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  National Kitchen & Bathroom Association  
Welcome to our April newsletter and also to our new Assistant Executive Officer, Donna Tomlinson. Donna comes to us from Kitchen Studio Distribution, we are very fortunate to have her working for us as she brings excellent skills and established industry knowledge. Donna will be responsible for managing our memberships and website/marketing for NKBA.

We are happy to advise that in the past year our average opening rate of our bi-monthly newsletter is 50% which I am told is very good for distribution stats however it still means we are missing 50% of our membership. If you miss a newsletter at any time you can find them on the NKBA website or our Facebook page.
  Spread the word and please go like our FB page! Feel free to advise Donna or I if you have additional people within your company who would like to subscribe to NKBA newsletters or receive NKBA meeting invites.

Congratulations to Jamie Bertelsen and the Auckland Committee for organising the fantastic Auckland Chapter Product & Design event. There was great attendance despite competing with the cricket (and didn’t the Black Caps do well!) and the feedback from the suppliers has been very positive. Congratulations to all those that received prizes; a Nespresso machine, trip to Waiheke and an iPad to name a few. Thank you to the stand holders for putting these amazing prizes up.

  NKBA Conference  
  Don’t forget to get in early to book your flights and accommodation for conference. Flights from Auckland are currently $79 one way, Wellington $79-$109 and Christchurch $109-149 so get in early to secure the best price.
Accommodation can now be booked with our special rate via
CDS Retreat  
2pm Thursday 30th July Open to CDS members only
9am Friday 31st July NKBA designer members are welcome to join CDS Retreat
NKBA Conference  
3pm Friday 31st July Registration at the Napier War Memorial
7pm Friday 31st July Themed event at the Old Church – get ready to glitz!
8.30am – 3.30pm Saturday 1st August Conference
6.30pm till late Saturday 1st August Awards evening

Te Pania Scenic Circle has been confirmed as the NKBA conference accommodation venue and we have 80 rooms available. Quest Apartments is the second option.

We will have a conference outline ready soon and conference registration will open on 1st May.

As always the NKBA office and Board are open to hearing from our members and we strive to assist with providing excellence to our members. Donna and I look forward to seeing you at conference if not before.

Kind Regards,

  NKBA Design Awards  
Our awards close on April 30TH - 22 days away!
  Call to Designers, GET YOUR ENTRIES IN NOW. ONLY 22 days until closing!
Download your entry form :
  Win a Trip to Las Vegas  
  NKBA Student Design Competition  
  Certified Designers Society  
CDS would like to welcome applicants for our new member categories. Find out how you can join the society and enjoy the ongoing benefits of a professional organisation.   Membership Contact: Leonie Metge
Phone: 021 846 539


  Fisher & Paykel - No More Gaps  
Arriving in New Zealand later this year, the new generation family size Fisher & Paykel Slide-in refrigerators offer a new level of fit and finish to deliver seamless kitchen integration. Designed for easy installation to fit flush into new or existing 900 x 1800mm cabinetry with minimal 4mm cabinetry front gaps these fridges are available in stainless steel or custom panel finish.   For early access to the product specifications and installation guide please contact:

Fisher and Paykel

  Trends International Design Awards  
Trends has announced the first category winners in its Trends International Design Awards.

Strachan Group Architects won the best New Zealand Architect-Designed Kitchen and Poggenpohl-Akzente won the best New Zealand Imported Kitchen award.

You can see winners and finalists here.

The TIDAs aim to bring together all sectors of the New Zealand kitchen industry and NKBA will join these two category winners in the next TIDA stages.
  Our NKBA annual award winners for Best Kitchen Design and CDS Best Kitchen Design will automatically be entered into the New Zealand TIDA Kitchens programme which selects the New Zealand
Kitchen of the Year.

The New Zealand Kitchen of the Year goes forward into the international TIDA section.

Also under way are the TIDA Bathroom awards, with two NKBA Design Award bathroom winners going forward into that programme too.

  Bestwood Minerals Collection  
The Minerals range of colours redefines luxe finishes with its underlying richness and grandeur. The potential to harmonise with the existing range of Bestwood products and trending monochromatic, copper and metallics is captivating.

It’s the power of attraction!

The Minerals Collections was released in July 2014 and has seen Allure and Entice as highly sort after colours, in particular in the kitchen and bathroom space for new builds and renovations.
  This range of colours has a pearlescent appearance when complemented with a gloss finish.

If you haven’t already seen the Minerals Collection be sure to contact your Bestwood Account Manager.

For samples visit:
The Kitchen and Bathroom Industry Show (KBIS), in conjunction with the NKBA in the USA is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies.

KBIS 2015 was held late January in Las Vegas co-locating with the International Builders’ Show (IBS). The mega-event welcomed over 125,000 residential design and construction professionals over the three days.

Renee Hytry-Derrington, Global Design Manager from Formica (whom we met at our conference last year) shares some trend snippets from the show.
  1. Luxe Metallics - Precious metals paying homage to old bronze doors seen on mosques, and giving new meaning to bath hardware as cabinet jewellery

2. Modern Rustic - Celebrating knots and imperfections creating rustic and natural accents

3. Euro Influence - Simple lines are a signature, as well as bold and bright glossy surfaces

Don’t forget to be in the draw to visit KBIS 2016 in Las Vegas courtesy of our friends at Laminex NZ - with every valid entry to the 2015 NKBA Awards having an opportunity to win!
Cabinet Knobs and Pulls
Cabinet Knobs and Pulls
In response to requests from designers, Perrin & Rowe now offer classically-designed door hardware to complement kitchen and bathroom tapware and accessories. All Perrin & Rowe hardware is made from solid brass and hand polished, with each piece emanating luxurious quality and impeccable attention to detail.

All Perrin & Rowe finishes are available across the door hardware: Chrome, Nickel, Pewter, Gold and English Bronze. Perrin & Rowe hardware is plated to a thickness that exceeds the industry standards. This additional plating will ensure a deep, protective coating that is resistant to wear and tear as well as pleasing to the eye.

Perrin & Rowe also offer this range in an unlacquered polished or satin bare brass that will patina with use, giving a beautiful and ageless look.

In Residence

Cabinet Knobs and Pulls
More Space for Seratone
Laminex New Zealand is proud to announce the addition of Seratone® Space to its inspiring wall lining range. This brings a new design element to the Seratone range which consists of the existing Escape and Life ranges of wall panels. Seratone Space is a commercial grade pegboard, manufactured from Seratone which has a long history in New Zealand.

The versatility of Seratone Space makes it suitable for retail fit outs, kitchens and even man caves! With the addition of hooks or pegs, Seratone Space can transform an existing wall into a unique shop display, a functional tool rack, a place to hang pans and utensils or to show off the latest styles in clothing or footwear.

“Seratone Space provides yet another fantastic wall lining solution, available in an expansive range of neutral and also bright punchy colours – combining high functionality with superb aesthetics,” said Chris Dunn, Laminex New Zealand Marketing Development Manager.

Seratone Space is available in any existing Seratone colour and can be finished with colour matched, aluminium jointers which are also supplied by Laminex New Zealand.

For more information on the Seratone Range visit:

With the growing trend for large expansive kitchen islands and the kitchen as the centrepiece for the entire home, an eye-catching, luxurious benchtop is highly desirable. Formica® 180FX® Laminate truly offers inspiration on a grand scale with the introduction of beautiful new designs for use in kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and home renovations.

Three new decors debuted in March 2015, continuing the Formica 180FX Laminate theme of showcasing large scale designs that mimic natural stone. The new additions take the lead from European design trends that tend to resonate with the New Zealand style, albeit with a unique local twist.

“These new designs will change the face of kiwi kitchens – providing the look of beautiful natural stone, combined with all the functional benefits of laminate and at a fraction of the cost,” said Teresa Walsh, Laminex New Zealand Marketing Development Manager.
  “Formica 180FX Ferro Grafite is sophisticated offering class and style, whilst Bianca Luna is more traditional and then there’s the showpiece called Dolce Vita which will be sure to turn heads and be the talking point of any dinner party.”

Formica 180FX Laminate offers a range of surface finishes; GlossPlus, Matt and the new Satin - an exceptionally flat soft finish that adds a touch of class to any modern decor. Matching acrylic edging provides a highly durable and aesthetically pleasing profile for kitchen benchtops, allowing Formica 180FX Laminate to provide the look of a natural stone slab with a square edge.

Designed to endure the day-to-day challenges of interior environments, the Formica 180FX Laminate range is durable and easy to clean, and is backed by an impressive seven year limited warranty.

For more information on the Formica 180FX Laminate Range visit:

  Design Events by The Design Solutions Network  

This year The Design Solutions Network (DSN) is in its third year and continues to host Design events for affiliated design professionals. Thanks to all our friends who share their time and thoughts on the event and to our event partners. This year we are set to deliver continuing collaboration and evolving design perspectives.

DSN is hosting six Design Events throughout New Zealand in collaboration with Bestwood, Hettich, Cosentino, Mercer, Feltex and Resene.

We have been busy creating new pop up collaborative exhibition spaces with Lightbox Creative and Think and Shift. These interactive spaces are sure to get you inspired, we can't wait to show you more!

Jon Bridges will be speaking at each event about his recent build project and blog 'We're building a house'. Jon's building experience has provided him with a great inside perspective on just what it takes to build a home and he relays this in a humorous and engaging way.



If you’re from Napier or Palmerston North be sure to join us for the first two events of the year. All affiliates of our sponsors are welcome.

Napier - 29th April - 5.30pm
Palmerston North - 30th April - 5.30pm

All events are qualified to receive NZIA and CPD Points.
NZIA - 10 CPD Points
ADNZ - 1.5 CPD Points

Events for affiliated design professionals.
RSVP here:

For more information visit:

Resene Lights Camera Action
Lights, Camera, Action!
The Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival in conjunction with Rialto Cinemas and Clearly & Co is returning to screens in 2015.

The festival brings together a large selection of films that showcase the very best in architecture and design from around the world, with the festival now being one of the largest architecture and design film festivals internationally.

And for the first time, Christchurch is now part of the festival.

Auckland from 7-20 May
Wellington from 28 May - 10 June
Dunedin from 11-21 June
Christchurch from 25 June - 8 July

Resene Heritage Colours
Where Muka Meets Uhi
Resene has for many years supported the DIY Marae series, which focuses on collaborative effort to protect and rejuvenate Marae buildings. Through those many projects, the Resene Heritage colour range has been a constantly referred to reference.

Traditional Maori colours do have their own unique nuances and thanks to Wiremu Puke, Maori ethnographer, seven key hues have now been reproduced in Resene colour in the updated Resene Heritage colour collection with the Traditional Maori Colour Palette.

Order your free copy of the updated Resene heritage chart online at or pick up a copy at your local Resene ColorShop or reseller. | 0800 RESENE (737 363)

Harvey Norman   SCE Stone and Design
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