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A Year in Review

As 2019 comes slowly to a close, we wanted to take the time to reflect on some of the initiatives, events and people of 2019 that has made it such a stellar year for NKBA.

As an organisation 2019 has been a year of growth. Not only has our membership continued to flourish, so too has our level of communication, the quality and quantity of our educational and networking events and the number of students completing their qualification.

In 2019 we held two Design & Product evenings, a Chapter Chair Training Day, many successful Chapter run events and of course our incredible 2019 NKBA Conference and Excellence in Design Awards in Melbourne. All these events present an opportunity for our members to engage with their local community of industry professionals and in many instances connect with national and international organisations and players. We have just loved getting out and meeting you all and aim to bring you more opportunities to learn, network and share ideas in the 2020 events calendar.

2019 has been an eventful year for our designers. It was wonderful to celebrate the talent, innovation, quality craftmanship and excellence of our members throughout the Excellence in Design Awards. In addition to this it was fabulous to see a selection of NKBA designers represented internationally in the International Design of the Year Award (London), SBID International Design Awards (London) and the German Design Awards (Germany).

Education opportunities are not just restricted to our events. In 2019 NKBA launched our exciting new qualification – the New Zealand Diploma in Design Level 5. We have had an amazing 63 students through the programme this year with six courses held in 2019. It was an exceptionally busy year and we would like to thank tutors Mark Bruce and Milvia Hannah for their hard work and dedication to our students and the programme. Though the government’s changes to vocational training in New Zealand are still being hammered out, we can assure you that NKBA and BCITO are committed to ensuring it is very much business as usual in 2020.

Another success has been our investment of more resource into improving the level of communication coming out of head office. This includes raising the NKBA profile and engagement on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, the introduction of a new NKBA blog and the launch of our NKBA Quarterly Newsletter. We have greatly appreciated your positive feedback and want to hear from you should you have any content requests or ideas for 2020.

NKBA are thankful to have such an enthusiastic and engaged group of sponsors who actively support and value the relationships with NKBA and our members. We would like to warmly welcome CDK Stone and Harvey Norman Commercial who joined us as new sponsors for 2019.

Our final thank you goes to the people of NKBA. We are so lucky to have many active members who truly see the value in NKBA and what we are trying to achieve as an industry body. Thank you also to our committed Executive Board who are all fantastic advocates working tirelessly to raise the profile of NKBA, promote excellence and shape the future of the Kitchen and Bathroom industry in New Zealand.

Until next year

Suzie and Rachael