Les Hall: A look back . . .

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Wellington Registered Master Builders Association: 

• Les Hall Builders Ltd has been a member of the WRMBA for 54 years 

• Executive committee: 25 years • President • Apprenticeship committee 

• Father Christmas at children’s Christmas parties (once his children were older) 

• Annual Ball organiser, assisted by hand picked helpers (the workers) 

• Wairarapa Master Builders exchange — barn dances and horse and cart functions 

• Registered Master Builders Federation conference organiser (while president or past president) 

• Established Registered Master Builders Building Centre in Jervois Quay. Built with voluntary labour, it displayed manufacturers’ and suppliers’ goods 

• Industry trips organiser • WRMBA squash competition organiser 

• As president he was first to employ a female secretary (Jacqui Beder) in a “man’s industry”, a move that generated a great deal of controversy but that also gained support 

• Purchased the Wellington Registered Master Builders piano for $25 as it was unable to be moved at the time after a function 

• Master Build Guarantee inspector Wellington Polytechnic: 

• Carpentry tutor 

• Organised the technical training institute reunion — a seated dinner for 200 people and cocktail party for 1000 people

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