Here’s to the next decade!

By NZH May 09, 2016 Industry News

BuildLink celebrated its 10th anniversary in April with its biggest ever conference, awards and Trade Show.

To view a PDF of the complete feature as it appeared in NZ Hardware Journal magazine, click the download button at the bottom of this page.

2016’s BuildLink Conference took place over 14-15 April at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland. 

With 250 attendees through the Trade Show and at the Gala Dinner, this was the group’s largest event to date and the numbers are growing year on year.

Day 1 kicked off with the Trade Show which involved 55 suppliers from across the country exhibiting their products and services to the BuildLink stores. 

The Trade Show allowed members and their staff to network with suppliers away from their businesses in a productive yet relaxed setting. 

Feedback from the day was extremely positive with both suppliers and members taking plenty away from the event and forging new business relationships and building on existing ones.

Continuing on into the evening, the awards night celebrated BuildLink’s 10th year in business and a special tribute was paid to Kevin Marevich and Chairman of the board Stuart Waite for their 10 years of service to the group.

This celebratory evening was given a casino theme where guests could enjoy a game of roulette or blackjack, collecting chips for the prize auction at the end of the evening.

The year’s top performing stores and suppliers were also recognised, as follows:


  • Services to the Board – Rod Wilson (Cocky’s Corner) and Milton James (Matamata Timber & Hardware BuildLink).
  • Attitude Award – Kiwi Timber Supplies, Horotiu.
  • Top Trowel Trades Store – Trowel Trades Silverdale.
  • Home Hardware Top Store – Waihi Beach Home Hardware.
  • Suppliers Best Store – Matamata Timber & Hardware.
  • Nominees – Akarana Timbers; Complete Paints; Matamata Timber & Hardware; Sticks Building Supplies; Value Building Supplies.
  • BuildLink Premier Supplier – Steel & Tube.
  • Runner-up – CE Lawford.
  • Nominees – Ampelite; CE Lawford; Mitek; Steel & Tube; Winstone Wallboards.
  • BuildLink Supreme Store – Akarana Timbers.
  • Nominees – Akarana Timbers; Kiwi Timber Supplies; Lumberland Building Supplies; Sticks Building Supplies; Value Building Supplies.


Special thanks also go out to the 2016 event sponsors, Ampelite and Valspar.

Visit our Events page for more photos from BuildLink’s special night and hit the DOWNLOAD THIS STORY button below for a PDF with the full 2016 Trade Show experience!

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