News from the CEO’s desk

Registered Master Builders Association chief executive David Kelly

New painting guarantee

An initiative I am delighted to see come to fruition is the launch of a new guarantee by the Master Painters Association.

The RMBA has been working with Master Painters to help develop the guarantee and form a joint venture company.

It is an important step forward as it signals a commitment by the members of Master Painters to stand behind their work in a tangible way through an enhanced guarantee.

For Master Builders members, as the major contractor, this is a benefit as it will limit their liability if they are subcontracting to a Master Painter and the home owner has taken out a Master Painter guarantee.

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Ashley Hartley

On a sadder note, it came as a huge shock to hear of the death of Ashley Hartley while he was on holiday in the UK.

Ashley was a staunch supporter of Master Builders, contributing in many ways, including as president in 2006/2007.

He had a passion for the construction industry and also for passing on his knowledge to others for the betterment of the industry.

It was a mark of Ashley’s dedication that a couple of days before he died, he emailed me from the UK to give his apologies for missing the upcoming Master Builders AGM — for only the fourth time in 40 years.

He then went on to say he was looking forward to running seminars in Auckland and down south on his return home.

He will be missed.

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