Posted: 23 March 2016
For almost all applicants, the first point of contact after submitting their application is a phone call from an assessor who has been assigned to review the documents provided and carry out an assessment interview. The LBP assessor network consists of 28 assessors across New Zealand. All assessors have extensive backgrounds in the building and construction sector, with decades of on-the-job experience and technical knowledge under their belt.
In this issue of LBP Knowledge Link, we focus on one of our carpentry assessors Harold (Harry) Taylor. Harry was first appointed as an LBP assessor in 2007 and since then has carried out thousands of assessments. His area of expertise is within Carpentry and Site.
Harry’s experience of being an assessor has been overwhelmingly positive:
'I have greatly enjoyed my time interviewing referees and assessing builders and carpenters. The knowledge and experience that the New Zealand building industry has is outstanding.'
After completing a carpentry apprenticeship, Harry spent time at the Mt Cook village, building for the Government Tourist Hotel Corporation and recently travelled to Nepal to rebuild homes following the devastating April 2015 earthquake there.
'Starting my apprenticeship in the mountains kindled my interest in climbing, and after many years when I was asked for help in the Khunbu Valley in Nepal I responded to the challenge.
'The offer to help rebuilding homes came from my friend John Gully, Managing Director of Everest Treks, who has been travelling to Nepal for 28 years. During this time, John has managed expeditions to the summit of Mt Everest, undertaken conservation and community work, and supported many poor families. There is a great need for help in that area due to the recent earthquakes and the devastating impact on people’s homes there.
'During my stay at the Khunde village I was impressed with the resilience of the Sherpa people and their ability to do building work from dusk till dawn at altitudes higher than the top of Mt Cook.
'My role was to advise and teach the local people on our New Zealand building methods and trade practices, including foundation work, adding steel to bond beams and timber-framed construction.
'The work is currently on hold due to it being the middle of winter there, but we will travel back to Khunbu Valley in late April to complete the project. I would like to invite all of you LBPs that have not been there to come and lend a hand. I can assure you it will be an experience to remember for the rest of your life.'
There are many and varied ways of assisting with disaster relief effort in Nepal. Some of these include donating online, fundraising, or volunteering and sharing your skills as Harry has done.
In addition to his volunteering experience Harry brings a lifetime of building experience and knowledge to the LBP Scheme, including his previous roles as President for the Nelson Registered Master Builders. He was also the regional gold winner of the House of the Year, Builders Own Home category in 2006.