Spice Build's Story 2020

This year we are celebrating 30 Years of House of the Year! Over the next few months we are going to be shining a light on some of the people who have played a massive part in the competition. Keep an eye out on our channels as our members share some of their best memories as a builder.



“After studying design at Victoria University, I decided I wanted a hands-on career. I wanted a job where I could work outdoors and earn while doing my apprenticeship. That was about 13 years ago, and I have never looked back.

The practical skills you learn are second to none. Being able to use these skills on your own property is a huge advantage.

We won Supreme Renovation at House of the Year in 2019. The Award was for a 135-year-old former church that we converted into 3 luxurious apartments. Working on a 1900’s church was surreal. Seeing how builders from the past built things without power tools gave us an appreciation for how far things had come.” – Matt Spicer, Spice Build


Wellington & Wairarapa Region’s top builds announced - 5 Aug 2016

Wellington & Wairarapa Region’s top builds announced A Masterton home and a Karori renovation have been announced as this year’s finest Wellington & Wairarapa homes, winning Supreme Awards in the Wellington Wairarapa Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year competition.


Q & A with Taranaki interior designer Michael Mansvelt 2019

New Plymouth landscape architect Michael Mansvelt of his eponymously named landscape, interiors and architectural design practice, talks home style.