Media Release: 23 April 2019 

Search begins to find New Zealand’s top homes

Incredible homes throughout New Zealand will be under intense scrutiny, as judges travel the country to determine New Zealand’s best builds. The process is all part of this year’s Registered Master Builders 2019 House of the Year competition.

More than 340 homes will be assessed as the judges travel to every region, with regional award-winners announced at 10 events during July and August.

The team of industry experts are tasked with finding the best builds in the country, ranging from new homes and show homes to renovations and builder’s own homes, as well as multi-units and apartments.

Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says, House of the Year is the leading house building and renovation competition in New Zealand and has been celebrating quality and innovation in New Zealand residential building for more than 25 years. 

“House of the Year reflects how the building and construction sector is interwoven into New Zealand’s social fabric. We are responsible for building the communities where we all live, work and play,” says David Kelly.

“MBIE forecasts show sustained construction sector growth for the next six years with between $35-$40 billion dollars of construction per annum. The residential sector will underpin this growth, with over 40,000 dwelling consents per annum by 2020. 

“We need to ensure we build quality homes at the scale our communities and cities need. While the competition showcases luxury builds, the lower price categories demonstrates a high level of innovation from our builders with regards to the materials and techniques used. The houses entered into House of the Year are examples the industry and the public look to for inspiration.

David says, House of the Year sets the standard of quality for the entire building sector, showcasing emerging trends and innovative building techniques. 

“The industry needs to be innovative in both how we are building and what we are building if we are to meet demand. The entries in this competition reaffirm our member’s commitment to ensure a better built New Zealand.”

Each property is judged against a scorecard of 2000 points, based on workmanship, design, style and functionality. There are 15 categories in this year’s competition, as well as separate awards for four lifestyle categories – outdoor living, kitchen, bathroom and sustainability.

The Awards are made possible through the support of Atlus, Bunnings Trade, CARTERS, GIB, Master Build 10-Year Guarantee, PlaceMakers, Plumbing World, and Resene. 

For more information about the competition, visit

About the Registered Master Builders 2019 House of the Year Judging Process

The competition is divided into two parts – the first is at a regional level, the second at a national level. Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners are determined using a points-based system. These award-winners are announced at 10 regional events held throughout New Zealand during July and August.

The top 100 Gold Award winners from around the country become the Top 100 Gold Reserve National Finalists. The National finalists are then re-judged by a panel of judges who determine the overall National winners, which are announced at the National event in Auckland in November.