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Supporting fresh talent


This is the 17th year we’ve been the principal sponsor of the Registered Master Builders’ Apprentice of the Year competition.

​​​​​​​Apprentice of the Year recognises excellence among carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry.​​​

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 19 June - Regional Practical
  • July and August - Regional Judging and Interviews
  • August and September - Regional Awards Events (see dates below)
 

REGIONAL PRACTICAL CHALLENGE 2021

Saturday 19 June 2021 8:30am-12:30pm
Come along and watch the action as the apprentices compete for a place in the national competition.

AUCKLAND COMPETITIONS
CARTERS St. Lukes - 14 Taylors Road, Morningside
CARTERS East Tamaki - 95 Harris Road, East Tamaki
CARTERS Glenfield - 66 Diana Drive, Wairau Valley

WAIKATO COMPETITION
CARTERS Hamilton, 1052 Te Rapa Straight

BAY OF PLENTY COMPETITION
CARTERS Tauranga - Birch Avenue, Judea
 
CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND COMPETITIONS
CARTERS New Plymouth - 24 Egmont Road
CARTERS Palmerston North - 69 Railway Road
 
HAWKE'S BAY COMPETITION
CARTERS Napier - Cnr Dunlop Road & Austin St, Onekawa

WELLINGTON COMPETITION
CARTERS Distribution - 50 Parkside Road, Lower Hutt

UPPER SOUTH ISLAND COMPETITION
CARTERS Nelson - 70 Nayland Road, Stoke

CANTERBURY COMPETITION
CARTERS Madras Street - 379 Madras Street

SOUTHERN COMPETITIONS
CARTERS Dunedin - 9 Orari Street
Invercargill Offsite Venue - 33 Arena Ave (entrance opposite Industry Cafe)
CARTERS Queenstown - 211 Glenda Drive
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REGIONAL AWARD EVENTS 2021

(These dates/venues are subject to change based on entry numbers, please check closer to the time for confirmation).

  • Auckland/Northern: Thursday 9 September, Maritime Museum. 6.00-8.00pm
  • Waikato: Thursday 26 August, Southwell School, 6.00-8.00pm
  • Bay of Plenty / Central Plateau: Friday 20 August, Club Mount Maunganui, 6.00-8.00pm
  • East Coast / Hawke's Bay : Friday 10 September, Havelock North Function Centre, 6.00pm-8.00pm
  • Lower North Island: Friday 27 August, Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club. 6.00-8.00pm
  • Upper South Island: Friday 20 August, Pic's, Saxton Road, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Central North: Friday 3 September, location tbc, 6.00-8.00pm
  • Central South Island: Thursday 19 August, Avon Room, Chch Town Hall, 6.00-8.00pm
  • Southern: Friday 24 August, Forsyth Barr Stadium, 6.00-8.00pm

NATIONAL JUDGING AND AWARDS

This will be held in Auckland, on Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 November 2021. 

This two day event comprises of interviews on 3rd November and the national practical building challenge on 4th November.

The National Practical is open to the public from 9am on the 4th and this year will be co-located with BuildNZ . BuildNZ is the leading trade event for the Building, Construction, Design, and Architecture Industries.

The National Awards Gala dinner is held on the evening of Thursday 4 November and is a ticket only event.

How it works​​​​​​​

Here's how the competition process works. 
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Highlights from 2020

Apprentice of the Year 2020_National
Video courtesy of Registered Master Builders Association.

2020 RMB Apprentice of the Year

Thomas O'Brien has come out on top

In the decider challenge, nine Apprentices from across the country had to build a mud kitchen to a high standard.  This included a water play wall comprised of various spouting elements supplied by Marley. The mud kitchens have donated to early learning centres around Auckland.

Check out some of the competition shots below:


Congratulations to our Regional Winners

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Winners:
Lower North Island / Karl Douglas / Makers Fabrication
Central South Island / Corrigan Harnett / Keane Building
Upper South Island / Mark Lovelock / Timbercraft Construction
Northern / Thomas O’Brien / Beacon Construction
Southern / Chris O’Connell / Hammond and Campbell Builders
Waikato / Byron Raubenheimer / GD Pringle
Central North & East Coast / Ben Roberts / Mike Campbell Construction
Auckland / Ken Rowe / Neil Mckendrick Builders
Bay of Plenty Central Plateau / Matthew Van Bohemen / Beck Building
 

CARTERS are proud to partner with the following suppliers for AOY: