House of the Year judges now on the road

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Judges of the Registered Master Builders 2013 House of the Year competition have hit the road this week, embarking on a tour of New Zealand to assess this year’s residential building talent.

More than 320 homes have been entered in the 2013 competition, and each needs to be scrutinised by the judges before the regional events begin in July.
Entries include homes in a wide range of price brackets and a variety of builds, including new homes, renovations, show homes and builder’s own homes.

Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Warwick Quinn says it is a tribute to the competition that entries remain steady year to year.
“House of the Year has been running for more than 20 years now, and the awards continue to be something that builders aspire to,” he says.
“Our builders know that showcasing the homes they’re building is a vital component of their marketing, and benchmarking themselves against their peers is a fantastic way to gain recognition.”

The South and Mid-Canterbury area has seen a 67% increase in entries from 2012, and there are also increases in the Auckland and Taranaki regions.
Mr Quinn says he is looking forward to seeing what this year’s competition will bring.
“House of the Year is a fantastic way of engaging with New Zealand’s residential building industry,” he says.
“We’re pleased to continue to run a competition that encourages activity in the sector and promotes the importance of quality building practices.”

Judging concludes in early July, before the first regional event in South and Mid-Canterbury takes place on July 5.
The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, James Hardie, GIB, Nulook, MBIE, Future-Proof Building, Carters, ITM, Plumbing World, Resene and Westpac.
For more information about the competition, visit the Registered Master Builders web site at www.masterbuilder.org.nz.

Regional Event details:
South and Mid-Canterbury July 5, 6.15pm Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru
Southern July 6, 5.30pm Ascot Park, Invercargill
East Coast July 20, 6pm Mission Estate Restaurant, Napier
Manawatu, Wanganui July 20, 6.30pm Awapuni Functions Centre, Palmerston North
Canterbury July 26, 6pm Wigram Air Force Base, Christchurch
Waikato July 26, 6.30pm Claudelands Conference & Exhibition  Centre, Hamilton
Bay of Plenty August 3, 6.30pm Wairakei Resort, Taupo
Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast August 3, 6.30pm Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim
Taranaki August 9, 6pm Quality Hotel, Plymouth International
Auckland August 10, 6.30pm Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Wellington, Wairarapa August 30, 6.30pm Amora Hotel, Wellington