New Zealand Certified Builders Conference

BCITO attended the two day NZCB Conference (held in conjunction with AWCI) in May. It was a great chance to catch-up with regular conference goers and talk to employers and apprentices.

Over the two days, 19 apprentice finalists competed for the 2018 NZCB Apprentice Challenge with Matt Hatchard of Fox Build, Northland taking home first place. 

NZCB 2018 finalist

1st – Matt Hatchard, Fox Build (centre); 2nd – Robert Piutau, Craft Construction Ltd (left); 3rd – Thomas Ashley, Tasman Homes (right).


From around the country, the Association had a total of 98 entries.  It was great to see apprentices prepared to put themselves forward and showcase their talents.

NZCB 2018 finalists

Regional Events - Eldest entry: 50 years of age / Youngest entry: 17 years of age

National Final - Eldest entry: 37 years of age / Youngest entry: 19 years of age


Congratulations to Matt and all the finalists for putting in such a great effort.  The sector is in good hands as the calibre of work for these young men is of an extremely high standard. 

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