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NZ Master Joiner Awards

NZ Master Joiner Awards

The 2017 winning entries in the annual NZ Master Joiner Awards have been announced this evening at the NZ Master Joiner Awards Dinner at the Wairakei Resort in Taupo.

The aim of the Awards is to promote excellence in joinery design and craftsmanship, to encourage the use of sustainable timbers, and to showcase the finest work from the industry. These are the largest industry awards of their kind in New Zealand.

Judging criteria includes design, workmanship, innovative use of materials, complexity of project, and visual appeal.

Kitchen design is judged on the WOW factor, cutting edge design, practicality, and creative use of materials and colour.

The judges commented:
“There has been high interest again this year in the Master Joiner Awards, and we congratulate all contestants on their efforts. This competition has shown that winners can come from all sized projects, from those with an endless supply of money to those of very modest means. It is heartening to see the pride in our trade and the skills we can offer our clients.”

Category Winners:

Best Speciality, Stairs, Bar/Counter, Fitment
Murray McIndoe, McIndoe Kitchens, Napier

Best Door or Window Dave Cunningham, McNaughton Windows & Doors, Auckland

Best Use of Imported Timber Dave Cunningham, McNaughton Windows & Doors, Auckland

Best Kitchen Greg & Leigh Ayers, Advanced Joinery, Christchurch

Best Kitchen under $15,000 Karen Harlen, Bays Joinery, Nelson

Best Kitchen $15,000 to $30,000 Greg Rabbitte, Rabbitte Joinery, Hastings

Best Kitchen Design Kirsty Davis, Hagley Kitchens, Christchurch

Best Use of Colour Anna Thomas, Bays Joinery, Nelson

Best Use of Creative Lighting George Molnar, Bays Joinery, Nelson

SUPREME AWARD Greg & Leigh Ayers, Advanced Joinery, Christchurch
(Sponsored by Carters)

Best Regional Awards:

Auckland / Northland McNaughton Windows and Doors, Auckland

Waikato / Bay Of Plenty. Wackrow’s Joinery, Cambridge

Hawke’s Bay / Poverty Bay. Rabbitte Joinery, Hastings

Central Unique Timber Joinery, Palmerston North

Taranaki Vogue Kitchens & Appliances, New Plymouth

Wellington Countrylane Kitchens, Carterton

Nelson / Marlborough Bays Joinery, Nelson

Canterbury Advanced Joinery, Christchurch

Waitaki Barrett Joinery, Timaru

Otago / Southland Formatt Bespoke Joinery, Queenstown


Also announced at the Awards Dinner were the winners in the NZ Master Joiners Apprentice Awards competition. This competition is open to all joinery apprentices in New Zealand who may present a project with a minimum of 80% completed entirely by the apprentice.

Best Fitment 0 – 4,000 hours Conor Hunter, Personal Touch Kitchens, Te Awamutu

Best Fitment 4,001 – 8,000 hours Fraser Hall, Vogue Kitchens & Appliances, New Plymouth

Best Timber Project 0 – 4,000 hours Tiarn Ririnui, Clearline, Mt Maunganui

Best Timber Project 4,001 – 8,000 hours Sam Clapham, Reilly Joinery, Feilding

Highest Judged for Workmanship and Skill Tiarn Ririnui, Clearline, Mt Maunganui

Gordon Caulfield Memorial Trophy
To the Employer of the apprentice with the highest scoring points in the 4,001 – 8,000 Hours category, who is a member of Master Joiners.
Carl Lewis, Vogue Kitchens & Appliances, New Plymouth


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