Project No.04020

Papakura Joinery Appraisal

Dear Sir,

When we tendered the creation of the Kauri Ceiling Pods for the Auckland Art Gallery, we knew their creation would be a challenge to the company who was awarded the contract. They are more akin to boat building than traditional building construction.


Auckland Art Gallery

Due to their unique sculptural design with gently curving surfaces we required a full mock up of one pod to be constructed, to ensure all parties understood the design, and construction challenges. In this process we where extremely pleased how Papakura Joinery applied themselves with energy and enthusiasm to the creation of this mock- up and constructively worked with Peter Hogan the engineer, Mike Farrelly of Hawkins and ourselves to resolve technical issues that arose through this process. Papakura Joinery were solution focused, bringing their vast experience and wisdom in working with timber to resolve best practice solutions to any problems we encountered in manufacturing these ceiling pods.
The team were welcomed getting into the detail and discussed fully the construction techniques employed in creating the pods. It is this discipline of working through the detail which has contributed greatly to very resolved nature the finish kauri ceilings the Art Gallery now display.

The process of constructing the large numbers of triangular sections, that make these pods, had to follow a demanding programme, to ensure they were ready for erection on site at the correct time. This required a high level of management. This was well handled by Papakura Joinery as I am not aware of any time on site where Hawkins did not have pods ready for assembly to the structure when they required them. Under any pressures to have components ready for site Papkura Joinery did not compromise their high standards of workmanship to meet a delivery, which a lesser team may have been tempted to do.
Jim Irvine and his team were a pleasure to deal with, as they patiently worked through the kauri selection process and construction of the pods.
As this is unique and demanding work we saw the team developing their own carpentry skills to meet the challenge of this project, and so appreciate their commitment only to present work of a high standard of workmanship and finish. Cameron really stands out as one who revealed in the challenge of constructing these pods with their complex curving surfaces and has finely honed his carpentry skills in this process. It is this commitment to excellence each person on the team had in performing their individual tasks at such a high standard, that has prodused an end result which is so spectacular. The ceilings of the Art Gallery will amaze and delight scores of Gallery visitors for decades, because they have been so skilfully and expertly constructed by a very competent team of craftsmen that work for Papakura Joinery.

We found the staff at Papakura Joinery a pleasure to work with, and would recommend this team to anyone requiring a demanding carpentry project constructed.

Kind regards,

Russell Pinel - Senior Associate
AUCKLAND Level 1 Shed 19 Princes Wharf
P0 BOX 106 257 Downtown Auckland, New Zealand
tel: +64 9 377 6414 fax: +64 9 371 6418


Papakura Joinery have undertaken a significant quantity of work on Auckland Art Gallery project, both directly under subcontract agreement and indirectly as a third party subcontractor to our main Carpentry Subcontractor, Wallace Construction Ltd.



Mezzanine Administration Oak Screens

Heritage Windows & Doors – Replica Doors, Sashes and Windows

Sundry Joinery items

The direct works were managed by Andrew Molyneux from Papakura Joinery. Quality and workmanship was of an excellent standard. Andrew & the joinery team are to be commended for their attention to detail and standard of workmanship. On the whole Papakura Joinery completed their subcontract obligations without any issues and strived to assist the Hawkins and project consultant team with ideas for constructability.


Kauri Pods, Fascias & Louvres

Kauri Columns

Sundry Joinery Items & Replica Timber Profiles (skirting etc)

Papakura Joinery lead by Jim Irvine undertook these works directly for Hawkins main carpentry contractor, Wallace Construction. Papakura Joinery assisted with innovative ideas on constructability and methodology through all stages of construction. The quality and workmanship of the kauri pods, fascias, louvers and columns is second to none and a tribute to the team involved. Papakura joinery we were able to successfully deliver the required components to site working to the main contractors programme.
Jim & the construction team are to be commended for their attention to detail and standard of workmanship second to none on what has to be considered one of the most complex joinery projects completed in recent times. They have received the praise and plaudits from the wider Art Gallery team, consultant and clients.
Hawkins would definitely like the opportunity to work with Papakura Joinery in the future and would recommend them to any other clients.
Yours faithfully

Hawkins Construction Ltd

Grant Thomas
Project Manager
Auckland Art Gallery Project


CS For Doors (formerly CS Cavity Sliders) has had a long standing association with Papakura Joinery. Over the years Papakura Joinery has constantly grown to adapt and suit an ever increasing demand for supply of timber shapes by CS For Doors.


An attitude of working with CS For Doors has meant Papakura Joinery enjoys an integral part in the development of our company. When new product lines are developed CS For Doors will always ask for technical opinions from specialist suppliers – Papakura Joinery is a great example of this.

CS For Doors has grown to become NZ's leading manufacturer of cavity sliding door products. As timber shapes form a major part of our product it is important that our supply chain is consistently on time, to specification and of the highest quality. Papakura Joinery meets all of our high expectations.
Where joinery doors are required by our customers as a part of the total cavity slider package, Papakura Joinery supplies these doors to our specific design criteria - ensuring a seamless match between hung and sliding door joinery.
We have found that a close business relationship with Papakura Joinery has helped both companies to prosper. An exceptional working relationship followed with some great friendships makes business that much more fun!
Well done Papakura Joinery for attaining 50 Years of business. That milestone doesn't come with complacency, but the desire to strive to be the top of your field.

Phil Kenny Anton Hendriks
Director National Manager



Rod Percival Builders Ltd have worked hard over many years to earn national recognition for excellence in construction. The NZ Registered Master Builders House of The Year Awards present a platform on which to compete against the best residential builders throughout New Zealand . The Awards that we regularly receive recognize our commitment to outstanding workmanship, project management and leadership within our industry. Alongside our key staff the most important contributors to our success are undoubtedly our sub-contractors who have taken on the challenges of producing exceptional outcomes without compromise. Papakura Joinery stand out as long term partners with RPB and epitomize the core values, dedication and loyalty that every successful construction company cherish about their sub-contractors.

So what makes Papakura Joinery so successful? It all comes down to the three "P's"- People, Personalities and Passion. Without qualification Glenn and his key staff stand out as exceptional people. Building on the values that were installed into the business by Brian Burnside, Glenn and the team are recognized for their "can do" attitude and personal attention to our needs – you can sense the spirit of the collaborative approach they employ to our building projects. The substantial individual and collective knowledge base within the team is often tested to present innovative solutions to architectural challenges – solutions that are cost effective, attractively presented and built to withstand the test of time. The care and attention to detail are a hallmark of quality that reflects the success of the overall team commitment to quality.

Rod Percival Builders have enjoyed a most successful partnership with Papakura Joinery over many years now. In all aspects of business – from Quotations through to final invoicing the service is professional and efficient. The level of service has not wavered and the camaraderie and light banter as we work together reflects the enjoyment of a common purpose and a job done well. The personal values that endure time are evident in abundance with Glenn and his team.

Rod Percival
Managing Director



We would like to thank Papakura Joinery Ltd for the supply of joinery to our project in Karaka.
The manner in which all your staff applied themselves to the interpretation of the front entry door design, selection of mouldings, timber and attention to detail were outstanding. You provided Jaros Construction, the Client and the Designer with a product which far surpassed our expectations. This also applied to the supply of internal doors, skirting and architraves. The quality of all products supplied by your company allowed us to achieve an excellent standard of finish on the project, which is greatly appreciated by Jaros Construction Ltd.
With service and quality that we have received on this project and previous projects, we look forward to continuing our association together.

-Jaros Construction



Dear Mr Burnside

While I appreciate that this must have been a pretty small order by your company standards. I was treated like my order was worth thousands and given a very clear indication that my business was important.

Everyone I delt with was very obliging and what they undertook to do was right on the button from Glenn (excellent manner and follow-up) to the young man who measured the job, the man who helped me try and get the sash into the car (unsuccessfully) to the people who organised the delivery and to the very friendly receptionist.
All together a superb customer service performance. I have spent 40 years in training staff in customer relations/service and your company's performance to me could be used as a yardstick for quality performance. My thanks to all.

Kind regards,

- Barry Ensor




P.O. Box 209
Papakura 2245

Papakura Joinery has supplied wooden joinery to me for the past 20 years. Their product and service is second to none.

As buildings have become more detailed, to find talented craftsmen capable of being lateral in their thinking has been a point of difference that allows Papakura Joinery to stand proud.

I highly recommend Papakura Joinery for their quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.

Yours faithfully,

- Russell Grey



Morning Glenn,

Well what can we say…..Andrew and Daniel were so helpful today, obliging and had some good suggestions re the shutters.

We can’t praise them enough with there attitude and professionalism.

Thank you for your assistance and the team and we look forward to a quote in due course.

Ian & Heather Brown

Phone: 09 298 7145