Search begins for NZ’s top builds


Judges have started their journey up and down the country seeking New Zealand’s finest homes in this year’s Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year competition.

More than 330 homes will be assessed as the judges travel around New Zealand before regional event winners are announced in July and August. The team of industry experts is tasked with finding the best builds in the country, ranging from new homes and show homes to renovations and builder’s own homes.

Registered Master Builders Association chief executive David Kelly says the number of top quality entries each year reflects the high standards maintained by Registered Master Builders members.

“House of the Year is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the talented, passionate and skilful builders in our industry. We’re proud to be running a competition that gives them the recognition they deserve,” he says.

“The competition is a valuable way to enhance the reputation of New Zealand’s construction industry, whilst driving excellence amongst our Registered Master Builders.”

The construction industry in New Zealand is experiencing growth, particularly in Auckland and Canterbury. This is also reflected in the number of entries from these regions, which continue to grow year on year.

Mr Kelly looks forward to seeing another wide range of entries this year, and expects an increase in sustainable homes across the competition.

“There has been a real growth in sustainable builds in New Zealand, which is great to see. With more people being aware of environmental factors, we are building healthier homes across New Zealand,” he says.

Mr Kelly adds that the Registered Master Builders Association is extremely proud of its annual competition, which is now in its 26th year.

“House of the Year has proven to be a brilliant way to encourage and celebrate those who work in the construction industry. It’s rewarding to be part of an event that showcases the high standard and quality of building in New Zealand.”

Judging concludes in June, before the first regional event in Manawatu/Wanganui/East Coast on July 8.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, GIB, Nulook, Future-Proof Building, Carters, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings Trade.

For more information about the competition go to

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