Machines R Us team was available as needed for the bedding in, there were a few small issues which were taken care of quickly as required.” Importantly main operator Rob Tonks a 20 years veteran at the company likes the k 800 as well. “Work flows very quickly through it, the touch screen is very easy to use, it is simple to change jobs and call up new programmes, and internal access for maintenance or adjustment is very good, it certainly makes my job easier.”

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Three gluing systems blended together with perfect aesthetics and functionality The perfect aesthetics of panels, has always been one of the main objectives of SCM GROUP’s technological research. The new AirFusion and Pu Box L solutions not only provide innovative and real advantages for the operator, but also increases the already impressive range of edge gluing technologies such as the glue roller optimised with a tank or SlimLine technology.

AirFusion AirFusion allows the joint between the edge and the panel to remain invisible. Pressurised air at high temperature is conveyed on a specific edge so that a layer of the material fuses with the panel rendering glue unnecessary. Extremely versatile, AirFusion technology can be perfectly integrated with traditional gluing technologies. It is available on the whole range of the SCM GROUP’s edgebanders, starting from the Olimpic K360 range.

PUR SlimLine Competitive quality edgebanding with a limited level of investment is available with patented SlimLine edgebanding technology. PUR glue can be applied directly on to the non-porous surface edge with precisely regulated quantity giving practically invisible glue lines of just 0.08 millimetres! This aesthetic quality can be achieved with an extremely small investment giving maximum machining quality and technically perfect results.

Pu Box L The new pre-melting device for polyurethane glue, Pu Box L, with its compact design and perfect integration, is designed to maintain the performance of PUR glue at optimal levels and improve consumption by melting the glue only when it is required. The CFS cooling device prevents the increase in viscosity and, therefore, the progressive ageing of the glue that is left in the melting chamber. A fast melting and glue level reset system in the Pu Box L prevents incrustations, by reducing the quantity of melted glue in the glue tank by 50%, providing the maximum level of protection from humidity – and therefore from reticulation – as far as the application roller zone.

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The waterborne finish is truly here The use of waterborne finishes in the kitchen and furniture manufacturing industries has been largely overshadowed by the more preferred option of solvent based finishes. That has in recent times begun to change as the major paint suppliers work to solve the issues surrounding waterborne finishes and offer viable alternatives. Leading the way has been local supplier Wood Finishing Supplies Ltd (WFS) who are the New Zealand agents for international heavyweight Sherwin-Williams with their exciting new range of waterborne paints sold under the Italian Sayerlack brand. Bob Nordgren from JOINERS Magazine spoke with Aaron Irving from WFS as well as a couple of companies trialling their waterborne product to find why there is such interest in it. Living and working in Onetangi on Waiheke Island thirty five minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland are cabinetry and joinery manufacturers Tree Essence. Owned by Tony Parker and his wife Jo for some twenty years now, the business is mainly focused on kitchen componentry. With a leaning toward the more traditional look in kitchens with a fair splash of timber, finishing is a key aspect. “We, like most manufacturers have used solvent based finishes largely for the build, high gloss finish and dry times but it has never been a good fit in the sense that it was not an eco friendly product and there was the strong unpleasant, let alone unhealthy fumes which annoyed the neighbours!” comments Tony. Trialling waterborne paints from WFS has been a pleasant surprise. No more bad smells and it works well. I spoke with Vaughan Pothan from Waiheke Woodcoatings who has twenty years finishing experience, and has done the majority of the spray finishing work for Tree Essence for the last four years or so. “The waterborne paint from Sayerlack is the closest so far to solvent based acrylic paints” comments Vaughan. “It has the look and feel with good build. It can be used with or without hardener according to the use intended and the drying times are the about the same. You can’t do wet on wet systems though. The main mechanism for drying waterborne is evaporation so heat does not play as big a part as air movement. All the same low temperatures or high humidity can slow the drying. It is better I think with two undercoats and then a topcoat or even two. It’s durability is excellent, ideal for finishing such things as kitchen cabinetry, chairs, tables and wardrobes.” Aaron Irving from WFS points out the Sayerlack waterborne paints can be sprayed through the usual systems although airless

Vaughan Pothan and Tony Parker on Waiheke Island.

and airmix are the recommended methods as the product is designed for the addition of very little water which means it is very thixotropic (thick) compared to solventborne. Its thickness is important to how the waterborne paint cures. It is also recommended that a dedicated system for waterborne is used something both companies I spoke with agreed upon. “Like all waterborne product there will be some grain raise on the initial coat which is another reason to not over thin the product” comments Aaron. “However when the system is followed grain raise is really minimal and following coats generally will not have that effect. Interestingly the Sayerlack product is designed to work with the normal water supply so there is no need to use distilled water.” The second company I spoke with was Creative Displays in Pakuranga. Their forte is shopfitting and with some 25 employees are a sizeable operation. I initially spoke with CNC supervisor Andrew Douglas. “We manufacture for a wide variety of shopfitting projects around New Zealand requiring a very high standard so as well as the actual manufacturing process the finish of what we do is paramount. Waterborne as

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opposed to solventborne has now reached a stage where is competes extremely well.” I had a chance to speak with Lance Riches, one of their senior spray finishers, who had some interesting observations to make about the Sayerlack waterborne product they have been trialling. “Waterborne behaves in a completely different way to solventborne. For one it cures differently and dries a bit quicker, a distinct advantage,” says Lance. “I regard it as a high end product which when used properly has good flow rates, good economics and low wastage. As well it’s good for good operators who keep their equipment in good repair.” He like Vaughan at Tree Essence has a good quality, dedicated waterborne system (both from French manufacturers Kremlin). What about the smell? “No smell is a good smell! No more grizzles from the neighbours. It is really a damn good product but we are still learning about waterborne and still use face masks.” Lance says they can also use it as a one pot of two pot system “Only small amounts of hardener are needed.” The rise of waterborne has been in no small part due to perceived health and safety issues. “Solventborne paints are perceived

as not being eco friendly let alone health friendly. This has spread to the whole delivery process from its manufacture to spraying it on.” says Lance. “You can’t take solvent into the retail situation, those days have gone. Waterborne now offers a viable alternative: it dries quickly, is durable, eco friendly and doesn’t leave a bad, unsafe odour.” Aaron comments “Our range currently has a satin 40% gloss level pigmented finish which can be tinted or matched to colours, a white undercoat and a clear product in satin 40% gloss level. We are now looking to release a full gloss and new range of production waterborne stains early next year.” To help customers who want to try the waterborne product, WFS have an airmix system to lend out for trials so they don’t need to use their own equipment which is most likely currently set up for solvent. For more information contact

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Innovative storage solutions for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry ... anywhere! Life is becoming increasingly busy making it ever more important for us to ensure the home is a place of sanctuary through organisation and order. How we choose to deal with waste, recycling and storage is paramount in ensuring this order remains. A Hideaway Bin is an ideal hidden storage within any area of the home be it the kitchen, bathroom, laundry or even the home office. A Hideaway Bin is a practical solution that slides away under the bench and is completely hidden from sight until needed. The bins

are both ergonomic and functional as they are designed to be mounted at bench height and pull out towards the user, allowing easy disposal of waste without having to bend inside low cupboards. The New Zealand made bins are easy to clean and maintain – providing a simple answer for storing waste and recycling in the kitchen, hygienically disposing of bathroom waste or sorting whites from colours within the laundry. The framework of a Hideaway Bin is made from a high quality steel which provides strength and

this has been powder-coated to remain easy-to-clean and durable. All units come complete with lightweight buckets that are made from a recyclable, food grade polypropylene and include a liner holder to hold the waste bag in place. With three Hideaway Bin ranges available to choose from each with distinctive features and a variety of bucket sizes and configurations there is sure to be a hidden storage solution to suit the home owners needs.

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stone Insights from Artisan Stone

At Artia, we have just introduced a whole new range of wardrobe solutions to allow you to organise and store all your personal articles in the most efficient and simplest ways possible. Emma Morris - Eterno Design Ltd

How much does a stone bench top cost? Our reply starts with a request to see a plan before committing to any sort of estimate - there are just too many variables that affect the overall price, things like: • How do the top sizes fit within the size of the stone slabs? • How many seen edges and joins? • How many people will we need on site to lift the stone in? The list goes on.

Our range is designed for the optimal utilization of the entire wardrobe space, from pull out storage boxes and baskets to pull down system to allow you to utilize the highest and most difficult spots to reach. We have a full range of pull out baskets, shoe racks, trouser/skirt racks and tie, belt and scarf racks. All come with ball bearing runners and matching side frames for a cleaner unified look.

The dimensions of granite slabs vary and with the copy of the plan we may be able to suggest a few changes that will make the cutting more efficient therefore offering cost savings to the customer. Natural stone varies greatly in price too, with factors such as origin, availability, workability and exchange rates all contributing to the overall cost. Quartz stone is very popular, and it surprises some clients that a manufactured product can vary in price as much as natural stone. The slab sizes are uniform which makes it easier from a design perspective. With current trends towards lighter coloured kitchens, quartz is a popular choice as it offers a broad range of lighter colours to suit most projects as well as some amazing marble and concrete-look options. There are a wide range of products on the market and the quality and colour palette vary considerably, and this is where the value can differ from the cost. For what is often only a small additional cost we find our customers generally prefer to have the confidence and marketability (if building for a sale) of having an internationally recognised product like Caesarstone or Silestone. Both natural and quartz stone are popular choices for other rooms outside the kitchen too, bathroom vanities, table tops and hearths all lift your project to the next level. The incremental cost of additional rooms can be managed as long as your fabricator is able to complete the template, manufacture and installation of all rooms at the same time. We often get asked how prices compare between quartz and natural stone. Both cover a broad range, and the answer will depend on which quartz and which granite is selected, and the dimensions of the bench top. It is straight forward for most fabricators to give 2 or 3 price options for a bench top so customers can make an informed decision as to which option suits them. It highlights the importance of seeking advice from a professional who can explain the different options available for your project.

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... there’s no winging it any longer!” he laughs. “But we’re saving a lot of time ...

Daniel Excell, Chris Watson and Hisashi Cole.

AscentPro smooths peaks in workflow At Excell Joinery there’s a level of resourcefulness far beyond that of most NZ workshops. This independent spirit comes with the territory: Excell Joinery is in TeAnau, gateway to Fiordland, and remote enough that any business located there has to be capable, and resilient. Owner Daniel Excell grew up in TeAnau, doing his apprenticeship in the same shed his business is located in now, before travelling abroad then returning to set up the company in 2002. With three full time staff, and covering TeAnau and the Southland region, Excell Joinery offers the complete range of panel-based and solid wood joinery. While the bulk of their work is residential kitchens and commercial joinery, Daniel and his team will turn their hand to anything – from renovation, boat fit-outs, even furniture. With the importance of tourism to the TeAnau economy, Excell’s workload is very seasonal, and so it’s winter when most of the

commercial work has to take place. But with skilled labour limited in the area Daniel was finding that at peak times he was having to turn work away because they simply didn’t have the capacity. Daniel’s solution was to purchase a CNC. He’d been to AWISA and looked at what was available, and eventual settling on the AscentPro E3. “I knew moving to CNC would be a huge learning curve for us” says Daniel, “so the backup available from Jacks was crucial in our decision. We’re still on that learning curve, but with experience of Chris in the workshop and the support we’ve had from Nick at Jacks, we’re getting there”. Chris Watson joined Excell Joinery from Invercargill where he’d previously worked with CNC, so he has taken on the primary responsibility for programming and operating the AscentPro E3. New to PRO100 and Aspan – the CAD/CAM software – Chris has quickly picked up the skills required. “I’ve fiddled around with design software before and it’s all reasonably simple” he says. Confident in working directly in Aspan, Chris has already redrawn

many of the cabinets in their software library to suit the style of manufacture they prefer.

the type of flexibility that is useful, especially in a remote location such as TeAnau.

Despite the challenges of adapting to CNC production Daniel has been pleased with their progress. “Our workshop processes have changed dramatically” he explains. “I used to draw up a cutting list, we’d cut it up and assemble, fixing any problems along the way. Now Chris does the bulk of the work on the PC before we’ve even got to the workshop. There’s no winging it any longer!” he laughs. “But we’re saving a lot of time. With the saw we’d take 4 to 5 days to prepare a kitchen, and now we’re turning them around in 1 or 2.”

“I’ve been experimenting with signs – working with different tooling to get different results” says Chris. Other uses of CNC pop up too.“Recently we found ourselves needing the slotted pieces that window louvres fit into. Not the sort of thing always in stock in TeAnau, and we couldn’t wait 3 days for stock to arrive. So I drew them up in Aspan and made them!”

This new efficiency has meant that Excell Joinery can now take on many of the jobs they were previously turning away. “We’re still growing in confidence with what we can do on the machine” says Daniel. “It’s still got enormous potential, but it’s enabled us to get work done quickly when we’re busy.”

Despite being hours from the nearest city it’s this mix of resourcefulness, kiwi ingenuity and the willingness to harness new technology that makes Excell Joinery a local success story.

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As well as giving them the capacity to take on more work, the E3 is also starting to provide

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Microvellum linking design to production E arlier this year, Craftwood Kitchens introduced a new Weeke CNC Router into their shop’s manufacturing process. Soon after, they realized that they needed to connect their design and production departments to minimize conflicts and delays. The software package they chose was from Microvellum. We sat down with a few members of the company’s design team to find out what influenced their decision.

Initially, the team at Craftwood set out to find software that would complement their existing design software and drive their production utilizing their new Weeke CNC. After careful consideration, they settled on four possible solutions, one of them being Microvellum Software. “We spoke with a lot of different people using Microvellum and found their feedback to be very positive. In fact, in many cases their users gave rave reviews.” Commented Rebecca Ashwin, a lead designer for Craftwood Kitchens. “We continued our investigation by inviting representatives from several software companies to visit us and demonstrate how they would construct a typical cabinet using their tools. We found Microvellum very appealing. Their NZ agent, Tim Veale, was very proficient and was able to quickly design a few custom cabinets. It seemed so simple, yet powerful. It was easy to see that Microvellum’s solution was going to work for us, as we build custom kitchens.”

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“Occasionally, I will refer back to Tim if something a little unusual crops up. This is easily handled remotely by Tim or one of the other techs in Australia or the US, depending on the nature and urgency of the query.”

Rebecca Ashwin found Microvellum easy to pick up.

“We ended up purchasing Microvellum shortly after Tim’s visit. From a designer’s viewpoint, Microvellum is very user friendly. As a designer, I had to learn more about the construction methods we use in the shop.” “Previously, I just gave the design plans to the boys in the shop and they sorted the project out, making up their own material and cutting lists. Now, I produce the information they need to build the project on my end. Tim sat down with us and helped us alter our existing product library to match the construction methods used in our factory. Now, it’s pretty simple … I just select the units from the library, drag them into my design, and push a button to automatically generate the cutting lists, reports, CNC machine code and everything else needed to build the project.”

“The time savings have been quite substantial. It takes me about an hour to get a ready for the boys in the shop, complete with cutting and material lists, labels and CNC code. It’s also very easy to go back and make adjustments that may be required in the design. The sweet part is that after I make my changes in the design, everything else downstream is in sync – including job pricing, cutting and material lists.” “It’s been almost a year since we chose to implement Microvellum, and we are very pleased with our results. On average, we are installing a kitchen a day. Without the proper systems in place, this would have been impossible to manage. Microvellum is an important part of our design to manufacturing process and we are looking forward to extending our use of it in the coming year.” 

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No more do you need to deal with a pocket door system. Our hardware mounts on the outside of the wall for ease of installation yet also adding special visual appeal to any room. Did you ever want to completely hide an area of your house so no one could find it? How about creating a safe room? RHP also carries Custom Service Hardware’s InvisiDoor Hinge Kits. Let us help you hide that room by closing a space off with a book case that looks like it is part of a wall! Order the hinge hardware and we will provide you with the plans for building your book case. Take a moment to visit our website at www. or call us at (07) 394-4493 and allow us to help you achieve the goals you have set for your home. RHP is in the business to make your home something to talk about!

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failure. Construction details, such as steps and angles on sills, location of drip grooves in jambs, all aid in the reduction of moisture penetration into timber joinery. Good design is even more critical when the joinery is located in adverse conditions, such as a damp south facing elevation, or in places where vegetation impedes air flow, thereby impeding drying. Some examples of good design that have been helping to protect timber joinery for generations are porches, verandas and eves; elements that we seem to see much less often in today’s architecture. Fluctuating temperatures and moisture conditions cause timber to move, creating tension in the joinery, opening cracks and joints potentially letting in moisture, which leads to failure. Workmanship General quality of workmanship is also a factor as to the durability of the finished product: everything square, with perfectly fitting joints, all of the angles correct. Following best industry practise, tested design, compliance requirements and product recommendations will help. The main requirements to achieve this are experienced tradesmen, good tooling, quality timber to work with and sound business skills running the manufacturing operation. Installation Once the joinery has been assembled, the next step is to

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get it to the building site for installation. This process is critical and requires good planning, communication and care. It is important that the joinery is ready in time to be installed almost immediately and under the right conditions. Problems occur when the joinery gets damaged in transport, is installed in wet weather conditions, or when it is stored without sufficient protection from the elements on site. It is a myth to assume that once timber joinery is primed it is sealed and protected against moisture. As a matter of fact this is a recipe for disaster. Primer is effective to protect the timber from moisture in vapour form; however, liquid water easily enters through the primer into the timber which subsequently has to come out again as a vapour. The moisture gets locked in and will cause major issues over time. Correct installation of exterior timber joinery into the building is arguably the most critical factor with regard to performance and durability. The correct fitting of flashings and facings will help to prevent moisture ingress into the joinery and/or the wall structure of the building and can lead to disasters that fall in the category of leaky building syndrome. Finishing Once installed, the joinery needs to be finished with a quality paint job to fully protect the product against the elements and most importantly

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H& &S

with Kathy Compliance

Compliance starts here


t Jacks, our decision to add a new machine to our range can be complicated, especially when the machine is from a manufacturer new to us. As well as ensuring the machine will do what our customers need it to do, we also have to make sure the machine complies with the reams of legislation that invades our lives on a daily basis in 2015.

Our process starts by confirming the machine is manufactured to a suitable standard, such as the European ones that underpin our own here in NZ. In addition we use CE as a benchmark of quality and safety, so we need the ‘Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity’ – a certificate stating which set of rules the manufacturer has conformed to. The most commonly seen are European Community (EC) guidelines around manufacturing standards, electro-magnetic tolerance, etc.. If you have trouble sleeping at night this is the perfect reading material. But here’s an interesting thing. While they give an impression of quality and safety, the CE mark is a ‘self-certification’ process. They’re just the manufacturer stating they meet CE. Mr Manufacturer: “Yep, all CE. We conform. No need for you to check. All good. Honestly…” Next time you’re in a $2 shop take a look around at how many CE logos you see. Get the point? So you’ll understand that a machine’s country of origin also determines just how much we trust the CE certification, and how much checking we do to verify it.

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One of Jacks policies is that wherever possible every machine we order is CE compliant as this is a good starting point. This isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, because many manufacturers offer two versions of the same machine: one CE compliant, and one that’s designed for sale in markets that don’t demand such standards. New Zealand used to be such a market, but it’s certainly not today. In fact occasionally even some CE machines require further modification to meet our ever more stringent requirements.

As well as satisfying ourselves a machine conforms to our AS/NZS standards we also request the operator’s manual, electrical diagrams, and MEPS certification. The first two are so we can familiarise ourselves in advance of the machine arriving how the guarding and safety circuits function. MEPS – or ‘Minimum Energy Performance Standards’ – are energy efficiency standards that apply to almost all three phase motors above .73 kW. While they’re not related to safety they are another area of compliance required by law so it’s far easier to get it right early, than face the consequences later. Phew. Research done, paperwork in order. Then the machine arrives. Our Machine Compliance Team now swing into action. This team comprises at least two technicians, our trained ‘Certified Machinery Safety Expert’ (CMSE), and an external safety consultant (who also takes an overview of all of our safety procedures and documentation). The team verify the manufacturer’s documented claims matches the machine in front of them. They also undertake a basic risk assessment of the machine’s operation. It’s during this inspection that we can pick up mistakes. For example we recently received an upcut saw with two-button operation. Testing showed the two buttons were not synchronous (ie both need to be pushed within 0.5 seconds)Turned out the manufacturer had mistakenly sent us non-CE machines. They were identical to look at but had a lesser (ie cheaper) safety circuit that doesn’t comply here. This whole process sounds tedious, and frequently is. But it’s far better than someone having an accident. And while it sounds overly officious, in reality this is only the minimum of what machinery sellers need to do to comply. Of course once you buy the machine your compliance journey starts, but we’re confident we’ve done our bit to provide a safe and compliant machine for your business. 

Buzz Duncan Such

another year done and dusted ...


e have been hearing endlessly since the financial crisis about how we need growth (without it we are doomed) and deflation is the dreaded ogre lurking in the shadows. Comparisons are made about how we could end up like Japan in a mire of stagnation with no growth and little prospect of it despite repeated attempts by the Japanese government to prime their economy. (Incidentally, for all those people who say property never drops in value, take a look at property in Tokyo since 1987). Having just spent some time in Japan, it doesn't feel like the place of gloom that is portrayed in the papers. In fact it feels quite vibrant. What was also interesting was an article talking about Japan's population decline. Remember this is country which had 60 million people in 1945 and 60 years later was 125 million. How could you not have growth? The problem now is that their population is now declining, and this is a big deal because economists and government like statistics like growth. They all work on some theory that we need 2% growth every year to be successful and any less than this is bad. 2 quarters of 2% less than the target and they are in "recession". The true significance of this may or may not mean anything, but it certainly gives the newspapers something to scare everyone into buying papers with. However, a thesis has been raised that for Japan, their natural growth rate is only 0.5% (since their population is declining) and so a contraction of -1% is only 1.5 % below their long term average, which for other economies would not be called a recession. If the economy contracts 1 % but the population declines more, then each person probably "feels" growth. Add to that, the notion that deflation is bad. Again we are told that if we have deflation, then people stop spending because if they wait, they will be able to buy in the future cheaper. The inevitable consequence of this is terminal decline and armageddon. This seems to me to be one of those statements, which are taught in universities, and become taken as gospel without regular testing to see if it is still (or ever was) really true.

Territory Manager Mercer Interiors is pleased to announce Catrina Swale-Barlow as a new territory manager. Catrina’s area includes South Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty & Taupo. For those of you who have contacted customer services in the past, Catrina was customer service manager previously so brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. Catrina can be contacted on 021 760 885 and cswale-barlow@

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So on that matter, if that was a true statement for all things, then why do we buy so many computers and TV's when we know next year it will be bigger, cheaper and have more features than this year. Maybe the thesis is completely wrong and in fact if things were cheaper next year, we wouldn't worry because we would have more spending power and go out and spend it. The same holds for the fact that petrol is getting cheaper, so having a negative impact on inflation, but surely this is good because everyone has more money in their pockets to spend on more important things than warming up the planet. To sum up though, I DO GET why governments are so obsessed with inflation. Inflation is salvation. Without it we cannot inflate away the enormous debt incurred since the GFC (both government and private) as the solution to the fact that we built up so much debt to cause it. Imagine what it would be like if the million dollar house you bought with the $800,000 mortgage was still worth 1 million in 10 years time . It doesn't bear thinking about really. So I suggest you don't, and instead start thinking about the few weeks you are going to take off at Christmas to spend with friends and family at the beach. It's been great talking to you for another year. Drive safely and see you back in 2016.


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Due Process Geoff Hardy

How can you tell if building work is defective?


here are currently five laws holding residential builders accountable for their workmanship or materials (and only two in the case of commercial builders or subcontractors). They are the law of contract, the law of negligence, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, the implied warranties under section 362I of the Building Act 2004, and the 12 month defects remedy under section 362Q of the Building Act. Of those five laws, in only two of them is it necessary to prove (or disprove) that there is a “defect” in the workmanship or materials. In the other laws you have to prove something else – in the case of negligence a breach of a duty of care causing foreseeable loss, in the case of the Consumer Guarantees Act a breach of an implied guarantee, and in the case of the Building Act implied warranties a breach of one of those warranties. A “defect” is relevant to the law of contract simply because all standard form construction contracts provide for a “defects liability period”, which is a limited period of time following practical completion during which the owner can notify the builder of defects which the builder is required to rectify within a reasonable time. The 12 month defects remedy under section 362Q of the Building Act says much the same thing, except that it applies only to residential contracts. Most construction contracts don’t define the word “defect”, and neither does the Building Act, so you have to go looking for the normal meaning of the word. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “defect” as “a fault or problem in something … that spoils that thing … or causes it … not to work correctly”.

But how bad does it have to be before something is spoiled? And exactly where do you draw the line between something that is working correctly and something that is working incorrectly? This lack of certainty causes lots of arguments, which are expensive and time-consuming to resolve because there is no clear answer. Fortunately, there are some guidelines available that can help.

For a start, the Building Act says that a residential builder isn’t liable for a breach of one of the implied warranties and isn’t liable for a defect under the 12 months remedy, to the extent that they are caused by any of the following:

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a cause independent of human control: any act or omission, including accidental damage, by a person who is none of the following: the building contractor: a subcontractor to the building contractor: a person for whom the building contractor is responsible in law: failure to carry out normal maintenance: failure to carry out, or cause to be carried out, repairs as soon as practicable after the defect becomes apparent.

Those are no different from what the law would say anyway, but it’s helpful to have them spelled out. The only problem is, the onus is on the builder to prove that at least one of them applies, otherwise they are presumed not to. Sometimes the construction contract itself will say what is a defect and what isn’t. The main contracts put out by the Certified Builders Association, for example, say that defects do not include:

Mere cosmetic blemishes, imperfections, or trivial faults or flaws that are within the tolerances normally regarded as acceptable according to common trade practice. Any failure to achieve standards of finish or detail that are beyond what is required by the contract documents (subject to any variations) and (if applicable) the relevant building consent. Any fault or flaw that is attributable to the acts or omissions of, or materials supplied by, anyone who has contracted directly with the Owner. Any fault or flaw that is attributable to any event or occurrence beyond the Builder’s reasonable control or the acts or omissions of anyone for whom the Builder is not responsible. Any fault or flaw that is attributable to fair wear and tear, or any failure by the Owner to adequately maintain, preserve, protect and care for the Building.

Sometimes product manufacturers put out specifications, instructions or warranties with their products that tell you what quality standards you can reasonably expect and how their product should perform if it is installed correctly and is properly maintained. Those documents can also be a useful source of information on what is and what isn’t defective performance. But even with those aids to interpretation, it is still hard to tell how bad the workmanship or materials have to be before the builder is liable to rectify them at his own expense. For that reason, the Government recently released (in May 2015) a document called “Guide to Tolerances, Materials

a n d Wo r k m a n s h i p i n N e w Residential Construction 2015”. You can find the Guide online at guide-to-tolerances. It is not legally binding but it will inevitably be referred to as the leading authority whenever anyone wants to know what are the accepted tolerances for product quality and building standards in New Zealand. The Guide does not overrule what is stated in the Building Act, Building Code, building contract, building consent, manufacturer’s specifications and installation instructions, or any relevant NZ Standard, but it does help to fill in the blanks where those documents are not specific enough. The Guide mostly deals with aesthetic issues rather than issues of non-compliance with the Building Code, and is targeted at new residential building work. It tells you what is a normal viewing position to observe alleged cosmetic defects from, and it confirms that they should be evaluated under normal lighting rather than high-intensity lighting. It also tells you how to measure alleged deviations to see whether they are within the prescribed tolerances or not. The Guide does not yet cover all building products and systems or all potential defects, but it will be updated over time, so make sure you refer to the latest version. At the time of writing (November 2015) it covers landscaping and grounds, flooring, wall claddings, roof cladding, windows and doors, wall/ceiling linings, painting, tiling, floor finishes, cabinets and bench tops, plumbing and drainage, electrical fittings and fixtures, and miscellaneous items. 

Geoff Hardy has 40 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer and is the senior lawyer in the Auckland firm “Madison Hardy”. He guarantees personal attention to new clients at competitive rates. His phone number is (09) 379 0700, fax (09) 379 0504, and e-mail geoff@madisonhardy. com. This article is not intended to be relied upon as legal advice. JOINERS Magazine December 2015 page 80

a view from both sides Tony DeLorenzo

And now ... the end is near ...


t is with a little sadness that I must write my final column for JOINERS Magazine.

of no less than 3 not for profit organisations. Numbers are easy. Sorting out a FoC is not.

Things are pretty sad when your business partner and wife tell you get a real job but every cloud has a silver lining, things are always darkest before the dawn, if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger, don’t count your chickens before they hatch and don’t ever pad out your writing with too many clichés. Anyway, I have moved into the education sector to try and shape younger minds than mine. More on this later.

What is a FoC? This stands for Friend of Client (Joiners Mag March 2013). An annoying little grommet of a human being, the FoC actively undermines the experts’ advice. Without asking they change doors, move islands, shift the microwave to over the fridge because they forgot to allow space on the bench. All based on their own experience of a budget renovation that looks like poo. I REALLY enjoyed writing that article and it seemed to resonate as I actually got fan mail from all sorts of people. Including one showroom who wanted to print it and give copies to all of their clients.

I started writing for JOINERS back in 2009, a staggering 6 years ago and as much as things change they stay the same. I thought I would use this article to look back on some of the high points and low points from the past six years. My house! I started writing while I was half way through the renovation of a 1898 villa, and tried to give insights to the work we were doing. Well it seems that I am still half way through as these things take time. And money. And effort. And blood sweat and tears. However so far it looks pretty good and was recently photographed for House and Garden and should be on the shelves sometime next year. With only the main bathroom to go we seem to be nearly there but suddenly weekend are really precious and let’s face it somebody needs to watch the cricket! One of the first articles was on heating and how after 4 years and 4 quotes the cheapest option to avoid winter in Wellington was to

spend 3 months on the Gold Coast. Well about 3 winters ago thanks to the chaps at Waterware we finally got the heating sorted. We now have gas heated water radiators that pump warming goodness into the house and my soul. They were so cost effective in the end that we actually had funds for a trip to the Gold Coast for a holiday this year. Oh the irony! I came back refreshed and ready to go but was employed as a General Manager 8 days after the holiday ended. Professionalism and acting professional seemed to come through as a theme in my articles. The idea that even though we just get on with, design, project management, problems solving, marriage guidance... these are skills we all have and need to be professional about them. By this I mean charge $$$. Don’t underrate what you do or your clients will. I wrote about numbers. If your books are done well you should know at a glance if you are doing well or not. If you are self employed, or a manager, or even on the floor, take the time and do a course of basic accounting. I did 4th form accounting and this alone was enough to help me run a business and sort out the finances

I spoke about loyalty and looking after our suppliers and how they then looked after us. I talked about pies and how I love to eat them but also how the ‘pie’ of manufacturing could be made bigger so we all get a slice. I wrote about the end of retail and how online is killing shops, and how service will be the only way to combat this. I encourage you to get out there and do it, to stand out and make people look at you. I asked you to finish what you start and get the final payment, and to make your showrooms the best looking job you will ever make. And I told you kitchens were exactly like cars. (June 2015)

emails with your comments. They made me laugh. Who knows you may yet see me speaking at a conference someday, hint hint... Thank you to Michael my editor for taking a chance and letting me write ANYTHING I wanted. I’m sure he questioned his judgement on that a few times. He will probably be looking for someone else to fill my page so send him a sample and get the ball rolling. Just do it! Thank you to Debra my amazing wife who made me do this and encourages me on to bigger and better things everyday. And finally thank you to the Hutt City Kindergarten Association who gave me a chance to be their new GM. I have only got kitchen and kindergarten mixed up a few times and luckily the newspaper reporter didn’t pick up on it. It is VERY different but a lot of my new ‘clients’ seem to get my sense of humour, and I seem to relate to them as well. Take care all of you. Ci vediamo dopo! Tony DeLorenzo

A big thank you to Tony for six years of humour, insight, common sense and industry knowledge - ed

All in all it has been heaps of fun writing there articles and I am glad you enjoyed them. Thank you for coming up to me at conference and saying hi and sending me

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STATE OF THE INDUSTRY Reports from Branch Presidents November 2015

Auckland/Northland The Auckland Region has again continued to be extremely busy. With Christmas rapidly approaching, the residential builders are trying to get projects locked up and secure for the Christmas break, while the home owners are trying to get joinery manufactured so they can carry on with their Christmas projects. Most of the Auckland joinery manufacturers seem to be on a continual 6 to 7 week delivery time frame from date of the order confirmations, and most of us are continually advertising and looking for qualified joiners to try and meet delivery expectations. The commercial sector is also charging ahead but without the extreme urgency that we are seeing in the residential market. Again there is a massive amount of group housing still happening in the Auckland Region. This is 100% in the aluminium joiners market place and the cheaper modular type work for the kitchen and cabinet manufacturers. These projects all seem to be price driven with the group housing builders buying up sections and selling houses off plans before they have started building. A lot of the group housing is starting to head into the South Auckland areas of Pokino, Tuakau, Pukekohe and Karaka. Yes this keeps Auckland extremely busy with a lot of work available for all types of trades from painters, plumbers, electricians, roofers the list goes on. But it also makes it difficult for the renovation and alteration work to get good trades people when they are required. The Auckland timber joinery sector is kept very busy with the architecturally designed high end homes, along with the continuous alteration, addition, and maintenance / replacement joinery. There seems to be a lot more interest and enquires around the NZS 4211 programme from both architects and home owners, with Architects specifying NZS4211 on a lot more plans. I believe from a recent survey carried out by Auckland Master Joiners that its members are purchasing a lot more of the NZS4211 compliant joinery tags and are selling compliant timber joinery. This has got to be good

for the whole industry. Auckland Master Joiners seems to be going along reasonably well. Our long serving secretary Matt Woodward made a decision to step down from his position at our last AGM. Matt has been the backbone of Auckland Master Joiners and his input is gratefully appreciated by all our members and the whole of Master Joiners Federation. At the same time we welcome Michael Bangs into the role of secretary. I know Matt agrees that Michael is a great replacement. It is still very hard to get our members to take an active role in Auckland Master Joiners with only a handful of members attending our meetings, Our next meeting will be held at Herman Pacific with a guided tour around their yard and plant, followed by a meeting and BBQ. Hopefully this might encourage a better attendance. – Dave Cunningham Canterbury Well it’s pretty crazy out there. Last report I mentioned a slight dip in the workloads but that seems to have disappeared at a great rate of knots and now with the Xmas rush mixed in, things are really busy. Everyone is reporting a busy work load however there are signs that February / March may be a bit quieter with the likes of roofers and painters making noise that they aren’t that busy and don’t have a heavy work load ahead. Also a sign that things are on the downward slope is the fact that the housing companies are budgeting to do less next year. It seems the type of work has also shifted towards higher end joinery, this is probably mostly due to more jobs on the hills being built and renovated now. The commercial side of things is starting to get busier now as it starts to trade places with residential and over the next 1-2 years this should be well under way in Canterbury. Membership still holds steady with no new members on board since the last report and we are still seeing a great turnout at the meetings with upwards of 30 members coming along per month and a few enjoying a meal beforehand. Our new secretary has also fitted in well and Mary is doing a great job trying to keep us in line (tough sometimes). Bad debts

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don’t seem to be much of an issue at the moment with a majority of joiners keeping them well under control and credit has to be given to everyone for working together in making sure we are all up with the play on what’s happening out there. It’s great that companies are running their businesses in a way now where there are fewer bad debts. In the past we have had many bad debts and that was with considerably less work loads. Finally hope everyone survives the run into Xmas and enjoys a well earned break and see you again next year. – Nathan Moore Central During the past few winter months most of the Central members have enjoyed busy workloads and are now in the thick of the frantic Christmas rush. Some are now complaining of too much work and this is being compounded by the lack of employable staff available. This busy last quarter should cap off a very good year for most of our members. The commercial work has picked up, school work is still strong and the residential work just keeps pumping along. I guess it is a case of grabbing the work and enjoying it while it is there. It should last, but who would know, with so many economic indicators out there all saying different things. Recently at Central we held our annual Feilding Cup day out at the races for members. The theme this year was Halloween. There were a few interesting costumes and the day ran smoothly and a lot of fun had by all. This is the largest social event on our calendar and is now into its 18th year. We also had Corinne and Kevyn travel down as our special guests for the day. Thank you to Jenny Wallace for all her organising, it is very much appreciated. During the year we have had a change of secretary. Craig Fleet, our former president, has taken this over with Jenny taking on our treasurer’s position. Lastly I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a safe New Year. - Graeme Andrews Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay With the big guy due in 6 weeks’ time, normal pre-Christmas workloads have kicked in. Clients coming out of hibernation with their joinery request required before the

Christmas Break. Hawke’s Bay / Poverty Bay finds itself with good work loads and some members extremely busy, helped by the low interest rates and a steady migration of people discovering the East Coast weather and wines. With notices coming from bench top manufactures warning of longer lead times going into holiday season, this is placing more pressure on those last minute jobs. Local commercial activity has increased helping to maintain workloads and giving companies a choice on whether to tender or not. Over the last few months we have noticed a steady stream of price increases from suppliers resulting in the need to be of fixed tenders, with one local supplier bucking the trend and reducing prices. If you are struggling to find staff we only have ourselves to blame. There are apprentices out there that only need the chance, so if you’ve got a good stream of work, invest in your company by employing an apprentice. Talking with our local BCITO rep, some encouraging changes are hopefully going to be implemented with block courses, which I personally think is well over due. Wishing all a merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Ross Morgan Nelson/Marlborough The market remains difficult to track. Some members are very busy, others are kicking their heels. Timber joinery opportunities are high. High end kitchen market remains very strong. The group housing market is less buoyant. The Marlborough section are enjoying bountiful times with good workloads flowing into next year. A less positive outlook comes from the Nelson section. In September we enjoyed a tour of Nelson pine LVL plant and witnessed the astonishing scale of the operation. Nelson Pine operates one of the largest and most modern LVL production lines in the Asia Pacific region. They continually work to improve and expand their product range. Many of the processes have synergies with the joinery and furniture industries, making the tour very worthwhile. The excellent participation by members in the Master Joiners National Wages

survey again indicated that the branch members are showing greater unison and increased freedom of information. This was also evident in the high percentage of entries for the National MJ awards originating from the region. We also continue to be the fastest growing regional branch! Most recently the branch has committed to offering assistance to Vanuatu and will develop a plan to do this over the coming month. Finally the spectre of warranties and guarantees remains, with the building and design industry increasingly looking for reassurance in this space. We as a branch have targeted the next quarter to provide a specific 5-Year Workmanship Guarantee to Master Joiner Nelson Marlborough customers. – Myles Sellers Otago/Southland Workloads around the region remain busy with extra work coming out of the South Dunedin flooding in June along with big projects like the Distinction Hotel utilising five local joinery companies to get the job completed on time. A shortage of labour in Dunedin continues to keep firms busy in the longer term. Michael Good from Peter Howley Joinery, Invercargill, recently travelled to Brazil and competed in the World Skills competition. His hard work paid off with good results, finishing just outside the medals of excellence. His commitment to learning and challenging himself will see him well into the future and be a valuable asset to his employer. We have had our annual celebration for the five apprentices who have completed their apprenticeships over the past year. It was an enjoyable night and great to see their hard work recognised. The Hanning Trophy for the Otago/Southland Apprentice of the Year was awarded to Michael Good of Peter Howley Joinery, in recognition of the many hours of training he undertook in preparation for World Skills in Brazil. Every November we organise something different to celebrate the end of another year and for out of towners it’s a chance to relax for a weekend before diving into the last minute Christmas rush. This year was no different and we enjoyed a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station where we had a wonderful gourmet BBQ dinner and social evening. Andrew Duncan

Taranaki With Christmas only seven weeks away, workloads seem to be a little quieter than normal for most, with the busy Christmas rush just starting. That’s about a month behind most other years. A select few have a lot on, with everyone else just having enough to get them through to Christmas and a bit planned for the New Year. Commercial is ticking over in pockets, but with those winding down, hopefully a few more will pop up to fill the gaps. One office furniture company I talked to were rushed off their feet and doing some big hours to try and get on top of the workload. Most are busy quoting , but have noticed their potential clients are getting more than one other quote, so are having to work hard for their portion of the pie. This should see work spread around in January and February which is usually a quieter time for most. Thanks to Beauden Barrett’s try in the Rugby World Cup helping the All Blacks bring back the Cup, and Men’s and Women’s Blacksticks Oceania Cup Tournament being held in Stratford, along with some fantastic weather, people seem fairly upbeat about this summer, so hopefully they all decide to get their cheque books out going into next year. The last two Dairy Auctions have been down and so with the oil industry still in a lull as well, Taranaki will just keep on ticking over as we move through into 2016. We can all look forward to a Christmas break and before we know it, it will be the end of January. Have a very Merry Christmas and New Year. – Brent Russ Waikato/Bay of Plenty Patience has been rewarded. There is high demand for our products and services across the region. The real estate pressures seen in the larger centres has spread to varying degree into the corners of the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty, with even a lethargic Rotorua experiencing house prices rising to levels not seen since 2007. This is driving a buoyant renovation market and householders are keen to enhance their lot. The commercial markets seem busy as well with various sized projects on the go. Businesses have more confidence, and are investing in their work spaces and image. The likes of Vet clinics and medical practices seem to be moving or building new facilities and many of the schools

have work to be done. With the increased pressure on the market, suppliers have been stretched to maintain the delivery times we have become used to and stock shortages are common. Several price increase letters/emails arrive each week so the increased demand is reflected in prices of our materials, something we will need to carefully manage and look to pass on. Many members are deliberating over staff numbers. Trained and skilled staff are difficult to pickup and there is still nagging doubt over how long the higher demand will last. We recently held our Christmas at the Races meeting with a visit to the Cambridge Night Trots. No big winners but an enjoyable evening all the same. So, a positive end to 2015 from a shaky start and prospects look good for the New Year. Let’s hope that the current conditions continue for a few years to come. All the best for a safe and enjoyable festive season. - Paul Ingram Waitaki As can be expected, everyone is very busy leading up to Christmas and some well into the New Year. It has been another busy year for most and we are all looking forward to a good break. Finding qualified staff is very hard with most opting to take on apprentices, which is a good option for the industry. Materials can be slow coming which is to be expected this time of year (in particular Cedar) and some freight is arriving with damage which can be very frustrating. Some companies have already cut off for the year for benchtops. Generally people have been very good payers with the usual few slow ones still out there. People seem less reluctant to pay deposits with most even asking, which is very helpful for cash flow. Generally everyone is happy with the way things are going and the future workloads. Architects plans can be very vague with a lot more effort required from the joiner to make things work. Most joiners are still very keen to see Master Joiners provide a standard contract for jobs carried out over 30k which is required by Law. Sadly the Waitaki Association say goodbye to Bill Foote, as he announced his retirement from Secretary/Treasurer after 30 + years of dedicated work. Bill has been a key figure within our industry and we thank him for his efforts. Although Bill has left

big boots to fill, Mark Albert from Lunds Joinery has taken on the role. Bill wishes to remain involved in as many ways as possible and we will support him with this. We wish Bill and his wife all the best for the future. – Craig Mason Wellington The Christmas rush has hit and I need to turn work away. As usual I have taken on some tricky work that I did not really want and now a sweet number I priced 3 weeks ago has waltzed in the door. “Of course we can do it” – I can’t let that one get away - sound familiar? It has been a good year for us with no stoppages in production. Work drying up has been the constant in the previous four or five years. Generally I think we have all had a good year down here at the bottom of the North Island. I remember when aluminium joinery hit New Zealand, I was told as an apprentice that timber joinery is a dying trade. Fortunately joiners started making kitchens and of course kitchens then became better and more popular. The rest is history. Wardrobes are the new kitchens in our industry and they are getting more emphasis in new and older homes. They are now big ticket joinery items and having a good wardrobe is like having a good kitchen, good news for all. What a great conference we had in Wellington this year, well done as usual to the organisers. I have been a local in Wellington for 25 years and experienced places that I hadn’t been to before. Definitely get along to the next conference if you can. Queenstown is a great spot and, as always, conference will be entertaining and interesting. The more conferences you attend the more you will benefit. Quality joinery tradesmen are hard to find it seems, which is no surprise, as the local colleges do not promote timber joinery manufacturing as a job direction to school leavers. There is of course a possible alternative which is investing in technology, meaning you can employ less skilled staff. I hope you all have a great Christmas and a good break, some of us I am sure we will be working through. – Anthony Neustroski 

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master joiners members AUCKLAND Secretary, Michael Bangs 24 Linwood Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025. Ph 09 846 364, 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 Ltd Unit A, 1058 Great South Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland. Ph 09 270 9605, contact David Heather. Alpha Joinery Services (2010) Ltd 124D Felton Mathew Ave, St Johns, Auckland, Ph 09 578 0391, contact Juan Whippy. NZS4211 Affiliated. Artisan Carpentry Ltd 14b Akepiro Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland, Ph 09 550 7654, contact Charles de Lapomarede. 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. NZS4211 Affiliated. 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. Contrast Interiors Ltd A5, 35 Keeling Road, Henderson, Auckland, Ph 09 835 3465, contact Brendon Dunn Counties Joinery 36 Sedgebrook Rd, Patumahoe, Pukekohe 2678. Ph 09 236 3271, contact Roy McKerras. CT Timber Joinery Ltd Unit A / 37 View 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.

Grandvue Joinery 42 Gregory Road, Waitakere. Ph 09 810 9398, contact Robert Piacun. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Seaboard Joinery Ltd PO Box 11 035, Ellerslie. Ph 09 579 9571, contact Mrs Maureen Beattie. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Coromandel Kitchens Ltd 7 Dakota Drive, Whitianga, Ph 07 869 5597, contact Andrew Nuttall

Guyco Kitchens & Joinery Ltd 8 Rewa Rewa Road, Raumanga, Whangarei, Ph 09 470 0653, contact Peter Dainty.

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

Cromptons Joinery PO Box 751, Taupo. Ph 07 378 7968, contact Allan Crompton. NZS4211 Affiliated.

G & J Joinery (1997) Ltd 372 West Coast Rd, Glen Eden, Auckland. Ph 09 818 5585, contact Alan Parry. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Smith & Parker Joiners 35 Waipanga Road, Kamo, Whangarei, Ph 09 435 5415, contact Albert Smith or Simon Parker. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Customtone Kitchens 33 Progress Drive, Otorohanga, Ph 07 873 8083, contact Dave Frederiksen.

IP Joinery Ltd Unit 8, Industrial Building One. Opua Marine Park, Baffin St, Opua. Ph 09 402 6885, contacts Bill & Julie Kidman. JT Cabinetry Ltd 32 Neil Park Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland, Ph 09 279 8984, contacts Noel Rowse and Ben Brown. Kay Joinery 1226 Oruru Road, R D 2, Peria, Kaitaia, Ph 09 408 5547, contact Daniel Kay. Keenan Interiors Limited 6/7 Veronica Park Lane, New Lynn, Auckland 0600, Ph 09 827 7836. Kitchen Inspirations Ltd Unit 15, 518 Buckland Road, R D 2, Pukekohe, Ph 09 239 0875, contact Justin and Rebecca Berry Leslie A J & Co Ltd PO Box 35 628, Browns Bay. Ph 09 479 4662, contact Steve Leslie. NZS4211 Affiliated. Mahurangi Joinery Ltd 23a Glenmore Drive, Warkworth, Auckland 0910, Ph 09 425 9849, contacts Joel and Suzannah Hemus. 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. Neo Design Ltd 96 Hillside Road, Glenfield, Auckland. Ph 09 443 4461, contact Wayne Church or Paul Burgess. Nicks Timber Joinery Ltd 56 Forge Road, Silverdale, Auckland. Ph 09 426 6862, contact Ken Caldwell. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Danska Cabinetmaking 177 Lower Dent St, Whangarei, ph 09 438 1100, contact Aaron & Carolyn Rawson.

Old Bay Joinery 202 Old Bay Rd, RD 2, Kaikohe, Northland, Ph 09 405 9650, contacts Phil & Sandy Ellis. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Euro Timber Joinery Co Ltd 34 Waipareira Ave, Henderson, Auckland, ph 09 837 1833, contact Shane Paterson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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

Fineline Joinery Limited Unit 6B, 64 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland, Ph 09 836 2212, contacts Chris Lipp / Richard Schaefer. NZS4211 Affiliated. Format Ltd 17 Parity Place, Glenfield, Auckland, Ph 09 914 4560, contact Frank Schlaffmann. 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. 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.

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Styleline Installationz Ltd 97 Avocado Lane, Mangawhai, Auckland, Ph 021 660 207, contacts Matt Strong and Stephen Strong. Total Timba Joinery PO Box 101 153, Glenfield. Ph 09 444 7772 contact Rob Pickup. NZS4211 Affiliated. Western Joinery Ltd 26 Cartwright Road, Glen Eden, Auckland, Ph 09 818 8802, contacts Jim Purvis or Leanne Beaumont. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Design Line Kitchens & Motorhomes 21 Gateway Dr, Whakatane. Ph 07 307 0058, contact Adam McNeil. Eastern Waikato Joinery Ltd 3 Allen Street, Morrinsville. Ph 07 889 7654, contact Paul Bennett. NZS4211 Affiliated. Fernlea Cabinetry & Joinery Ltd 17 Bandon Street, Frankton, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 2027, Frank Lawrence. NZS4211 Affiliated. Fine Woodworking 1536 Main North Road, R D 5, Te Kuiti, Ph 07 878 6194, David Higgins. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Westpine Joinery Ltd 7 Binstead Rd, New Lynn, Auckland. Ph 09 827 6488, contact Bill or Donny Rawlinson. www. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Gartshore Group PO Box 2117, Tauranga. Ph 07 578 4529, contact Bill Gartshore.

Whenuapai Joinery (1988) Ltd 49 Pupuke Rd, Takapuna, Auckland. Ph 09 416 4995, contact Ian Midgley. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Harker Laminates 58 Bryant Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton, Ph 07 849 7745, contact Steve Harker.

Woodstar Ltd PO Box 57 050, Owairaka. Ph 09 620 5711, contact Stuart Penny.

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.

Secretary, Sonya Mackenzie 65 Duke Street, Hamilton. Ph 07 847 9352 Email:

Keith Paton Joinery 15 Carters Crescent, Cambridge, ph 07 827 3249, contact Keith Paton.

Advance Joinery 2015 Ltd 71 Higgins Road, Hamilton, Ph 07 846 0026, contact Kris Allen.

King Country Kitchens 49 King St, Te Kuiti, Ph 07 878 8820, contact Richard Pethybridge. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Arborline Products PO Box 9003, Hamilton. Ph 07 847 8217, contact Julian Jaques. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Kitchen Fx Ltd 8 Bandon Street, Frankton, Hamilton. Ph 07 847 3003, contact Mark Davies.

Autocrat Joinery 31 Maru Street, Mount Maunganui, Ph 07 574 8162, contact Tony Morgan. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Lee Brothers Joinery Ltd PO Box 1170, Rotorua, Ph 07 348 0620, contact Paul Ingram. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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

MAKZ Joinery 34 Valley Road, Whakatane, Ph 027 284 9412, contact Jamie McConnell.

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

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

Clearline Ltd 65 Hull Road, Mt Maunganui, Ph 07 572 4307, contact Barry Ririnui. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Montage Kitchens & Joinery PO Box 5266, Frankton, Hamilton. Ph 07 8479 174, contact Ken Monk. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Colourform Joinery Ltd PO Box 10121, Te Rapa, Hamilton, Ph 07 849 6655, contact Mike Taylor. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Morrinsville Industries Ltd PO Box 69, Morrinsville. Ph 07 889 5199, contact Murray Foster. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Concept Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd 73 Riverlea Rd, Hamilton, Ph 07 856 4705, contact Ross Bones. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Native Timber Joinery Ltd 92 Bruce Berquist Drive, Te Awamutu, Ph 07 871 6188, contact Stuart Walker. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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

Personal Touch Kitchens Ltd 20 Rickit Road, Te Awamutu, Ph 07 871 3998, contact Gyan Prole or Kerry Prole.

Careys Joinery (1989) Ltd PO Box 229, Marton. Ph 06 327 7949, contact Shaun McDowell.

Plain & Fancy Furniture & Kitchens 2 Lake Rd, Frankton, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 4563, email s.jclausen@

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

Ross Curtis Joinery PO Box 396, Taumarunui. Ph 07 895 7152, contact Ross Curtis.

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

Santa Fe Shutters PO Box 4009, Mt Maunganui South, Tauranga, Ph 07 547 4042, contact John Kemsley.

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

Stanley Joinery Ltd 6 Browns Street, Matamata, Ph 07 881 9234, contact Tony Thornton. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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

St Andrews Joinery Ltd 46 Mahana Road, Te Rapa, Hamilton, Ph 07 849 3050, contacts Stewart and Robert Cunningham.

Jeff Clayton Joinery 25 Roxburgh Cres, Palmerston North. Ph 06 357 1736, contact Jeff Clayton.

Stu Martin Joinery Ltd 49A Matai Street, Taupo. Ph 07 378 8049, contact Stu Martin.

Kitchens By Healey Ltd 42 Bennett Street, Palmerston North, Ph 06 355 4646, contact Peter Healey.

Treetown Kitchens Ltd 57 Albert Street, Cambridge, Ph 07 827 7309, contact Kevin Middlemiss.

Lanwood Joinery 26 North St, Palmerston North. Ph 06 357 4757, contact Steve Duck.

Thames Joinery (1995) Ltd 913 Queen Street, Thames, Ph 07 868 6951, contact Bruce Fulton. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Levin A1 Joinery Co Ltd 27 Hokio Beach Rd, Levin. Ph 06 368 9987, contact Phil Benefield. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Torrington Stairways 24 Matos Segedin Drive, Cambridge, Ph 07 827 6323, contact Brian Courtney.

M R Osman Furniture & Joinery 383 Heads Road, Wanganui, Ph 06 344 2391, contact Murray Osman. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Wackrow’s Joinery Ltd Gillies St, Box 150, Cambridge. Ph 07 827 5981, contact Carl Riley or Liam Wackrow. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Murray Judd Joinery Limited 25 Station Street, Woodville, Ph 06 376 5043, contact Murray & Tessa Judd. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Waikato Benchtops Ltd Glasgow Street, Huntly, Ph 07 828 8370, contact Simon Curran. Waikato Joinery Specialists 26 King St, Frankton, Hamilton, Ph 07 847 6006, contact John Vercoe. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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. 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.

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.

UCOL Princess St, Palmerston North. Ph 06 952 7001, contact Craig Fleet. NZS4211 Affiliated. Unique Timber Joinery 143B Gillespies Line, R D 5, Palmerston North, Ph 06 355 2654, contact James Griffin. NZS4211 Affiliated.

TARANAKI Secretary, Graeme Paul PO Box 4136, New Plymouth. Ph 06 751 1111. Arthur Brown Construction Ltd PO Box 266, Hawera. Ph 06 278 5199, contact contact Mark Dombroski Broadway Joinery 381 Broadway, Stratford, Ph 06 765 6829, contact Graham Podjursky.

HAWKES BAY POVERTY BAY Secretary, Sue Page QSM, JP 13a Charles Street, Westshore, Napier 4110. Ph 06 835 9549. Email: Awapuni Joinery Ltd 22 Parkinson Street, Gisborne, Ph 06 867 3301 contact Peter Webster.

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

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

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

Burley Kitchens & Cabinetry Ltd 14 Lipton Pl, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 5588, contact Craig Burley.

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

Cherrywood Joinery Ltd 11 PotaeAve, Lytton West, Gisborne. Ph 06 868 0971, Richard Childs.

Hawera Kitchens and Furniture Ltd 24 Glover Road, Hawera 4610, Ph 06 278 7044, contacts Klinton Hunt / Lance Hunt. In 2 Kitchens Limited 78 Portia Street, Stratford, Ph 06 765 4058, contacts Brent and Jo Russ. NZS4211 Affiliated. Kitchen Designz NZ Ltd 225-229 Courtenay St, New Plymouth. Ph 06 759 8324, contact Dan Holmes.

Christie Builders & Joiners 11 Husheer Place, Onekawa, Napier, Ph 06 843 6676, contact Peter Christie. NZS4211 Affiliated. Classic Kitchens (1977) Ltd PO Box 3150, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 6500, contact Larry McKenna. D Stevens Ltd 336 Childers Road, Gisborne, Ph 06 867 5700, contact Peter Claydon. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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

East Coast Benchtops Ltd 15 Edmundson Street, Onekawa, Napier, Ph 06 843 1465, contact Wayne Hurring or Chris desLandes’.

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

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

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

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

Newton Gordge Joinery 67 Breakwater Rd, New Plymouth. Ph 06 751 5065, contact Newton Gordge. NZS4211 Affiliated. Pace Office Furniture Ltd 113 De Havilland Drive, Bell Block, New Plymouth. Ph 06 755 4012, contact Lew Dickie or Bryan Frank. Prestige Kitchens 2001 Ltd 98 Molesworth Street, New Plymouth, Ph 06 759 9177, contact Mark Schmidt. Rhys Powell Joinery 7A Euclid Street, New Plymouth. Ph 06 753 3822, contact Rhys Powell. 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.

Hastings Laminate Ltd 1021a Manchester Street, Hastings, Ph 06 879 8564, contact Mark or Grant Eyles. Kitchen Zone 219 Stanley Road, Gisborne. Ph 06 863 2044, contact Tony & Lynda Sharp. NZS4211 Affiliated. Kevin Molloy Joinery Ltd PO Box 3251, Napier. Ph 06 843 5037, contact Simon Molloy. NZS4211 Affiliated. Mackersey Construction Ltd Box 320, Hastings, Ph 06 876 0252, contact Ross Morgan. NZS4211 Affiliated. McIndoe Kitchens PO Box 3221, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 3880, contact Murray McIndoe. Millbrook Furniture Solutions Ltd 404 Ellison Road, Hastings 4122, Ph 06 876 3675, contact Bruce Drummond. Milldoor Ltd 1283 Louie Street, Hastings, Ph 06 878 2600, contact Gary Morgan. Peter Norris Joinery Ltd Unit 9, 28 Edmundson Street, Onekawa, Napier, Ph 06 843 8086, contact Peter Norris. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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Rabbitte Joinery Limited 807 Warren St, Hastings. Ph 06 870 8911, contacts Greg & Trudi Rabbitte. NZS4211 Affiliated. Rawcraft Kitchens of Distinction PO Box 3375, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 9008, contact Mike Daly. Stephen Jensen Cabinetmakers Ltd 37 Takapau Road, Waipukurau, Ph 06 858 9028, contacts Stephen Jensen / Kane Griffin. NZS4211 Affiliated. Summerfield Joinery 4 Innes Street, Gisborne, Ph 06 868 4236, contact Dale Summerfield. NZS4211 Affiliated Sydaz Joinery Ltd Unit 6, 7 Cadbury Street, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 842 2086, contacts Simon Wakeman or Darryl Strachan. Waipukurau Joinery Limited 2322 Takapau Road, Waipukurau. Ph 06 858 9961, contact Greg O’Kane. Your Solutions Joinery Ltd 46 Ford Road, Onekawa, Napier. Ph 06 843 5954, contact Adam Satherley.

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 68 Montgomery Crescent, Upper Hutt 5018, Ph 021 923 231, contact Benn Hamilton. Carroll’s Joinery Limited 148 Lincoln Road, Masterton. Ph 06 377 3160, contact Richard Carroll.

Paraparaumu Doors & Joinery 14 Manchester St, Paraparaumu, Ph 04 297 2233, contact Tony Thomson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Motueka Joinery Co 2001 Ltd 20 Old Wharf Road, Motueka, Ph 03 528 9012, contacts Phil or Barb Sharkie.

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

Pete’s Joinery & Building Ltd 205 Main St, Greytown. Ph 06 304 9137, contact Peter Algie, Rhys Severn or Paul Coventry. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Nazareth Joinery Ltd 1 Warwick Street, Blenheim, Ph 03 578 8752, contact Ruda Suleiman.

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

Orange Building Group Joinery Ltd 16 Nayland Road, Stoke, Nelson. Ph 03 547 9784, contact John Andrew.

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

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 38 Puruaha Road, R D 2, Te Horo, Otaki, Ph 021 911 585, contact Mathew Gubb.

Goldmark Group Ltd 9-11 Jean Batten St, Kilbirnie, Wellington. Ph 04 387 8964, contact David Goldsack.

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

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

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

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

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

TRS Joiners Ltd 58 Fisk Street, Naenae, Lower Hutt. Ph 04 566 0650, contact Theren Sugrue. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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

Valleys Joinery Shop Ltd PO Box 13098, Johnsonville. Ph 04 478 7652, contact Bruce Scandlyn. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Waimea West Joinery Ltd 111 Beach Road, Richmond, Nelson, Ph 03 544 0177, contacts Kathy & Alan Gibbs. 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.


Woodworkshop Ltd 118 Tirangi Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington, Ph 04 387 3228. Contact Steve Hind.

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.

David Barker Custom Cabinets Unit 1, 408 Hutt Road, Alicetown, Lower Hutt, Ph 027 248 8140, contact David Barker. David Ladd Joinery Ltd 19B Broken Hill Road, Porirua. Ph 04 237 9175.

Re Space Limited 2 Kidson Place, Nelson 7011, Ph 03 547 1636, contact Steven Harvey or Peter Harvey.

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

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.

Graedon Joinery 23 Clendon St, Naenae, Lower Hutt, Ph 04 939 0405, contact Graeme Hopkirk. NZS 4211 Affiliated.

A K Joinery Ltd Units 3-5, 28 Dublin Street, Picton, Ph 03 573 6860, contact Andrew Kenny.

Anderson Joinery Ltd 247 Alford Forest Rd, Ashburton. Ph 03 308 2988, email:, contact Dougal Anderson.

Hanns Builders and Joiners 72 - 74 Sydney Street, Petone, Ph 04 570 0000, contact Peter Hanns.

Bays Joinery Ltd 6 Tokomaru Place, Wakatu Industrial Estate, Stoke, Nelson, Ph 03 544 0087, contact George Molnar. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Architectural Joinery Ltd 82 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch. Ph 03 377 6760, contact Andrew Clark

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.

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.

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

James Neal Joinery 35 Fell Street, Grovetown, Marlborough, Ph 03 577 7872, contact James Neal.

Brent Johnson Joinery Ltd 30A Newnham Street, Rangiora, North Canterbury, Ph 03 313 6256, contact Brent Johnson. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Matai Joinery Ltd 26 Quarantine Road, Stoke, Nelson 7011, Ph 03 547 7990, contact Greg Couper. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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

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Evolution Interiors Limited 19 Stanmore Road, Phillipstown, Christchurch, Ph 03 381 1633, contact Karl Kitchingham. Finesse Joinery 423 Main North Road, Christchurch. Ph 03 352 3457, contact David Street. Grant Kearney Joinery 51 Boys Road, Rangiora, North Canterbury, Ph 03 313 7125, contact Grant Kearney. NZS4211 Affiliated. Grieve Construction Limited 179 Alford Forest Road, Ashburton 7700, Ph 03 308 0328, contacts Ben Grieve and Scott Jamison. NZS4211 Affiliated. 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. 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 Joinery 24 Hawdon St, Christchurch. Ph 03 365 1675 contact Grant Woodham. NZS4211 Affiliated. 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. Murray Milne Ltd PO Box 356, Ashburton. Ph 03 308 8018, contact Murray Milne. MWF Manufacturing Ltd 23 Leeds St, Sydenham, Christchurch. Ph 03 365 6218, contact Gary Altenburg. NZS4211 Affiliated. NZ Doors (2004) Ltd 41 Anchorage Road, Hornby, Christchurch, Ph 03 344 2516, contacts Ron and Lisa Zwarst. NZS4211 Affiliated. Paul Renwick Joinery Ltd PO Box 11047, Chch. Ph 03 349 7049, contact Paul Renwick.

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. Sydenham Joinery Ltd 96 Byron Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Ph 03 379 6840, contact Bernie Hunt. NZS4211 Affiliated. The Joiner Shop Kaikoura Ltd 19 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, Ph 03 319 5562, contact Fraser Syme.

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

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

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.

Quality Joinery Ltd 10 Ouse St, Oamaru. Ph 03 434 7922, contact Grant Pledger.

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

Ross Becker Joinery 20 Chelmer Street, Oamaru 9400, Ph 03 434 3336, contact Ross Becker.

O’Brien Group 2012 97 Harrow Street, Dunedin, Ph 03 477 2182, contact Peter O’Brien.

Rycole Joinery 44 Homestead Road, 1 DRD, Oamaru, Ph 03 434 5012, contacts Darryl and Adrienne Whitburn NZS4211 Affiliated. Tony Boyce Builders & Joiners Ltd Washdyke Flat Road, Washdyke, Timaru, Ph 03 688 2181, contact Tony Boyce. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Timber Doors & Windows 2007 Ltd 184 Wordsworth Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023, Ph 03 379 1725, contact Martyn Neville. 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. Walklins Joinery Ltd 493 Bealey Road , R D 1, Christchurch 7671, Ph 03 318 1529, contact Mark Walker.

WAITAKI Secretary, Mark Albert PO Box 128, Timaru. Ph 03 688 9149, email Alpine Joinery 480 Fairview Road, No 2 RD, Timaru, ph 03 688 5748, contact Paul Butchers. Barrett Joinery Ltd 204 Hilton Highway, PO Box 2115 Timaru. Ph 03 688 4738, contact Mark Mitchell. NZS4211 Affiliated. Firman Joinery Ltd 9 Dee St, Oamaru. Ph 03 434 1561, contact Gary Firman. NZS4211 Affiliated. Geraldine Timber Products 27 High Street, Geraldine, Ph 03 693 9598, contact Paul Autridge. NZS4211 Affiliated. J E Dennison Ltd 5 Redruth St, Timaru. Ph 03 688 0029, contact Gary Dennison. NZS4211 Affiliated. JMAC Joinery Ltd 7 Laughton Street, Washdyke, Timaru, Ph 03 688 2725, contact Craig Mason. NZS4211 Affiliated. Joinery Zone 2012 Ltd 110 Fraser Street, Timaru. Ph 03 688 8223, contact Warren Atwill. NZS4211 Affiliated. Lunds Joinery Ltd 33a Grants Rd, PO Box 128, Timaru. Ph 03 688 9149, contact Mark Albert. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Peter Howley Joinery Ltd 224 Mersey Street, Invercargill, Ph 03 214 1055, contact Peter Howley. NZS4211 Affiliated. Queenstown Joinery 53 Industrial Place, Queenstown, Ph 03 442 7555, contact Kevin Harradine. NZS4211 Affiliated.


Ron Kirk Joinery Ltd 403 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin, Ph 03 453 5718, contact Ron Kirk. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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

Ruthven Joinery Ltd 16 Boomer Street, Green Island, Dunedin, Ph 03 488 4880, Murray Ruthven & Maureen Burn. NZS4211 Affiliated.

Cooper Webley (2006) Ltd 64 Beatty Street, Tahunanui, Nelson, Ph 03 547 0010, contacts Noel Tait / Michelle Hill. Coronet Woodware 1992 Limited 99 Glenda Drive, Frankton Industrial Est, Queenstown, Ph 03 442 3700, contact Martin S Macdonald. NZS4211 Affiliated. Cut-it Joinery Limited 22 Clan Mac Road, R D 2, Wanaka 9382, Ph 03 443 5031, contact John Titterton. European Woodworks Limited 229 Kaikorai Valley Road, Bradford, Dunedin, Ph 03 453 0340, contact Brian Daken. Formatt Kitchens Ltd 180 Glenda Drive, Frankton, Queenstown, Ph 03 441 4944, contact Guy Shallard or Alex Blackford. NZS4211 Affiliated. JP Quality Kitchens Limited 66 Vogel Street, Dunedin, Ph 03 474 1395, contact John Peddie. Joinery Specialists 1997 Ltd 608 Kaikorai Valley, Kenmure, Dunedin, Ph 03 488 2371, contact Graeme Emmerson. Leading Edge Joinery Specialists Ltd 13 Surrey Street, Gore, Ph 03 208 3001, contact Donald McGuigan. NZS4211 Affiliated. Leith Joinery PO Box 778, Dunedin. Ph 03 477 0115, contact Peter Leith. NZS4211 Affiliated. Masterwood Joinery 2008 PO Box 385, 28 McNulty Road, Cromwell, Ph 03 445 0313, contact Don McDonald. NZS4211 Affiliated. Mearns & Leckie (2006) Ltd 7 Gow St, Mosgiel 9024, Ph 03 489 2024, contact Brian Ballantyne. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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Pooles Joinery Ltd 22 Bay Road, Invercargill, Ph 03 215 9167, contact Peter Fisher. NZS4211 Affiliated. Riversdale Joinery Ltd Liverpool Street, Riversdale, Southland 9744, Ph 03 202 5527, Barry O’Connor. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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


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

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

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Taylor Made Joinery 22 Orari St, Dunedin. Ph 03 455 6520, contact Chris Taylor. TH Joinery Ltd 3 Murphys Road, Springlands, Blenheim, Ph 03 579 4004, contact Tony Hammond. Wanaka Furniture Design 119 Lachlan Ave, RD 2, Wanaka, Ph 03 443 5267, contacts David and Sarah Millwater. Wanaka Joinery & Glass Ltd 52 Ballantyne Road, Wanaka, Ph 03 443 7890, contact Jason Fisher. NZS4211 Affiliated.


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

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Weigel Joinery 14 Earnscleugh Road, Alexandra. Ph 03 448 7042, contact Guenther Weigel. Withers Joinery 78 Factory Rd, Mosgiel. Ph 03 489 4179, contact Paul Crawley. NZS4211 Affiliated. Wood Solutions PO Box 2443, Dunedin. Ph 03 479 2323, contact Andrew Bellamy. NZS4211 Affiliated.

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BCITO LAUNCHES Strategic Workforce Development Framework BCITO’s Strategic Workforce Development Framework was officially launched by the Hon Dr Nick Smith at the BCITO Skills Summit held in Wellington on 22 October. In attendance at the Summit were more than 100 BCITO National Advisory Group members, board members and other key stakeholders from associated Federations, Associations and Government bodies. T h e S t r a t e g i c Wo r k f o r c e Development Framework has been developed to help construction industry businesses and employers to manage the development of their workforce so industry is aware of, and can be better prepared to meet predicted skills shortages. The industry’s participants need to address the factors that each employer can most influence and realistically change. The Framework also sets out what BCITO’s strategic goals are in relation to developing the professional workforce needed for the future. It identifies four priorities for action that can be used to help participants plan and strategically manage the development of their building and construction workforce. These priorities are: •

• •

Build an accurate picture of the current skills and capabilities of each industry sector’s workforce Identify future requirements for each workforce and the out comes they wish to achieve Develop strategies to address any gaps between the current status of the workforce and desired outcomes Consider and understand the overall impact of business strategies on workforce development.

Construction Activity National demand for new houses in 2017 is forecast to be 28,000. With our current workforce capability, we are building 15,000 homes.

In 2014 there were 155,200 people employed in the construction industry sectors covered by BCITO. By 2019 this is forecast to climb on average by almost 5% per year to 197,300. The Construction Industry Workforce • The average age of people in the construction industry is 42, which is increasing much faster than the rest of the population. • Increasing cultural diversity in New Zealand means strategic employers cast a wide net in respect to recruitment. • Just under 3% of BCITO’s active apprentices are women. • A project-driven ‘hire-andfire’ business cycle causes some skilled workers to leave the industry permanently. • 40% of workers in the industry do not attain a postsecondary qualification of any kind. Key take-outs • Growth is set to continue but negative pressures in some regions exist • Government will use policy settings to free up market conditions and stimulate some activity • Capability and capacity of the current workforce will struggle to meet future demand • Growing demand in Auckland may require increasing numbers of the workforce to move from locations throughout NZ • Consideration of sustainability, as a workforce development driver, will deepen. • T h e i n d u s t r y ’s s k i l l e d workforce is ageing quickly and exiting the industry • The industry is recruiting from a shrinking pool of people • Greater workforce diversity is required to meet labour requirements • The current rate of industry training does not match demand

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Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Housing officially launching the BCITO Strategic Workforce Development Plan

• • •

Skills demand will continue to develop Industry training needs to align with workforce development Industry needs to actively work to attract people into the industry and to keep them for a longer period of time and make sure that people understand that construction offers a career – not just a job.

your People Plan visit - BCITO. strategy-documents. This initial document is just the first step in an ongoing process to help skills-proof our industry. In the next phase, BCITO will engage you with a sector-specific plan for your particular trade. This will happen in the first half of 2016.

To read BCITO’s Strategic Wo r k f o r c e D e v e l o p m e n t Framework and find out how this Framework can assist you to build

Residential Construction Data and Forecast 2013 - 2020

Training is key to Sealy success


wenty-one staff members from Sealy New Zealand Limited in Northcote have recently graduated from a customised training programme in communication and quality (Supplementary Credit Programme in Communication and Quality Level 3).The programme played an important part in building team culture, creating a more efficient workplace, and increasing productivity. “This was a welcome conclusion to a successful year in training that has measurable benefits to the Sealy operation, and added real-time value to the staff involved,” Sealy Factory Manager Rob Hanks says. Sealy General Manager Glenn Wahlstrom says it’s important to invest in staff’s professional development. “At Sealy we invest in people. Having skilled staff means they are better contributors to the business and we get greater overall results. On-the-job-training is part and parcel of our overall business plan. Training is key to improving our workforce, as well creating a sense of belonging.” The last session in the programme was on quality problem solving in the workplace. Staff chose an issue that was relevant to them, worked on this issue, and then implemented their solution in the workspace. “The course was fantastic. We learned to work smarter which has made things easier for us,” says Sealy machine operator Hojjat Rismantab who has worked at Sealy for almost 13 years.

L-R: Sealy General Manager Glenn Wahlstrom, (middle) Competenz account manager Laurie Irving and Sealy Production Manager Brent Sandow, (far right) Sealy Factory Manager Rob Hanks, and Sealy staff graduates.

“We spend less time doing unnecessary tasks. The course has taught us how to use our time more efficiently, so we’re producing more product but in a shorter amount of time. It also brought us closer together as a team.” The team at Sealy would like to thank Brent Sandow (Sealy Production Manager), Jeff Tuffnell(programme trainer) and Competenz for all the work they put into this programme. 

Competenz Competenz is the industry training organisation for the furniture industry. To learn more about the national certificates in furniture making, furniture finishing, and upholstery, and related business training, please contact Laurie Irving, Account Manager (Furniture) L.Irving@ | 021 221 5047.

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For more information please contact sales@ Phone 09 274 4393 This can be viewed online at under service, then media centre, or ask your local Hettich Territory Manager or our friendly customer services team on 0800 HETTICH for a copy.

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However the new BitCoin payment option is also available to New Zealand and Australian clients to take advantage of. I expect there are a number of you who already use and trade with this international currency. For those who would like more information, there are a number of resources on the web which can assist you with how and why BitCoin functions. One good site is ''.

3D Kitchen is also open to clients suggestions about what they would like to see added, so please feel free to email requests for these to 'harley@3dkitchen. com'. The items can be purchased directly from the site and paid for in a variety of ways using the more traditional methods such as credit cards, paypal, etc.

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Vector Systems




W & R Jack


Watts to Mill




35 years manufacturing in New Zealand SHEET METAL AND GENERAL ENGINEERING

DUST EXTRACTION Reverse pulse bag filters Camfil Gold series collectors Cyclone and sta c filters Fans and rotary valves Design build - project management

SPRAY BOOTHS Kit set open face booths Auto spray lines Heated spray and bake booths Heated drying rooms Paint work sta ons Spray plenums designed manufactured to AS/NZ 4114

V-DUCT Modular duc ng components pipes-bends-clamps-reducing branches diverter valves - dampers and more

VIKING TIMBER HEAT TREATMENT PLANTS Heat treatment ovens for wood packaging to IPSM 15 regula ons Stand alone ovens - container refit systems

151b McLeod Rd, Te Atatu South 0610, Auckland, NZ Ph 09 835 4090, Fax 09 835 4070

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