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Energy efficiency, sustainability and durability

When architect Mitchell Coll designed two adjoining townhouses in central Christchurch, he also future-proofed them by making them removable and joinable. “Eventually the land will be worth more than the buildings so I would like to think that they will be moved off and used as baches rather...

Saint Bartholomew’s Church: A Church on the move

St Bartholomew’s Church dates from 1855 and is the oldest timber church in Canterbury. It was designed by the renowned architect of the day, Benjamin Woodfield Mountfort and followed an earlier timber and brick church, located in Lyttelton, in the South Island. This particular church had been...


Like a lot of Christchurch homeowners, Phil Grey and his family were left in limbo when the earthquakes hit the city in February 2011.

The family bungalow and section beside the Heathcote River was substantially damaged beyond a full repair and was deemed a rebuild. 

Phil, an...


Metrotile’s new Shingle concealed fastening roofing product is an innovative system that offers roof watertightness. With an interlocking Secure Lock (SL) lap system that can be installed direct-to-deck. 

Key features of the CF Shingle System:

  • Concealed fastening 
  • ...

little oasis in the city

The concept for this home was simple: a shed in the bush.

But the site – down from the road in a gully with a stream – posed some design challenges.

As architectural designer Noel Jessop says, “With the fog and weather patterns we already have in Hamilton, building 15m below the...

Mark Gray: Jacks Point Home

By no means would Jenny and Murray Butler describe themselves as “greenies” but they could both see the sense in building a sustainable, energy-efficient holiday home in Queenstown.

The couple, who live in Auckland, had bought a piece of land in the exclusive Jack’s Point subdivision and...


Plastics business Sistema is renowned for its bold and innovative approach and that attitude has continued through to its new state-of-the-art facilities near Auckland International Airport.

On a 9.6ha site, the 52,000sq m building is one of the largest and most advanced manufacturing...

Tawhai Residence, Beach Haven Renovation

When the owners of a 1970s brick and concrete tile home on the North Shore decided to extend and renovate, they wanted to create a marked contrast between old and new. 

They achieved that with a white plaster ‘bagged’ effect on the bricks, while the new parts of the home were clad in back...

Compatibility of metals

Corrosion is an electrochemical process.

By Rod Newbold, chairman MRM Technical Committee. Article courtesy of Roof Link

In the case of steel, differences in electrical potential exist on the surface, and microscopic cathodic (-) and anodic (+) cells are formed. The...

Metrotile’s new Antica tile upholds school’s aesthetic heritage

A large re-roof project for Parnell District School is part of the government’s seismic strengthening project around old school buildings in New Zealand.

The first outing for Ross Roof Group’s Antica tile was a large re-roof project for Parnell District School in St Stephen’s Avenue. It...

Chapel Street Centre: Dalman Architects

When Dalman Architects designed the Chapel Street Centre, the brief from the Christchurch North Methodist Parish was to express elements of who they were and their Christian mission to the community.

The original church was demolished due to damage sustained in the 2010 and 2011...


The following is a summary of nailing pattern requirements on roofs designed to the standard of NZS 3604:2011. This replaces the nailing patterns published in the Rooflink Winter 2016 issue.

Use one pattern over the whole roof

On engineered...

O’Leary HOME: Wanganui Steelformers

Life on the farm got a whole lot more comfortable for Fiona and Humphrey O’Leary when they decided to build a new home.

Fiona says, “At the old house, which is a 100-year-old villa down the farm, about a kilometer way from our new house, some mornings it would stay chilly indoors till...

Oamaru Log House

Building a sustainable, off-the grid house is a complex enough business but when you decide it’s also going to be a log home the difficulty goes up another level.

But Jeanne Gray had an experienced and dedicated team behind her when construction began on her dream home at Papakaio, north...

Bruce Stewart

Bruce Stewart, who became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours list, has a long history in roofing manufacturing.

When two young Milton builders started out on their own in 1955, they weren’t thinking much beyond the house they were building on the...

Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Headquarters, Bay of Plenty

A whale of a tale is behind the award-winning whale’s tail design of the new headquarters of Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Inc.

More precisely, the story of three whales – Mangatawa, Kopukairoa and Hikurangi, who feature in Maori legend about how their namesake hills were formed. The story...

A colourful learning environment

Since the Christchurch earthquakes the population of Rolleston has grown from 9,555 in 2012/13 to a projected 15,000+ this year.

It’s not surprising, therefore that this town should be the location of three new schools, part of Government’s $1.1 billion Christchurch Schools Rebuild (CSR)...

Texture, colour, convenience and flair:

This house has it all.

Amy and Lance Vincent love coming home. It’s like finding a box on the doorstep, gift-wrapped in textured black and tied with the sunniest orange ribbon you ever did see.

That’s in some measure a gift from the architect. Architect John Chaplin of Chaplin...


It takes imagination without limits, a personality stimulated by challenge, and a combination of engineering skills and experience to turn a utilitarian roofing material into an ingenious work of art.

Steven Clothier has been making iconic landmarks around New Zealand from corrugated iron...

The woodland cottage

When people build new, they often build big but that wasn’t the case for the owners of this home in Fairfield, Dunedin.

Eric and Noreen Johnson wanted to keep their home at about the 150sq m mark on a reasonably tight budget.

“We didn’t want to build big,” says Eric, a retired...

Remodelling synlait

The New Zealand dairy industry has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade as global demand for our milk products has significantly increased. This increase in demand has seen the need for the expansion of the Synlait processing plant in Dunsandel, just out of Christchurch.


What does a roofer choose when a roofer roofs his house

Being a roofer, Jonathon Telfer had some creative ideas for the crowning glory of his family home in Kerikeri.

He had sketched out some plans of what the single level weatherboard home would look like before handing them over to Paul Spooner, of Spooner Architectural Solutions.


Wyllie Cottage, Gisborne

As the first colonial home built on the northern side of the Taruheru River, Wyllie Cottage holds a special place in the history of Gisborne. 

The city’s oldest surviving European house, Wyllie Cottage is thought to have been either built on the riverside site or moved there between 1871...

The Smithy

In the 1880’s a blacksmith shop opened at Outram, the Taieri river ferry crossing, to service the horses and wagons belonging to streams of hopeful prospectors heading for the Central Otago goldfields.

Architect Reece Warnock, architectural designer, recalls the building from his...


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