East Auckland RMBs square off with local suppliers for charity


The Registered Master Builders Auckland East branch recently held its successful mid-winter meeting with Geoff Thomas, of fishing and hunting fame, as guest MC.


The evening was attended by around 140 people, including partners, and had fantastic support from sponsors, in particular PlaceMakers Pakuranga.


One of the main events of the night was a “build the play house” competition where suppliers went head-to-head with builders. The play houses were then auctioned off, with $1305 going to the South Auckland Hospice.


Despite giving the suppliers a two-minute head start, the builders raced ahead and won. The builders also showed their skills in winning the Hitachi Drill Off competition.


Pauline Tanner, representing the Hospice, said it was absolutely great and that she thoroughly enjoyed the night.


“It’s a pleasure to represent the South Auckland Hospice which provides palliative care to the south and south-east community, and to be with these great people who help us fund raise,” she said.


Registered master builder Marty van der Burg was guest speaker on his Habitat for Humanity exploits in Ethiopia, and attendees also donated approximately $740 for this good cause.


Ross Faulkner, representing the ARMBA Board, updated everyone on the Apprentice of the Year competition and other current Master Builders issues.