Formed in 2017, the Tile Association of New Zealand (TANZ) was established for tilers who appreciate the trade and want to uphold professionalism and quality standards within the industry.
Commonly a small business trade, TANZ provides a forum for its members to come together and collectively discuss issues, encourage progress and change, and offer training and support to tilers throughout their entire career. TANZ is a voice for the tiling industry – one that can educate on common tiling errors, provide customer confidence, and strengthen the industry’s reputation.
The association represents New Zealand’s tilers who are passionate about providing their customers with excellent service and quality workmanship, giving us the coverage and awareness required to monitor and successfully support the people working in our industry. It operates as a Trade Association with a Board who are responsible for setting and delivering objectives for its members.
- TANZ, Tilers Association of New Zealand, was established to support, monitor and grow the tiling industry in New Zealand.
- TANZ is committed to upholding quality tiling standards within the industry through assisting with the improvement of every element of the installation process.
- A key objective for TANZ is to regulate the tiling industry, giving both tilers, consumers, and other associated parties peace of mind.
- TANZ will mediate between tilers and their clients to approve the standard of a job when required and will advise and support a tiler through the complete process of correcting a failed job.
- TANZ will be a transparent association that will communicate to (and on behalf of) its members directly and truthfully.
- TANZ is here to provide its members the platform to have a strong collective voice and is not about sales and promoting products. We are an unbiased association with no affiliations to importers or product suppliers.
- Member accountability includes the tiler following all manufacture specifications and installation guidelines, and using imported products (tiles, membranes and adhesives) that have a proven product performance history – avoiding cheaper and inferior products.
To be considered the industry’s preferred membership organisation that provides the following for its members and their customers:
- Membership support and value – To provide TANZ members with the support, advice and training required throughout their career
- National recognition – To be recognised as New Zealand’s recognised national industry body for tiling
- Protection for customers – To provide customers with workmanship guarantees, and expected quality trade practices and professional standards
- Positive Industry Reputation – To establish nationwide awareness for TANZ, with the brand reflecting a strong reputation for industry quality and service
- Industry Development – To create industry benchmarks and standards that add value.
Our members appreciate the skill and precision of the tiling profession and want to be part of a collective group that encourages development and innovation, offers its members support and training, grows customer confidence, and protects the reputation of the trade.
Brendon Manson has been in the tiling industry since the early 90s, establishing his tiling company Palazzo Tiling Ltd in 1992. Palazzo Tiling ltd focused on architectural builds and was recognized for excellence in tile installation by winning many National awards through the Registered Master Builders awards.
Brendon has always focused on following correct tiling techniques and using systems for all tile installations and over the 25 years as a tiler, Brendon has trained over 20 tilers that are now also running their own companies in the tile industry.
In 2017 Brendon saw a need for a Tile Association to assist with sorting out tile-related issues, it became very clear that a need for education within the industry is vital to help avoid costly mistakes.
Brendon is currently serving as the President of TANZ and is running a consultancy company called STSC.
Brendon will continue to work hard for the trade that has cared for him.
Chris has been involved in the waterproofing industry for over 30 years throughout Australia and NZ. He started off as an apprentice Carpenter and Joiner back in 1987 and over the years worked on a number of commercial and residential projects and then focused on bathroom renovations which eventually moved into full-time Waterproofing and Tiling.
Chris returned to NZ in 1998 and started Renaissance Tiling. The number of rotten bathrooms that Chris was seeing was alarming and this led him to develop a unique range of waterproofing devices (Aquatite Wetwall Caddy) as Chris was continually seeing failures in wet areas particularly around penetrations in wet walls.
Chris produced the Wetwall Caddy range of products as a secondary line of business to the industry now and have done so since 2005. Chris has for the last 12 years been associated with External Waterproofing and in particular membrane roofing and below-grade tanking.
Chris was elected to the position of Chairman of the WMAI in November last year and has an independent waterproofing consultancy company.
Kris Macartney was a legal executive with over 20-years of experience where she brought a piercing perspective and wisdom in the area of both buying and selling property along with many other aspects of a busy law office.
In an unusual twist in her career, she went on to own a Mt Maunganui automotive workshop for 8 years where she reimagined the operations and brought distinction to an otherwise ordinary service while making known her dependable and hardworking reputation to the community and beyond. Accompanied by a cunning wit and courageous will, she has a flair for eliminating stress and making the extraordinary happen.
Kris is known to remain calm and confident, keeping it real by establishing trust organically, and her calm ‘say it like it is’ style is refreshing and appreciated by all who value honest, quality advice and clear communicative direction.
Finding the perfect fit for property and people is her joy which has lead her to her passion of selling real estate in the Mt Maunganui, Papamoa and Tauranga areas and her success is the force behind her energy and enthusiasm for the job.
Greer’s professional background lies in developing and managing a number of innovative and successful companies. Her earlier companies were in marketing and promotion, and importing and distribution. More recently she developed and managed a successful strategic HR and organisational performance consultancy, and an innovative residential design and construction company specialising in energy efficiency, sustainability, and thermal performance.
Currently, Greer also has a role with Home Owners and Buyers Association of New Zealand (HOBANZ) as Project Director. Operationally, she provides consultancy services to homeowners who are carrying out remedial works, renovating, or building a new home. She assists home owners to resolve construction and property disputes, gets problematic projects back on track, and guides clients through the process of recovering losses through legal proceedings. Strategically, she is creating an innovative project leadership and facilitation model for HOBANZ that identifies the many common problems that occur during building projects, and puts in place improvement mechanisms to resolve problems and create vastly better building projects for both builders and home owners.
For Greer, governance and strategic management involves understanding industry dynamics, gaps, problems, and aligning vision, purpose, structure, and strategic objectives with industry leadership and the delivery of high quality products and services. Internally, every function of the business needs to have the right people, systems, tools, and training to ensure optimal performance. All levels of management and business culture should fully support people in their roles, and encourage innovative thinking and creativity at every level. While client fulfilment lies at the heart of the company’s vision, systems, and culture, a keen eye is kept on the competition and global market trends, ensuring that an exceptionally high level of value is consistently delivered over the long term.
Greer was educated at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and holds a Degree in Political Science, a Masters Degree in International Relations, and she is a qualified mediator.
Greer’s vision for the tiling industry in New Zealand: “To cause a positive and powerful disruptive force that will lead to the transformation of the tiling industry, enabling it to take a quantum leap forward in professionalism, management, capability, quality, durability, and performance”.
During his early days, Amon trained to recycle NZ’s beautiful native wood into furniture, benchtops, bowls, and much more. However, he always took a strong interest in IT & electronics.
In 2015 Amon started a YouTube channel as a hobby to share his interests with others. Since then, Amon’s YouTube channel has grown to 90k+ subscribers & with 8million+ views across many videos.
He enjoys inspiring people with new concepts to bring out a person’s creative qualities. “I look forward to helping TANZ with video production, technical drawings, photos, website development and more”.
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