Lo­cal painters reign supreme

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

DML di­rec­tor David Hurn shows off two of the six awards won by the com­pany at the Mas­ter Painters of the Year awards.

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