House of the Year judges hit the road


Judges have started their trek up and down the country on the hunt for New Zealand’s finest homes in this year’s Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year competition.

Judges will assess more than 350 homes as they travel from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island before regional event winners are announced in July and August.

They are on a mission to find the finest houses in the country, ranging from new homes and show homes, to renovations and builders’ own homes.
Registered Master Builders Association chief executive David Kelly says the judges’ high standards and the level of quality entries contribute to the success of the competition year after year.

“Every year the quality of the entries continues to increase. It’s fantastic to see the teamwork and passion coming from the builders. They all deserve recognition for their work,” he says.

“The House of the Year is a fantastic opportunity to drive excellence within the construction industry. It encourages our members to strive to be the best and gain invaluable recognition for their work at the same time.”

The Auckland area has seen a 26% increase in entries from 2014, with entry increases also in the Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Waikato, Wellington and Taranaki areas.

Mr Kelly says that Registered Master Builders is extremely proud of running an annual competition that showcases the high quality of building in New Zealand.

“House of the Year is the perfect vehicle to help New Zealanders find builders at the top of their game to turn their new home or renovation plans into reality. It’s an extremely gratifying project to be a part of.”

Judging concludes in June/July, before the first of 11 regional events in Manawatu/Wanganui and Mid-South Canterbury on Friday, July 10.
The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene, Westpac and Mitre 10.

For more information about the competition, visit the Registered Master Builders web site at

House of the Year Regional Event details:

Auckland/Northland: Saturday 8 August, 6.30pm Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland
Waikato: Friday 24 July, 6.30pm Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton
Bay of Plenty: Saturday 15 August, 6.30pm Wairakei Resort, Taupo
East Coast: Saturday 25 July, 6.00pm Old Church Restaurant & Bar, Napier
Manawatu: Friday 10 July, 6.00pm Awapuni Racecourse, Palmerston North
Taranaki: Friday 7 August, 6.00pm Devon Hotel, New Plymouth
Wellington/Wairarapa: Friday 7 August, 6.30pm Te Papa, Wellington
Marlborough/Nelson/West Coast: Saturday 25 July, 6.30pm Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim
Mid-South Canterbury: Friday 10 July, 6.30pm Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru
Southern: Saturday 11 July, 5.30pm Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill 
Canterbury: Friday 31 July, 6.00pm Wigram Airforce Museum, Christchurch

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