Issue #10 Summer 2016

Welcome to the Metrapanel Newspanel Summer Issue

As the year comes to a close we reflect on a year that for Metrapanel has seen our team within the factory and our wider installer network come together under adversity and go from strength to strength, with the business repeatedly exceeding all previous sales and manufacturing targets throughout the year.

This year we have seen close to 9,000 panels go out the gate to build over 300 homes around the country. The Metrapanel Ceiling System has been installed on an additional 430 homes and this number continues to grow on a daily basis. We have expanded our Installer network by four new gold installers, trained 30 new builders and three new truck drivers. 

Metrapanel has also welcomed to the factory potential developers, installers, and large scale customers to come and view our remanufacturing facilities and processes and get a real understanding of the product, a presentation on how the system comes together and what happens in the factory. If you are interested and would like to have a factory tour, please contact Melissa Savage.  Currently we have the ability to produce panel for up to two houses per day and with the possibility of additional shifts and staff, we have the capability to double capacity very simply.

Developers, investment property owners and retirement village operators, along with government departments are realising the benefits of utilising Metrapanel as the preferred construction method for their projects.  Even though we have been around for 25 years, changing perceptions of how a house “should” be built in New Zealand is not an overnight process, but from experiencing constant new installer enquiries, significantly increased sales figures and industry awareness growing monthly, Metrapanel is becoming the preferred solution in the industry for speed of construction, durability and ongoing maintenance cost savings.

We look forward to seeing what the New Year holds for Metrapanel, our installers and the industry.  With the building boom not looking like it will be slowing down any time soon, the sky is the limit for us all.

Highlights from the last quarter were:

  • 117 Ceilings Installed throughout the country
  • 15 Transportable homes moved onto their new sites
  • 36 Retirement Villas built at various projects in the South Island
  • Tradeline Builders and Marine exhibiting at the Northland Home and Leisure Show in Whangarei
  • Custom Construction exhibiting and presenting at the NZPIF Annual Conference in New Plymouth
  • Metrapanel was the major sponsor of the PrefabNZ + RVA 
  • Panelwood Homes opened a new show home in Nelson
  • New Metrapanel Company Profiles, click here to download a copy
  • Launch of the new Apartment Sector video, click here to see it on our YouTube Channel

In the media

Maxim Construction/Lochlea Village – Business South September 2016

PrefabNZ - September Newsletter 2016

ICS/Lochlea Village - Business View September/October 2016

Shanley Building - Your Home and Garden October 2016

Thermawise - Business Central December 2016

In the office

Metrapanel has a strong focus on setablishing and developing solid working relationships with our Strategic Partners, the last quarter has seen a focus on...


Metrapanel has a strong focus on establishing and developing solid working relationships with Strategic Partners and year on year have enjoyed, and are very proud of our partnership with PrefabNZ and the relationship we have built with Pamela Bell since being a founding member from 2008.  We believe PrefabNZ plays an integral role in the industry and it is evident that the effort their team has put into educating various sectors on prefab methodology is now starting to achieve some real traction in the market. It is a credit to Pam and the team, and we applaud them for this.

Along with our Installers we have been involved with many events over the years as a sponsors, presenters and delegates, with the latest being the PrefabNZ + RVA Design, Construction and Development update in Auckland in November.  PrefabNZ was established to meet the clear need for a prefabrication industry hub to connect, catalyse, inform, inspire and promote prefabricated building solutions, manufactures and partners. With their recent website upgrade, it is now even easier and faster to obtain all your prefab information

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

To find out more about PrefabNZ please click here

In the field

From retirement villages and student accommodation, to the first home buyer and architecturally designed homes, Metrapanel can be utilised to provide a durable structure built 30-50% faster than traditional methods.

A variety of projects captured over the last quarter are:

Laing Cove Beauty

Tradeline Builders and Marine has a reputation within the building industry for going above and beyond what is necessary, and this same philosophy also applies when they are constructing and moving their transportable homes…read more

Laing Properties Transportable

Sometimes the perfect way to get the perfect home is to have it arrive already built, and Laing Properties transportable division have a fantastic range of affordable transportable homes….read more



Family home with room to grow

Michelle and Travis Corlett had a few non-negotiables when it came to designing and building their next family home. To have a large open plan living area that was north facing and could accommodate…read more

New Plymouth Stunner

Custom Construction’s first Metrapanel build in New Plymouth went as smooth as it could.  The clients chose Metrapanel for this 243sqm four-bedroom home because they liked how durable the product was and wanted to build with something out of the ordinary…read more

Passive Solar House

Tradeline Builders and Marine has just embarked on an innovative passive solar house build on the outskirts of Whangarei.  Tradeline are passionate about sustainable eco housing, the energy efficiency of your home and using passive design strategies…read more

Chirstchurch multi-unit complex

Laing Properties in Christchurch have developed a reputation within the industry as the go-to multi-unit development Installer.  Having recently completed a 42 unit, 2-storey apartment complex…read more

House of Tonga

Tongan barrister and solicitor Sione Tu’itavake-Fonua has always had the idea of building his own hotel and to see this come to fruition in his native homeland of the Kingdom of Tonga…read more

In the community

Lower Waikato River Trout Sponsorship

Metrapanel was a co-sponsor for the recent Lower Waikato River Trout Contest.  This annual fishing contest takes place in the Waikato River with fishing from Lake Karapriro all the way to Port more  Even with flooding and torrential rain during the week leading up to the event this year, it attracted 118 anglers vying for over $7,000 in prizes.

As the fish were being weighed in, John Charteris (one of the event organisers) was also conducting migratory research on some of the fish that were caught. - It was a good way to track a fish through the river from their spawning grounds, to where it was caught.

This is another great community event that Metrapanel is proud to support.

In the industry

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 127 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. 

New Zealand Property Investors Federation Annual Conference

Nathan, Karen and their team at Custom Construction exhibited and presented at the New Zealand Property Investors Federation Conference in October. With around 400 delegates attending the three-day conference, the Custom Construction team did a fantastic job promoting themselves and Metrapanel.


Northland Home and Leisure Show

Tradeline Builders and Marine exhibited at the Northland Home and Leisure Show in October.  They have exhibited at the last two shows and found it to be a great way to connect with new and existing clients. Tradeline always has an innovative stand, this year was no different with Aaron building his own Metrapanel furniture to use around the stand.

PrefabNZ + RVA

The annual PrefabNZ+RVA event was held in Auckland this November.  Metrapanel enjoyed being involved with PrefabNZ/RVA and value the events they provide to the Retirement Sector. These events provide an opportunity for Metrapanel to connect directly with our customers and retirement village operators.  To organise a factory tour and presentation on how Metrapanel can benefit your project please contact Melissa Savage

In the product range

For all Technical information feel free to utilise our Technical Data Library or our EBOSS Library listing. If you need a password allocated for the Technical Data Library, please email Rachel Ferregel.

In the team

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

Andrew and Melissa have been focused over the past few months on completing Annual Installer and Equipment Reviews throughout the country.  We take pride in the policies and procedures we have in place for ensuring our end customer has a home built to last, by a proficient builder who operates using equipment which complies with the standards set and enforced by Metrapanel. 

Panelwood Nelson Showhome

Panelwood Homes recently ran an extensive radio and print media campaign, culminating in the Grand Opening of their brand-new Show Home over Labour weekend 2016.  This three-bedroom, 113sqm show home proved to be a huge success with over 50 couples visiting throughout the opening weekend….read more

Next update in March 2017 - Autumn issue!

Until then, have a safe and happy holiday.  We will be closed from Tuesday 20th December until Monday 9th January 2017