It was back in 2009 that we started thinking about building our first home. Bronwyn was pregnant with our youngest child so we wanted to get moving, but didn’t really know where to start.
We looked at some sections and a couple of group builders but at that stage only Cheryl and Rocky at GJ Gardner had a showhome where we could actually see their work. We quickly struck up a great rapport with our GJ’s consultant who went above and beyond our expectations through the build – even to the point of coming to see us at home for meetings while the baby was young.
We’ve worked with Kodesign on three projects over the years – a dairy shed, a house and a shop fit-out
Back in 2008 we converted a drystock farm in Hawera to dairy. It was a big job and we needed to partner with a reliable and experienced building company.
Kodesign took care of all the design, project management and building work for our 50 bale rotary shed. Six years on, we haven’t had to do any modifications or any maintenance – pretty impressive.
We’ve been on this farm from about eight years, working a 40-bale rotary for the last six. But it was taking too long to get the cows through. We milk a lot of cows and we wanted to be in and out in a couple of hours – the new shed has certainly achieved that.
I heard about Kodesign through my neighbour Barney. Didn’t know Rocky, but he had a cool name so thought I’d better ring him. He came right out, and took me to a couple of Kodesign sheds up round the coast and to one of PKW’s big operations.
Kodesign undertook a major renovation of our 1960s house and we now have a fabulous home for our teenage family, with space for everyone. We added 100 sqm, gaining a new master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, a huge double garage, and a bigger kitchen and dining area. The old garage was converted into a games area for the kids.
We had originally bought the place as a five-year home, but when we started to look to move on in 2010 we couldn’t find what we wanted in terms of price or location.
Over the 25 years we’ve expanded our farm from 210 to 600 cows and increased the landholding up to 200 hectares. But we were still milking in the original shed built by my Dad in 1968. It was well and truly time for a new shed on a better position on the farm.
We’ve gone from two herringbone sheds to one fully automated rotary. The efficiency gains have been huge. The farm is easier to operate now the shed is in the right spot for the cow flow. We spend less time milking and the cows will be out feeding quicker. Plus a good shed helps us attract and retain better staff.
Its main business is dairy farming on 20,000 hectares of some of the most productive dairy land in the world. PKW has fourteen dairy farms and seven supporting dry stock farms and is Fonterra's largest Taranaki-based milk supplier.
PKW’s dairy farms have been developed by consolidating smaller farm lots and building state-of-the-art large scale sheds to maximise efficiency. Kodesign has been PKW’s partner in this process, building doing a number of farm projects for them. Shane Miles, PWK’s Dairy Operations Manager, endorses Kodesign’s ability to work with PKW to develop designs that meet the needs of their farm, then build the sheds on time and on budget.
The Final Word from Shane Miles:
We operate some of the largest farms in Taranaki and Kodesign has the experience and track record to get the job done for us.