Business South Dec / Jan 2022

16 | REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Whāriki Business Network: New Era Glazing The right drive to succeed A high-end residential project in Queenstown that saw the team install two glass units – each weighing 600kgs – in a matter of hours. New Era Glazing director Maaka Rangihuna believes that anyone has the ability to succeed – it’s just a matter of having the right drive and determination. His company is a case in point. New Era Glazing has become the go-to company nationally for tricky jobs that others can’t complete and specialises in thinking outside the square to find solutions for clients. In fact Maaka says he doesn’t look for ‘problems’ but rather seeks innovative ways of completing challenging projects. A recent example was a high end residential project in Queenstown that saw the team install two glass units – each weighing 600kgs – in a matter of hours when three other companies had previously deemed the job too hard. For New Era Glazing it’s all in a day’s work. The company has its beginnings a decade ago and has grown in size considerably since the Christchurch earthquakes to meet demand. It now employs a team of 14 who work all around New Zealand. One of the company’s points of difference is that Maaka gained experience in a factory environment learning all about glass, double-glazing and the furnacing procedure before starting New Era Glazing. “I was fortunate to work alongside contractors with many years experience and their training, coupled with my inquisitive nature to problem solving, has helped me identify solutions to installations otherwise deemed impossible,” he says. “As my experience developed I became inspired to expand and pass on my knowledge to allow bigger and more complex challenges to become the New Era Glazing difference.” Karen Phelps The company focuses on all types of residential and commercial glazing, aluminium and steel framing projects from new build projects to retrofitting. Maaka says that the company’s team of glazing and framing specialists are highly experienced in all facets of glass and frame installations and take pride in delivering a fast turnaround on all jobs. The company’s expertise and long experience in the glazing industry makes advice a key part of the reason customers choose to work with New Era Glazing. Maaka says offering one point of contact for the client makes things easy. “Our team appreciates that great windows should be aesthetically pleasing and 100% functional. We can install a diverse selection of windows in homes and businesses using modern technology and time honoured techniques,” explains Maaka. All New Era Glazing staff is personally trained by Maaka meaning that the expertise he has is passed on. Maaka says this ensures a high level of workmanship for his clients. His background in the army means that he believes in creating a true team atmosphere, striving for excellence at all times and helping his staff to become successful in their own right. As part of Whāriki Māori business network, Maaka says he has found this useful for taking his business forward and continuing to deliver the best possible outcome for his customers. “Whatever we do we aim to do the best job we possibly can for our customers, striving for every higher level of excellence all the time. It’s the New Era Glazing way and the reason we have been so successful.” Vistalite Canterbury are proud key partners to New Era Glazing Proud to be working with the New Era Team Ph: 03 381 8016 | Aluminium Joinery Solutions for Commercial, Architectural & Residential Projects. LEADING WITH 47 Mersey Street, Invercargill | 0800 4 fairview THWAITES ALUMINIUM Fairview windows & doors, offer quality products that are made for New Zealand homes. Since 1987.