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PAINTING & DECORATING
MASTER PAINTER OF THE YEAR 2013
CHOOSING A PAINTER?
Tips on finding the right painter for you
CHOOSE A REGISTERED
By using a registered Master Painter,
you will be working with a qualified
painter you can trust. Only a registered
Master Painter can offer you a five year
workmanship guarantee when you
choose Dulux paint, within reason. See
www.masterpainters.co.nz for details.
When it comes to deciding on a
painter, listen to what people are
saying about their work. Check their
website for testimonials and photos
of previous projects. And look out for
any awards they have won.
SCOPE OF ABILITY
Look for someone who can help
you across all the areas you require:
plastering, painting, decorating,
wallpapering, moss removal, airless
roof spraying and so on.
A good painter should be able
to provide you with advice on
treatments and finishes. They should
also recommend a colour consultant
to help you select which colours will
suit the space -- it's an important
investment in any paint project.
SET DOWN EXPECTATIONS
It's important that you have an itemised
quote -- including scope of work, costs
and timeframes - before you choose a
painter. It removes any uncertainty and
gives you peace of mind.
ABOUT MASTER PAINTERS
The idea of a national body started in Canterbury and dates
back to 1913. Master Painters New Zealand now has 14 member
associations throughout the country. Master Painters is represented
on the Associated Industries Group of Business NZ, the Masters
Group of Trade Associations, the New Zealand Paintercraft Trust,
Standards New Zealand, Site Safe and Occupational Safety
and Health. These ties enable them to maintain an open line of
communication on behalf of their members. Master Painters play
a substantial role in apprenticeship training and education and
maintains a close relationship with the DecorateNZ Industry Training
Organisation. For more information go to www.masterpainters.co.nz
Master Painter of the Year 2013, Kim McDowall Painting &
Decorating. THE TEAM : Mark Reid, Kim McDowall and Tony
Before Kim McDowall took over the family painting business,
his father insisted that he had to "earn his stripes first." Forty
years on, he has certainly proven his painting prowess - his
Gore-based firm has taken out the top national painting award
for 2013 for their refurbishment of local restaurant Howl at the
Revamping the vibrant venue while it remained open for
business was a tall order. But Kim McDowall Painting &
Decorating's willingness to work around the clock and
exceptional workmanship earned them the coveted title of
'Master Painter of the Year.'
"We were gobsmacked," Kim says.
"We were proud of the work we'd done, but we didn't go to
the awards with the anticipation that we'd win. The team has
performed outstandingly well."
As well as the supreme award, Kim McDowall Painting &
Decorating also took home the title of Commercial Master
Painter of the Year and two category awards including
Commercial Rework Interior -- Contemporary, and Commercial
Wall coverings, for the restaurant revamp.
The Howl at the Moon Restaurant & Bar needed a
contemporary new look. It needed re-wallpapering, re-jibbing
and re-tiling. It also needed to stay open and operational.
The team managed to not only meet this brief, but to also
produce what the judges described as the most "exceptional"
painting for the year.
McDowall said the upmarket, refurbished restaurant owned by
Mataura Licensing Trust is an asset to Gore.
"It took some real foresight, vision and thinking outside the
square to create -- and the feedback has been nothing but
"We've been working with Mataura Licensing Trust for over
15 years now, so we have a really strong understanding of
their business needs. It was tricky to complete the work while
keeping the restaurant running, but all credit goes to the entire
team for their hard work in rising to the challenge."
And as the customer and owner of Howl at the Moon, Mataura
Licensing Trust is pleased with the results too.
"We were elated," Mataura Licensing Trust Systems
Development manager Mark Paterson says.
"The work completed by Kim McDowall and his team was
outstanding, and we're very proud of how the refurbishment
has turned out."
Since 1997, Howl at the Moon has been a popular haunt
for local diners, serving classic Kiwi cuisine and beverages.
However, after 15 years the venue interior was well due for an
update and a refit.
Working with local tradespeople, including painters, builders,
electricians and plumbers, wherever possible, made the
refurbishment "a real local effort", Mark says.
"Kim McDowall Painting showed a real commitment to the
project, often working through the night and cleaning up every
morning for our dining service to stay open. What's more, they
have great attention to detail and work hard to produce the
standard we've come to expect from them."
"The customers love the new space. The refurbishment has
created an ambient dining atmosphere, with lower noise levels
and warmer surrounds. Howl at the Moon is more popular
than ever," Mark says.
A painting industry veteran, McDowall has been in the
business for over 40 years, or as he says "for what seems like
forever." Following in his father's brushstrokes, McDowall took
on the family business and has since grown it from a "one man
band" into a 10 strong team.
But even after 40 years on the job, McDowall says he's still
learning new techniques.
"There has been a huge amount of change, particularly
in terms of the quality of product available and their
environmental impact. And more attention has been given
to health and safety for employees and clients -- we pride
ourselves on our record."
The company's work spans from the far south of Stewart
Island, to the high peaks of Mt. Cook and Mt. Aspiring with
painting projects for the DOC visitor huts along the Milford
"Strong relationships with our clients are the backbone of our
business," Kim says.
"We travel where we need to, provide a wide range of
solutions to suit clients' particular needs and we make honest
recommendations based on our experience in the business."
"As a result, we have a lot of repeat customers. For example,
we've been the painting contractor for the Southland Master
Builders, and have worked alongside them on over 30 award-
winning commercial and residential projects."
And Kim is looking forward to next year's awards.
"There's been a high bar set for us. But we'll continue to work
to a high standard, and achieve the best possible results for
"I'm lucky to work with a team of highly skilled and dedicated
painters," he says.
"I'd like to thank them for their loyalty over the years -- earning
this award was truly a team effort."
Judge and CEO of the Master Painters Association
New Zealand, Brian Miller, said the restaurant renovation
nudged ahead of the competition because "their relationship
with Mataura Licensing Trust was clearly outstanding.
Adding to this, their workmanship and attention to detail was
Brian said the field this year was incredibly tight.
"The consistency of highly detailed, highly finished work across
the projects was outstanding. There was only a fraction of
difference in points between winning entries."
"The spread of winners this year has been proof that painters
in smaller towns can match the skill and craftsmanship of big
city painters' stroke for stroke. They have just as much chance
of walking away with the top prizes -- as Gore's Kim McDowall
Painting & Decorating has just proven."
The best paintwork in New Zealand: Gore's Howl at the Moon
Restaurant and Bar refurbishment.
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