Business Central - October 2016

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Flying in style Wellington Airport has ushered in a new era with the extension of its main terminal building.

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School’s in at Rototuna

Manor Group Investments has a unique approach to the development and marketing of its lifestyle retirement villages.

The new combined $65 million Rototuna Junior and Senior High Schools represent the largest school new build in New Zealand in over 30 years.


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Lakeside treasure

Skate park on track

An impressive new addition to the resources of Tuhoe hapu will soon open its doors on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana.

MCL Construction, is in the process of completing a major upgrade on what was Napier’s Marineland site with the building of a new skate park and concert facility.

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Kairangi evolving

Wildlife hospital taking shape

Stage three of the stylishly urban Kairangi development in Miramar, Wellington, will be launched shortly.

The unique design of Massey University’s new Wildbase Hospital has been the biggest challenge from a construction perspective.

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Riding the wave of success

Hundreds of happy school kids are enjoying the new playground structure at Palmerston North’s West End School.

Custom boat-builder White Pointer Boats has developed a reputation for the design, construction and delivery of recreational and commercial vessels.

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ACCOMMODATION » Wellington Container House

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Container House a hit with guests Kelly Deeks Offering travellers the chance to stay in the kind of place usually only seen on TV, the Wellington Container House is a magical and unique holiday home built from three vertically stacked 40ft insulated aluminium shipping containers, with the modern comforts of a contemporary home and many more unique and quirky features. Designed and built by local building innovator and industrial design icon Ross Stevens, he created the Wellington Container House between 2001 and 2007, using discarded industrial products. Built up against a hill at Owhiro Bay, Ross used the spaces between the containers and the hill to expand the living spaces beyond the limited dimensions of a standard shipping container. It was his own home until he sold it in 2014 to Wellington accommodation entrepreneurs Giles Middleton and Zoë Marsden. The couple already owned popular waterfront holiday home The Penthouse on Evans Bay, and when they saw the Wellington Container House for sale, they knew it would be an instant hit, in particular with the Airbnb generation. “Zoë and I are both well-travelled,” Giles says. “We’ve stayed in many different types of accommodation from lighthouses to treehouses, and we have a passion for sustainability and design. “We knew the Wellington Container House would be a hit amongst people like us, and we also didn’t feel brave enough to build one of our own just yet. “We found this the perfect introduction to our own architectural journey.” Despite lots of interest, the Wellington Container House was passed in at auction. “We thought it was the perfect unique holiday home when perhaps others were looking for a home,” Giles says. “Everybody in Wellington knows where we are, are we were keen to offer up this Wellington landmark as a type of accommodation that will make people remember Wellington as a cool, and interesting place to visit.”

The Wellington Container House is a magical and unique holiday home built from three vertically stacked 40ft insulated aluminium shipping containers. He believes the idea of a holiday home also appealed to Ross, as then lots of different people from all parts of the world could experience the property. Giles and Zoë were then challenged to bring the property’s décor up to holiday home standard,

without compromising their sustainable ethos. Most of the furniture was sourced second-hand, and the couple found adding colourful quality linen brought an easy sense of style to the décor. The Wellywood theme has been harnessed with a full cinema room on the top floor and hundreds of DVDs, along with antique projectors dotted around. A spa pool was added to the landing to make use of some empty space, and a new heat pump was installed to heat the top two containers. Since January 2015, The Wellington Container

House has hosted more than 150 groups of guests and it holds a five star rating on all websites where it is listed. Giles says the Wellington Container House’s spaciousness is difficult to show off, as photos can’t do the spaces justice. The couple are now enjoying planning their next steps for the Wellington Container House, with some innovative LED lighting plans ahead, and perhaps even another container project of their own.

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DEVELOPMENT » Hawkins - Wellington Control Tower

October 2016 Business Central

Work underway on control tower Karen Phelps Work is progressing on the distinctive new air traffic control tower at Wellington Airport with the raft slab poured and installation of the base isolators complete. Once the isolated slab is poured the base for the structural steel frame will be finished taking the project up to ground level, says Hawkins Construction project manager Shane Beech. The building replaces the existing tower, located in an industrial area at the southern end of Tirangi Road on airport land near Lyall Bay. It will give Wellington Airport’s air traffic controllers 360-degree views from the lookout area on the top floor. Hawkins has been involved in the project, being built for client Airways New Zealand, since June last year where it undertook early contractor involvement collaborating with the designers to iron out any kinks prior to the commencement of construction. “We were able to pool industry resources and marketplace expertise to ensure timelines were achievable,” explains Shane. The small tight site has been the biggest challenge with each floor plan being approximately 100qsm in size with the building taking up the majority of the site. When Hawkins began construction in early January it moved drainage and services as required. Hawkins then drove nine metre sheet piles around the perimeter of the site before digging a pit approximately four metres deep x 24 metres wide x 28 metres long. The sheet piling method was selected to enable Hawkins to install services easily with about 24 penetrations around the perimeter wall allowing for cabling and other services. Around 430 cubic metres of concrete was poured into the raft slab with concrete supplied by Allied Concrete, which was pumped into place using two 25m boom concrete pump trucks from Pioneer Pumps. In addition, around fifty tonnes of reinforcing steel was installed in the raft slab.

“We were able to pool industry resources and marketplace expertise to ensure timelines were achievable.” Shane says the methodology for the isolated slab was something Hawkins developed during the early contractor involvement phase. Lead rubber bearings are installed in a cavity between the raft and isolated slabs to hold the building off the raft slab and provide flexibility to the building structure in the event of an earthquake. This left the challenge of how to cast the heavy isolated slab on top of the isolators. The solution was to lay 270cubic m of chip into the cavity to support the weight of the concrete structure on top until it reached strength in about 28 days at which time the chip was then sucked out of the cavity. The building has also been designed to withstand a tsunami with six concrete sheer walls on the ground floor for added strength. Although the unique 32-metre-high building comprising eight levels has been designed to lean into the prevailing northerly wind at an angle of 12.5 degrees, Shane says building the structure will not be as complex as it looks as much of the effect is due to a sloping steel structure with a unitized façade which is bolted on. The tower has been designed by Studio Pacific Architecture and the cab by Paris Magdalinos Architects. Hawkins has previously worked with Paris Magdalinos Architects on the control tower for Christchurch Airport and Shane says the company’s expertise has been utilised on this project. Airways New Zealand will control the installation of the complex equipment necessary

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earmarked for completion in July 2017. Shane says it will be an iconic building for Wellington and one, which Hawkins is proud to have been a part of demonstrating its ample capabilities in the fields of buildability, project sequencing and completing project to tight time frames.

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DEVELOPMENT » Hawkins Construction - Wellington Airport

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Wellington Airport gets new look Karen Pehlps Visitors walking through Wellington Airport over the past two years will have had no idea of the huge changes taking place around them. A $58 million 6000sqm extension of the main terminal building and apron has been taking place with the new structure being constructed over the old building while business has carried on as usual. It was an innovative methodology and one which won Hawkins Construction the project at the tender stage, says Hawkins project director Andrew King. “One of the key requirements from the client was to avoid disruption to its operations and the general public,” he explains. “The initial idea was to build a clip on walkway to the outside of the building while the existing structure was demolished. “But during the tender process, which included liaising with key stakeholders, we devised a better solution for the client.” He says that Hawkins’ long history of completing airport works in Auckland and Christchurch combined with the fact that the company had recently built an integrated terminal for Christchurch International Airport meant that it came to the project with extensive experience and understanding of the client’s requirements. Surprisingly, despite the innovative methodology, he says the construction was fairly straightforward. Large scaffold gantries were erected over the top of the existing structure. Heavy lifts, including beams weighing up to 12 tonnes each, were undertaken at night. A new hoarding was installed between the old and the new buildings. Once the new building was completed the old building was demolished. Airport retailers were able to keep operating throughout and simply shifted stock from their old premises to the new overnight. The project has been designed by architects Warren and Mahoney, a company that Hawkins Construction has worked with previously on a number of projects. At peak Hawkins Construction had around 200 staff and subcontractors on-site with the Hawkins team operating 20 hours per day throughout the project. “Logistically the project took an immense amount of planning because obviously we were working inside a live airport environment,” says Andrew. “We had to be flexible and adaptable as things changed, for example weather causing changes to plane landing schedules etc.” An example of the logistics required to construct certain elements of the design was the floor to ceiling windows and laminated timber glulam cross-braces spanning the full length of the southwest pier.

Floor to ceiling windows and laminated timber glulam cross-braces span the full length of the terminal’s southwest pier.

The aim of the strong architectural feature was to enhance one of the key features of the airport being a hub of natural light with views over the runway and Lyall Bay. Andrew says that the angles etc of the frames and facade had to be extremely precise providing installation challenges to ensure the correct finished result for the client. Integral to the construction was a safety campaign fronted by Jamie Fitzgerald from Intrepid NZ and First Crossings, which centred around safety being put first and that workers should observe and look out for their colleagues on the work site. Hawkins and Wellington Airport collaborated closely on the campaign. Andrew says Hawkins fully understood and supported the importance of a well-planned approach in a complex operational environment such as the airport and the dedicated commitment to health and safety of everyone involved with the project as well as the wider airport community.

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“Logistically the project took an immense amount of planning because obviously we were working inside a live airport environment.” The extension will help to cater to the growing numbers of people utilising Wellington Airport. When the main terminal was first opened in 1999 around 9,500 passengers flowed through the airport each day but numbers have now increased to 15,000 on average with busy days reaching up to 20,000. The extension adds another 30 metres to the terminal building, double the width of both southern piers, provide extra gate lounge space, new retail and food and beverage offerings, double the number of toilets and more parking spaces for aircraft. The extension to the main terminal will initially

cater for 5.5 million passengers that arrive and depart Wellington each year, including 750,000 flying internationally. Total passenger numbers are forecast to increase by around 135,000 per year. Over the next five years the international market is forecast to rise by nearly 30% and the domestic market by 10%. The project is earmarked for completion by the end of October. Currently Hawkins Construction is into the final completion phase of the project finishing external car parking works and small completion items in various areas.


Hi-tech timber a standout feature The stunning curved Glulam X columns are arguably one of the most striking features of the Wellington International Airport terminal south extension. Techlam NZ was commissioned to manufacture the large columns that support the structure to the South West Pier. Running along the length of the extension the X columns not only look great but are also an important structural element, says Brett Hamilton, General Manager of Techlam NZ. Techlam NZ got involved at the tender stage of the project liaising with client Wellington International Airport, head contractor Hawkins Construction and architects Warren and Mahoney to devise the best way to produce this complex element of the project along with the ceiling beams. The decision was made to fully assemble the curved glulam columns at Techlam

NZ’s manufacturing plant, which offers 6000 m² of production area making it New Zealand’s largest structural glulaminated timber manufacturing facility. “This ensured a controlled environment so each joint was exact and could then be transported to site using specialist transport fully finished and assembled. "We had to ensure everything was very precise. Because the columns were both an aesthetic and structural element there was very little room for tolerance," explains Brett. Made from Radiata pine the columns and beams had to be treated to H 1:2 standards, which meant careful selection of timber to ensure the timber didn’t show any form of pigment staining in its finished form. Brett says manufacturing the columns was complex and required a lot of handcrafting to get right. Hawkins Construction, whom Techlam

NZ had worked with previously on projects such as the Keith Spry Pool in Johnsonville as well as various projects in Auckland, installed the beams and columns. “Due to precise tolerances as well as the expertise of the Hawkins team installation time was kept to a minimum, just 20 minutes to install each X column," says Brett. “The project demonstrates how Techlam NZ as a company is prepared to take on diverse and challenging projects.” Based in Levin, Techlam NZ was established in 1992 by Brett’s father Andrew Hamilton. Brett says that the business has evolved over the past 20 years to meet the changing needs of architects and structural design, but has retained the family values and integrity Techlam NZ was built on. Techlam NZ produces design solutions both throughout New Zealand and offshore, primarily in the South Pacific and Australia, where the

company exports timber products and project manages installations. Brett says that Techlam NZ places a strong emphasis on operational excellence and its production facilities operate under a rigid Total Quality Management system giving Techlam NZ the ability to respond quickly and accurately to the demands of the market. A new product range called Sprucelam is due for release later this year. The aesthetically pleasing, high strength laminated interior product was developed to have better visual grade and superior structural properties to Radiata pine as well as meeting or exceeding all appropriate New Zealand standards. “Every day we aim to come up with the latest solutions and work smarter to help us achieve our mission of delivering exceptional service and consistent quality to our customers and partners.”

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ENVIRONMENT » EECA Awards

October 2016 Business Central

Tangible rewards from energy awards Kelly Deeks There are good things going on out there in energy efficiency and conservation, well demonstrated at this year’s EECA Awards, where excellence and innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy are resulting in some impressive numbers around energy, cost, and emissions savings, and productivity gains. Supreme Award winner Project Litefoot Trust, which also won the Community Award, runs the LiteClub project to help community sports clubs become more efficient with energy, water and waste. More than 710 community sports clubs have signed to LiteClub’s free service, and there is now international interest in replicating the model. So far the trust has achieved $3.9 million worth of energy savings. Large Energy User Award winner Orora Beverage Cans New Zealand has established an energy management plan which has seen the company’s least efficient site increase productivity by 30%, while the Small to Medium Energy User Award went to organic food distributor Ceres Organics, whose new state-of-the-art warehouse and office building has shed 40% off the company’s energy use. ANZCO Foods was rewarded with the Energy Management Award and has a company-wide commitment to become more energy efficient. It has achieved a 17% reduction in overall energy use, saving $2.6 million each year. Auckland based Energy Solutions Providers (ESP) won the Business Service Excellence Award for energy management programmes that have saved the company’s clients more than $18.5 million. Panuku Development Auckland sustainability manager Dr Viv Heslop is credited with pioneering energy efficiency in the regeneration of Auckland’s waterfront, and received the Energy Leadership Award. The Public Sector Award went to Te Puni Kokiri and Argosy Property for the retrofit of historic Te Puni Kokiri House in Wellington. The refurbishment has seen the 1940s building transformed into one of New Zealand’s highest-performing green buildings. Charge Net NZ was awarded the Transport Award for its moves to increase the number of charging stations for electric vehicles in New Zealand. Butchery company Hellers and Active Refrigeration took out the Innovation Award for a heat recovery project which produces hot water from waste heat generated by the factory’s cooling system, reducing Hellers greenhouse gas emissions by 91%. The Renewable Energy Award went to Antarctica New Zealand for Kiwi-designed and built wind EMANZ Energy Management Award

School’s effort recognised Whakatane’s Trident High School was commended in the EMANZ Energy Management Award category for a successful energy management plan that is owned and operated by students. The school has reduced its energy use by nearly 16% over the last three years. EECA says the school’s 2013–18 energy management plan demonstrates what students and teachers can achieve by changing their behaviour towards energy use, alongside installing energy efficient and solar technology in a drive to be a more sustainable and self-sufficient school. Aspects of the plan include energy-efficient lighting in the gym and auditorium along with a schedule that uses heating resourcefully: east-facing classrooms are heated differently from south-facing ones to take advantage of the natural warmth offered by the sun, and heating is switched off completely in classrooms that are not being used.

The Omarunui Landfill Gas Ltd Partnership was commended in the Renewable Energy Award for it’s project which makes use of methane to bring power to Hawke’s Bay. In the project the Hastings District Council is working with Pioneer Energy to tap into an abundant, but sometimes overlooked, energy source - utilising the methane that would otherwise be just another unpleasant by-product of landfill to generate enough electricity to power 1000 homes.

Collectively, the 2016 Awards entries will save or generate 1.1 petajoules (PJ) of energy, equivalent to the annual energy use of all households in New Plymouth, and avoid 120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, about one-fifth of the annual emissions of all households in New Zealand. turbines which are generating enough energy to power both New Zealand and America’s Antarctic research stations. Collectively, the 2016 Awards entries will save or generate 1.1 petajoules (PJ) of energy, equivalent to the annual energy use of all households in New Plymouth, and avoid 120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, about one-fifth of the annual

emissions of all households in New Zealand. EECA spokesperson Jane O’Loughlin says EECA and the award judges were really impressed by the variety and quality of this year’s entries, and picking winners was a challenge. She says many businesses, councils, community groups, schools, and individuals in New Zealand are striving hard to become more energy

efficient, make use of renewable energy, and to generally reduce their carbon footprints. “Through our EECA Award winners, many other people and organisations will be introduced to ways they can also improve their performance, save money, and benefit the environment,” she says. “A lot of people think their energy costs are fixed and they can’t do much about them, until someone comes along and shows them improvements are possible. Innovative projects can be risky, but once one trailblazer gives it a go, they give others confidence they can do it too, and the process is a lot easier if someone else has gone there first and ironed out all the wrinkles.” Benefits of energy efficiency often stretch beyond pocket and planet to productivity. For example, Jane says even installing energy efficient lighting can not only save money but improve lighting quality to such an extent productivity also improves.


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Antarctica New Zealand took out the Renewable Energy Award for its wind turbines (top); Orora Beverage Cans won the Large Energy User Award for its energy management plan and Charge Net NZ, right, was awarded the Transport Award for its moves to increase the number of charging stations for electric vehicles in New Zealand.

Winning system improved Active Refrigeration, winner of this year’s EECA Awards University of Waikato Innovation Award for a refrigeration heat recovery system the company built for Hellers, has already made advancements on its winning system so it can produce even hotter water for sterilisation applications. Active Refrigeration has recovered waste heat and used it in another area of energy generation, with ammonia-based refrigeration utilising simultaneous cooling and high temperature heating from the same plant. Hellers’ hot water used to be generated by expensive LPG. Active Refrigeration’s upgrade to Hellers’ hot water system, and installation of a unique refrigeration heat recovery system combined with a high temperature heat pump has resulted in significant cost and energy savings, and has lowered Hellers’ hot water heating greenhouse gas emissions by 91%. Since the system was installed in 2014, Hellers’ cost of water heating is down by more than 84% and the company is saving $148,000 a year on energy costs. Reduced LPG usage and transportation of fuel has increased health and safety on site and the money saved is being reinvested in maintenance and plant upgrades, improving productivity levels. “Hellers’ savings are still growing as they find more uses for their hot water,” says Active Refrigeration director Craig Duff. “We’ve now designed systems that will discharge usable heat at 85°C to 90°C for which we’ve had significant interest.”

He says Active Refrigeration is making sure the things it does today cater for the next generation, and has recently become the first New Zealand company to be accredited to ISO 14001:2015. Co-director Graeme Green says Active Refrigeration wants to do the right thing for both the community and the industry, and as it is part of an industry very heavily focused on the environment and sustainability, the ISO standard sets the company up as a sustainable business, with sustainable procedures and health and safety policies, and also looks after the sustainability of its clients’ businesses. As well as full design facilities in Christchurch and Auckland, Active Refrigeration has a nationwide spread of service and maintenance engineers and offers a turn-key service. “We can deal with any enquiry from the point of initial consultation, design, manufacture, installation, service, and maintenance all in-house,” Craig says. “We have highly educated and qualified staff and an internal training programme to help develop them. It’s part of our sustainability – being accountable and giving back to the industry.” With Active Refrigeration working on all things from the smallest domestic heat pump through to complex industrial design, staff get a taste of all aspects of refrigeration and air conditioning. “Our staff out there spinning the spanners are educated to seek out ways to save money and energy for our clients,” Graeme says. “They know how to make a difference.”

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receiving the attention needed to perform efficiently and profitably. Active Refrigeration Limited are New Zealand’s first company to receive ISO 14001 accreditation to the 2015 standard. Further to this major accolade and achievement, another recent success was winning the Innovation category for the 2016 EECA Awards. The particular award for generating hot water at over 830% efficiency is but one of Active’s innovative concepts using otherwise wasted heat from a primary refrigeration plant to produce magnitudes of water at a usable industry temperature and quality.

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DEVELOPMENT » Te Wharehou O Waikaremoana

October 2016 Business Central

New treasure at Lake Waikaremoana Sue Russell An impressive beautifully crafted architecturally designed and thoroughly appropriate new addition to the resources of Tuhoe hapu will soon open its doors on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana. Work on Te Wharehou O Waikaremoana began December 2015 and the $6.5 million build being undertaken by construction company Arrow International, will take 12 months to complete. According to tribal delegate Lorna Taylor planning is starting to get underway for the necessary blessings and subsequent celebrations when the big day arrives on December 23. “We will have a special ceremony, when our Kaumatua bless the building. “This will mean visitors can be received inside and the building’s life has begun. Tuhoe are excited and are preparing to be host to approximately 3000 manuhiri ,” Lorna explains. Te Wharehou will be home to the Waikaremoana Tribal Authority offices and will also act as a learning/sharing resource as well as a place where Tuhoe taonga (resources/treasures) can be experienced. The project is just one of five tribal priorities which have arisen since Tuhoe reached settlement with the Crown in 2013. Lorna’s daughter, Oriwia Taylor who carries the roles of project coordinator and tribal authority financial administrator and communicator agrees with her mother’s sentiments. She says there is renewed interest from within the tribal organisations leadership to connect with and encourage ideas from younger Iwi members, the ranatahi. “Our role in the office is to encourage the ranatahi such as teenagers to express their opinions. “We then try to activate them by involving the ranatahi as much as possible.” Planning for Te Wharehou began over two years ago with lots of discussion with stakeholders, including Rangatahi (youth) to gain their input as to what they thought the building should be used for.

Te Wharehou will be home to the Waikaremoana Tribal Authority offices and will also act as a learning/sharing resource. “We wanted to follow the philosphies of the Living Building Challenge, which were applied to Tuhoe’s Kura Whare in Taneatua,” says Oriwia. She says the inspiration for the building’s design was drawn from “our ancestors, our history, our songs, stories, and the beautiful environment of

Lake Waikaremoana and its surrounds.” “Ko au ko Waikaremoana, ko Waikaremoana ko au. I am Waikaremoana and Waikaremoana is me” “The architects have really tried to capture how we as a people feel about the environment. “When you look at the building from a distance it

fits in to the landscape with its shape, flow and the large amount of timber used throughout.” When asked to describe the standout features of the 40 metre long curved building Oriwia says the colour steel roof with its concave shape is beautiful.

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Tuhoe say the inspiration for the building’s design was drawn from “our ancestors, our history, our songs, stories, and the beautiful environment of Lake Waikaremoana and its surrounds”.

Techlam has the answer Techlam NZ produces a range of glulam timber products including portals, beams, bridges and laminated posts out of its impressive 6000 M2 production facility in Levin. Sales Manager for the past four years, Nathan Simmons, describes the company’s range of glulam products as outstanding, and their uses practically limitless especially when applied to architecturally inspired iconic builds, such as Te Wharehou at Lake Waikaremoana, the new upgrade and extension at Wellington International Airport and Queenstown’s six-star Matakauri Lodge. “Glulam products bring significant benefits to large-scale projects demanding high-end quality consistently. They are also often the most costeffective solution,” Nathan says. Compared with other material commonly used in construction, such as concrete and steel, glulam timber manufacture uses less energy causing a significantly smaller environmental footprint. As is the case with Te Wharehou at Lake Waikaremoana the large-scale use of timber combined with the curved wall and mono-pitched raking curved roof contour gives the building a warm and welcoming atmosphere. “We were able to prefabricate the main portal frame roof structures at the factory, stain each section and deliver it on site to assemble, guaranteeing an efficient and cost-effective building process for the Waikaremoana Tribal Authority who commissioned the project,” Nathan says. Techlam NZ was also commissioned on behalf of principal Hawkins Construction to manufacture large ‘X’ shaped structural columns and ceiling beams on the extensions to the South West pier of Wellington Airport. “Wellington airport show-cases an impressive

use of timber and given this country’s proud forestry heritage its use on this scale seems fitting. While glulam timber is aesthetically pleasing it is increasingly being seen as an appropriate structural element.” Techlam NZ is currently supplying beams for an impressive 52m pedestrian Bridge in two sections. Given the size of the bridge beams, the process has really shown the team work in the plant, with one whole 70 metre bay in the factory devoted to the production of the bridge components. When Business North spoke with Nathan early August, completion of the beams was two or three weeks away. “We have New Zealand’s largest dedicated glulam manufacturing plant and this project is a great example of just what we can construct inside it.” Nathan says the company is on a continual growth path. He says that a core strength of Techlam’s capability lies in the ability to shift two dimensional paper-based designs to threedimensional form. “Our mechanical presses can be arranged to make custom and often complex curved shapes.” Techlam NZ began operating in 1992 and from humble beginnings, producing curved archways has in the past two decades in particular evolved capability in relation to the changing needs of architects for use of timber in structurally and as statements in high-end design. Examples of Techlam NZ’s design solutions grace buildings throughout New Zealand, in the South Pacific and Australia. “We’re a 100% New Zealand owned business that has successfully responded to the needs of the construction and building sectors while retaining core family values.”

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The building fits in to the landscape with its shape, flow and the large amount of timber used.

New treasure at Waikaremoana • from page 10 “Then there is the way chains will be bound around the polls coming down from the roof, so when it rains, the water from the roof will stream down these chains like waterfalls. It will be like the buiding is alive and part of nature when this happens,” says Oriwia. Leading in from the front entrance on the right-hand end of the building will be the Wananga area where Lorna explains space will be given for visitors to ask questions about Tuhoe and the lake environment they hold stewardship over. A large fire will counter the harsh winters the area is often subjected to. “There will be a visitors area and retail space where bookings can be made and information about the various walks obtained.”

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Te Wharehou O Waikaremoana is located next to the popular holiday park at the first entry point to the lake. “Te Wharehou signals hope in the future and the change to bring that future to our people. “It also signals a new relationship between Tuhoe and the outside community. Our chance to share with the world who we are,” Oriwia says. A facebook page established in 2015 is already connecting Tuhoe from near and far to the project and its significance to Tuhoe. “The pictures have reached well over 2000 people. “It’s been a way of keeping them engaged in the builds activities and I am sure we will see many arrive from near or far to be part of the celebrations just before Christmas.”

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New NZ Post facility brings big benefits Karen Phelps New Zealand Post’s recently opened state-ofthe-art integrated parcels and letters processing, delivery and distribution operations centre at Te Rapa is already showing notable benefits, says New Zealand Post’s Waikato and Bay of Plenty regional delivery manager Dean Horsup. Built by McMillan and Lockwood, the multimillion dollar facility at Earthmover Crescent, which opened in mid August, is a significant hub for NZ Post’s distribution network in the wider Waikato region and brings the two previous Hamilton facilities under one roof increasing efficiencies, says Dean. New Zealand Post is investing $8-12 million over the next decade in the facility. It is now a base for around 160 employees, including 45 delivery staff, 40 processing staff, 13 rural delivery drivers, 35 couriers and some support staff. “The new building accommodates much larger line-haul trucks, and the trucks only have to deliver to one place and are loaded and unloaded under cover. Staff can now work more closely together so already there been some big wins,” says Dean. New Zealand Post offers customers a range of delivery options including standard (delivered alternate days in major towns and cities), courier, international and priority (all of which are delivered six days a week). Dean says the new Waikato Operations Centre includes enhanced technology to ensure customers’ mail and parcels are delivered safely and securely. The facility is part of a move nationwide towards a greater emphasis on parcel delivery. “The future is in parcels,” says Dean, “there’s no doubt about that. From over one billion letters delivered annually we are now down to 600 million and we expect this to keep decreasing. “Growth in online shopping means we are aiming to increase our share of this fast-growing market and we’ve already been seeing that.” The facility will also eventually utilise the new Paxster electric vehicles, which New Zealand Post

New Zealand Post’s multi-million dollar Te Rapa facility is a significant hub for the company’s distribution network in the wider Waikato region. is investing in and rolling out nationwide. The vehicles carry letters and parcels to residential neighbourhoods. They can carry loads of up to 200 kilograms but are still small enough to be used on the footpath. Dean says that the vehicles will give extra capacity to meet the growing demand created by online shopping as well as give New Zealand Post an edge in the competitive parcel delivery market. One of the new Paxster electric vehicles has been stationed at the Waikato Operations Centre for training purposes. The roll out of the vehicles started at the end of July in the town of Oamaru and will continue in phases over the next 12 months. “They’ll allow us to be more efficient and eventually enable new and convenient services to residential customers such as parcel pick-ups, returns and re-directions. Capacity will also be freed up in our vans so couriers can concentrate on business customers.” He says the vehicles are just one of the ways

New Zealand Post is improving its services. For example next year the Auckland Mail Centre will start using the latest sorting technology that automatically sequences around 90% of non parcel product into delivery order, eliminating the need for a postie to do this job manually giving them more time on the road to accommodate the growth of the parcel delivery business. New Zealand Post is also working on a range of options to give customers more control over when and where they receive their parcels. For example a parcel pickup service from participating Countdown supermarkets is being trialled as an option for customers who may not be home at the time of delivery. “Countdown supermarkets are open late and this gives our customers more options. They can also login online and redirect their parcel while it’s in transit. If, for example, they realise they will not be home but at work on the delivery day they could change their details online for it to be re-directed to their workplace,” he explains. The Waikato Operations Centre will complement a new facility currently under construction in Christchurch at Christchurch Airport’s Dakota Park, which is due to open in May 2017.

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DEVELOPMENT » MCL - Marine Parade Skate Park

October 2016 Business Central

New skate park on track for Napier Sue Russell Long-established Hawke’s Bay construction company, MCL Construction, based in Hastings, is in the process of completing a major upgrade on what was Napier’s Marineland site with the building of a new skate park and concert facility grandstand upgrade. It’s a project construction manager Philip Mitchell says has been a pleasure to undertake for the Napier City Council. “Once completed the skate park, grandstand, skating rink and concert space will be a welcome addition to Napier’s popular foreshore. “It’s in a great position, framed by the Mahia Peninsula and Cape Kidnappers,” Philip says. Main designer for the project, Nic Magdalinos of Paris Magdalinos Architects in Napier, called on the services and expertise of award-winning skate park designer Richard Smith from RICH Landscapes to design the skate-park area. Once completed it will replace the already closed Sk8Zone which was located a short distance away. The skate-park’s kidney shaped bowl will be sited over one of Marineland’s pools. The company has garnered a long-standing reputation since John Charles Mackersey first opened for business in 1948. Today, nearly seventy years later, it has grown and restructured in to two operating entities, MCL Construction Ltd, one of the Bay’s largest construction businesses, with concrete cutting/ drilling, and interior divisions and MCL Joinery Ltd. The value of MCL Construction’s part in the major water-front development is approximately $3.4 million. Normally MCL would do their own concrete formwork within the company, but the project’s specialist curved skate ramp and bowl required they engaged Angus McMillian Concrete (AMC) who have completed a number of specialist concrete skate parks. AMC’s proven capabilities of creating the unique forms the new skate-park requires and MCL’s long standing reputation for producing quality projects made MCL Construction a logical choice when it tendered for the project. When Business Central spoke with Philip 80 cubic concrete metres was being poured to support the skate park’s timber ramps.

The new skate park is in a great position, framed by the Mahia Peninsula and Cape Kidnappers. In April this year MCL Construction Ltd emerged (re-branded from Mackersey Construction Ltd) with a small change in the ownership structure. Philip has now taken up a directorship, alongside John Bower, David Mackersey and Michael Bush. While the busy company had previously undertaken some major projects in Auckland and Wellington, including the redevelopment of Upper Hutt College and construction of the Rimutaka Container Prison, these days Philip says there is plenty of work locally they choose to focus on. “We have such a great reputation here and are

so well-known given our longevity that it makes sense to stay local when there is as much work here as there is at present.” In 2003, MCL Construction fitted out a new truck for its concrete cutting and drilling division. The truck features a 16” concrete cutting Stihl Saw, a 27HP Kohler floor-saw and Ramset diamond driller for core cutting, while the joinery division, which dates back to the beginnings of the company offers not only in-house internal and external timber joinery capability to support the company’s construction projects but fulfils orders for a wide range of client projects.

MCL Construction also offers a complete Design and Build option, earthquake strengthening, remediation work for weather tightening, construction management along with high-end residential projects. “We do a lot of value engineering for clients to assist them to keep within budget limits,” says Phillip. “We will put together concept drawings with various pricing options to assist clients to make final design decisions.” The new skate park and associated developments are due to open in November.

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DEVELOPMENT » Naylor Love - Huia Pool

October 2016 Business Central

New pools will meet growing demand Karen Phelps Big visitor increases in the 12 months to June this year have shown the importance of the addition of the new pools at Huia to meet growing demand from the community, says Hutt City Council divisional manager Marcus Sherwood. Lower Hutt’s six swimming pools set a new record in popularity over 12 months with over 1 million visits. The biggest increases were at the Huia and Naenae pools, with a jump of 12.5 per cent at Huia Pool alone. Work on the expansion of Huia Pool began in May and is due to be completed by July 2017. The development will see the Huia Pool complex in Lower Hutt’s CBD essentially double in size. The facility will contain two new pools, one for Learn to Swim and another for programmes, including hydrotherapy. Recently 630,000 litres of concrete were poured to form the foundation layer and the building’s framework is already taking shape. Hutt City Council Facilities Manager Stephen Keatley says that the latest figures have shown growth in all areas but particularly in programmes. A dedicated Learn to Swim pool will help to meet the growing numbers of residents taking part in the Council’s Learn to Swim programmes, while a hydrotherapy pool will fill the need for therapeutic facilities in the community, he says. “There is a growing demand for learn-to-swim classes, with a waiting list of more than 1000, ranging from toddlers to adults. “This is why one of the two new pools will be used for learn-to-swim lessons,” says Stephen.

Looking flash: an artist’s impression of the building to house two new pools.

“The second, a programme pool, will meet some of the hydrotherapy needs of the disabled, elderly and people recovering from injuries, which currently isn’t available in the Hutt Valley,” he says.

Steel beams were up by August for the new building that will house the two new pools.

“Two more pools will make the entire complex an even better place for fun and exercise making it accessible for many more residents.” Deputy Mayor David Bassett says it will give many more residents access to the complex. “The nearest hydrotherapy pool for Lower Hutt residents is 19 kilometres away in Wellington. “The new programme pool will give residents access to hydrotherapy on their doorstep. “This has benefits for injury and other rehabilitation, the elderly and other users with particular needs.” Council is making a significant investment in the complex. It was in the 2014 Community Plan that the Council approved a project budget of $6.072 million, and included another $1.728m in its draft Long Term Community Plan. Due to extra geotechnical requirements a further $1.5 million was added to the budget in early 2016. The development will also include a dry fitness space. The development will also free up space in the two existing pools in the complex by moving swim lessons to the new pool allowing for more recreational and play swimming space on weekday afternoons and Saturday and Sunday mornings.

School swimming and all other aquatic activities will still be catered for in the existing two pools. Construction on the project started in midMay and by July enough concrete to fill 108 concrete trucks had been poured. It follows the removal of more than 2800 cubic metres of dirt from the site. Along with 2.45 tonnes of steel, the concrete has been used to create a foundation layer raft slab to help support where the two new pools will be placed. The new building is now quickly taking shape above ground level, with the main steel beams in place. Project partners include Architecture HDT, project managers and quantity surveyors RDT Pacific, structural and services engineers Opus and Naylor Love. Stephen Keatley says ratepayers will be impressed when the pools open. “Huia Pool is already popular with many groups, including workers in the CBD, schools and families. “Two more pools will make the entire complex an even better place for fun and exercise making it accessible for many more residents.”

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LIFESTYLE » Manor Group Investments - Roseland Park

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Unique approach to retirement sector Sue Russell Manor Group Investments specialises in the construction and marketing of retirement villages. Based in Tauranga, the company entered the burgeoning over 60’s residential sector more than 30 years ago. In that time, it has pioneered a new and fresh approach to marketing and ownership of the homes it has built. Manor Group Investments chief executive, Adam Yates, says their approach is unique. “We base our whole way of operating on a ‘Own Your Own’ village ethos and we stand by those words absolutely. “Once construction of the last home in the village is completed and we hand the key over, the residents’ company owns the village completely and our role changes to management of the site and supplying services for which we receive a fee. “Owners are free to sell their home at whatever price they wish when the time comes without any percentage coming to us,” says Adam. He says this distinct and clear separation from being the developer to providing ongoing service leaves the residents free to feel they have complete ownership of their property. “We just feel it is a much better way to operate for us and definitely for the residents. “I think with some traditional retirement village ownership structures the residents experience a sense of loss at losing complete ownership of their home. Our way of operating means that they continue to receive full benefits of owning their own home.” In 2014 Manor Group Investments purchased a flat block of land in Fox Street, Hamilton East and set about building an ‘Own Your Own’ home retirement village which will eventually house a community living in 54 semi-detached dwellings ranging in size from one to three bedroom properties. So far 11 homes have been completed, with 10 occupied and a further 8 under construction. The homes range in size from 95sqm to 120sqm. Principle builder for Manor Group Investments, Classic Builders, has had a long association with Manor Group having constructed 300 houses in the company’s portfolio. At Roseland Park, homes are marketed for $400,000 or thereabouts depending on size. Adam says this price-range makes the homes an affordable option for many retirees down-sizing from larger family homes. “We’re about building strong, warm, beautifully designed homes that are affordable.”

Roseland Park will eventually house a community living in 54 semi-detached dwellings ranging in size from one to three bedroom properties.

“Once construction of the last home in the village is completed and we hand the key over, the residents’ company owns the village completely....” Roseland Park is situated on a two hectare site, bought by Manor Group in 2014. Plans are underway to build The Pavilion community centre from March 2017 which will be the focal point for village activities and will include dining facilities. Next to the Pavilion is an open green space for residents to enjoy the outdoors. “We aim to pre-sell and build twenty houses each year and the whole village will be completed in three years time.”

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no other registered retirement village in the area,” says Adam. Manor Group is also a partner in the 154 unit Waterford on Hobsonville Point village in West Auckland. “We are equally excited to be involved with this village, which is a concept similar to other villages that people will be familiar with. “There is an urgent need for quality housing in Auckland retirees are keen to live in a quality environment which Hobsonville Point is becoming and it is great to be making a big contribution to that.” Waterford on Hobsonville Point will comprise 64 independent villas and 90 apartments. All the villas have been completed and construction of the apartments is due to commence in October.


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BUILDING » Holmes Wellington - Kairangi

October 2016 Business Central

Holmes delivers on striking project Karen Phelps Stage three of the Kairangi development in Booth Street, Miramar, Wellington, will be launched shortly. Both stages one and two, which comprise a total of 39 two-, three- and four-bedroom units, are complete. Holmes Wellington undertook the construction contract for client developer Urvashi Trust. The project was designed by Jerram Tocker Barron architects with landscaping designed by Boffa Miskell. Resource management and urban design consultancy Urban Perspectives Ltd and civil, structural and surveying consultancy Spire New Zealand Ltd were also involved in the project. Tim Holmes, managing director of Holmes Wellington, says the company was managing up to 70 staff and contractors on site at the peak of the project. The company’s robust health and safety system came to the fore with zero incidents on the project. “It’s about building a culture of safety right across the business involving education coupled with monitoring and close management,” he explains. “Each site we work on has a health and safety committee which regularly meets and communicates with all stakeholders,” he says. He says the fact that Holmes Wellington can undertake every aspect of the project is a bonus for the client: “We essentially offer a one-stop shop. Clients can give us their plans and we will handle it from there as a turnkey operation managing subcontractors, consultants, costs etc.” History and longevity are the hallmarks, which he believes sets Holmes Wellington apart. The company was established around 60 years ago founded by the father of the current directors – Tim and brother Andy – both of whom are hands on so clients know that they can deal directly with the owners of the company.

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Stage three of the Kairangi development in Booth Street, Miramar, Wellington, will be launched shortly. Both stages one and two, which comprise a total of 39 two, three and four-bedroom units, are complete.

New Look for Kairangi Jerram Tocker Barron (JTB) Architects are award-winning NZIA Registered Architects, with studios in Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. They design beautiful contemporary buildings of all sizes and across a broad range of project types including Residential, Commercial, Educational, Tourism, Leisure and Public Buildings. JTB Architects have been involved with the Kairangi Village development from the very start; undertaking the initial site analysis and master-planning to establish the potential of this site close to the amenities in Miramar, Wellington. There are 39 homes in Kairangi Village of which 37 are new and 2 are revitalised existing houses. JTB Architects have been the lead consultant through design, documentation and consents stages of the project and finished by managing the contract works. Key features of the site are high quality hard and soft landscaping, public walkways providing accessibility, a one-way shared space traffic loop, and a pocket park providing amenity and outlook. With these attributes. and careful design to avoid impacting on neighbouring homes, the project achieved a non-notified RMA Consent, avoiding delays in commencing the construction work. The homes all have a good outlook, private outdoor space and on-site

parking. Internally, they contain either 2 or 3 bedrooms, and each has exceptional insulation, sound-rating, fibre optic cabling and Freeview TV as standard. Each house comes complete with all floor coverings and interior finishes, with fitted bathroom and kitchen joinery. Included appliances were oven, cooktop, dishwasher and range hood. There were 3 different colour options for finishes with purchasers having further ability to personalise their home through a customisation system that allowed heat pumps, underfloor heating, stone benchtops, an ensuite bathroom and upgrades to appliances as options. This has been a very successful project with high quality construction work and all homes sold either off the plans or during construction. The success of this project is the result of careful master-planning, well designed homes, sufficient density to make the project profitable and an excellent team from client through to sub-trades. Following this success, JTB Architects are currently working on the next stage of the development at Kairangi Rise. Contact: John Tucker Jerram Tocker Barron Architects 04 473 9803 www.jtbarchitects.co.nz


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BUILDING » Holmes Wellington - Kairangi

October 2016 Business Central

Kairangi development another plus for Holmes • from page 20 “It’s our family name on the brand. Because of that there is a lot of passion involved and we’re very focused on doing a great job.” The company’s long history is also evidenced in its consistent wins at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition. In 2015 the company took out a gold award as well as the lifestyle award in the new homes over $2 million build category in the Wellington/ Wairarapa region. A large part of the successful completion of such high-end projects comes down to staff, says Tim. Holmes Wellington employs its own team of carpenters giving the company excellent control over quality and timing of projects. “Our approach is a team one and the company operates a very flat management structure where all personnel have access to the managing director and senior management. “This creates an environment where everyone has the chance for input meaning everyone feels they are part of the team.” Holmes Wellington is part of the Holmes Group of companies, which includes Holmes Construction, based in the Wairarapa, and Coresteel Buildings. Holmes has operated as a main contractor in the Wellington market place since 1998. It focuses on commercial and high-end residential projects. The company offers a design office that is available to assist clients in designing projects,

The Kairangi development was designed by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects with landscaping designed by Boffa Miskell. such as new homes, additions and alterations, commercial buildings and office restaurant and bar fitouts, from concept right through to resource and building consent stage. The company’s past projects include extensions to Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, the redevelopment of Heretaunga College, Kate Sheppard Apartments, Newlands and Miramar New World supermarkets and the historic Trekkers

Hotel redevelopment. The Trekkers project amply demonstrates the company’s skills and versatility, says Tim. It included the complete gutting of the existing Victorian hotel back to its floor joists, seismic strengthening to the full code, adding an additional level over the whole structure, and fit-out of 114 hotel rooms and service spaces including reception, bar and dining.

The Victorian façade was restored to its original appearance with additional façade constructed to match. Holmes Wellington is presently working on various high-end residential projects, the reclad and refurbishment of the TSB Sports Arena for Wellington City Council and on some seismic upgrade work for Housing New Zealand in the Lower Hutt area.

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Winning project blends skills, vision Kelly Deeks An award-winning Fraser Cameron Architects project has demonstrated the possibilities achievable when a client with vision joins forces with a highly skilled architect, to create buildings that not only meet basic requirements, but also help to lift surrounding environments. The Lakeside Bach at Lake Taupo earned a housing award at this year’s New Zealand Institute of Architects Waikato/Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards. The site of the project already contained an existing house, a cottage, and a boat shed, when the client asked Fraser Cameron Architects for a plan around removing the existing house, inserting a new house and new boat shed, then fully recladding and refurbishing the remaining buildings, creating a flexible use environment with great outdoor spaces. Judges commented the new house was skilfully positioned and the assemblage of the four interconnected pavilions was thoughtful. Its timeless exterior palette of weathered cedar and painted band-sawn timber, together with a rigorous column and beam aesthetic carried throughout both exterior and interior spaces, resulted in an elegant but wonderfully relaxed and unassuming holiday home. Belinda Ellis of Fraser Cameron Architects says the client had seen the company’s work and liked it, and felt it could respond to what they wanted. “They didn’t want something flashy, they wanted something understated and it was difficult to get it the right solution,” she says. “The way Fraser approaches projects, he puts a lot of time into getting everything right for the client.” Belinda says the project was an enjoyable opportunity for Fraser Cameron Architects to use a crafted approach to the design and build. Architecture Awards. • to page 24 The Lakeside Bach at Lake Taupo earned a housing award at this year’s New Zealand Institute of Architects Waikato/Bay of PlentyPhotographer - Jamie Cobel

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BUILDING » Fraser Cameron / Livingstone Building

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Ebbett showroom wows the judges Sue Russell

The site of the project already contained an existing house, a cottage, and a boat shed.

Lakeside Bach a winning blend • from page 23 “The way a lot of what we do is detailed recognises the skill of the builders involved, as the way the projects are put together is often not easy to do,” she says. “The posts and beams carried through from the inside to the outside needs to be carefully crafted, ad throughout the project are difficult joints that need to be worked out.” She says the project’s builder Shane Taylor Construction ensured a successful result by providing really good communication with both the client and Fraser Cameron Architects. “Shane gets on and gets the job done, but if he’s got any questions he always asks,” she says. “A lot of any project’s success lies in good communication, between the client, the builder, and the architect, and also the subcontractors, who Shane manages and communicates with well.”

Shane says he enjoyed this particular job and Fraser Cameron Architects projects are generally unique and require attention to detail which makes them stand out from the rest. Fraser Cameron Architects is working in a changing market where the rising cost of building today sees many of its clients happy and confident to manage their own contract administration, a task that the company used to handle a lot more. “There is a lot of travel involved in contract administration so this aspect does mean the many good architects and designers out there are no longer limited to working in a particular region, and that’s not a bad thing.” Belinda does a lot of interior work so Fraser Cameron Architects is often still involved at the end of a project to help with the kitchen and bathroom fit outs and finishes and interior colours.

“The way a lot of what we do is detailed recognises the skill of the builders involved, as the way the projects are put together is often not easy to do.”

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One fine example of a stunningly beautiful build completed in November 2015 is the eye-catching Ebbett Audi and Ebbett Volkswagen building in Hamilton East. Its inspirational design, show-casing exceptional use of sophisticated glass technologies, has created a beautiful building that acts as the graceful ‘gateway’ into Hamilton East. Livingstone worked in closely with Hamiltonbased designers, Chow:Hill Architects, to ensure the ‘buildability’ of the design, and set a new benchmark in the use and treatment of the glass. The dealership’s principal Richard van den Engel created the vision to show-case the vehicle ranges and to create an inviting space for customers stopping in to have their vehicles serviced. “Our landmark building has allowed us to provide a 5 star customer experience unique to the motor trade in New Zealand,” Richard says. He says the stand-out feature of the overall design is the Audi parabolic curved wall which curves on two radii, with the radius point in the

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The eye-catching Ebbett Audi and Ebbett Volkswagen building in Hamilton East has an inspirational design, show-casing exceptional use of sophisticated glass technologies. centre of the busy street and each finishing point at different acute angles to the window junctions. “It was such a complex wall to construct, given it not only had to finish flush with the floor but at the junction of the ceiling incorporated a reversed stepped bulkhead to the 1st floor allowing a 500mm step in ceiling levels, that a mock sample wall was built before construction proper began,” says Richard. “We needed to ensure that what was detailed on the plans could be built. “The materials and the different layers were tested to ensure they could be shaped to meet the specified radiuses,” explains Monique. Both the Audi and the Volkswagon showrooms share a common centre piece, a 6-metre high glass window to showcase the vehicles and create a large visual aspect. On May 6, 2016, the commercial building industry recognised the outstanding build when the Ebbett Audi and Ebbett Volkswagen building received the Gold Award in the Retail category for the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards and then was also named the national category winner. “The Ebbett Audi and Ebbett Volkswagen project showcases excellence in every facet of its construction and this award is a reflection of Livingstone Building NZ and Chow:Hill’s capabilities

“Our landmark building has allowed us to provide a 5 star customer experience unique to the motor trade in New Zealand.” to bring the concept to life,” says director David Livingstone. The project also received praise from the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the NZ Property Council. Meanwhile the company has several major projects on its books, including the massive Bunnings Development in Hamilton South which began construction in June. Other projects underway include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Stake centre, a 6000 square metre multi-use community building which will house a chapel, cultural hall, teaching blocks and administration facilities. “Traditionally Livingstone has played a significant part in the commercial, educational, health care and retirement village sectors, along with work for council and residential clients,” says Monique.

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BUILDING » Chris Bell Construction

October 2016 Business Central

Westwill project highlights abilities Karen Phelps Chris Bell Construction worked with the developer of Westwill Heights in New Plymouth advising in terms of buildablity, methodology and product choices to bring cost savings to the project where possible, says company director Chris Bell. The company started construction in June 2015 and the upmarket residential development by Westwill Properties Limited was released to the market in early August. Comprising eight, two and three bedroom residential units housed in three stand alone, three-storey buildings, Chris says that the biggest challenge in constructing the project was the tight site. Made from 168 precast concrete panels, structural steel, timber framing and metal cladding, the project was constructed one block at a time working from the back to the front of the site. At the peak of the project Chris Bell Construction had around 45 staff and subcontractors on site. Diversity has been a hallmark of the New Plymouth based company since it was started in 2006 by qualified builder Chris. Chris Bell Construction undertakes a wide variety of large and small projects including architecturally designed homes, eco-homes, interior and exterior renovations and additions, precast projects, insurance and rebuild work, seismic strengthening and commercial and industrial projects. Primarily serving the Taranaki and greater region, the company is a member of the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand and can offer clients a 10 year guarantee. Chris credits the skills of his team of 30 staff as being a key factor in the company’s success as it approaches its 10th birthday this year: “We are all very passionate about what we do which means we are driven to build high quality projects delivering exceptional results for the client every time. “This is what we have established our reputation on for the past decade,” he says.

Westwill Heights comprises eight, two and three bedroom residential units housed in three stand alone, three-storey buildings. The majority of staff is over the age of 30 meaning there is a lot of experience in the team, says Chris. This is important because Chris Bell Construction places a big emphasis on training apprentices and currently has 11 in the team. Chris says more experienced staff can pass on their

knowledge to the younger builders. It’s just part of the way the company is aiming to address the skills shortage the industry is currently faced with ensuring a new generation of highly trained builders will be entering the industry to cater to the needs of customers both now and into the future.

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Made from 168 precast concrete panels, structural steel, timber framing and metal cladding, the project was constructed one block at a time. Pine Sawmills storage sheds and various high end architectural homes. The company is currently working on several new house builds varying from $400k to $2m plus, Civil work for a substation at Bell Block for Powerco as well as its biggest project to date – the construction of Gill Street motel which consists of 34rooms. This includes a new 3 storey K-Brace motel block and the redevelopment of the existing

building. The project was started at the beginning of June with a completion time of 12 months. The design and build project has been in the making for 2 years before final approval was given for commencement of work in June this year. It’s just another example of the passion and dedication that Chris Bell Construction brings to each project, says Chris. “It sounds cliched but it’s true - we love taking our clients’ ideas and turning them into reality.”

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BUILDING » Urban Homes

October 2016 Business Central

Company success built on quality Sue Russell Daniel Klinkenberg, owner and founder of Urban Homes, a Hamilton-based residential building company always had his eyes set on stepping out on his own. When he established Urban Homes back in 2004, having qualified working alongside an experienced high-end Hamilton residential builder, Daniel expected to put in the ‘hard-yards’ to achieve his aspirations. “I started out expecting to grow the company and most recently in the last few years I can only describe our growth pathway as exciting and daunting.” He says the recession years were valuable in shaping the way the company operated, forcing him to look stringently at Urban Homes’ systems and procedures. “I knew the only way to be successful and get through those years was to develop robust and efficient systems that could handle volume. “Our success since that time has largely come down to how we go about all aspects of the building process,” Daniel says. Alongside the drive toward smart systems was the recognition that the right people were needed to take on and excel in key roles. Daniel says his vision started from aspiring to meet the highest possible standards of quality. “We have evolved along the lines of a group housing structure that gives our clients full transparency and peace of mind, with a guaranteed completion date and budget and the guaranteed quality of an independent privately owned building company.” The company’s two project managers have

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Urban Homes has a current stock of 32 standard plans that can be adapted. “Our sales team delivers exceptional service to clients, while I oversee the whole operation.” Urban Homes has recently employed an inhouse designer and Daniel said would soon be extending its team of labour-only and employed builders. He says that a key strength of the company is in recognising that quality is a continually evolving platform. “If we see a glitch in our systems we make adjustments to improve and we do it quickly.” On hand to inspire clients Urban Homes has a current stock of 32 standard plans that can be adapted and Daniel says he intends to increase this number by a further 10 plans by the end of the year. Since entering the Registered Master Buildings House of the Year competition in 2010 Urban Homes have been on the receiving end of at least a gold and a category win each year. This year, two homes were entered into this vastly competitive competition. The first, a 286sqm show-home in St Kilda, Cambridge, constructed in part from recycled Christchurch bricks took out the GIB Show Home category win and received a gold award.

The other winner is in the NuLook New Homes $650,000 to $1 million category. This home also won the Bathroom excellence award. The Hinuera stone home features covered trusses, gable rooftops with cedar finishings along with a lap-pool. Both homes now vie for supreme honours at this year’s national awards to be held in Auckland in November. As for Daniel, the most rewarding thing about running a successful building company comes down to a key-moment. “It is very rewarding to hand over the keys to the clients. By the time we do this we have created strong ongoing relationships with them and it is wonderful to see the property evolve over time as they mark it with their personal stamp.” Another important element for Daniel is in being able to offer his staff the opportunity to evolve their own careers within the building industry. “There is more than just a building apprenticeship to offer. We can offer a career. “I’m not only interested as the owner in building the business up but in building successful people as well who find fulfilment from working for Urban Homes.”

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BUILDING » Arrow International - Rototuna School

October 2016 Business Central

Rototuna School sets benchmark Karen Phelps The new combined $65 million Rototuna Junior and Senior High Schools represent the largest school new build in New Zealand in over 30 years. With a floor area of almost 18,000sqm on a 10 hectare green field site between the proposed expressway and West Park Road, off Borman Road, Hamilton, the design and build project is being undertaken by Arrow International. The unique design of the innovative new school presented the biggest challenges, says Arrow International project manager Tony Kavanagh.

Rototuna High School, which has the capacity for up to 2000 students, is an “Innovative Learning Environment” and an important aspect of the design is flexible learning spaces, which are more open than traditional classrooms and can often accommodate more than one class and several teachers. Rototuna Junior and Senior High Schools are essentially one large open plan building each over two storeys, with flexible learning spaces made up of many different sized spaces within the buildings so they can support different ways of teaching and learning and be used for different types of activities.

With a number of different classes potentially being held in close proximity at any one time this meant that certain aspects of the design and construction, such as acoustics, needed to be carefully considered, says Tony. Arrow International tendered the project based on an initial design by architects ASC before refining the design with Jasmax. Arrow previously collaborated with ASC on Ormiston Primary School in Auckland, which opened its doors in Term 2 of 2015. He says that Arrow was successful in the competitive, design and construct, guaranteed

maximum price contract primarily through the utilisation of an innovative foundation solution and a significant overlap between the design, procurement, construction and staged handover. Originally the building was going to be built on piles, some around 30 metres deep. Arrow came up with the solution of preloading the site while the design was progressed. This allowed the use of a mass shallow foundation as well as speeding up the building programme, which resulted in substantial savings, says Tony.

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BUILDING » Arrow International - Rototuna School

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Rototuna sets the benchmark • from page 30 “By starting construction before we had completed the final design and undertaking the project, including the foundations, in stages this significantly sped up the build, which was important as it was a tight timeframe. It also allowed us to procure trades, such as structural steel and concrete early. This is also important as longer lead times for materials are required at the moment due to demand nationwide.” Another time-saving factor was the fact that the building structure of steel portal and concrete has been complemented with a modular system that incorporates both exterior and interior finishes making for a much quicker close in of the building, allowing interior trades to progress earlier than originally planned, says Tony. Some parts of the modular prefabricated build have been created off-site and brought to site, ensuring the programme is on track if not ahead of schedule, he says. The school has been built to attain a 5 Star Green Building rating. Rainwater, for non-drinking purposes, is harvested from the roofs and used for functions at the school such as flushing toilets and irrigation. The school also includes solar panels on the roof and users a mixture of natural ventilation and mechanical systems for heat control and air flow within the school. The building also has high levels of insulation. The Green Building rating system also affects how the building is constructed. For example concrete used in the project had a recycled element and waste was separated on site and recycled where possible.

Rototuna Junior and Senior High Schools are essentially one large open plan building each over two storeys, with flexible learning spaces made up of many different sized spaces within the buildings.

The Junior School, catering to year 7-10, opened for students in time for the 2016 school year and Arrow is presently working on the senior school, for year11-13 students, which will open at the beginning of 2017 with the community sports centre finished by May 2017. The construction of the senior school was started in November last year.

Tony says the main structure and concrete work is complete. The company is currently finishing the facade and progressing on the interior fit out. At peak he expects between 80 to 90 staff and subcontractors on-site. Tony cites the high level of collaboration between all parties including the Educational Board of Trustees, Ministry of Education,

consultants and subcontractors, as being a fundamental aspect of the project’s success to date. “It certainly shows the ability of Arrow to add value at the early stages of a project and work with the clients and other consultants to come up with better solutions, working to a tight time frame and within the clients’ budget.”

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A key role in shaping Turangi Karen Phelps Turangi is a small tight-knit community and nobody knows this better than Knight Building. Company director Kieron Knight has been building in the region for over a decade and has long serving local staff members who have been working for Knight Building for nearly as long. It’s a highly skilled team that has worked closely together for a long time. “This means everybody knows what is expected in terms of quality and levels of workmanship. We know how to work well together and can get the job completed for the client in an efficient and timely manner,” he says. As a third generation builder building is in Kieron’s blood. His grandfather was a builder and his late father and uncle built in the King Country under the company name of Knight Brothers Limited. Kieron has been building internationally for over 25 years and personally manages every building project the company undertakes. He says this is important as it allows him to liaise with the client from the outset to ensure the building process is undertaken with the client’s best interests at heart. “This means that I’m often on the phone providing client consultation and discussing alternative options and/or cost effective solutions. “Every client is different and we aim to provide a seamless service that meets the needs of the specific project. Everything we do is transparent to ensure the client knows exactly what is happening every step of the way.” Knight Building focuses largely on new home builds but also undertakes renovations, alterations and maintenance projects. The company also completes light commercial projects. Kieron prefers to be involved at the outset

Knight Building focuses largely on new home builds but also undertakes renovations, alterations and maintenance projects. of the project offering valuable advice at every stage. He says this brings many advantages for clients and advises choosing the builder before the design process commences for this reason. “For example the job we are starting now, we’ve been working with this client for three years from selecting a draughtsperson to design and choosing claddings. That’s the kind of personal service we like to offer our clients.” Kieron is proud that over the years the company has played a key role in shaping Turangi. For example it completed the Lake Taupo Forest Trust building re-clad project, working closely with the architect to replace the majority of the timber in

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quality of workmanship as well as a pat on the back for the entire team. Because Knight Building is a member of the Master Builders Association of New Zealand, Hazardco and is a Licensed Building Practitioner this means that clients can be assured of the highest levels of quality. The company predominantly works in Turangi and the Southern Lake area. Four projects are currently underway and Kieron remains devoted to the region which he has lived and worked in for many years. “The market is very busy and we haven’t had this many houses lined up to build for years,” says Kieron. Turangi is an outdoor lovers paradise – this region has it all.”

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BUILDING » Massey University Wildbase Hospital

October 2016 Business Central

Wildlife hospital has its challenges Karen Phelps The unique design of Massey University’s new Wildbase Hospital has been the biggest challenge from a construction perspective for Arrow International, says project manager Callum Harvey. “The Wildbase Hospital project has certainly been very different from any other build we’ve ever done before in terms of the way the structure has been designed. It’s been very exciting to work on in that respect and shows the ability of Arrow to come up with buildability solutions that drive the project forward,” he says. Wildbase Hospital is New Zealand’s only dedicated wildlife hospital and will provide medical and surgical care and rehabilitation to sick and injured native animals so they can be returned to the wild. The building is set out over three levels. The ground floor comprises the hospital including

operating theatre, display ward and isolation areas. It also includes an atrium and areas for students to study. The top two levels are offices, kitchen areas, boardrooms, storerooms and areas for staff to relax. The entire building is integrated with an existing veterinary clinic at the University. Arrow International became involved in the contract after the completion of the detailed design, a later stage than it typically enters a contract, which meant that any buildability issues had to be resolved quickly, says Callum. Designed by Studio Pacific Architecture & Labworks, the building is made from structurally insulated architecturally finished precast panels interfaced with the structural steel. Callum says it was therefore essential to precisely coordinate the structural steel and precast shop drawings because the way the building bolted together had to be exact.

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Brett cites the skills in his experienced team of 11 staff as being a key factor in the company’s success. He employs his team on staff as this means they know his expectations on the job, keeps quality levels high at all times and assists with keeping projects on time and on budget.

Brett says Kernow Construction has been working closely with Arrow and its site team to work out the more challenging aspects of the build including seismic details between the new Wildbase building and existing vet clinic, the interface between structural steel and insulated precast panels and the installation of the large 800mm x 200mm LVL columns and beams that forms the main structure for the roof that links the Wildbase building to the existing vet clinic.

Past projects include building a 46 metre high powder drying tower for Fonterra, subcontracting to Ebbett Construction, which saw over 700 precast concrete panels erected; completing concreting carpentry works, once again for Ebbett Construction, on RNZAF Ohakea international terminal and building a 10,000sqm workshop and office at RNZAF Ohakea.

"It's been a case of everyone working together and pooling their knowledge," he says. "Certain aspects of the design take a lot of time, patience and skill." A qualified builder, Brett started Kernow Construction in 2002 after working for other building companies for many years. A Licensed Building Practitioner he now offers his clients over two decades of building experience. Based in Palmerston North, the company has a firm focus on commercial contracts, typically subcontracting to other companies on larger projects with the ability to complete smaller projects as the main contractor. The company also completes residential builds and smaller projects.

Kernow Construction primarily works in Palmerston North but will travel further afield depending on the project.

The company is presently working on the construction of the Property Brokers’ real estate agency head office in Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North subcontracting to Maycroft Construction. The project was started in March 2016 and will be finished by mid October meaning into his tight timeframe. Brett's aim is to build the company's growing reputation as a main contractor and undertake more of these types of projects in the future. "Our reputation of what we can achieve and deliver on jobs is why we were contracted to undertake the Wildbase Hospital project," says Brett. "It's been technically challenging for everyone involved and demonstrates our ability to overcome these challenges and ensure the project works and keeps to time and budget."

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Designed by Studio Pacific Architecture & Labworks, Wildbase Hospital is made from structurally insulated architecturally finished precast panels interfaced with the structural steel.

Wildlife hospital has its challenges • from page 34 Value engineering saw the company achieve significant savings by finding better and more cost effective materials, products and solutions, says Callum. For example the suspended floor, originally planned for level one, was changed to a slab on grade, which proved to be more cost-effective, he says. Arrow has undertaken a project and construction management contract on the Wildbase Hospital project - a unique type of contract designed by the company, which sees it take on integrated management contracting role essentially acting as an agent for Massey University as well as completing the build. “We work directly with the client and consultants so the line of communication is much more direct than normal. This allows us to fast track solutions as well as offer other efficiencies, such as cost saving efficiencies, for the client,” explains Callum. It’s indicative of the company’s philosophy, which has always been to focus specifically on the interests of their customers. Arrow International has been in operation for over 30 years.

“We work directly with the client and consultants so the line of communication is much more direct than normal.” The company now has nine branches or area offices in New Zealand, an office in Australia and undertakes over $400m worth of projects a year across Australasia and the Pacific. The Wildbase Hospital project was started in June 2015 and is due for completion in early November this year. At the peak of the project Callum expects up to 70 staff and subcontractors to be working the on the site. “The key difference in Arrow’s approach is that we work with our clients not for them,” says Callum. “We become part of the client’s team. Each project needs a unique approach and we always listen to the clients. By understanding what they need we can ultimately hand them a project that meets their requirements.”

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Dan’s team delivers quality and style Karen Phelps Dan Fenwick Builders has just opened a stunning new showhome at the Huntington subdivision. Designed by the Dan Fenwick Builders drafting team, the 280sqm five-bedroom home is an affordable family home designed to a high spec, says company owner Dan Fenwick. The home is on an 800qsm site and includes two living spaces and an outdoor alfresco covered area as well as a triple garage. Dan says that by building a five-bedroom home, rather than a four-bedroom plus office, the result is more flexibility for little more cost, making it an increasingly popular option for people. Dan and wife Jolie have three young children themselves so the home has been designed for spaciousness with plenty of room in the section for kids to be able to kick a ball around, he says. Dan, who has 16 years experience as a builder, started his company in 2006. Although when he left school he worked in a bank for a number of years, coming from a family of builders it was always in his blood, he says. He says his background in business lending is an asset though in running his building business. “But putting on a shirt and tie each day was never going to be me for the long-term,” he says with a smile. Dan entered the building industry by working for his brother-in-law building a house. He then gained experience working in Australia on building sites in the 90s, primarily in Melbourne, working on heritage homes and renovations. He also gained building experience in London on new residential projects and completed voluntary building work in Africa. When he returned to New Zealand he started Dan Fenwick Builders. He began as a labour only building gang and the business grew over time. Dan Fenwick Builders now has a strong team of builders with Dan still working on the tools as required. For the past five years the company has focused on new residential builds and house and land

The 280sqm five-bedroom showhome is an affordable family home designed to a high spec. packages but also tackles renovations, extensions and smaller projects such as decks, patios and fences. Dan says his company focuses on building environmentally friendly warm homes with features such as LED lighting, high insulation levels and double glazing, even for the garage. Dan Fenwick Builders offers a flexible service. People can come to the company with their own plans and section or Dan Fenwick Builders can design and build an original home designed to suit the section.

As an example of the variety of projects the company completes it has recently finished a multimillion dollar architecturally designed home in Hamilton. The section had an historic Maori pit in the centre, and, in consultation with local iwi, a uniquely shaped house was designed to avoid this part of the land. The 440sqm four bedroom home and office includes triple garaging and two adjoining rooms for the clients’ two daughters with a communal loft area above. Dan says he plans to enter the stunning home,

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Dan’s team delivers quality, style • from page 37 In 2015 the company won a silver award in the new homes under $250,000 for the Waikato region. Importantly, as members of the New Zealand Master Builders Federation, Dan Fenwick Builders can offer clients a 10 year Master Build Guarantee on residential work. But despite its ability to build high end homes building affordable family homes remains the speciality of the company. Dan Fenwick Builders typically undertakes multiple projects simultaneously due to demand for the company’s services in the Hamilton region. The company is currently building a home in St Kilda, Cambridge, based on the show home design

and has two more projects coming up in north Hamilton where Dan says most of the development in the region is currently occurring. “We don’t build houses; we build homes,” says Dan. “Our approach to the projects we are involved in is that we are always aware that after we leave the building site, it becomes the customer’s home. “Their needs always come first. We coordinate every aspect of the project in whatever capacity they wish. “Some customers hand us their plans and do not wish to be disturbed until the project is finished while others wish to be involved in every step of the process. We love working with clients to help them build their dream home.”

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BUILDING  Brent O’Neill Builder

October 2016 Business Central

New playground a winner with kids Kelly Deeks What could well be a once in a lifetime project for Palmerston North’s Brent O’Neill Builder has resulted in hundreds of happy school kids and a community with a new iconic structure gaining popularity. About five years ago, West End School was faced with a problem. Its old playground structure, known as the pirate ship because it loosely resembled the shape of one, was becoming dilapidated, and repairs and safety issues were becoming more frequent. The school’s Board of Trustees agreed a replacement structure should be investigated, and the board’s then property manager Regan Thomas set a plan in motion, which included the children in the design process from the outset. “The whole middle and junior teams of the school designed their dream playground, and I engaged an architect who came down to see their drawings,� Regan says. “Samples were selected for closer study and the ideas taken from that process were the starting point.� The new structure’s fort and ship combination was inspired by common features of the children’s designs, including heights, tunnels, walkways, and forts. “We wanted a structure that was more suited for the year 4 to 6 age group, one which would have elements of height, physical challenge, lots of interesting features, and a sense of adventure and risk,� he says. “We wanted something totally bespoke – the catalogue stuff was out of the question. “The old structure was built around four huge poles and we wanted to base the new design around that key element, and the existing contours of the land had to remain, so no levelling.� Architype Team Architects came up with an incredible design - interesting, challenging, and technical, which more than met the brief. “So actually building it was very interesting, challenging, and technical too,� Regan says. “We had several meetings with Brent once the design was done, and he made the process simple and hassle free. “Nothing was a problem for Brent, even some of the big problems. His workmanship, attention

Designed by Architype Team Architects the new structure’s fort and ship combination was inspired by common features of the children’s designs.

to detail, ability to adapt, respond, and cope with a very challenging design, and a relatively obsessed client, resulted in a playground structure that has become both immensely popular and iconic within the school and its local community.� The architect designed two great structures on top of a grassy knoll. Both structures include various bridges, climbing structures, and walkways, with window geometries and colours to reinforce its playful purpose, and exterior boards skilfully arranged to allow light and air into the heart of the structure.

Brent O’Neill has completed many jobs around the school over a number of years, and is well known to several people there, including Regan. He was keen to take on the playground project, relishing the challenge of building something totally different. He says that the biggest challenge was getting about 20 poles up to support both structures.

Once the poles were in the build ran seamlessly. “It was heaps of fun for us putting it together, and seeing these two structures become one awesome playground.� The project was designed, planned, and engineered over more than three years, and construction was completed early last year.

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Top service makes all the difference Kelly Deeks Good service to the people is a key driver for second generation Central Hawke’s Bay family building business Tony (Bones) Lepelaars Builders, which has been building in the district for more than 50 years. Tony says providing a good service to the people of Central Hawke’s Bay was always his father Harry’s objective, and he picked up on its value as he joined his dad’s business as a young apprentice. “Dad was really loyal to his clients, and they were loyal to dad,” he says. “I learned that from dad and I’ve kept it going. I’ve got one client who’s been with me for 36 years, and I’ve built their house, their son’s house, and done a renovation for them.” He says he loves working with new clients, and the professional relationship can often turn into a nice friendship. Tony Lepelaars Builders is a real family affair with Tony now working full time in the office and his wife Lynda managing all the accounts. Their son Karl is not the third generation of the Lepelaars family to be involved in the business, having recently returned to the company from his OE in England after completing his apprenticeship with his dad. He joins a team of five qualified builders and two apprentices, with Tony putting on his tool belt and helping the boys on site as much as he can. “I’ve certainly noticed a big change in the amount of paperwork from when I first started, but the young ones won’t have to adapt to that,” he says. “ “They are learning it now and it’s just a normal part of the job for them.” Tony is his own project manager, so all his clients deal with the boss himself. He schedules regular meetings with his clients throughout the whole building process, keeping them fully engaged and eliminating any stress for them. He says Central Hawke’s Bay has a buoyant construction market at the moment, with a lot of

Tony Lepelaars Builders works on a wide variety of projects in the Central Hawke’s Bay region.

residential building and some smaller commercial projects underway. “There is all sorts of building going on, and most builders are pretty busy,” he says. “There are a few lifestyle developments on the go now with one to two acre sections. “Central Hawke’s Bay is slowly getting filled up, but it still has the nice lifestyle feel of living in a small rural town.”

Tony Lepelaars Builders is currently busy working on four new homes, with a couple more on the books to start. He is right into building with cedar, currently building three cedar homes and quite often talks

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BUILDING » Latitude Homes Wellington

October 2016 Business Central

Firm goes from strength to strength Sue Russell Since November 2014 Alix Brew has been at the helm of busy residential franchise Latitude Homes Wellington. “Carrying a building background which led eventually to project management roles and then starting my own business meant the decision to purchase the franchise came along at a good time and just made sense,” Alix says. While Latitude Homes plans often appeal to first-home owners Alix says his franchise has undertaken a wide range of residential builds, from more modest projects right through to half million dollar plus homes. Coping with a number of constructions on the go at the same time is possible because the company contracts projects out to one of three building teams. In total these teams have upwards of 25 carpenters and tradesmen on board. With a housing building boom underway Alix says it can be frustrating for home-owners and for builders alike to wait for consent processes at council level to work through and he is heartened that his local council is working on ways to streamline consent processing. Latitude Homes headquarters is in Lower Hutt and the area it services extends through the Kapiti Coast up to Levin and to Masterton in the Wairarapa. When builds are underway Alix takes on the role of project manager. He is proud of what has been achieved so far since taking on the franchise and plans to enter two projects in next years Registered Master Builders regional awards competition. The first of these two homes is situated in Upper Hutt and was an altered design from the Latitude plans. Alix says the twostorey build had its challenges. “We needed to do a lot of pushing and shoving to get exactly what the clients wanted out of the design and the result is fantastic.” The second home is in Plimmerton; a full custom-build to plans prepared by someone else. “The architecturally designed build was brought to us by a caravan sales yard who wished to make a statement with their building, which I think they achieved and were over the moon with the finished product. “Again this shows the relaxed nature of what we do and how flexible we can be, whether it is building one of our designs, doing your own custom plan through our designers or bringing us your own plans.” After emigrating from the Isle of Man 14 years ago Alix chose to settle in Wellington, initially

Latitude Homes Wellington has undertaken a wide range of residential builds, from more modest projects right through to half million dollar plus homes. specialising in alterations and renovations. From this background he has come to value and understand how crucial the quality of relationships established with clients is to the successful outcome of a project. “It’s a case of treating clients as you would wish to be treated. That’s the way I approach every conversation with them, from initial enquiry throughout the whole build. It comes down to doing what you say you are going to do.” All Latitude Homes houses come with a 25-year structural warranty as well as the backing of the 10year Master Builders guarantee. The company also offers a guaranteed 18 week building time to projects that meet the criteria explained on the website.

“We needed to do a lot of pushing and shoving to get exactly what the clients wanted out of the design and the result is fantastic.” Helping out in the busy office is Alix’s wife Amanda, who has come on board in a more handson roll in the last six months. Plans ahead are focussed around consolidating the franchise by continually reviewing its systems and processes and in time growing its capacity, though at this time with the teams on hand the company can comfortably manage around eight

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BUILDING » Jennian Homes Wellington - The Banks

October 2016 Business Central

Jennian hits the note in The Banks Karen Phelps Jennian Homes Wellington currently has a showhome under construction at The Banks subdivision in Whitby. Being developed by Todd Property Group, The Banks has proved popular in the thriving Wellington property market, says Simon Barber, owner of Jennian Homes Wellington. Located on 30 hectares in Whitby, close to Wellington, Porirua, the Hutt and Kapiti, the subdivision has a 200-section capacity. The Jennian Homes showhome is a unique design and will offer three bedrooms, a study, two bathrooms and a double garage. Clad in concrete block, Linea weatherboard and Integra it has a sleek, contemporary look. The home will be open for the public to view at the end of the year. Simon says it is a reflection of the work the company has been undertaking at The Banks for some time and will give potential clients an idea of what Jennian Homes can offer in terms of design and build, if they already have a section, or house and land packages. The company is offering house and land packages in The Banks with section sizes of approximately 600 square metres and a choice of three- or four-bedroom homes. Simon stresses that of course people can adjust the plans to suit their own requirements. The company presently has two homes for sale under construction and another 10 due to start construction, some of which are for clients and some available for purchase. Jennian Homes was started in 1982 in Hamilton and is a proudly New Zealand owned and operated company. Jennian Homes offers a range of plans as well as a full design and build option. “We’re certainly not one size fits all,” says Simon. “Even though we have a solid range of plans a lot of our work revolves around variations of these or design-and-build projects so clients can get exactly the home they want.” Jennian Wellington offers a dedicated project liaison manager as a point of contact during the build project. “The project liaison manager provides photos and updates to the client.

Simon Barber: “The Banks subdivision in Whitby has proved popular in the thriving Wellington property market.”

“This facilitates the build process by letting the construction team focus on the build as well as ensuring the client is kept fully informed as to the progress of their project at all times,” he says. Simon started off his building career in a family building business started by his father in 1964. He took over the Kapiti Jennian franchise around two years ago and quickly added the Hutt Valley and Wellington regions. He now offers his clients nearly 30 years of building experience and says that demand is strong in the region for Jennian Homes due to spin off from the Auckland market with

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“Even though we have a solid range of plans a lot of our work revolves around variations of these or design-and-build projects so clients can get exactly the home they want.” people with flexible jobs finding the region more affordable, says Simon. Jennian Homes Wellington also has a showhome presently under construction in Waikanae. The franchise also has house and land

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BUILDING » Watts and Hughes - Z Rotokauri

October 2016 Business Central

Specialist team delivers the goods Sue Russell Steve Gutteridge has the busy role of Contracts Manager at Watts & Hughes Construction, in the Auckland office, based in Mt Wellington. As such, he oversees and liaises constantly with a team of project managers, site managers and QS’s scattered across several projects the company has on its books at any one time. It’s a demanding and fulfilling role and one that brings lots of variety. One project, completed late August, was the construction of the new Z Energy service station on the outskirts of Hamilton at Wairere Drive, Rotokauri. “The project went well and took us 14 weeks to complete. It’s what we call a Tier 1 station, 6 service pumps, 240sqm retail area and a 225sqm canopy,” Steve explains. To undertake this sort of project, requiring 3 – 3.5m deep excavation to be dug to hold the petrol and diesel storage tanks, Steve has a specialist team he links with. “Robert Collins is our Q.S. on these sorts of projects and our company supplies an on-site project manager. “Between the three of us, with our years of experience, we coordinate all the subbies to do the work. It’s a structure that is extremely efficient and works very well.” While the Rotokauri Z Station build went smoothly Steve says the biggest issue was site access and the location of the station at a very busy intersection. It meant considerable liaison with neighbouring

commercial and industrial businesses and with local Council, which along with great Site Management provided by Steve Collie went smoothly. “You can imagine the size of some of the structures we were working with and trying to avoid the rush-hour traffic time as much as possible.” Given the specialised nature of these builds Steve says it is always his priority to work with the same teams of subbies as much as possible. “When you are working on projects like the construction of a new service station, completing on time and to budget are critical factors, so we have built up over the years strong and trusted relationships with our subcontractors. “It’s a relationship that works both ways and it’s an essential part of why we build so successfully. “We are all part of a team that are striving for the same outcome, and it’s the team culture that Steve says makes the outcome successful, on time, on budget and great end product.” The Rotokauri Z Service Station has a ‘Vapour Recovery System’, a new technology the company is introducing. Any diesel or petrol vapour in the fuel lines essentially gets captured and is recycled, meaning that vapours that would normally have been discharged into the atmosphere no longer are. “Z Energy are very environmentally focussed and this recovery system is one example of their commitment to minimise service station impact on the environment.” With Z’s Rotokauri service station up and running Steve is currently focusing on several other projects, including the new Everill Orr residential facility based in Mt Albert, the new BMW

show-room at Te Rapa, Hamilton, a new Tier 2 Z Energy service station in Clevedon, a 480 room refurbishment of The Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland, 700sqm retail block on Kahikatea Drive, Hamilton and the Z Energy refurbishment in Mt Maunganui. When asked to describe the essential skill-set needed to be a successful contracts manager Steve says it comes down to people management,

versatility , excellent knowledge of the building industry and a can do attitude. “The most important element though in our company is nurturing good working relationships with our clients. “We are very client focused and our construction systems are well-tuned to deliver and meet the expectations of our clients.”

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BUILDING » Infinite Building Solutions

October 2016 Business Central

Young firm enjoying rapid growth Sue Russell Paula and Rick Burns lead a busy Hastings business which specialises in designing and building bathrooms, kitchens, fit-outs and renovations. The couple have been working hard to build up the business since opening Infinite Building Solutions 18 months ago and that work has paid off, with demand continually growing, as Paula explains. “Even though Rick has been building for more than 30 years, we felt it was important to set some goals we could focus on achieving. “When you are a husband-and-wife team working in the business as well I think it makes really good sense to seek the objective advice from an expert. “Our business mentor was with us right from the start.” The business has grown to employ a team of twelve, including qualified joiners who produce custom-built kitchens, bathrooms and furniture from the company’s own joinery workshop located on Orchard Road. The joinery division has a team of four working on site. Paula says a significant point of difference and strength of the company is in its supplying customers with total project management when a build is underway. “We sub-contract electricians, plumbers and tilers as necessary, so the client doesn’t have to be involved in any aspect of the management of a build.” Along with focusing on kitchen and bathroom upgrades Infinite Building Solutions also undertakes renovations and extensions as well as building garages and carports. These days with the increase in demand Paula says Rick concentrates mainly on sales and project management. When a customer first approaches the company to undertake a new kitchen, or upgrade of an existing one for example the company’s joinery manager Barrie will talk them through their basic thinking and produce a concept plan and 3D modelling of what is being proposed. At this stage the plan will be discussed and refined before detailed plans and costings are worked up for signing off. Paula says a concern the couple have is in the availability of suitably qualified and experienced builders coming through the training.

Along with focusing on kitchen and bathroom upgrades Infinite Building Solutions also undertakes renovations and extensions as well as building garages and carports. “Our focus is customer service so we are fussy about who we take on and need to know they can deliver the quality we expect of our team.” Infinite Building Solutions currently has two apprentices on its books who are teamed with a senior qualified and experienced builders on site. When Business Central spoke with Paula, the company were four months into an ambitious restoration of a circa 1900’s villa some 30 minutes out of Havelock. Paula says the end result will be stunning. “The owner has gone for a more French style minimalistic look. “We have at least another six weeks on this

job and it promises to look wonderful when it is finished.” The company has a real family feel to it with one of Paula’s brothers Matthew working as head builder while daughter Georgia will be taking up a role shortly working in the joinery division.

Paula says she is very proud of what Rick, her and the team have achieved in the early days of growing the company in the Hawke’s Bay. “In five years’ time it will be nice to think we’ll have a holiday but right now we are determined to work hard at evolving the business.”

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Awards success a credit to the team Kelly Deeks Wackrow’s Joinery’s recently won Best Kitchen and Best Regional Waikato / BOP awards at the 2016 NZ Master Joiner Awards was a team effort, according to company director Carl Riley of Wackrow’s. “It wasn’t just the guys who worked on it, it was the guy who swept the floor, the guy who picked up the rubbish, the guy who unloaded the material from the truck, even the guy who made the cups of tea,” he says. “We have a brilliant team here from our craftsmen joiners to our administrative experts who have all played a part in our great successes at the NZ Master Joiner Awards.” From Cambridge, Wackrow’s has provided quality timber and manufactured products for more than 40 years. Its focus is on traditional craftsmanship combined with modern techniques. Specialising in doors, windows, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, wall units and shelving, Wackrow’s caters for all wooden joinery requirements from the basic ranges through to exclusive, custom designed and crafted timber creations. Wackrow’s is experienced in project managing kitchen installations, looking after the entire project from computer design through to completion. “As project managers, we can assist with buying appliances, arranging plumbers, electricians, and painters to come in when necessary, as well as custom making and installing all the kitchen cabinets and benchtops,” Carl says. Today, Wackrow’s runs a team of 18 staff and is owned by founder Gus Wackrow’s son Liam, who has an extensive finance and management background, and qualified joiners Carl Riley and Bryce Norris. Each spent their early days sweeping Wackrow’s workshop floor. Carl as he worked after school before he started his apprenticeship, Bryce who also completed his apprenticeship there, and Liam who first got involved in the company aged

“We have a brilliant team here from our craftsmen joiners to our administrative experts who have all played a part in our great successes.” two, waving around all the tradesman’s hammers and planes before being promoted to sweeper boy once able to hold a broom. Wackrow’s has enjoyed continued successes at the NZ Master Joiner Awards, and this latest entry was no exception. The winning kitchen was part of an extensive joinery project completed by Wackrow’s for a new home in Auckland, designed by Stevens Lawson Architects. The project included various wardrobes, vanities, office area, yoga room, and even didgeridoo shelving. The kitchen featured 30mm solid timber New Zealand Totara drawer fronts and New Zealand Tawa veneer doors and panelling. The three metre high east wall included the latest Fisher and Paykel Active Smart integrated fridge/ freezer, which had not even come off the production line while Wackrow’s was measuring up for his project. “We had to go down to Fisher and Paykel’s research and development department to get our measurements for the cabinetry for the fridge to fit inside,” Carl says. On the kitchen’s back wall, bi-fold doors opened to an integrated scullery, then slide back inside the cabinetry. The hardware for the sliding doors came in at $3000 each side. Honed marble made up the bench top, cook top, island, and splashbacks. It was an eight month project for Wackrow’s, and an enjoyable return to work for repeat customer Stevens Lawson Architects.

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BUILDING » Zeal Commercial Interiors

October 2016 Business Central

Interior specialist up with the play Karen Phelps Zeal Commercial Interiors is currently working on the next stage of 47 The Esplanade in Petone. The company will complete an office fit-out on level one as well as dividing the ground floor into two separate tenancies. Earlier this year Zeal Commercial Interiors completed a similar project in the development turning a commercial office space into three tenancies for developer The Hodge Group. Aaron Stagg, one of the directors of Zeal Commercial Interiors, says that the tight threemonth timeframe for the project was the biggest challenge. The company started with the bare concrete shell and installed tenancy walls, services such as lighting, fire protection, mechanical and air conditioning before finishing the project with a polished concrete floor. The company then completed the individual interior fit outs for the tenants. For Workshop Cafe a loggia was constructed to create an indoor/outdoor space. Zeal Commercial Interiors achieved this by removing an exterior wall and extended the concrete floorslab outside the building to create a deck. A new recessed shopfront was fitted before internal walls etc were constructed for the client. For the open plan Wet & Forget premises Zeal Commercial Interiors constructed a kitchenette then assisted the client with shelving and with merchandising. For the Schneider Electric fit-out Zeal Commercial Interiors constructed the internal office fit-out creating meeting rooms and offices. Aaron thinks the project amply demonstrates the company’s skills in meeting tight deadlines and targets while still delivering a high quality product. At peak around 30 workers were on site. He says the company’s robust systems played a big part in the success of the project. Contracts managers on site are equipped with ipads making project management, health and safety and client communication easy. He says the young team at Zeal Commercial Interiors aims to bring a different approach to the industry: “The commercial office fit-out industry is changing quite rapidly and we’re evolving with it. “Things such as IT technology and an increased focus on health and safety are just two of the current factors affecting the industry, which led us to develop our tablet based app system. “It’s an information gathering system, which allows our project managers to meet compliance on site quickly and easily.

Zeal Commercial Interiors completed an office fit-out at 47 The Esplanade in Petone, turning a commercial office space into three tenancies for developer The Hodge Group. “Everything is stored online in a paperless system which means we can also provide the client with the login so they can view the up-to-date documentation on a daily basis if they desire,” explains Aaron. “Our systems also enhance productivity and accuracy as staff can receive emails on site, documents, drawings etc any time they need to. “This also allows us to keep in good contact with clients as, for example, we can take photos on site and keep the client fully informed every step of the way.” Aaron and business partner Chris Field, started Zeal Interiors in 2005 after previously working in the industry for over a decade.

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“Things such as IT technology and an increased focus on health and safety are just two of the current factors affecting the industry, which led us to develop our tablet based app system.” They now offer their clients in the Wellington region around 20 years experience in the commercial office fit-out market, which is why they chose to specialise exclusively in this field. Zeal Commercial Interiors works as the main contractor on projects from tender to managing the project right through to the finish.

Aaron says it is the company’s solutions based and customer-focused attitude that sets it apart. “We value the client’s input into projects and like to include them as much as possible. “When a problem arises we go to the client with a solution. It’s the sort of innovative outlook we have which continues to drive the business ahead.”

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Health and Safety starts at the top Marcus Nalter

“Directors are not expected to be personally on site ensuring that workplace risks are properly managed, but they need to ensure their business is well set-up to handle health and safety.”

Construction is big business. It is a $30-billion

dollar industry that generates about six percent of New Zealand’s economic activity and employs almost 200,000 people. But it is also small business – 87 percent of construction companies employ fewer than ten people. For many of those businesses the owner will be the director, the chief executive, site foreman and probably orders the morning tea every second day. In a way, that should make it easier to keep on top of health and safety. The management and directors (at least in smaller operations) are less likely to be cut-off behind a desk. Even if you’re based at the office you’re likely to have come up through the trades. That practical knowledge at the management level is invaluable because when it comes to health and safety everyone needs to play their part. That starts at the top with directors and chief executives. Under the new law they have to do ‘due diligence’ for health and safety in much the same way as they are expected to for financial reporting. After all, directors and chief executives will have huge influence over resourcing decisions, company policy, setting performance targets and a myriad of other things that can affect health and safety. Directors are not expected to be personally on site ensuring that workplace risks are

Marcus Nalter

properly managed, but they need to ensure their business is well set-up to handle health and safety. That’s more than just checking there’s a health and safety policy; they need to know that it’s working and have good reporting systems so they are fully informed about health and safety performance. For larger construction firms that might mean the Board sets up a Health and Safety subcommittee – as recommended by the Financial Market Authority.

Lawyers Chapman Tripp suggest that Boards make health and safety a standing item on their agendas and should consider the health and safety implications of decisions on timeframes, budgets and bonuses. It’s not just one-way traffic though workers also need to take responsibility for acting in a safe and healthy way. This means wearing the right gear (and reminding a mate who isn’t), following proper health and safety processes and taking five to plan how to do a task safely when a situation changes. The trick is to make sure health and safety is integrated into your business at every level.

Keeping an eye out for one another should be part of everyone’s daily routine. If it’s not already then now is the time to act. Not only will you and your workers be safer and healthier, so will your business. •Marcus Nalter is with Worksafe NZ To find out more about the Health and Safety at Work Act, including details about worker engagement and participation, visit the WorkSafe website at worksafe.govt.nz/hswa.

Focus on safety, ease of use Recent changes to New Zealand health and safety regulations has seen growing demand for Monkey Toe Group’s range of products, which provide owners, specifiers and architects with an easy way to protect people and buildings. The company’s range includes roof access systems (walkways, ladders, hatches, aluminium handrails, steps and stiles, gutter guards and snow guards); roof mounting (plant platforms, condenser mounts, solar mounts); handrails and glass balustrades and stairways (steps and stiles, external fire stairs and accessories). Monkey Toe Group marketing manager Jeff Poole says the company has aimed to be at the forefront of industry changes with a key focus on safety combined with ease of use. All products are made from high-grade materials and are easily installed – simply clipped and screwed together but able to bear loads that rival costly structural installations. The company’s unique clip fixture, which clings to buildings like a monkey’s toe, safely gripping the roof without compromising its structural integrity, is a key aspect of its product range. Continual innovation is a hallmark of the company. It has recently released a new range of glass balustrades including fully framed, semi-framed and frameless options. Featuring heattoughened glass and enduring highgrade aluminium glazing channels,

customers can get the look they are after while meeting the required compliance standards, says Jeff. Another recent innovation for Monkey Toe is the development of trafficable gutter guards, which can be used where mesh covers or timber walkways would typically have been used. The Monkey Toe gutter guards prevent drains being blocked with snow or leaf litter, can be easily lifted out to access drain heads and can also be walked on. Unlike timber, they don’t damage the gutters. A New Zealand owned and operated company, Monkey Toe Group was started in 2006. The company is already a favourite with many significant construction companies such as Naylor Love, Fletcher, Hawkins Construction and Cape Limited. Monkey Toe Group products are engineered for safety and are manufactured in New Zealand at the company factory in Hawera. All products are fully compliant with AS/ NZS industry standards. Many products have a lifetime warranty. Because Monkey Toe Group has an engineer and design team as well as a nationwide network of installers, the company can assist customers from concept to installation. Due to company growth Monkey Toe Group offers offices in Auckland and Christchurch and has a presence in Wellington. The company can supply and install product nationwide.

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BUILDING » Steven Barnard Construction

October 2016 Business Central

Working on a narrow site with a swimming pool planned for the far end, the pool was first to be built.

Luxury home an exciting project Kelly Deeks Steven Barnard Construction had an exciting project to complete last year, looking after all aspects of the build of a luxury home with pool at Huntington, Hamilton. Steven has been building for more than 20 years, completing his apprenticeship in Hamilton and getting into high spec residential building, before moving to Auckland where he worked on luxury homes. Moving home to Cambridge and starting Steven Barnard Construction, the attention to detail he developed on those projects is the key to his company ensuring quality construction today. “We pay the highest attention to detail,” he says. “The majority of building problems are entirely

avoidable by taking care during the construction process. Staying on the tools keeps me on the building site and helps me to keep a close eye on everything.” Steven Barnard Construction is a residential and light commercial building company, working on a broad range of projects from $1 million plus homes to minor renovations. When friends of the family asked him to manage the build of their home last year, Steve had a great opportunity to work with very decisive owners and innovative architectural designers. Designed by Tauranga’s Creative Space Architectural Design, the new build gave Steven Barnard Construction the chance to work with a wide range of different building products and materials, including steel beams and iron balustrading. “The massive lounge area has a staircase and

“The majority of building problems are entirely avoidable by taking care during the construction process. Staying on the tools keeps me on the building site and helps me to keep a close eye on everything.” a high mezzanine floor connecting the master bedroom upstairs to the rest of the house,” he says. Working on a narrow site with a swimming pool planned for the far end, the pool was first to be built. Steven enjoyed the challenge of running the project, saying the build of a new home is a fantastic experience when everything runs smoothly. “We’re here to remove the stress from our

clients and ensure their project moves ahead in a timely manner.” Steven’s apprentice, Caleb, has recently come out of his time, and now the company is looking to employ another one. “Caleb has been a great apprentice, and he finished his apprenticeship in three years,” Steven says. “He’s got the same qualities I do. He has a keen eye for detail and I like to keep things pretty sharp. He’s a hard worker who’s committed to the job.”

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Hotel with all the comforts of home Karen Phelps Gilmer Apartment Hotel has been quietly undergoing a radical transformation. Since it was purchased by the present owner in 2012 it has been refurbished inside to an exceptionally high standard reflecting the emphasis on quality and customer service that has been the hallmark of the brand, says hotel general manager Natasha Pennell. Recently the refurbishment of every room that has been taking place inside Gilmer Apartment Hotel has been extended to the exterior of the building with a clean fresh look and signage to match the interior. Natasha says the aim has been to create a New York style design – sleek, simple and modern. Gilmer Apartment Hotel offers 60 fully serviced apartments and caters to a predominantly corporate market during the week with increasing numbers of overseas guests during the weekends. A point of difference is that Gilmer Apartment Hotel offers the standard of a quality hotel but with the comforts of home such as a kitchenette in each room, allowing guests to cook light meals, and a washing machine and dryer. Little extras such as washing machine powder and plunger coffee allow guests to feel right at home, says Natasha. The hotel offers a selection of apartments. Natasha says that the double apartment is an ideal alternative to a traditional hotel room and includes one double bed, kitchenette facilities, shower and en-suite facilities. The king apartment contains a king size bed (but can be made up into two single beds on request) and includes a fully equipped kitchenette, ensuite bathroom, in-room washer and dryer. The one-bedroom twin apartment option includes two double beds in a shared bedroom, and a living and kitchen area while the two-

Gilmer Apartment Hotel offers the standard of a quality hotel but with the comforts of home such as a kitchenette in each room, allowing guests to cook light meals, and a washing machine and dryer.

bedroom apartments offer two separate bedrooms each containing one double bed per room and a large living and dining area with kitchenette and washer/dryer combo. All options include SKY Guest Select and

complementary unlimited wireless internet access. Nearly one floor of Gilmer Apartment Hotel is dedicated to long-term stays of 28 days or longer, something that has proven popular with companies seeking to relocate workers, says Natasha. She says that the size of Gilmer Apartment Hotel means a very personal service can be offered to clients: “We always go that little bit further to make sure all our customers have a very enjoyable stay with us.” A focus is placed on catering to customers’ needs and acting on their feedback. Unlimited Wi-Fi access for up to eight devices became complimentary after this was something clients regularly requested as was the Sky TV Guest Select service, says Natasha. Corporate rates are offered for regular

bookings. Guests also have access to a number of communal facilities including a meeting room accommodating ten people around the table, which can be booked out by the half-day or by the hour. Guests also have complementary access to the nearby Habit Majestic Health and Fitness Club, which offers a 33-metre heated salt water pool, spa, sauna, steam room, physiotherapy clinic, three group training studios, a free weights area, large cardio room, seminar room and comprehensive fitness testing facilities. Located two minutes’ walk from Lambton Quay, Willis Street and the Terrace, Natasha says that Gilmer Apartment Hotel’s location has made it the perfect accommodation option for businesses located in the heart of the Wellington CBD.

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CONTRACTING » Byfords Construction

October 2016 Business Central

Byfords guarantees satisfaction Sue Russell Graeme de Rose, General Manager of Taihapebased Byfords Construction Ltd, is a man of few words, much preferring instead to get on with the business of delivering quality service to his valued customers. The company is one of the largest suppliers of aggregate materials and equipment, including three mobile crusher units, to local civil contracting industries operating throughout the central North Island. “We’re involved as a contractor in major flood remediation work on the State Highway Network between Wanganui and Raetihi. “It’s technically challenging and potentially dangerous work reinstating retaining walls and dealing with significant vertical drops using our gear but this is the sort of work my team is expert at,” Graeme says. Two of the three mobile crushers work around the central North Island while the third one is dedicated to peripheral areas Byfords Construction operates in. In all Graeme and his team can be operating anywhere from Taupo to Manawatu and across into Hawke’s Bay. Among its services Byfords Construction sources, screens and supplies aggregate for major roading contracts in its catchment. It also supplies KiwiRail with Ballast to maintain the rail network. Beyond its mobile jaw and cone crushers and screening units the company also owns and operates wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators and articulated dump trucks. Byfords Construction extracts most of its gravels from rivers throughout the region. Each extraction requires consents and attention to compliances set down by regional and district councils. Over the years Graeme says the costs involved in retrieving river-sourced materials has increased exponentially, something he describes as a challenge. “The only area that is still easy to extract river material from is in the Hawke’s Bay.

Byfords Construction is one of the largest suppliers of aggregate materials and equipment to civil contracting industries in the central North Island.

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CONTRACTING » BTW Company

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BTW at home with latest technology Kelly Deeks BTW Company, based in New Plymouth, was first established in 1973 and in the ensuing 43 years has grown into a significant multidisciplinary business servicing industry, government and the private sector. BTW provides surveying, engineering, planning and environmental, geographical information systems (GIS), project and land management systems, 3D laser scanning and UAV mapping services with a focus also on supplying specialised services to the energy industry. Ian Dickey, Project Manager, and Dana Flogerzi, UAV Pilot and 3D Laser Scanning Professional, operate leading-edge scanning and surveying technologies in their work. “BTW owns and operates a sophisticated 3D laser scanner which is making significant differences by giving clients high speed data acquisition with survey quality and accuracy never before possible,” Ian explains. When a building, environment or object is scanned using a 3D laser scanner the image is displayed as a ‘point cloud’, literally a vast number of points, representing the whole surface that has been scanned. The result is an extremely accurate representation of what exists which can then have a surface overlaid or a 3D CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) model created. In the energy sector BTW’s 3D technology has simplified surveying of pipe work and equipment on production facilities such as oil and gas drilling platforms. “It means that we can scan a site and then create precise CAD models of pipe connections, for instance, so that the replacement pipes can then be built on land knowing that it will fit perfectly with existing piping on the rig. “We can also carry out accurate clash detection checks on new pipe routes to ensure that there are no unforeseen obstructions which otherwise could impact on installation time. That’s just a couple of examples of how 3D scanning has revolutionised surveying practice and outcomes.” BTW has also invested in UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technology which is capable of capturing high quality photos and video used for a number of mapping and inspection purposes, often over challenging sites and buildings otherwise inaccessible using traditional surveying methods. “There are many applications that the UAV can be used for. The critical advantage provided by using the UAV is the capture of very detailed images quickly and safely. “This is really useful for managing projects, for instance when a local area road was washed

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out by serious flooding, aerial imaging provided accurate, timely information for the rebuild,” Dana says. On another occasion the UAV and 3D Scanner were employed to survey over and around a cliff face which had a substantial slip requiring construction of a retaining wall. BTW was able to utilise UAV technology to

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get up-to-date images and combine these with a 3D laser scan of the cliff face to create sectioned profile views of the cliff. This was all carried out without any personnel having to go near the cliff edge, thereby eliminating potential hazards. Traditionally aerial surveys have been expensive but with the use of UAV technology

the cost benefits passed on to BTW’s clients are significant. “You can now do an extremely accurate survey of a large project for significantly less cost and time,” Ian says. “The process is also very quick which means construction work can continue uninterrupted,” Ian says.


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TR Construction has it all covered Karen Phelps Tobias Richter arrived in New Zealand in 2006 with a suitcase after finishing his masters degree in civil engineering. Just four years later he had established his own company T R Construction Limited. “I bought a ute and a trailer and started the business from that,” remembers Tobias who was previously working for a large roading contractor in Taupo as a construction engineer. Based in Taupo but travelling further afield as required, TR Construction has grown quickly and focuses on small to medium sized civil engineering contracts for mainly commercial clients. Tobias says a major advantage is that he can offer his clients a complete service from start to finish undertaking every aspect of the project including minor earthworks, drainage, road construction, concrete work, and landscaping. TR Construction will do any size job from very small to large, says Tobias. “I believe every project is important regardless of size and smaller projects can lead to larger projects,” he says. “Sometimes we spend two months at one contract and other times a number of different little jobs will be carried out on one day. Each job gets the same priority and focus regardless of size.” Most of the work carried out by TR Construction is general site works, which covers excavation work and reinstatement of areas with concrete, asphalt or paving. But while other contractors specialize in one field the scope of work for TR Construction is quite varied. “We also have been painting walls, building steel structures, erecting security fences, installing signs and other things. “The variety of jobs we undertake keeps things interesting on a daily basis and provides challenges for our staff. For the client is it also easier to deal just with one contractor on site. “I am the manager and owner but I’m also still on the tools which gives good control over quality and timing of projects for my clients. I’m the one responsible ensuring quality levels are high,” he explains.

TR Construction has grown quickly and focuses on small- to medium-sized civil engineering contracts for mainly commercial clients.

The company mainly operates in the Taupo District, which also includes the areas around Turangi and Mangakino. In the past TR Construction has undertaken work in Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and other places in the North Island. Business for TR Construction is good. One of the larger projects the company recently completed was a street upgrade in the Taupo CBD which included removal of existing concrete footpath and kerbing, and then installing new seating, rock walls, garden, paving, kerbing

“Sometimes we spend two months at one contract and other times a number of different little jobs will be carried out on one day. Each job gets the same priority and focus regardless of size.”

and street scaping. Part of the requirements was it to keep access to shops open at all times during the period of construction. For that reason some of the demolition work had to be carried out at night time. Tobias says that these conditions required skilled management of pedestrians and traffic. TR Construction has also recently completed an upgrade of the Mangakino town centre, which involved removing existing planter boxes and then constructing a new playground area with synthetic grass and timber decking.

Currently the company is completing earthworks, roading and installation of services at a subdivision in Taupo and it is about to commence work at another subdivision in the near future. The company has also just been awarded the contract to build a large retaining wall in Motuoapa, which will start in the next month. But no matter how busy the company gets though Tobias is keen to stay “hands on” in his business continuing to offer his clients a very personal and high quality service.

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MARINE » White Pointer Boats

October 2016 Business Central

Custom boat-builder finds niche Kelly Deeks Custom aluminium boat-builder White Pointer Boats has developed a reputation for the design, construction and delivery of fit for purpose recreational and commercial vessels for individuals, companies, and local, national, and international government bodies. White Pointer Boats unique, non-pounding hull design, quality of workmanship and reliable contract management services are big advantages for the company in the commercial market as well as with the private buyer. “We’re not a mass production company, hardly ever do two boats go out of here the same,” says White Pointer Boats business development manager Tony Bourke. “We have knowledge of more than 1000 craft that we’ve designed and priced, and more than 600 we’ve built, and we have a vast library of knowledge and features that can go in a boat. “We work hard to get the best result for each boat to ensure it meets the operator’s requirements.” In 2014, White Pointer Boats was awarded the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade tender to supply the Republic of Kiribati with a police rescue boat. With few maintenance services available in the remote island nation, the boat needed to be low maintenance, low technology, and strong and durable. As each White Pointer is designed to be fit for purpose, White Pointer Boats came up with a design to suit the needs of the Republic of Kiribati “We built a boat from materials which would withstand the harsh tropical and marine environment, and we included a deck surface which could be stood on with bare feet in the hot sun,” Tony says. So far this year, White Pointer Boats has delivered two commercial boats, (on time, which can be difficult when changes are made to the specifications) one to Tasman District Council,

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the other to the Department of Conservation at Akaroa. The custom built, fast response harbourmaster patrol and rescue vessel ‘Sentinel’ was handed

“We built a boat from materials which would withstand the harsh tropical and marine environment, and we included a deck surface which could be stood on with bare feet in the hot sun.” over to the Tasman District Council in April, and now polices the pristine Marlborough Sounds. The 8.2m aluminium craft was built over four months by White Pointer Boats, and included the company’s own fendering system which ensures the boat will not damage any other craft it may come up against in the harbour. “The fendering system is a really important feature of this boat, as it is doing customs work as well, and when they come up alongside those boats they don’t want to scratch them,” Tony says. The high spec craft features superior engine power, with twin outboard motors giving the boat a top speed of about 43 knots, layout, and electronics, and is fitted with thermal imaging cameras. In Akaroa, White Pointer Boats built a Class 40c survey boat to allow DoC staff to police the marine reserve, carry out surveys, and take

divers to complete marine biology work in Akaroa harbour. Features included the same fendering system as the Tasman boat, a retractable radio tower catering to height restrictions in the shed, diving equipment storage, and fold up seating which could be pulled down and stowed away as needed. “It also had to have the ability to drop people off on the rocks, so we made a split bow rail so they could on and off-load from the bow,” Tony says. With a Shark helm seat, complete with suspension system to absorb impact, and White Pointer Boats’ unique non-pounding hull design and construction which provides a comfortable ride in rough seas, DoC is able to provide a safe work environment for its staff who spend so much time on the water, and have to go out no matter what the conditions.

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White Pointer Boats’ unique, non-pounding hull design, quality of workmanship and reliable contract management services are big advantages for the company in the commercial market.

A complete design service With a business built around reputation, Hall Marine Design provides a complete, professional, and precise boat design service. This professional service provides the boat builder with efficient build times and ensures a successful project for all parties involved, both on and off the water. The team at Hall Marine Design is headed by Jarrod Hall, a passionate fisherman and diver with a degree in marine design, and years of experience designing boats. Jarrod started the business in 2007, quickly establishing himself as a leader in boat design in New Zealand, and slowly building a reputation for functional and innovative design solutions. “It has taken a long time to build up our reputation, and now people have found out about us, we’re in a growth phase,” he says. “Two new designers have joined the team in the past year.” The team at Hall Marine Design are experienced fishermen, powerboat, and ocean enthusiasts and the company is known for both recreational and commercial vessels, and an ever growing range of kit-set boat designs. Hall Marine Design develops complex 3D CAD designs from its clients’ wish list, which allow both the client and the boat builder to see the designed boat from any

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angle. The company carries out a weight study on each design, so every item in the boat is accounted for and the design is subject to hydrodynamic analysis to ensure its best performance. From the 3D design, Hall Marine Design produces detailed CNC cut files which is sent to a CNC router operator, who cuts out all the aluminium sheets and sends them to the boat manufacturer to be assembled and finished. Jarrod says today’s end client is looking for a higher level of finishing on their boats, with a wide range of paints being used and luxuries like leather interiors becoming more popular.

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PRODUCTION » Commonsense Organics

October 2016 Business Central

Making organic foods accessible Karen Phelps Commonsense Organics is celebrating its 25th birthday. The company was founded in 1991 by Jim Kebbell and Marion Wood to make organic food more accessible to New Zealanders. Although mainstream today, 25 years ago organics was seen as the realm of a hippy fringe of society, says Marion with a smile. In the beginning she admits that Commonsense Organics was a labour of love. For the first five years Jim ran the shop while Marion earned a living elsewhere before Commonsense Organics finally broke even. Commonsense Organics now offers five stores in the Greater Wellington Region (Wellington city, Kilbirnie, Kapiti, Lower Hutt and Johnsonville) and one in Mt Eden Auckland, which was opened just last year. The company also sells its organic and allergy-aware food, environmentally friendly products and fair trade goods online. “We’ve developed the business organically,” says Marion, pun intended. “When the time is right we open another shop. And we definitely have plans to open more. Today the state of the industry in New Zealand is very strong. There is enormous demand, which is growing all the time, for fresh organic produce and other food.” Although in the early days Marion says that customers were prepared to put up with unattractive produce as long as it was organically grown Commonsense Organics wanted to provide something better and has always concentrated on offering fresh top quality produce. Today the couple owns 11.2 hectares of land in Te Horo, one hour’s drive north of Wellington, where a number of small businesses grow produce to supply Commonsense Organics. They also source produce from many organic growers throughout the country and support processors who develop new products using organic ingredients. The company operates on a triple bottom-line placing importance on environmental, social and cultural aspects. “We aspire to model a different way of doing business based on a respect for our dependence on the land and its resources. Supporting fair trade and practicing social responsibility, for example, acknowledges that our business is interdependent with our customers, our staff, our local community, Aotearoa-New Zealand and the rest of the world,” explains Marion. The future of the successful business involves handing on the business to the next generation. Daughter Lucy and daughter-in-law Angela are both involved in the business. CEO Anna Pitches has worked her way up through the company starting her career with Commonsense Organics as a shop assistant while at high school and returning to the company after several years overseas.

Above: Commonsense Organics now offers five stores in the Greater Wellington region and one in Auckland. Right: Top team: from left, Lucy Kebbell, Marion Wood, Jim Kebbell, and Anna Pitches. In keeping with the company’s business philosophy staff are involved in the running of the business. “The managers of the stores all make key decisions about what we stock and are involved in the store policies and financial aspects. “Suggestions of customers are also important to how we conduct the business and we are really proud of the trust we have built up with our customers over 25 years in business.” Marion says they are still surprised by what they have been able to achieve. “We never imagined when we started the business 25 years ago it would grow and flourish the way it has. We are absolutely delighted with the progress the business has made. “We’re always updating and transforming the way we do business, while retaining and entrenching the values that provide the essential foundation for everything we do. It just gets more exciting all the time.”

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Quality berries delivered straight from the field Karen Phelps A desire to produce a high quality product delivered straight from the field to the customer has led Piopio-based berry growers, Mike and Angela Roy, to develop a diverse business model. Rather than supply retail outlets the couple sell their product almost exclusively through their own shop, which is open daily 9am to 6pm from Labour Weekend until early May. “We don’t need to transport our fruit and it doesn’t need to sit for a long time in a coolstore before being sold. “Our berries are picked fresh each morning then sold that day so they are fully ripened out in the field and full of flavour,” explains Mike. “We enjoy dealing with our customers direct and supplying them with a really high quality product,” says Angela. Continually thinking of new offerings for their customers has led the couple to develop other popular products which are sold in the ‘Berry Cool’ section of their shop where people can buy home made berry ice creams, smoothies, jams and muffins accompanied by freshly made coffee. There is also a picnic and toilet area making it a popular stop from travellers between New Plymouth and Auckland or Hamilton. They also have a growing market for frozen berries. The Roys have been in the berry business for over 30 years. They started out in Hamilton growing strawberries, apples and stone fruit for export, local market and a roadside shop. With a desire to concentrate on berry fruit production they recognised the potential of the Piopio area and arrived in 1993 to start their business. Now over 20 years later they have four children, two grandchildren and a thriving family

business, which produces nearly 100 tonnes of fruit on site each year. Their 13-hectare orchard contains 2ha of strawberry plants, 6ha of blueberries and 1.5ha of raspberries. Each year the couple re-evaluates their business and adjusts their focus to suit the market, which at the moment has seen a drive to increase production and develop their frozen fruit products. This coming season the strawberry and raspberry areas have been increased by 20% and an additional 2ha block of blueberries will come into production to meet growing demand. An additional freezer will be built as well as developing the display area for frozen berries in the shop. The business employs around 100 pickers during the season, mostly locals, some of whom have picked for the Roys since they started their business. Both Mike and Angela are heavily involved in both the running of the orchard and the shop assisted by daughters Jessie, 27 and Maggie, 20, during the peak season. Their sons Jack, 26, who works in visual merchandising in New York, and Thomas, 24, who is employed by the New Zealand Army, help out when they can and offer suggestions to continually improve the family business. Both say berry fruits are growing in popularity year on year, which they put down to a number of factors including increasingly media focus on the health benefits of berries. “Quality is everything to us - we grow our berries in a more old fashioned way,” says Mike. “We see our customers face to face and get a lot of positive comments,” says Angela. “It’s a wonderful thing and makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

“We don’t need to transport our fruit and it doesn’t need to sit for a long time in a coolstore before being sold. Our berries are picked fresh each morning then sold that day so they are fully ripened out in the field and full of flavour.”

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RURAL » Livestock Improvement Corporation

October 2016 Business Central

Helping farmers to be more productive Karen Phelps Farmer owned co-operative Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) is continuing to invest significantly in research and development in recognition that it is important to assist dairy farmers to operate smarter in the current difficult economic environment, says LIC chief executive Wayne McNee. For example in June LIC released a new online version of MINDA, the herd management system used by 95% of dairy farmers in New Zealand, called MINDA LIVE. Wayne says the main change is that MINDA LIVE allows farmers to use the system anywhere, any time on any internet enabled device meaning that farmers no longer need to synchronise the computer with the database as live up-to-date reporting is available in real time. “Multiple users can enter data at the same time wherever they are. If a farm worker in the dairy shed puts information in the system, it will appear instantly at the house so the farmer can see it. “Access is available via broadband, fixed or mobile, on any computer, tablet, or mobile devices helping farmers to operate their business more efficiently and make even better decisions,” explains Wayne. New features include a place to store information users have entered until the farmer has a chance to review and approve it. Another feature is a new customisable report template. Farmers can also build customisable reports in the system by adding new animal attributes, e.g. breeding worth, milking information, expected calving date. Wayne says that a range of new features will be progressively added to MINDA LIVE this year. Although a small minority of farmers can not yet use MINDA LIVE due to not having broadband connections Wayne expects this to change over time.

LIC chief executive Wayne McNee: “The main aim of everything we do at LIC is to help farmers be more productive and profitable.”

“We are certainly working hard with telcos to ensure good quality broadband access is available to farmers throughout the country. “Farmers who don’t currently have access can continue to use MINDA,” he says. Another innovation that is currently in development, in response to farmer requests for a simple system where they can see all their

Fonterra and LIC are presently trialling the tool with a group of 50 farmers to get their feedback and what information they would like to be included.

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“Today’s farmers have so much information to try to consider and an ever-increasing range of technology on offer. Both can add huge value to a farming business....” records and information in one place in real time, is a partnership between Fonterra and LIC to develop a new online technology solution to do just that. The two organisations are looking at the best way to bring together a farmer’s milk production and quality data, herd data, pasture data and local weather forecasts allowing them to make faster and easier decisions about their farming operation. Fonterra and LIC are presently trialling the tool with a group of 50 farmers to get their feedback and what information they would like to be included. “Today’s farmers have so much information to try to consider and an ever-increasing range of technology on offer. “Both can add huge value to a farming business, to support more informed decision making and improved profitability, but accessing and using the information to make decisions can be difficult. “The solution we are developing aims to simplify this process bringing together the benefits and reducing the problems of the past,” says Wayne.

In the past year LIC invested $17m of revenue in research and development. Other products recently released include the EZ Heat detection camera, which now works in both rotary and herringbone shed setups. An automated Body Condition Score camera has been developed in conjunction with DeLaval. Whereas previously a vet had to come and physically take measurements the brand-new camera technology takes a 3-D photo of the cow to assess its condition score, explains Wayne. He says that LIC considers it critical to link with other industry partners to capitalise on expertise and resources and that LIC is continuing to look for other partnerships to maximise the value it can deliver to farmers. Wayne says it is vital that LIC continues to push forward, developing innovative solutions to ensure that farmers continue to enjoy a competitive edge. “No matter what we are investing in – new products, genetics or research and development - the main aim of everything we do at LIC is to help farmers be more productive and profitable and that will continue to be the driving force going forward.”


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Getting the best loan advice Commercial and business loans can be complicated that’s why helping clients to wisely choose the right product for their unique requirements and needs is the aim of Hamilton-based iHOME Mortgage Broker Ltd, says business owner Emily Hung. Emily, who has a background in accounting and a Masters degree in business administration, started iHOME Mortgage Broker in 2014 after previously working for another mortgage broking company. iHOME Mortgage Broker specialises in all types of mortgage broking products including business loans, residential home loans, commercial loans and refinancing. “Business loans in particular can be challenging to apply for. That’s why specialist expertise is so important when applying for these types of loans to negotiate and communicate with the lending institutes. My expertise lies in being able to analyse the trends of the mortgage

business, helping clients to make the right decisions, as well as knowing how to best present their application for a successful result,” says Emily. Hailing from Taiwan, Emily deals with all types of clients but can offer special assistance to Mandarin speaking clientele to make the process easier for these clients. In fact Emily is the first accredited Mandarin-speaking mortgage broker in Hamilton for more than two years giving iHOME Mortgage Broker a unique point of difference in the marketplace. So why use a mortgage broker? Emily says that mortgage brokers work for the customer not the lender and know how to represent the interests of the customer to the bank often negotiating better terms than the customer can on their own. A mortgage broker also helps to create and maintain a loan structure suited to the client’s situation, needs and goals and can

create a programme to repay the loan as quickly as possible. Emily emphasises that every client is different and so considerable time is invested in getting to know each client and their unique needs and requirements no matter whether the loan amount is large or small. Clients include people wanting to buy a home, rental property, commercial building or business clients needing a loan to start or expand their business. "It's about talking to the client and seeing things from their perspective so that I can help them to select the best product. For example a client might come to me and say they need to refinance. It might be that they are not happy with the service they are currently receiving or they could want a better interest rate or loan conditions. It's about considering the long-term benefits for the customer and offering genuine service and advice," explains Emily.

Her exemplary service was recently recognised at the Kepa annual conference where Emily received the Elite Plus award for her achievement of service indicating the high level of care she takes in looking after clients. Kepa is an adviser dealer group with over 800 members spanning a wide range of financial services. As an organisation Kepa provides systems, support and mentoring to enable financial advisers to grow their business, explains Emily who is also a Registered Financial Advisor and member of the New Zealand Financial Advisers Association. Emily says she is aiming for continued growth of her already successful business: “The fact that the customer is happy is my number one priority no matter what the size of the loan. That's why my customers come back to me again and again and have no hesitation recommending me to their friends and family.”