Media Release - National Systems Manager for Maltbys 2021
Posted: Friday 21 May 2021 by Gary Townend

New National Systems Manager for Maltbys

Maltbys is pleased to announce our growing commitment to support the business's infrastructure with the appointment of our Associate Director Phil Molineux in the role of National Systems Manager.

Phil Molineux - National Systems Manager 

Phil has become increasing involved in the overall aspects of IT and corporate systems of Maltbys over a number of years. Through Phil's commitment, invaluable knowledge and experience in Maltbys office systems and production software he is now actively charged with the role. He will ensure the business infrastructure, companywide data security and business continuity and recovery plans are safely managed and consider all future requirements to allow Maltbys to maintain its clients data security and services systems are running efficiently and consistently.

Phil joined the business in 2005 from the UK, his expertise covers the full range of quantity surveying services, but specializes in Client Representation, Estimating and Cost Planning, Cost Management services, Development Funding Certification and Embodied Carbon Accounting. Phil's developing IT role within the practice lead to his keen interest in becoming a member of the NZIQS BIM Committee working on technology and innovation within the QS range of services. Phil has particular experience in the field of weathertightness remediation from a number of projects, including acting as expert witness. 

For any further information please contact Phil on 021 234 3916 for any enquiries.

Media Release - Waikato Regional Manager for Maltbys
Posted: Wednesday 15 July 2020 by Gary Townend

New Waikato / Bay of Plenty Regional Office, Hamilton

Maltbys is pleased to announce our expansion with a new office being opened in the Waikato headed up by Cambridge raised by our Associate Director Geoff Hayr

Geoff Hayr - Waikato Regional Manager 

Geoff has been working in the Maltbys Wellington office, but when the opportunity arose to return to his roots of the Waikato, Geoff jumped at the chance to manage the office.

Geoff is looking to grow the Maltbys expertise across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, where he is currently involved with live projects for Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities, the Ministry of Education and seismic upgrades.

Geoff joined the business in 2008, and in addition to his core Quantity Surveying skills in estimating and construction cost control, he specialises in Funders QS and Expert Witness roles where he has appeared in the High and Environment courts.

He is a full Member of the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors and of the New Zealand Society of Construction Law Inc. His various roles in the industry have provided a platform for a set of skills and expertise that greatly enhance his Quantity Surveying skills and offer the sort of ‘helicopter’ view that adds value and delivers

The Hamilton office is situated at Panama Square in Garden Place. Contact Geoff on 07 211 7926 for any enquiries.

Media Release - New Directors for Maltbys 2020
Posted: Monday 15 June 2020 by Gary Townend

New Directors appointed

Gary and Dave are pleased to announce new directors on the board of Maltbys effective April 2020. They welcome Matt Wilton and Phillip McCamish as full directors who bring their own significant expertise to Maltbys. Maltbys have over 90 years in the industry delivering expert construction cost advice and management.

Matt Wilton

Matt Wilton has over 25 years’ experience across a wide range of health, social housing, education, seismic, civic, industrial, infrastructure, office and residential projects. This includes holding project-based roles, senior management positions and during the last 12 years a regional general management position for one of New Zealand largest main contractors.

He has worked as consultant, client and main contractor, both in NZ and the UK, and accordingly has a comprehensive understanding of the broader industry and the various key drivers and suitable procurement, strategic risk management and delivery solutions.

Matt’s focus, passion for teamwork and strong interpersonal skills encourage good disciplines and strong relationships to achieve the best outcomes for clients and their wider teams. Matt is delighted to join Maltbys and will be based in the Wellington Office with fellow Director David Morriss (his first boss more than 25 years ago), Associate Director Bernard Chapman and the Team, delivering consistent high-quality cost management advice and services.

He will also work across New Zealand with Auckland Directors Gary Townsend, Phillip McCamish & Associate Director Phil Molineux and Team, in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty with Regional Manager Geoff Hayr and our Team in Queenstown with a focus on business development.

Matt had completed a National Diploma in Construction and a Bachelor of Construction (majoring in Quantity Surveying).

Phillip McCamish

Phillip McCamish has a wealth of experience and has worked at Maltbys for 15 years. He joined the business after seven years in various roles with one of New Zealand’s leading construction companies.

He is a member of the NZIQS having completed a National Diploma in Quantity Surveying and a Bachelor of Construction at Unitec.

Phillip’s dedication to Maltbys has seen him recently being promoted to Director level from Associate Director.

With a plethora of expertise in the industry, it has seen him complete a vast number of projects in all sectors, many challenging and unique. These have included projects in education, residential, commercial, public buildings, and retirement villages.

Maltbys is delighted to announce Phillip’s promotion and look forward to working with you on the many developments underway and in the planning.


Building activity/volume still rising in 2015
Posted: Thursday 4 June 2015 by Phil Molineux

The market is still getting busy as reported in the latest media release from NZ Statistics

"Building activity growth continues – Media release

4 June 2015

Building activity was worth almost $3.9 billion in the March 2015 quarter, up nearly 10 percent on the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today.

"Overall, the value of both residential and non-residential building work increased," business indicators manager Neil Kelly said. "Residential building work increased mainly in Auckland and Canterbury, but non-residential building work chiefly increased in the South Island."

Lift in residential building activity volume

After removing price changes and seasonal variations, the volume of residential building activity increased 2.6 percent in the March 2015 quarter.

The trend for residential building activity has grown by two-thirds since the low point in the September 2011 quarter. However the current level is 6.7 percent lower than the series peak more than 10 years ago in the June 2004 quarter.

The volume of all building activity rose by 1.0 percent, including a 1.2 percent fall in non-residential work."

House insurance - are you under insured?
Posted: Thursday 2 October 2014 by Gary Townsend

Insurance: Is your home fully covered?

(Report NZHerald by Lane Nichols - see link for full article dated 30/9/14)

"Nearly one in three Kiwi homes could be under-insured, putting thousands of homeowners at financial risk should their single biggest asset be destroyed.

Based on international comparisons, the NZ Bankers' Association says up to 30 per cent of New Zealand homes are likely to lack sufficient cover should they need to be rebuilt after a "catastrophic event".

Industry experts say the figure could be as high as 85 per cent, with many high-spec properties and Auckland character homes facing a potential shortfall of hundreds of thousands of dollars. ..... "

Should you have any queries or require further information on how to obtain a rebuild estimate for insurance purposes please CONTACT US and we will be happy to assist.

NZIQS Press Release 2 October 2014 - Market v. Rebuild Values and variances
Posted: Thursday 2 October 2014 by Phil Molineux

No excuse for varying insurance valuations, say quantity surveyors

(reproduced from NZIQS Press Release 2 October 2014)

The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors says there is no excuse for homeowners to receive property insurance valuations that vary widely.

Registered quantity surveyor and president of the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Julian Mace, says the Institute has adopted a standardised approach to providing property insurance valuations and ensuring they are accurate.

“We developed this in conjunction with the insurance industry specifically to ensure homeowners got accurate data and could rely on the insurance valuations provided by registered quantity surveyors,” he said.

Mr Mace said the variations in many insurance valuations could be attributable to the people providing them not being skilled quantity surveyors whose speciality, training and qualifications are in construction measurement and assessing building costs.

“A valuer is often giving you a market valuation, whereas a quantity surveyor looks at the actual cost of rebuilding and replacing all the external items such as pathways and fences on a property.

“A market valuation and a build cost are two very different things.”

Mr Mace said the difference is even more pronounced when comparing an architecturally designed house with one built by a group housing franchise. He said a second factor in the wildly varying insurance valuations is the allowance made for ‘escalation’.

“That’s a complicated issue which requires a detailed knowledge and understanding of what drives building costs and how those costs might change over the period of the insurance or, more importantly, in the often lengthy period before a rebuild can take place.

“That wait can sometimes be two or so years and building costs will change, sometimes dramatically in that time, as new technologies are implemented or new building materials and standards take effect. “To be safe, homeowners should have their insurance valuation reviewed every year to allow for escalation, and re-done completely if they have renovated.”

Mr Mace said homeowners seeking insurance valuations can have confidence that a registered quantity surveyor who is a member of the New Zealand Institute Quantity Surveyors has a strict code of ethics and quality assurance criteria by which they must abide." [end of release]


Should you have any queries or require further information on how to obtain a rebuild estimate for insurance purposes please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

'Huge differences in insurance valuations' One News
Posted: Monday 18 August 2014 by Maltbys Ltd

One News TV report on home insurance rebuild cost estimates differences

Saturday, 9 August 2014



One News recently reported that:-

"a comparison between house insurance valuations has produced 'shocking' results, according to Consumer New Zealand.

Two-thirds of people stick with valuations given by insurance companies but Consumer NZ's CEO Suzanne Chetwin says this puts homeowners "in danger of seriously undervaluing (their) property"."

Default sums offered by the insurance companies are not based on full estimates that are now recommended be completed by registered Quantity Surveyors and the significant differences could leave a homeowner seriously out of pocket should an event arise.

For more info from this media release see



NZIQS new insurance rebuild cost estimates form for home owners
Posted: Monday 18 November 2013 by Maltbys Ltd

NZIQS Media release on home insurance rebuild cost estimates by Quantity Surveyors

Tuesday, 27 August 2013, 10:57 am



The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors has launched a residential reinstatement estimate form in response to high demand from homeowners seeking accurate rebuild costs by construction cost specialists in the face of new house insurance policies. Homeowners are now required to provide reinstatement cost estimates on their residential dwellings for the new capped-sum house insurance replacement policies the maximum the insurer will pay if the home needs to be repaired or rebuilt.

For more info from this media release see

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