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Bay of Islands Plumbing & Gas wins supreme national plumbing award

23 June 2022

Bay of Islands Plumbing & Gas (BOIPG) has won the supreme 2022 New Zealand Master Plumber of the Year Award at this year’s New Zealand Plumbing Awards, held in Rotorua on Friday 17 June.

Owner Zane Britton set up the business on returning to his home roots in 2018 with his partner Rachel Watson and their young son after spending 12 years working in Australia.

Northland was particularly hard hit during the ensuing Covid pandemic, with the region literally cut off from the rest of Aotearoa during alert level restrictions, but under Zane’s management the business has continued to thrive and expand.

Determined to offer essential plumbing services to local households in lockdown, he bought a number of containers at the yard, stocking them on consignment from a local supplier, so the business could continue operating during difficult times.

In the past year, staff numbers have grown from three to 10, including two apprentices. Zane has also upped his fleet to five work vehicles and equipped the business with a tip truck, excavator and hydro jetter.

This has enabled the company to extend the services it offers to the community, whether it be fixing a leaking tap or working on major commercial projects.

BOIPG has also had the opportunity to work on a number of marae projects in the area, upgrading, modernising and bringing infrastructure up to standard. 

He is proud to have had the chance to work on these projects and give back to his people through hard work.

He says pre-job planning is essential in the Bay of Islands, with the often long and winding drives to reach customers across the region.

Zane makes it his business to take time to talk with clients, understand their needs and advise them of solutions to ensure an efficient, high-quality result. 

Since returning to New Zealand, Zane has had a big impact in the Bay of Islands, getting behind local community ventures and contributing to the industry he loves.

Never one to sit still, he is currently working with Master Plumbers to grow the connections among fellow member businesses in the Northland region, from Kaiwaka to Kaitaia and beyond. 

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