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Annemarie Mainsto issue #14 of our newsletter. It is with pride, great pleasure and honour that I take over the role of President of NKBA from the capable hands of Heather Wood.

Over the next term our new Board and I will endeavour to bring innovation, inspiration and growth to NKBA in addition to continuing to deliver the outcomes from our ongoing strategic plan. I have huge trust and belief in our Executive Board. They are a group with an exceptional aptitude and sense of work ethic. I look forward to working with them to accomplish our goals and contribute to the overall mission of NKBA.

The National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) has been supporting, promoting and celebrating the best of New Zealand design for over three decades. This year, the NKBA entered a new chapter in its history by launching the inaugural Excellence in Design programme. 

We had a record number of entries from all around the country. The standard and quality of the designs reached a new level too, making the judging process a real challenge for the panel of industry experts – Robin Caudwell, Mal Corboy, Milvia Hannah, Alice Lines and Nikki Morris.

Conference was thoroughly enjoyed by 180 attendees. Day one was held on Waiheke Island at the stunning venues of Cable Bay Vineyards followed by Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant, where the delegates were joined by Jamie Durie. Jamie was the 2016 Conference keynote speaker, made possible by Fisher & Paykel and NKBA. Jamie Durie is an Australian born international designer whose philosophy centres around taking the outdoors in and the indoors out. He presented on Saturday at The Maritime Room on the Auckland Viaduct, where Fisher & Paykel also wowed the attendees with a stunning lunch cooked on their DCS grill.

Conference was a great mix of networking time with content covering topics from Training your Business to Safety on the Worksite. Laminex New Zealand also hosted Renee Hytry Derrington, who presented “Future Kitchens”, a highly visual and informative view of what’s next in this space. 

In addition, there was plenty of practical and useful information for designers in Milvia Hannah’s talk, presented along with the Certified Designers Society, on Design Standards and Regulations. We will share this much valued presentation on our website soon.

The Awards dinner on Saturday 13 August was held on Auckland’s waterfront at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, where over 250 guests came together to honour the entrants and winners of this year’s competition and to celebrate the achievements of the country’s top kitchen and bathroom designers. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all entrants for the time and effort you have put in. To our sponsors, we appreciate your support and commitment to NKBA.

The new Board and I look forward to working with you, our members, to continue the great work of past Boards, Chapters and members. I am confident that we have a forward-looking approach as well as the commitment and constructive spirit needed to continue to fulfil the NKBA’s mission.

Best Regards,


Annemarie Mains
NKBA President




At the AGM on Friday 12 August the 2016/2017 Executive Board was confirmed and following the first Executive meeting on Friday 2 September each Board member has now been allocated a portfolio to be responsible for.

Annemarie Mains
Sponsorship & Conference

Jared Dinneen
Vice President

Heather Wood
Immediate Past President
Finance (1 year)

Trish Frankland
South Island Rep

Nick Thompson
Auckland Northland Rep

Steve Kirk
Manufacturing / Supplier Rep

Val Spendelow
South of Auckland Rep
Chapter Liaison

Mark Bruce

Michelle Manley
Strategy & Risk


Thank you to Dean Stockwell and Rebecca Banks for their valued contribution to the Executive, Dean and Rebecca stepped down from the Board at the AGM.


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We were honoured to be a part of the NKBA conference this year, it was great to share in the excitement of the awards and spend time with all of those who attended over the weekend.

Another highlight for us was international award winning designer and author Jamie Durie, who delivered an inspirational presentation around indoor and outdoor spaces and the way he seamlessly blends the two environments to create habitats that nurture people with nature. The following day he spoke with radiolive and mentioned how impressed he was with the design entries, referring to them as ‘world-class’. You can listen to his interview HERE.

If you missed out on a recipe booklet from lunch at The Maritime Room you can learn how to recreate the recipes by clicking on these links: Cedar Plank Salmon and Rotisserie Chicken cooked on our DCS grills, Potato Dauphinoise, Roast Parsnips, Roasted Beetroot Salad and Kale & Orange Salad – thanks to our kitchen blog team.

Fisher & Paykel with Jamie Durie

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s awards, it’s always a great occasion celebrating New Zealand design.

See you all again soon, Nicola, Nick and Deb

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Innotech Atira Drawer System


Our classic InnoTech has had a facelift, introducing Atira!

Striking, versatile, flexible: the InnoTech Atira drawer system impresses the moment you set eyes on it. Sharp contours, a choice of colours and diverse side elements, complemented by a wealth of interior organisation solutions produce plenty of creative potential.

Available in two colours – white and silver, the drawers impress with exceptional smoothness and luxury when being opened or closed due to the precision German Quadro runner. When a handleless look is preferred try the Push to Open Silent runner. 

InnoTech Atira drawers have three height choices starting with the standard ‘cutlery’ heights and increase up to the taller ‘pot and pan’ options. They are able to hold weights of 25, 30 and 50kgs allowing for stable wider drawers and tall and heavy contents to be stored easily.

A stylish and extensive range of practical internal organisers for inside the drawers are available which allow items to be stored securely and within easy reach. These are effortlessly customised to accommodate different ingredients, utensils, pots and pans or any other items to suit your personal style and needs.

Atira offers some additional fantastic features:

  • Brand new organisational trays for under vanities and laundry sinks
  • Pull-out laundry baskets
  • InnoTech Atira waste system for easy sorting & recycling of rubbish
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Check out InnoTech Atira online by clicking HERE.

Upgrade your drawers and you’re in the draw!

PLUS every Atira drawer specified in a project between 1st August to 30th September 2016, automatically goes in the draw to win a $3,000 adventure! 

Choose from a family ski trip to Queenstown, a cricket package for you and a mate, a romantic weekend in Waiheke or a luxury fishing charter!

For an entry form

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Announcing the new CDS Exclusive Designer pop up day, hosted by BLUM

Thursday 13 October, 2016

BLUM Showroom
Rosedale Road

CDS members only Designer pop up day. Join us for a fun and informative event 

hosted by the team at BLUM (more details to follow). Don’t miss out on another great opportunity for networking, OPD points and a taste of what BLUM have to offer...

Watch this space!

Click below and RSVP by
Friday 30 September

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Laminex New Zealand introduces 15 new decors into its Laminex high pressure laminate range and four to its Laminex Compact laminate range. Selected based on results from globally conducted research, including feedback from
New Zealand architects and designers, the Laminex laminate new colours includes a palette of greys, whites, on-trend woodgrains and Nocturne, a beautiful deep, dark indigo ink blue. 

The hero of the collection is Concrete Formwood, a unique pattern created by the Fletcher Building Laminates & Panels Global Design Team. To create authenticity, boards of reclaimed barn board oak were selected and then hand brushed to emphasise the saw cuts and rustic texture. A layer of concrete was then poured against the boards, before the ‘planks’ were scanned and tweaked for colour to create the final Concrete Formwood.

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“Valued for its raw aesthetic, concrete has become increasingly popular for residential and commercial interiors,” said Teresa Walsh, Marketing Development Manager at Laminex New Zealand. “The added benefit of Concrete Formwood is that it can be interpreted as either a stamped concrete pattern or cement washed wood.”

The three new woodgrain decors introduced also speak to the trend of authenticity. This movement celebrates the imperfections found in natural wood and authentic imitations such as laminate. Rural Oak takes inspiration from hand worked woods, from the hand waxing and brushing of ancient woodworking technique to give the rustic feel while Washed Knotty Ash mimics lime washed wood, and Blackened Elm brings in the trending grey tones providing an ‘elegant rusticity’.

The Laminex laminate grey palette also increases with six new colours being introduced. Arguably the truest of all

neutral colours are those comprised of white and black so Laminex has filled the gaps in the grey scale by introducing Super White, Polar White Natural, Fox, Gunmetal, Greige Textile and Battalion, resulting in a more gradual step between greys in the palette.

In addition to the new decors, the Laminex laminate range has also introduced a new finish and some improved features. The Puregrain finish provides the look and feel of real wood and is available on the Burnished Wood and Domain decors. A similar finish to that available in the Melteca panels range, Puregrain allows you to pair this realistic interpretation of wood texture across both cabinetry and benchtops. 

The improved features are the addition of antimicrobial technology and tighter postforming capabilities for a squarer edge profile. Laminex Protec+ antimicrobial technology inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi on surfaces and is certified as food safe. Backed by rigorous third party testing* and the Laminex laminate seven year warranty, the efficacy of the technology lasts the lifetime of the product making it the perfect choice for use in food preparation areas in kitchens, hospitals, schools and other spaces where good hygiene is essential. 

Laminex Compact laminate will also see a refresh of its colour range in July with four new decors added; Battalion supports the demand for a strong grey, while Sublime Teak offers a mid tone woodgrain and Juicy and Sunflower complete the vibrant and zesty palette. A self-supporting, moisture resistant panel, Laminex Compact laminate is ideal for applications where enhanced durability is important such as shower and toilet cubicles and in high traffic areas such as healthcare facilities and leisure centres. 

“We are really excited about these new additions to the Laminex laminate range,” said Walsh. “It’s been great to have had the input of New Zealand designers in selecting our new colours which speak to today’s trends of greys, imperfect woodgrains and concrete. Not to mention, the addition of Laminex Protec+ to the Laminex laminate range extends its suitability in commercial environments and helps to ensure that we’re protecting future generations of
New Zealanders from the unnecessary spread of germs.”

Laminex laminate colour additions: Battalion, Blackened Elm, Burnished Wood Puregrain, Concrete Formwood, Domain Puregrain, Fox, Fresh Snow Spark, Greige Textile, Gunmetal, Infinity, Nocturne DiamondGloss, Polar White Natural, Rural Oak, Super White, Washed Knotty Ash. 

For more information on Laminex laminates and Laminex Compact laminate visit our website or speak to your Laminex
New Zealand representative. 

*Tested to ISO22196:2011, JISZ2801 and ASTM G21. 

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SPACE TOWER can be accessed with impressive ease, provides ample space for provisions and can be tailored to different individual needs, meaning this well-designed pantry unit provides optimum support for everyday kitchen use.

Blum space tower
Blum space tower

For flexible access
Full extensions that can be opened individually provide a good view of stored items, which can be accessed directly from three sides. Removal is carried out conveniently from above. The light operating forces make the pantry unit incredibly convenient to use. 

For flexible storage
SPACE TOWER makes best possible use of the storage space available. High, closed drawer boxes ensure that provisions are stored securely, whilst flexible inner dividing systems can be used to organise and securely hold stored items. 

For flexible design
SPACE TOWER is flexible in height, width and depth and can also be adjusted to individual storage space requirements, meaning that this practical pantry unit makes full use of the space available, down to the last millimetre. Plus, the pantry unit can be customised further to meet your clients’ specific needs. 


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Smeg is proud to be a long-standing partner of the NKBA, and we were once again thrilled to sponsor and actively participate in the annual NKBA Conference.

This year Smeg sponsored the Classic Kitchen or Bathroom Award, which was won by talented designer Jordan Dale from Gold Kitchens. Our congratulations to Jordan and to all the winners of the NKBA 2016 Excellence in Design Awards.

These past few weeks have been quite eventful for Smeg: we have successfully wrapped up the Auckland Home Show on 11 September, where we exhibited our latest products on the Jones Family stand.

We would also like to remind you of some of our latest news – some of which we spoke to you about in our break-out sessions at conference.

We recently celebrated the anniversary of our partnership with architect Guido Canali. Guido designed the Smeg headquarters in Italy, and created the original Smeg classic control knob 30 years ago – a universally recognised piece of modern classic design. The Canali knob is one of the most distinctive features of Smeg appliances, and you can find a version of it on almost every range of Smeg hobs, ovens and cookers – from modern, sleek-looking lines like Linea to more retro, traditional cookers like Victoria. 

Speaking of Victoria – we have recently released a new built-in collection which matches the existing freestanding range of 60cm, 90cm and 110cm cookers. The new collection includes 60cm built-in

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ovens, compact combi-steam and combi microwave ovens, 70cm gas cooktops and wall-mounted rangehoods. We also showcased the 90cm Victoria induction cooker model on our Home Show model – stay tuned for more details.

Finally, we are getting ready to release Smeg’s new series of cooking appliances – Dolce Stil Novo. The series is characterised by a minimalistic look enhanced by refined copper or stainless steel details. The range includes 60cm and 45cm integrated ovens, induction and gas hobs (with beautiful decorative pan stands), rangehoods, coffee machines, and wine cellars. The appliances feature disappearing elements, one of the key current trends in kitchen design. For instance, certain models within the oven range have controls and handles that appear with a simple touch when the appliances are turned on, leaving the ovens presenting an elegant uninterrupted glass surface when off. Dolce Stil Novo appliances will be available for sale from 2017 – have a look at our Facebook and Instagram accounts to catch a sneak peek!

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Premium Smeg appliances at Incredible Pricing from Kitchen Things

Smeg appliances deliver technology with style to offer the perfect solution for your next project. Whether your client is looking for ultra-sleek black, classic stainless steel, or fabulous retro – Smeg has the product to suit. 

For the month of September Kitchen Things has the year’s best pricing on Smeg appliances – guaranteed. 

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Breakthrough Miele Deals on now at Kitchen Things

For the month of September only, on Miele cooking appliance packages – save up to 10%. 

Miele appliances elevate the kitchen space with clean modern lines, not only are Miele appliances stunning but the German engineered product delivers superb results. 

10% cash back applies to cooking packages from $12,000. 

Plus a breakthrough Miele laundry deal with up to $800 savings on laundry packages. 

Talk to a Kitchen Things sales consultant today to find out more. 

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The new The Range fashion colours 18 is being launched at various events around the country. If you are unable to attend one of the events, you can order your free copy online, www.resene.co.nz/specifierorder from 23 September.

Not so many years ago, there were just a handful of paint colours to choose from. As tinting technology has developed, we have been blessed with a growing rainbow of choice. Our eyes have learnt to appreciate subtle nuances that we would once have simply glossed over. What once was off-white, may now be beige, greige, cream or chalk.

Colours are deeper and complex layered with subtle undertones. Dusky tones develop as multiple colourways and weathered undertones merge. As our colour knowledge grows, so too does our confidence to use and experiment with the subtleties of colour. The world continues to shrink. Not only are people nomadic, ideas also flow freely across borders and space. Exposure to new cultures encourages mixing and matching of colours in unexpected combinations. Colours that would once have never been seen together are now happy partners.

Nature has always had a strong influence on choices, and never more so than now. With many addicted to technology and more time spent indoors, the great outdoors is coming in. Clear finishes and natural wood stains protect against modern life and allow the natural beauty to be seen. 

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Teamed with greens, blues and pops of colour that would be at home in a flower garden, nature provides a beautiful palette to choose from.

Neutrals are dusky and earthy too, with grey and beige co-mingling and blackened white popular as a backdrop. If you love the feel of grey but need a touch more colour, look to the dusted tones of grey blended with blue for a timeless look that can be easily accessorised to suit each season.

Want more intensity? Pops of colour remain strong – boldly coloured front doors, blocks of colour co-ordinated into a single wall or random blocks arranged as accents. Art meets design, and both meet colour. Colour is becoming the artwork, taking centre stage on walls, floors, ceilings and furniture.

View colours created from these themes in the new The Range fashion colours 18. All colours are available in handy Resene A4 drawdown swatches and testpots.

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There’s always good reason why the original is always the best! The Blanco Silgranit granite sinks were the first to the market and, whilst many have tried, they have never been matched. A modern look with timeless appeal is supported by unparalleled quality. Made of 80% granite and with patents protecting its innovative qualities, Blanco granite sinks have proven they can stand the test of time mirroring the look of natural stone in an affordable, easy-care solution.

With over 90 years of design, innovation and manufacturing experience, Blanco’s aim is to deliver the best in European styling and quality German craftsmanship with products that have outstanding form, function and precision. Today, Blanco mixer taps, sinks and accessories represent the highest quality, functionality, aesthetics and professionalism in over 100 countries all over the world.

Their innovative solutions are based on a thorough understanding of their market, and their customers, ensuring their time in the kitchen is more enjoyable and more productive.

Häfele proudly supplies a complete range of Blanco stainless and Silgranit sinks, taps and accessories; available in anthracite (black), alu-metallic (grey) and white finishes, the Blanco Silgranit colours complement any kitchen. These neutral tones complement matching shades or can be used to emphasise contrast and special features.

Features include:

  • Scratch resistant 
  • Stain resistant 
  • 100% safe for food preparation
  • Repels water preventing the build-up of surface deposits and lime scale
  • Heat resistant to 280 degrees C
  • Easy to clean

For more details view the Blanco Silgranit brochure online.

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After a short break Parex is part of the NKBA again, sponsoring the 2016 Excellence in Design Wellington Chapter Regional Award, won by Simone van der Plas from Encompass Ideas. Parex has been servicing New Zealand customers since 1966 and specialises in plumbing and kitchen appliances. Parex prides itself on sourcing the best quality products in their respective categories and backing their customers with exceptional service.

Over the past 50 years Parex Industries has grown into a leading supplier of innovative brands, InSinkErator and Schweigen. Their full product portfolio – InSinkErator Food Waste Disposers, Instant Hot Water Taps and Schweigen Silent Rangehoods – can be seen in their Auckland showroom, or at appliance retailers including Harvey Norman, KOUZINA, Noel Leeming, Kitchen Things, Heathcotes and independent appliance retailers. 

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Got a Trade Week (22 – 26 August) this year focused on promoting trade careers as a whole and Future Business Leaders. The campaign is jointly owned and managed by a consortium of forward-thinking industry training organisations – BCITO, Careerforce, Competenz, Connexis, HITO, MITO, ServiceIQ and The Skills Organisation.

This year the Future Business Leaders Forum brought together around 80 of New Zealand’s outstanding trades and services apprentices and trainees, in Auckland, for one amazing day of leadership inspiration and development followed by an Awards dinner. 

The BCITO and NKBA would like to congratulate Gillian Flynn from Kitchen Inspirations, Auckland, for gaining a place at the Future Business Leaders Forum. 




Free no-obligation ACC costs audit with a concise report on your ACC situation and suggestions about strategies that you can use to reduce your ACC costs.

Normally $350 – $500 + GST. FREE to NKBA members until 31st December 2016.

See what ACC levy savings your business qualifies for.

Contact Barry Vincent
ACC and Business Risk Consultant
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021 960 537

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The Jones Family Business is currently recruiting for a variety of roles. Our business encompasses Kitchen Things; The Specialist in European Cooking Appliances, Applico; the Importer of Classique, Baumatic, Smeg, ASKO and Whirlpool and JF Services; our service business. If you have an interest in joining our business please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A sample of some of our current opportunities:

Senior Sales Staff – Auckland

Full-Stack Developer, Ecommerce – Auckland

Service Cadet – Christchurch

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