Local painters reign supreme
Never has watching paint dry been so rewarding. Palmerston North painting and decorating company DML has taken out the Master Painters New Zealand supreme award at the annual conference held in Fiji.
Director David Hurn says the company scooped accolades for its commercial interior and exterior work for the premises of Robertson Holden, and for the interior and exterior work they did on Massey University’s heritage restoration of the Sir Geoffrey Peren Building.
‘‘I was so chuffed to get the top commercial award, and then wow, the Master Painter of the Year... I was blown away. There was clapping and a standing ovation. It was very humbling.’’
David says the award success meant his business partner Desma Isles, could retire on a high, and when his team of painters heard the news ‘‘they had smiles from ear to ear’’.
‘‘It’s a great credit to them. They take pride in everything they do. It’s always down to the guys.’’
The company, which moved around the corner from Roy St into Tremaine Ave at the beginning of the year, has been a consistent commercial category winner since 2013.
DML employs 33 painters, including seven apprentices. ‘‘The Peren Building was a big job – it took us a year. Being a heritage building, we had to strip the old coating off it, completely wrap it, and steam clean the whole thing,’’ David says.
‘‘Inside, the transformation, especially of the main auditorium, was amazing. We did extremely well. I’m very proud.’’
DML’s six trophies were part of a 10 trophy haul for members of Master Painters Manawatu.
Dannevirke’s Martin Beveridge Ltd, no stranger to winning category awards over the years, picked up another two for its trophy cabinet – the commercial Interior Specialty/Industrial Coatings award for Feilding’s Pro Alliance plant, and the Intergrain Excellence in Timber award for Palmerston North’s Emerge Architects.
Another Master Painters Manawatu member, Wairarapa’s Performance Decorating Ltd, won the residential New Interior and Exterior Character awards.
David, who is president of Master Painters Manawatu, says the award judges spent four weeks appraising entries the length and breadth of the country. The outstanding results are down to local companies ‘‘painting well above their weight’’.
‘‘ I was blown away. There was clapping and a standing ovation. It was very humbling.’’ – David Hurn
DML director David Hurn shows off two of the six awards won by the company at the Master Painters of the Year awards.