Issue #7: Summer 2015

Starting to wind down and getting into the Summer spirit, we have enjoyed celebrating a great year with our team this month. Without a top team in the office and in the factory we wouldn’t have been able to meet the demand the industry has been experiencing this year. The growth in 2015 has been significant and with the ongoing exposure, Metrapanel is becoming more and more known. “Production has increased by 60% since 2007, as a result of keeping up with demand. Metrapanel are excited about the future of prefabrication and the advantages it offers developers, builders and most importantly home owners.

It was comforting when we were recently audited by Global Mark and WorkSafe NZ, both indicated that for a medium size company we have solid processes and procedures.  These have been developed over time with support in 2015 from the Lean Group and The Building Business.

Our Installer network has grown by two more Installers Lifecare Homes and Custom Construction, and we look forward to helping these companies grow to their full potential.

Highlights from the last quarter were:

  • 60% growth in sales since 2007 with October, November and December having been record months
  • ICS secure safe ceilings through Placemakers Ashburton, Riccarton, Mitre10 Hornby, Williams Homes and Trident Homes
  • New installer enquiry has been huge, particularly in Auckland and Waikato.  If you are interested in finding out more, visit the COME ON BOARD section of the website.
  • Getting out and about and spreading the word at PrefabNZ Hamilton Cluster Meeting, PrefabNZ RVA Design and Construction Forum, NZGBC AGM Catch up and Member Drinks, Northland Home and Leisure Show and the Waikato Home Show
  • True Vision Construction website goes live
  • Tradeline Builders and Marine wins best stand for the Northland Home and Leisure Show 
  • Housing New Zealand apartments completed by Laing Properties


Auckland Today - October 2015

Business South November 2015, Property Pullout - Laing Properties


Ashburton Courier, Mckenzie Lifestyle Village Pullout November 2015 - Maxim Construction

Building Innovations - Summer 2015

Christchurch Press December 2015 - Laing Properties


Metrapanel has a strong focus on establishing and developing solid working relationships with Strategic Partners and this last quarter has been heavily involved with…

Strategic Partner – PrefabNZ
A question we have come across in the past few months is WHAT IS PREFAB? Some people think that it is purely transportable buildings but this is not the case - Prefab is a way to create innovative high-quality buildings on time and within budget. Prefab refers to any part of a building that is made away from the final building site, which is why it can also be referred to as offsite construction or manufacture (OSM)

Prebuilt construction is first and foremost a higher quality solution as parts are built in a controlled environment, not on an exposed construction site. Secondly it is an efficient and quickly assembled solution that saves time and thirdly it is a cost-effective solution as 'saving time is the fastest way to save money'

Metrapanel are very proud of our partnership with PrefabNZ, we have been a founding member of PrefabNZ since its inception in 2008. PrefabNZ was established to meet the clear need for a prefabrication industry hub to connect, catalyse, inform, inspire and promote prefabricated building solutions.

By joining PrefabNZ you will be in touch with the prefab industry in NZ. You will benefit from an increased awareness of current research and development initiatives, events and possible collaborations and joint ventures with like-minded, compatible businesses.


Laminex NZ recognised at NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards
Laminex New Zealand has won the EECA Business Energy Management Award for its Taupo site at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards held at Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront on 24 November  The NZI Sustainable Business Network (SBN) Awards are New Zealand’s longest-standing and pre-eminent sustainability awards. The awards are now in their 13th year and are designed to recognise businesses that are making a real difference by innovating New Zealand’s business landscape

The judges said that, “Laminex New Zealand has made energy management and sustainability a priority from the top down using frameworks such as their very own GREENfirst® strategy alongside Environmental Choice New Zealand, ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and FSC. Laminex New Zealand reports energy and carbon dioxide emission performance to staff, driving staff engagement and yielding great projects. These include upgrading lighting and converting 1400 tonnes per annum of sander dust into biofuel and in the process reducing waste to landfill by 74 percent.”

“To be acknowledged amongst such a high calibre of sustainability protagonists is right up there for any business – regardless of their marketplace, so to come away with an award is something very special” says Rebbecca Page, Sustainability Advisor for Laminex New Zealand.

Strategic Partner – Resene
Resene has been partnered with Metrapanel for the last 15 years and next year Resene will be celebrating their 70th year as they started in 1946. Resene is a 3rd generation family NZ owned private business which gives us the advantage of following our long term visions as opposed to corporations that focus on returning profits to shareholders.  Resene’s Vision:  “To be respected as an ethical and sustainable company and acknowledged as the leading provider of innovative paint and colour technology, and we are keeping to this vision. It is the keystone of our business both in the past and moving into the 22nd Century.  Resene has a long history of developing quality coatings and colours to meet customer needs. Resene Coating Technologies takes that to the next level, bringing together a focused professional team and a wealth of paint and coatings knowledge, backed by the extensive resources of the Resene Technical and Research & Development team. This is the team that worked closely with Metrapanel on the priming system and the fire rating system for Metrapanel. – John Kilby, Business Development, Resene.


From Retirement Villages and student accommodation, to the first home buyer and architecturally designed homes, Metrapanel can be used to provide a durable structure built 30-50% faster than traditional methods.
A variety of projects captured over the last quarter are:

True Vision Show Home

Steve and his team at True Vision Construction have completed this awesome 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home in Renwick, Blenheim.  They have been really creative with the use of off cuts from this home by creating a built-in study nook and shelving units.  


Tobeck Builders

After installing Metrapanel for many clients and viewing its benefits, Danny from Tobeck Builders has now built his own architectural designed 2 story, 5 bedroom, 226sqm executive family home using Metrapanel as the chosen construction system.

The Mancave

Hamilton Installer Kbuilt has built every man’s dream.  A home where the shed is bigger than the house - 186sqm shed and 164sqm house, it is a home that meets all their needs.  When Kbuilt met Jenny and Steve Warner they had plans for a pretty architectural shed/house all under one roof, they had received quotes but it was going to be too expensive. Paul could see that Penny wanted good proportions in their new home, especially the living areas, and Steve really wanted a big shed for his hobbies.  So with Kbuilt steel shed systems shed and the Metrapanel silver fern plan, they were able to mix the two for a perfect outcome. 

De Bretts Cabins

Lyall and his team from Xtreme Builders is currently working on a project with DeBretts Spa Resort.  Xtreme are currently building 13x45msq self-contained units that will be completed with  underfloor heating, air conditioning and double glazing.  Debretts chose to use Metrapanel as they feel it is very durable and easy to look after.  Click here to see more about DeBretts and the cabins


Broadbent Street - Hybrid Building

Collaboration, whether it be between our Installers or Metrapanel and other materials on the build, the opportunities are endless - Broadbent Street showcases both.  The original brief to Maxim Homes Ashburton received from HNZC was to provide durable, healthy and sustainable housing at a realistic build cost. With that in mind, the use of Metrapanel was the immediate choice for the walls and ceilings due to its strength, speed of build and very low maintenance costs. One of the largest ongoing costs for HNZC is repairs due to damage to wall linings etc. from tenants. Metrapanel addresses this problem perfectly.  The choice of concrete tilt panel IT Walls is a first for HNZC.  With all 5 x walls being erected in one day, and there are no issues with fire and noise regulations and compliments the Metrapanel speed of construction.  Along with a collaboration with Laing Properties, who have helped to push this project along immensely, the trusses have been installed and they aim to have the project wrapped and sealed before the Christmas break.  Great work Maxim Homes Ashburton and Laing Properties.


Safety First

Utilising Metrapanels inertia reels and harnesses, Innovative Ceiling Systems completed this large 300m2 ceiling in one day, with time to spare!  The reels allow flexibility to work whilst maintaining safety of the staff which is the number one priority.  ICS have had a number of finalist placings in the Site Safe Construction Health and Safety Awards for their systematic approach to Health and Safety with the use of these props.  Contact ICS to find out more



METRAkids give back

The METRAkids had their family Christmas party on 17 December – this year was a “Movie by the Lake” night with fun rides, yummy food and a movie on a huge screen under the stars but it was also about giving back to the less fortunate in our community.  Patrick Roberts is an honorary METRAkid, he is currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy in Waikato Hospital for acute rhabdomyo sarcoma.  This rare and aggressive form of cancer effects the soft tissue and in Patricks case was discovered in his groin, there are currently 4 cases diagnosed in 1 million children per year. 

The METRAkids brought their pocket money 10, 20, and 50 cent coins to pay for their food, rides and movie night.  This group of amazing kids gave over $300 of their pocket money toward Patrick and his family.  The local Huntly business community also matched their donations so a big thank you goes out to Metrapanel System, Builtsmart and Huntly Joinery for their contribution as well.  Altogether we raised close to $1500 to give to Patrick and his family to enable them to have a brighter, less stressful Christmas together.




The Metrapanel System is already here and has been for the last 25 years! Having provided and installed panel for over 9,000 homes nationwide, with a strong history boasting only positive experiences and a current network of 15 Licensed Installers and 115 Certified Builders, we have a factory capacity to take on extended growth throughout New Zealand, however we are still looking for some more key installers to hand these opportunity over to.  Please contact Melissa Savage if you have any queries or would like to discuss this opportunity in further detail.

Where can you see Metrapanel out and about early 2016:

  • Sitesafe Expo, 12-13 February 2016
  • EBOSS Workshop, 2 March 2016
  • Beacon Pathway Tour, 8 March 2016
  • PrefabNZ New Plymouth Cluster, 22 March 2016
  • PrefabNZ Co-Lab, 6-8 April 2016


For all Technical information feel free to utilise our Technical Data Library. If you need a password allocated, please email Codi Singer.

Stained Flooring

Duncan from Maxim Homes Ashburton is renowned for thinking outside the box.  This example is no exception to that rule.  The client came to Duncan wanting a small farm cottage for their worker.  He sold them the concept of True Vision Construction's METRAbatch.  The clients were looking for an easy care flooring option.  

Duncan came up with the option of staining the Metrapanel flooring panel that was left raw from the factory.  The stain was buffed in and the first coat of varnish went on in their factory prior to it going to site, once onsite the build continued.  A final sand and coat of high gloss floor varnish was put on once everything was completed. The great thing about this kind of flooring, is that if it get damaged you can just sand it back and re-varnish it to look like brand new.



Click here to view Metrapanel Licensed Installer Profiles and Show Home locations.

We have had a busy last few months welcoming new Installers and holding training and workshops for our Installers.  We would like to welcome to the Metrapanel team Nathan and Karen Mumby from Custom Construction and Terry Coombes and Brian Thibaud from Lifecare Homes.  Without further ado, please allow us to introduce… 


Custom Construction was founded and is still run by Master Builder Nathan Mumby and his wife Karen.  The business was started 7 years ago out the back of Nathan and Karen’s garage with a one crew of builders.  They now employ a team of 25 people which includes an in-house quantity surveyor, 2 Project Mangers, and a trusty admin person.  In 2013 Nathan and Karen are very proud to have opened the first and leading Independent Builders show room in Taranaki.  The showroom was created specifically for their current and future clients. Nathan and Karen are excited at the opportunity of using Metrapanel for their own clients as well as marketing the products and its benefits to the wider Taranaki community. They know the construction industry is slowly making changes to a more economical and efficient way of doing this, and they know Metrapanel has lots to offer in this regard…Click here to view their installer profile

Lifecare Homes' vision is to design and build houses for residents of all ages that will meet their current and future needs; homes that are suitable for young children, parents, and grandparents alike. Lifecare Homes based in Auckland is a member of the HPA Group. They build residential houses throughout New Zealand and leverage HPA’s 17 years’ experience in designing and building.  Combining their vision and experience of HPA, Lifecare Homes is well equipped to provide clients with accessible, warm and comfortable Lifemark certified homes that will meet their individual needs for years to come.  HPA has enjoyed a relationship with Metrapanel for over 15 years, and in this time has constructed more than 150 homes using the system. They appreciate Metrapanel’s hardwearing and resilient qualities, which make it a low maintenance solution ideal for family homes and investment properties…Click here to view their installer profile

New Installer Training
We held our North Island Installer training on 4 November.  This was a great way for our new installers and builders to learn the art of installing Metrapanel.  We had 9 participants attending from as far away as New Plymouth to Auckland.

Installer Focus Group     
We appreciate the support that was offered from the installers that attended our 2015 Installer Focus Group.  We had a small but vocal group that were very open and honest about what was and wasn’t working with the Metrapanel System. Thanks for the time and effort from the Installers, some of who traveled from Nelson, Christchurch and Ashburton to participating in the event.  Their input has been very valuable in contributing to the overall Business, R&D and Marketing Plans for 2016.  


Have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year break. We are closing down for the Christmas break on the 23rd of December 2015 at 12.00 noon and will reopen on the 11th of January 2016.  See you all in the New Year…

NEXT UPDATE IN April 2015 – Autumn Issue!

Until then, have a great few months and feel free to give Melissa Savage, Business Manager a call direct on 07 828 2077 or email , to discuss any projects or opportunities you would like to investigate with Metrapanel.