Ask the Experts

Planning a new build or major renovation?

This is your opportunity to sit down and talk to a range of industry experts and discuss all facets of re-modelling, extending or renovating your home.


The entire Expert Dream Team will be making their skills available free of charge on the Ask the Renovation Experts stand in Hall 2 – every day at the Home Show. They will be offering advice, ideas and direction and will be able to answer all your questions to ensure you have a successful renovation from the get go.


Consultations will be given on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure you bring your plans, ideas and questions along with you to get all the right advice from the experts.

Meet the Renovation Dream Team

Shane Drury leads our Ask the Renovation Experts Team this year and he comes at it from a completely fresh approach.


Shane launched MDG (Macreadie Drury Group) after identifying a need for a new kind of high-end project management in New Zealand. His belief was that to achieve a dream renovation in today’s complicated regulatory marketplace, a dream team was required.


So, with that in mind he built his team, with builder Joel Macreadie for MDG Renovations, Architect Jann Hurley and interior designer, kitchens and bathrooms specialist Nicola Manning from NM Design.


Why the fresh approach?  With direct experience in the construction and development sector, coupled with 17 years with the New Zealand Police including project management, Shane was always going to see things differently.


“My role is, talk the technical and take it to the layman, so that everyone knows what is happening, the implications and the potential costs.


“The shortage of skills and contractors is pushing costs through the roof and we’re constantly grappling with that. The best conversation with the client is the first one, where you ask ‘how much are you prepared to spend to complete this project?’”





1.00pm – Navigating the Renovations Minefield

You can’t know every potential fishhook in your building or renovation project, but Shane Drury of MDG Renovations says that the most important decisions are made at the start. Shane will tell you not only how to plan your project, how to sort the contractors and negotiate the council restrictions, but how to ensure that the inevitable speed bumps, won’t wreck the result and leave you out of pocket.

Joining Shane will be his panel of experts for an open Q&A session: Architect, Jann Hurley; Interior Designer, Nicola Manning and Principal Builder, Joel Macreadie.


View the full Seminar Timetable here



The Dream Team

Shane Drury

MDG Renovations

Shane launched Hue renovations after identifying a need in the renovations market for well managed high-end renovations. With direct experience in the construction and development sector coupled with 17 years policing experience, Shane’s passion is focused on delivering a customer experience that delivers on expectations. Shane’s philosophy is to deliver a ‘dream home’ with a ‘dream team. Staff are specially selected not just for their building ability but their interpersonal skills as well.

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Joel Macreadie

Macreadie Builders

Joel has over 15-year’s experience as a qualified licensed building practitioner. He is meticulous with detail and insists that ‘getting it right is what counts’. Joel has multiple construction teams working in all facets of construction including Renovations, New Residential, Commercial and his pet project of developing Modular homes. Joel prides himself in delivering a guaranteed, highest quality build.

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Jann Hurley

Hurley Architects

Founded by award-winning architect Jann Hurley in 1998, Hurley Architects has grown to be one of the most respected boutique architectural practices in South Auckland.
Prized for their intimate knowledge of the local area, Hurley Architects are well positioned to offer the latest in architectural designs, complete rural solutions and sustainable and environmentally conscious outcomes.

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Nicola Manning

NM Design

Nicola Manning Design is an experienced award-winning interior design practice offering a full range of interior design services, for new builds, renovations, apartments, commercial building and sourcing beautiful interior products. We also specialise in custom designed kitchen, bathroom and cabinetry. The team at NM Design are committed to providing design solutions tailored specifically for each client. We take a "no surprises" approach to our project partnership, with clear communication and efficient implementation processes, to help your project finish on time and on budget.

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