The Car­pet Court In­stall­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - Celebrating 90 Years Of Service To The Matamata Di -

Chris Martin and his fam­ily were vis­it­ing his mum in Mata­mata. They lived in Whangarei at the time and were think­ing about mov­ing down. Af­ter walk­ing into Water­son’s, Chris got chat­ting to Brett. He had won the Vil­lars Award for a stage two block course when he was at Car­pet Court in Whangarei. Chris showed Brett the tro­phy he won. Brett saw that he had proven him­self and won an award so con­sid­ered him as a con­trac­tor. A few months later Chris and his fam­ily were in Mata­mata again vis­it­ing fam­ily and Chris walked into Water­son’s and spoke to Blair. He asked if there was enough work to sus­tain a con­tract. They got the go ahead once they moved down. Chris en­joys the team he works with at Water­son’s, the job sheets are com­ing in reg­u­larly and the board is full of jobs to be done. Bob Hughes watched a man lay car­pet at his par­ents house when he was a kid and thought it was the kind of trade he would like to pur­sue. In 1972 he be­came Graeme Water­son’s ap­pren­tice and hasn’t looked back. Forty years later he is still the man to call when you need some car­pet laid. For 27 years Bob was on wages but 12 years ago he was of­fered the chance to sub­con­tract. He has seen many changes in this in­dus­try through the years, most sig­nif­i­cantly with the un­der­lay­ing process. Once upon a time un­der­lay was made out of flax, now it’s all foam. Bob is a Mata­mata lo­cal, through and through and when he’s not lay­ing car­pet, he likes to play around with cars and at­tend car shows. Ross Boyd has been car­pet lay­ing for 44 years. “Back in the day” as Ross put it, go­ing into a trade was what you did when you left school. Ross be­lieves that if you have a trade - you have a job for life. For the last six years Ross has brought his car­pet lay­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to Water­son’s af­ter be­ing snapped up by Blair who at one stage was work­ing at the same place as him in Hamil­ton. The best thing about car­pet lay­ing ac­cord­ing to Ross is the in­ter­est­ing peo­ple he has met. No two jobs are the same so you al­ways feel like you’re start­ing a new job. In some cases Ross has laid car­pet for two gen­er­a­tions of one fam­ily. When asked if he was con­sid­er­ing re­tir­ing any time soon the an­swer was “How long is a piece of string?”

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