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Playhouse Challenge Participants

Irving Builders

Growing up in Fairlie, Lance Irving’s building career started at a young age working on projects with his father. In 2006, after a period of combining travel and building, Lance returned to Christchurch to set up Irving Builders in West Melton.

Lance describes Irving Builders as a company that specialises in challenging projects. “We are passionate about being problem solving builders. All of our homes are high end architectural repairs or new builds. We’re not into mediocrity” Lance says.

“When we saw the idea for the Playhouse Challenge, we knew we wanted to be a part of it. It allows us to rally together as a team and work on something for a good cause,” Lance says.

Irving Builders are working alongside PXA Architects to come up with their design. Both companies are experts in keeping up to speed with trends and are planning a playhouse that is quirky and different.

Pound Road Trading

0029161019With more than 30 years experience in designing and building playhouses for children and their families, Pound Road Trading is excited to be involved in this year's Playhouse Challenge.

Pound Road Trading started after director Phillip Fisher decided to move away from selling playhouses to one retailer and offer them to a wider market.

Inspiration for the company's name was drawn from its location in Yaldhurst, on the corner of Pound Road and Buchanans Road. Phillip says the difference between Pound Road’s playhouses and many other playhouses is the ease with which they can be erected and installed. The Chalet CottageAll Pound Road Trading playhouses come flat packed and can be shipped nationwide.

"All of our playhouses are unique with a lot of attention to detail and children love them. They are great quality, and creative," Phillip says.

Phillip found out about the Playhouse Challenge through a friend and instantly knew he wanted to be a part of it. "It's not only great for us but it's going to a great cause. It's a win-win really". POUND ROAD LOGO2He says he is delighted to know one of Pound Road’s playhouses will be at this year’s Star Home and Leisure Show and can't wait to show everyone the “winning” design.


Fusion Homes

DJI 0031 Cropped-800The Fusion Homes team is delighted to be taking part in the Playhouse Challenge. It’s our way of supporting the Christchurch community by acknowledging and supporting the work of TPA and Birthright.

We love that the playhouse is a symbolic reminder of the shelter and housing needs of Christchurch people, and we want to make our playhouse a shining example of efficiency, innovation and design excellence.

DJI 0051-800Fusion Homes is made up of a passionate team of forward thinking locals, with over 30 years of combined industry experience. We are HUGE on ENERGY EFFICIENCY and have fused together the very best build materials and latest construction technology, so your new home holds its heat or cool air, maintaining a constant temperature for longer.

We have proudly achieved, by partnering with NZ Foam Ltd, the most energy efficient home you can build, which is proven to be truly energy efficient by losing only three degrees of heat every night without extra heating.

Fusion logo 01Standing out by providing a diverse portfolio of new home styles, we accommodate everyone’s tastes. Our client’s needs are important so we offer flexibility when choosing inclusions, and are dedicated to providing the highest service standards.

Fusion Homes are quality Master Builders, Lifemark and Safety Charter certified and provide all aspects of the design, project management and construction for new home and light commercial projects.


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Tenants Protection Association (TPA) Christchurch and Birthright Canterbury are proud to present Canterbury’s first ever ‘Playhouse Challenge’.

The competition will see some of our top architects and building teams compete against each other to build Canterbury’s best playhouse and receive an award for ‘Best Architectural Playhouse’ or the ‘People’s Choice’.

The best five playhouses will be judged by an expert panel and members of the public attending the 2017 Star Home & Leisure Show. The playhouses will be on display at the Show from 30 June until 2 July, where they will also be auctioned.

Proceeds from the auction will be shared between TPA and Birthright Canterbury to support their ongoing work in the community.

Send in Your Expression of Interest

If you wish to be considered as a build/design team for the 2017 Playhouse Challenge , please read the 2017 Construction Guidelines and if you think you are up for the challenge of building Canterbury’s best playhouse, please submit an Expression of Interest by 5pm on 22 December. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Di Harwood of the Tenants Protection Association on (03) 379-2297.

Become a Sponsor

If building playhouses isn’t your forte but you’d like to support Birthright Canterbury and TPA with this exciting event, we’d love you to be one of our sponsors. Read through our Sponsorship Prospectus for more information and give Rhodora Sagles at Birthright Canterbury ((03) 366-9456) or Di Harwood at Tenants Protection Association a call to find out more.

What do TPA and Birthright Canterbury do?

Birthright Canterbury supports single parent families to grow nurtured, inspired, resilient children. Most Birthright families have financial difficulties and many have had major housing issues, particularly since the Canterbury earthquakes. Find out more at

TPA provides a range of services to assist tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities. It also offers practical solutions and support to manage housing and related issues. Find out more at

Thank you to our supporters

TPA and Birthright Canterbury are very grateful to Star Media for the company’s generosity in hosting the Playhouse Challenge at the 2017 Star Home and Leisure Show. The annual event is the most popular home show in the South Island, with more than 20,000 people visiting over a three-day period. The Playhouse Village at the 2017 event will be an interactive space for children and adults alike.

We are also very thankful to Kids Under Cover for sharing what they have learned about running Australia’s popular Cubby House Challenge. In 2016, the Cubby House Challenge raised more than $100,000 for Kids Under Cover, which works to prevent youth homelessness by building studios and providing scholarships for at-risk young people.

Key dates:

22 December 2016: Expressions of Interest close

13 January 2017: Judges announced

30 January 2017: Finalists announced

30 June – 2 July 2017: The Star Home and Leisure Show. Playhouses will be on display; winner of ‘Best Architectural Playhouse' and 'People's Choice' awards announced; auction takes place.


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