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NKBA Conference Edition
Welcome members to our NKBA newsletter, Conference edition.

Firstly congratulations to all our National NKBA Award winners from 2015 Conference held in Napier on 31 July and 1 August.

We hope you will enjoy some of the shared photos, there will be more available on the NKBA website under the Members only area so you will need to logon to access.

According to our survey, Conference 2015 was thoroughly enjoyed, Napier was wonderful turning on fabulous weather for us.

Format this year was different following consultation with our Sponsors, no tradestands and a more interactive programme. CDS Retreat was inspiring as always, members only on Thursday and then welcoming NKBA designers for Friday, with Fisher & Paykel’s Designed to Match event being a highlight. Finishing at 3pm gave us time to explore Napier and the Hawkes Bay. Combining CDS and NKBA was a good use of time and meant that time away from work wasn’t too long, again following feedback from members.

Conference is in Dunedin on 29 and 30 July 2016 and planning has commenced already!
We will have the programme out early to assist with planning.

The AGM saw two new Executive members nominated, welcome to Trish Frankland from Trish Frankland Design as our South Island
  Representative and Nick Thompson from Fisher & Paykel as the Auckland and Northland Representative. A remit was passed unanimously aligning the timeframe a Board member may serve on the Executive. AGM minutes are available on the website.

With the industry ever evolving it is important that we grow and evolve with it. The NKBA Executive are dedicated to represent our members and industry. We are lucky that we have a team of such qualified individuals whose expertise is varied and gives us greater coverage.

Thank you also to those Chapter chairs and Chapter committee members for your commitment to your Chapter, we appreciate you volunteering your time and energy to our Association. Please get behind your Chapter and support, remember the more you put in the more you get out.

An awards survey will be sent out next week where we want your feedback. With changes made last year to the Regional awards there are various options and further discussion is required. A review of the awards programme is in progress and we will keep you informed in the upcoming newsletters, via our website and Chapter meetings.

Daylight hours are a bit longer and spring is in the air, don’t forget to take time to enjoy!

Kind Regards
Suzie Rees, Executive Officer
  NKBA 2015 Congratulations To All Winners  
NKBA Conference 2015
  NKBA 2015 Conference - Day One  
Executive Board
Executive Board   Welcome Nick Thompson from Fisher & Paykel who was elected as the Auckland and Northland Representative, Trish Frankland from Trish Frankland Design as South Island Representative and Rebecca Banks from Stewart Scott Cabinetry as the Certified Designers Representative.

Nick and Trish were elected at the AGM to join the National Executive and Rebecca was elected at the CDS AGM. The new National Executive and their portfolios will be highlighted in the next newsletter.

I’m off to Vegas!
  I'm Off to Vegas!  
Congratulations to Damian Hannah from German Kitchens for winning the fantastic Laminex NZ sponsored trip to visit KBIS in Las Vegas in January 2016! KBIS is North America’s ultimate exhibition held in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builder’s Show at the Las Vegas Convention Centre from 19-21 January.   The prize includes return airfares from Auckland, transfers and accommodation for five nights in Las Vegas.

Above left: Damian Hannah - Winner and
Jared Dinneen - Laminex NZ National Marketing Manager

Chapter Chairs
Welcome to the new NKBA Chapter Chairs and thank you to the returning Chapter Chairs.

Auckland Leonie Metge
Waikato NKBA office are currently accepting registrations of interest
Bay of Plenty Tracy Murphy
Taranaki Lian Brownson
Hawkes Bay Val Spendelow
and Central
Alison Thirkettle-Tawharu
Top of
the South
NKBA office are currently accepting registrations of interest
Canterbury Sandy Eagle
Southern Valda Frewen
CDS - Certified
Designers Society
Rebecca Banks

For further information, please contact Suzie at the NKBA office,
  2016 NKBA Conference  
2016 National Conference
The 2016 National Conference will be held in DUNEDIN.

The dates have now been confirmed so lock in:
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 July now!

Quirky Dunedin Facts:
Dunedin is the world’s fifth largest city, in geographical size, offering lots of leisure and recreational opportunities
Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh
The world’s only mainland breeding colony of the Northern Royal Albatross, large majestic seabirds with a wingspan of thee metres, is on the Otago Peninsula
Dunedin, and its surrounds, is home to some interesting locals, including the world’s rarest penguin - the yellow-eyed penguin, New Zealand sea lions, New Zealand fur seals and little blue penguins

Dunedin’s Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world
Larnach Castle located on the Otago Peninsula is New Zealand’s only castle
Dunedin Railway Station is the most photographed building in New Zealand
University of Otago, New Zealand’s oldest university was the first in the country to admit women to all its classes. It is also the South Island’s largest employer
New Zealand’s first authentic Chinese Garden - only the third outside of China and the first in the Southern Hemisphere - is found in Dunedin

Knowledge is Power
BCITO in conjunction with Infometrics, will be regularly providing us with economic information which may be of interest. Click here to read an update on the national economy, the construction sector and the special topic: Where to for Canterbury’s construction workforce?
Membership survey
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the Membership Survey, your feedback is invaluable. All participants who completed the survey by Wednesday 22 July automatically went into the draw to win a $200 gift voucher.

The winner of the $200 gift voucher is Michele Denyer from Denele Design. Congratulations Michele!

A summary on what the respondents wanted from their membership and the preference of NKBA benefits are highlighted below.

It was also identified that additional assistance they would like from the NKBA include:
Technical training - lighting, plumbing (bathroom)
Mentoring students, developing education
Design business advice
More communication amongst Chapter members
Contract forms
Make the NKBA website more market focussed

These points will be discussed at the upcoming National Executive meeting, we hope to have some updates for you soon.


Preference of NKBA Benefits

  What do you want from your Membership

NKBA Conference 2015
  Day Two Conference 2015  
Certified Designers Society Retreat 2015
CDS Retreat is generally perceived as a relaxing and cosy get away, but if you are a member of The Certified Designers Society, you are really in for a treat when you opt into the fold and come along. How does this sound - assembling complex lightshades, learning the Charleston whilst wearing full fancy dress, breakfast in a box whilst travelling on a bus, photography 101, food and wine tasting before lunchtime, designing wine labels? Relaxing - No. Fun and interactive with new and familiar faces - YES!

CDS annual Retreat is a time of year where the society hosts educational and fun workshops alongside inspirational guest speakers. This year the CDS Retreat was held in conjunction with the NKBA National Conference in Napier.

The first day was opened with a fantastic presentation by David Trubridge followed by an interactive hands on workshop where teams of CDS designers and suppliers together had to assemble one of David Trubridge’s beautiful lights ... without instructions - a task that sounds a lot easier than it is!

‘Shenanigans at the Theatre’ was an interesting evening for all, dressing in the attire of the 1930’s and learning the Charleston was a highlight for those with two left feet!
  If that wasn’t enough, joined by NKBA designer members, the CDS attendees were up early and onto the bus out to Trinity Hill Winery where a very interesting talk with Richard Brimer took place. What an amazing photography profile with some fantastic tips and tricks learnt along the way too.

Into the barrel room at Trinity Hill where Fisher & Paykel had a stunning setting for their ‘Designed to Match’ food and wine tasting, a combination of interesting flavour canapés matched perfectly to Trinity Hill wines. To finish the CDS Retreat portion of the day there was one last workshop with Martin Poppelwell, a talented local artist who hosted a workshop in designing wine labels. Who would have thought the level of talent that comes to light when ink, paints and pencils are put in front of a group of designers. All in all another memorable Retreat was prepared for our members, who certainly enjoyed their time learning and networking with peers in the industry.

Want to know more about what they’re up to, or get involved with the Certified Designers Society? Find them on Facebook (Certified Designers Society) and follow them on Instagram (cdsdesigners).

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  Fisher and Paykel - Slide in Fridge  
Design planning files for the new Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart™ Fridge 900mm French Door Slide-in (Panel Ready or Stainless Steel) are now available on The Kitchen Tools. More product information can be found here.   First release of the product is rolling into
New Zealand now, for imminent kitchen design projects that might feature Slide-in you can pre-register your interest with:

  Hettich - Trend Report  
Salone del Mobile 2015 Trend report from Hettich
Once a year, at the inspiring Salone del Mobile in Milan, the latest in furniture and design from around the world is showcased to amaze and delight the senses, as well as help set the trends for the coming twelve months. This year, in April, was the 54th year of the show and some of the world’s largest and most important furniture exhibitors presented new products.

Hettich have released a “Retro-Modern” Trendreport based on this year’s Salone del Mobile 2015, which shows an overall picture of the new products on display and a selection of trends in diverse surfaces, vibrant architecture and intelligent functionality.
Download - Hettich Trend Report Much of the featured furniture is fitted with Hettich product so they look attractive and function smartly.

The trend report can be viewed online here

  Kitchen Things - New Website  
Kitchen Things new look website - Professionals
  Be sure to register and update you profile on the professionals page and make the most of the new look at: We’ve added manuals to assist with this, these can be downloaded here:  
  Simon Gault - Smeg  
Simon Gault Drives to New Partnership With SMEG
Simon Gault is to be the new ambassador for SMEG, one of the world’s leading brands of premium kitchen appliances.

His partnership was launched at Pukekohe Park Raceway on July 18th at 250 kph in the Simon Evans SMEG RACING V8 Supertourer, along with guests from the kitchen design and appliance retailing business.

Simon Gault says that he is delighted to be part of the SMEG family at last.

“SMEG is a great brand with a fantastic reputation for quality workmanship and design. I love to cook on their stoves and I love the aesthetic of their fridges, rangehoods and appliances.

“I am looking forward to being an ambassador for SMEG and to recommend their products
to the many great foodies and chefs I meet every day.
  It’s a privilege to be part of such an innovative, leading brand,” he said.

Rachel Louie, Managing Director of SMEG New Zealand distributor Applico Ltd, (a Jones Family business) said that having Simon Gault on board is a dream come true and helps cement the premium position the SMEG brand has in the kitchen appliance market in New Zealand.

“Simon is extremely well known for his energy, his passion and his excellence in food creation.

“We’re proud to have SMEG appliances in Simon’s own kitchen as well as his new test kitchen at his business Sous Chef, where he is designing his latest food creations,” she said.

Louie is looking forward to working with Simon Gault on high profile projects in the future.

  Resene & Karen Walker  
Fresh colour from Resene
The Karen Walker Colour Collection has had an update, replacing four existing colours with four new colours - Resene Quarter Heathered Grey, Resene Quarter Robin Egg Blue, Resene Shadowy Blue and Resene Weathered Orange - joining existing favourites. You can order a new copy of the Karen Walker Paints collection free online,   Resene FX Fluoro paintAnd for an extra zing on your next project, there’s nothing quite like a shot of fluoro to really make something stand out and attract attention. Now you can recreate the high vis highlighter pen look on walls and art with Resene FX Fluoro paint. Available in five colours - blue, pink, green, yellow and orange - from Resene ColorShops and selected resellers.
Create a space that reflects your inspiration
with Melteca® Purecoat™
Laminex New Zealand just launched Melteca® Purecoat™ panels, featuring new cutting edge technologies in surface design and protection.

The high-gloss panels are stain and scratch resistant, easy to clean and include anti-microbial properties.

Ideal for residential and commercial use, the panels are suitable for vertical applications such as drawers, cabinet doors, wall linings and large feature walls.

Available in six contemporary colours, Rob Jackson, Marketing Development Manager, believes the new product is an exciting
step forward.

“The decors in the range were chosen to complement popular residential paint colours as well as some striking bold colours to provide accents for interior statements.” “We are excited about this new edition to the Melteca family and look forward to this premium product being a regular feature in kitchens, and other interior spaces across the country.”

The Melteca Purecoat panels are produced using innovative coating technology bonded to a high quality, moisture resistant E0 MDF substrate. The coating contains no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and the surfaces are cured using ultraviolet light.
  The surface offers a higher level of scratch resistance compared to many traditional two pack paint systems, high gloss vinyl and high gloss acrylic panels.

Melteca Purecoat utilises Protect™ anti-microbial technology making it ideal for applications where hygiene is critical. Protect™ provides long term and effective antimicrobial properties, reducing the overall level of harmful bacteria in the environment and the likelihood of cross contamination. A range of high gloss matched edging is available, providing a functional and durable edge treatment.

Manufactured locally since its launch in 1983, Melteca is a New Zealand made product which has grown over the years to become a market leading pre-decorated panel that’s a regular feature in kitchens across the country.

Versatility has been the key to Melteca’s success. With a varied, design-leading colour palette, durable surfaces, and a huge range of potential applications from cupboards, drawers, shelving, furniture and vertical applications, unsurprisingly Melteca is Laminex New Zealand’s biggest seller. All products within the Melteca collection are available with the reassurance of a 7 year limited warranty.

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