Erich Is This Year'S Roofer Of Excellence

A Swiss-trained craftsman, who was recruited in 1995 for installation of zinc panelling during construction of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, has won the prestigious 2013 New Zealand Roofing Association’s Roofing Excellence Award.

Erich Stocker is the senior craftsman/ supervisor for the Classic Metal Division of Aquaheat New Zealand Ltd in Wellington where he has been involved in complex installation of specialist roofing and cladding systems on two unique buildings – the Supreme Court of New Zealand and The Rock, Wellington airport’s international passenger terminal.

The leading spengler on these contracts (spengler is the German name for the trade and craftsperson specialising in the production of high quality architectural details utilising sheet materials), Erich is known for his innovative thinking which is critical when it comes to complex forms. His knowledge and ability to solve intricate details means architects frequently ask for his help with precise detailing.

Erich, 47, joined Aquaheat in 2000 and in the opinion of the judges for this year’s award, has excellent workmanship and leadership qualities, along with ensuring that all parties work efficiently on all issues relating to the design and installation of buildings with unique metal craftsmanship.

Awarded biannually, the RANZ Roofing Excellence Award recognises a high achiever in the industry involved in a practical or administrative role who has demonstrated commitment, personal development and achievement in their career. Of note with Erich were his leadership qualities, demonstrated through his mentoring of young apprentices who are inspired by his enthusiasm and positive attitude to learning their trade from a European trained craftsman.

Studio Pacific and Warren & Mahoney, in support of Erich’s nomination said the demanding nature of the copper clad courtroom that sits at the centre of the Supreme Court “left no room for inaccuracy, and the faultless end result stands as testament to Erich’s rigorous approach, attention to detail and absolute commitment to achieving an outstanding result”.