About us

Building Futures Kirsten Newton

Kirsten Newton

I have been working in the wider timber processing-building products industry for over 20 years.  With a background in operations, human resources and health and safety management roles I have a good overview and understanding of the barriers that can hinder a person’s ability to enter or remain within the industry.

Not everyone has the same opportunities or ability to forge a prosperous future for themselves or their families. The Building Futures programme is a purposeful way for me to contribute to the wellbeing and enduring lifestyles of rangitahi here in the Hawkes Bay community.  Helping someone to secure a job within this industry is satisfying and rewarding.  Knowing that could have a positive impact on their future, makes it priceless.

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother so I have amassed a wealth of experience in life and many of its stresses.  I don’t believe I have all the answers, but I have learned that having listening ears is invaluable and sometimes a hug goes a long way towards making things better.

If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about our programme, you can call, email, or send in an application to join our next intake.

Matt Tamanui

One of the main things I want to help with is finding meaningful employment that fits someone’s life goals.

I know what it’s like to be in the position where you want to work but just don’t know what to do. For a long time, I was unable to find work, primarily due to having convictions. I applied for at least 100 jobs and had probably 20 interviews, but each time when it came to disclosing convictions I would be turned down for the job.

Being unable to find work damaged my sense of self-worth and was a contributing factor to my depression and mental health struggles

When I was 21, I was given an opportunity by bbi Wood Products and employed as a yard man, driving forklifts, and putting orders together. They provided me with training and mentoring. I was upskilled and given training on sales and customer service and was able to work my way up within the company.

Working helped me find some purpose to my life.  It allowed me to buy a house at 22 years old. With the housing market the way that it is now, if I hadn’t bought a house when I did, we would probably still be renting. I’ve been able to travel and live my life the way that I want to live it.

If you’re wondering if this programme is right for you, I would say, just give it a crack, even if you think the building industry isn’t for you. I think you make your own luck and if you’re willing to put in the work we’ll work with you with whatever you need.

Building Futures Kirsten Newton

Kirsten Newton

I have been working in the wider timber processing-building products industry for over 20 years.  With a background in operations, human resources and health and safety management roles I have a good overview and understanding of the barriers that can hinder a person’s ability to enter or remain within the industry. 

Not everyone has the same opportunities or ability to forge a prosperous future for themselves or their families. The Building Futures programme is a purposeful way for me to contribute to the wellbeing and enduring lifestyles of rangitahi here in the Hawkes Bay community.  Helping someone to secure a job within this industry is satisfying and rewarding.  Knowing that could have a positive impact on their future, makes it priceless.

  I am a wife, mother, and grandmother so I have amassed a wealth of experience in life and many of its stresses.  I don’t believe I have all the answers, but I have learned that having listening ears is invaluable and sometimes a hug goes a long way towards making things better.

If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about our programme, you can call, email, or send in an application to join our next intake.

Matt Tamanui

One of the main things I want to help with is finding meaningful employment that fits someone’s life goals.

I know what it’s like to be in the position where you want to work but just don’t know what to do. For a long time, I was unable to find work, primarily due to having convictions. I applied for at least 100 jobs and had probably 20 interviews, but each time when it came to disclosing convictions I would be turned down for the job.

Being unable to find work damaged my sense of self-worth and was a contributing factor to my depression and mental health struggles

When I was 21, I was given an opportunity by bbi Wood Products and employed as a yard man, driving forklifts, and putting orders together. They provided me with training and mentoring. I was upskilled and given training on sales and customer service and was able to work my way up within the company.

Working helped me find some purpose to my life.  It allowed me to buy a house at 22 years old. With the housing market the way that it is now, if I hadn’t bought a house when I did, we would probably still be renting. I’ve been able to travel and live my life the way that I want to live it.

If you’re wondering if this programme is right for you, I would say, just give it a crack, even if you think the building industry isn’t for you. I think you make your own luck and if you’re willing to put in the work we’ll work with you with whatever you need.

Career paths in building and timber supply

The building and timber supply industry offers a huge range of career paths. It’s much more than working with a nail gun.

Here are some of the jobs and career paths available:

  • Forklift drivers
  • Timber handling
  • Machine operators
  • Kiln operators
  • Timber processing
  • Frame and truss pre nail
  • Machine operating
  • Robotics
  • Retail
  • Administration
  • Sales
  • Warehousing
  • Operations
  • Importing and wholesales
  • Inventory control
  • Logistics
  • Management

Feel free to contact us if you want more information.