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ExoTec Facade Panel Provides Design and Construction Flexibility


Perched atop Ponsonby Rise, this 12-storey freehold apartment offers outstanding design, superior location and stunning views. Hopetoun Residences consists of 87 units of apartments of varying sizes and layouts complete with spacious, flowing floor plans.

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Delivering Quality Housing in the Millwater Development with James Hardie


Company: James Hardie

The Millwater development is a new suburb forming 20 minutes north of Auckland city between Silverdale and Orewa, and includes a range of low and medium density housing on undulating farmland with views to bush and sea. Comprised of five communities named after the original farms located at the site, the development will house 10,000 residents.

Horncastle Homes recently released 24 units of its medium density terraced housing development on Parkway, Seaview. Designed by Tim Devine these stunning Cape Cod inspired terraced houses enjoy uninterrupted views overlooking the Millwater mangroves and Orewa river basin.

Using quality, lightweight materials such as James Hardie Stria Cladding and Axon Panel, Horncastle Homes has achieved a unique boat shed look befitting of the location, while maximising site yield by generating a larger floor area within the homes compared to traditional construction methods, such as brick veneer.

The 145-190 sqm two-level homes are either three or four bedrooms, with open plan living, two bathrooms, and double garaging.

“In medium density units such as the Terraces, every centimetre counts,” says Horncastle Homes Operations Manager, Murray Stiven. “James Hardie fibre cement composite products maximise floor space due to their smaller footprint.”

Lightweight, yet robust, the products are resistant to damage from fire, swelling, cracking, and shrinking, providing a low risk, low maintenance solution ideal for medium density applications.

Stiven says the homes are not only designed for efficiency and modern day living, but to be aesthetically pleasing, which is achieved from using quality, versatile materials.

“The James Hardie products provide a complementary cladding system that enabled flexibility with regard to design options and allowed us to achieve an original, high quality finish.”

“We spent a lot of time detailing Stria to achieve the look the product deserves. The wide panel product creates a strong negative detail and gives the homes a solid classic form, while accentuating the height. Meanwhile, the Axon panels complement Stria by adding a touch of grace to the homes.”

Another benefit of the fibre cement products are their ease and speed of installation, says Stiven. Also, “unlike brick veneer, Stria and Axon do not require an extra subtrade and can be installed in poor weather,” he adds.

All 24 units of the terraced homes sold out before completion, highlighting the strong appeal of these high quality homes.


  • Location: Orewa, Auckland
  • Project Size: 145-190sq m two-level homes
  • Project Type: Medium Density Terraced Development
  • Architectural Designer: Bruce Campbell / Tim Devine
  • Project Manager: Murray Stiven, Operations Manager, Horncastle Homes

For further information, call 0800 808 868, email info@jameshardie.co.nz or visit the James Hardie website.



A new centre for innovative learning that reflects local culture, history, and landscape through inspired design and beautiful building products


Company: James Hardie

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Ngati Kahungunu O Te Wairoa (kura) is a Māori-language immersion school located in the remote township of Wairoa on the east coast of the North Island. The kura provides a learning environment that reflects Māori cultural values and aims to revitalise Māori language, knowledge, and culture.

In line with the philosophy and practice of the kura, the existing 1960s school buildings on the site have been replaced with a fresh new centre of modern learning that looks to the future, while maintaining strong links with the past.

The new kura reflects Wairoa’s unique culture, history, and landscape through a design that inspires learning and promotes the fulfilment of potential in Wairoa’s rangatahi (younger generation / youth), and the use of new building materials and technologies.

The Solution

The exterior is clad with James Hardie Stria Cladding, a 14mm thick fibre cement panel fixed vertically, which achieves the modern look envisioned by architects, RTA Studio, and the durability required by the Ministry of Education’s building standards.

RTA Studio considered other building materials, but Stria provided the most cost-effective, practical solution. Durability, buildability, and aesthetics were key drivers to selection.

The wide panel format enabled building efficiencies through fast coverage of the wall, and provided a durable solution down to slab level, in line with the Ministry’s standards. Manufactured from fibre cement composite, the panels are lightweight and easy to handle, as well as delivering heavy-duty performance in terms of durability.

Another advantage of using Stria was the ability to paint the panels any colour. The vertically installed panels are painted in purple, which is the school colour. Green and orange are also used to reference the forest and sunrise, which are significant to the local community. Maori respected the ancient forest for shelter, food and building materials, and the use of timber fins in the overhangs of the building, which provide shaded outdoor teaching spaces, reflect this tradition.

In terms of buildability, Stria is simple and fast to install with its wide panel format and lightweight fibre cement composite which makes it easy to handle. The fibre cement technology also allows it to deliver heavy-duty performance in terms of its durability.

Project Details

  • Location: Wairoa, East Coast, New Zealand
  • Project Type: Educational Buildings – Year 1 to 13 School
  • Architect: RTA Studio (Richard Naish, Ben Dallimore, Moshin Mussa, and Tim Sargisson)
  • Project Manager: RDT Pacific
  • Main Contractor: Stead Construction
  • Client: Ministry of Education

Ask James Hardie | 0800 808 868 | info@jameshardie.co.nz | www.jameshardie.co.nz



BGC Fibre Cement – Innova Range


Company: BGC Fibre Cement

BGC Fibre Cement’s Innova™ range is New Zealand’s only fully BRANZ Appraised suite of fibre cement claddings available on the market today.

The Innova™ Range is made up of:

BGC Fibre Cement is committed to ensuring the Innova Range is fully compliant with the New Zealand Building Code and independently tested to ensure they can be specified with confidence.

The Innova range is backed up by innovative 3d detailed brochures and full architectural details.

All specification details are available on Productspec and also specifications on Smartspec.

All Innova products are backed up with a minimum of a 15 year warranty.

BGC Fibre Cement is a division of BGC (Australia) PTY Ltd which is one of Australasia’s largest privately owned companies.

For further information or to receive a copy of our brochures, please email nz@bgc.com.au or phone 0800 424 234.