Not Your Average Shed goes under the hammer for charity

Media release: 20 April 2016

A team of ace apprentices have been hard at work building a new and improved take on the classic kiwi shed to highlight the shortage of tradies in New Zealand.

The Not Your Average Shed will be revealed this Thursday, before it’s auctioned off in support of Habitat for Humanity.

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) assembled the team of eight apprentices to build the shed and showcase the innovation that is taking place in the construction industry.

With cedar cladding and joinery, multi-colour LED strip lights, double glazed skylight and custom glass slider entrance, built-in bar and four-burner gas BBQ this is not your average shed.

The final reveal and auction will take place at the build site at Sylvia Park Mall in Auckland on Thursday evening.

New Zealand is facing a major housing crisis, says Habitat for Humanity Auckland Executive Director Conrad LaPointe.

“We believe everybody deserves a decent and affordable place to live.

“It‘s excellent that the BCITO has focused clearly on the needs of the industry. We won’t be able to tackle the issue of affordability that many families are facing, until we properly resource the industry to meet demand.

“A vital part of the solution needs to be around training – to ensure we have more skilled builders in the industry. We also need the industry to be innovative and creative – to find new ways to build cost efficient and healthy homes which will last.”

Watch the tradies in their natural habitat

The Not Your Average Shed build was a fantastic project, LaPointe says.

“It not only showcased the skills of these apprentices but also the opportunities that there are in this industry.”

The team of apprentices have done an outstanding job building the shed, says BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana.

“The team have showcased the very best of the industry, and have highlighted the fact that if we don’t get more people into the trades the housing shortage will only increase.”

These apprentices have the skills that New Zealand needs and a real opportunity to help meet the demand for housing, says Karaitiana.

BCITO provide a range of apprenticeships across fifteen trades within the building and construction industry. Any budding apprentices can head down to Sylvia Park to watch the action live, or find out more at BCITO.TV

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Event information

The event kicked off on 29 March at Sylvia Park, Auckland.
The build will run for three weeks before the shed goes under the hammer on 21 April.
Follow the action at BCITO.TV
Viewers at home can also take part in the auction action themselves by visiting TradeMe.

For more information contact

Caroline Brown
Acumen Republic for BCITO
04 494 5152
027 630 4851
cbrown@acumenrepublic.com

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