Feature Articles

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...


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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.


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...

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.


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...

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...

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...

Simple form, impeccable detailing

When Dravitzki Brown Architecture was approached to design a family home near Queenstown, the brief was straightforward: “A simple form, with impeccable detailing”.

The owners wanted something that sat elegantly and easily on the land – a flat site with a northwest aspect at Speargrass...

Southland Tavern, Invercargil

As a community-focused organisation, the Invercargill Licensing Trust knew that in the interests of its customers it was time to replace the Southland Tavern.

The old building, which had become outdated and exceeded its serviceable life, was demolished to make way for a more modern and...

Metrotile overcomes common leaks found with typical roof penetrations

Experienced roofer Scott Harris from SH Roofing, a member of RANZ, attended a leak complaint at a 4-year-old metal tile roof in Pukekohe in February 2017. Heavy rain, leaking through a roof penetration, resulted in a wet patch forming on the home owners ceiling.

Investigations resulted in...

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Jack’s Point show home wins awards with Espan® 

On a working farm 15 minutes from Queenstown, just past Kawarau Falls and Frankton and facing Lake Wakatipu, is the Jack’s Point residential and golf development. It’s been 15 years in the planning by international planning practice Darby...

Richard Wilden: house in a hill: 44

Architectural designer Richard Wilden has a fondness for the home that he conceived overlooking the Otago Harbour – and not just because 

it won him an award. 

As he explains, the Broad Bay home that earned an ADNZ national award in the under 250sq m category helped to push his...

Reaching new heights

For South Island roofing installer Courtney McDowell, this was no ordinary job. His team were flown by helicopter to the building site each day, in a remote location in the Southern Alps, where they worked against the clock in sub-zero temperatures. And given that all materials were arriving by...

Epsom villa re-roof

Joining two homes together created an impressive 600sq m character villa in the Auckland suburb of Epsom.

But it also created a problem where the two homes were joined.

As Josh Barnes, director of Roofing Works Services Limited, explains. “Where the two homes are joined there are...

Waiheke Island

Having lived on Waiheke Island for more than 20 years, architectural designer Claudia Lapp is familiar with its often challenging topography.

But for this Oneroa site the challenge was more in getting the most out of a home that would have a west-facing orientation to capture the sea...