He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.
Our number one value as a business is ‘People Matter’, this is the substance behind ‘Enjoy building your home!’. The people we have on our team and the contractors we engage align to this value which results in both our team and our clients feeling valued and respected throughout the build.
Contact us if you want to find out about joining our team.
Murray Long – Director
As director of MLB, Murray’s role is more than simply being the boss or solving problems — but also being the culture-setter. Learning how to handle those responsibilities well doesn’t happen overnight. In Murray’s case it didn’t have to, he began the company in 1996, so you might say the culture has grown around him. It’s the thing Murray is most proud of in MLB — the team culture and their desire to do the best possible work.
At the heart of this culture is the passion to build outstanding houses for clients who appreciate that level of detail. Being part of seeing designs unfold over the months of a build and seeing people’s eyes light up as they walk into a new space, or see some detail that has just been finished, or welcoming a family into their new home is something you can’t describe and what drives Murray to lead this team.
Murray’s dream home is a retreat away from the crowds with his family, one that looks out over the coast. But his favourite house among those built by his company is, no surprise, his own family home. ‘You get to live in what you have created,’ Murray says.
Nick Jones – Foreman
Foreman Nick Jones goes straight to the point when asked what he is most proud of at Murray Long Builders: the team culture, he says (a common response throughout the team, which says a lot). But also team development, says Nick, and team safety. Much of that is because of the excellent work Nick and others have achieved at MLB. If the team is safe, clients get the best possible work.
“Opportunities here are endless,” Nick says.
When asked about his dream alternative career, interestingly Nick says marine biologist — which would seem a far cry from what he is doing. But apparently not so different; because it’s the sustainability aspect that would interest him. And even when it comes to building, sustainability is something that fires Nick’s imagination.
His ultimate inspiration, however, is his partner Sarah (“Don’t tell her,” he says — erm, too late Nick).
Perhaps that’s why his dream holiday is something so simple and yet so cosy as a self-contained van “with no plan”.
Gareth Hansen – Foreman
When Gareth was interviewed for the position as Foreman with Murray Long Builders, it was obvious that being a team was a huge part of the company culture, “It’s one of the reasons I wanted to work for MLB,” Gareth recalls. There is always sense of inspiration and virtue on a build or renovation. “I have the pleasure of working in an awesome unit, from the design to the build, and all the contractors in between. It really is a well-oiled machine, where all the parts are needed to make it work, and at the end of the process, we get to step back and be proud and amazed of the workmanship we have created.”
Originally from Timaru in NZ’s South Canterbury district, Gareth is an avid snow seeker. “I check Mt Dobson most days and get excited when I see a bluebird day after a dumping of fresh snow!” Before Gareth was building, he was teaching skiing and snowboarding in both New Zealand and USA, with fond memories. “Safety Fun Learning was the motto. I find I use it a lot in the building industry.” If Gareth isn’t dreaming about the snow, he is sitting down with his guitar or searching Google Earth to quench his thirst for travelling the world. “I would love to travel every part of the world. There are so many amazing places and cultures that I’d love to explore and experience.”
Allan MacLachlan and Derryl Hayman
“We highly recommend Murray Long and his team.
They took the architect’s plans for extensive changes to our 100 year old villa, made some suggestions for improvements, and went ahead and created a reality that was better than we had hoped for.
We found Murray and his team knowledgeable (particularly given the age and character of our house), always approachable and helpful, and very professional. When the unexpected happened - as does with old homes - his team was quick to identify reasonable solutions and their impacts.
They finished the job on schedule and at a fair price.
We enjoyed what is normally a very stressful experience and would work with them again anytime.”
Stu and Jan — Kingsland
“I have used Murray Long Builders on two occasions initially to build my house in Titirangi and more recently to complete an addition to the property.
On both occasions I found them to be extremely professional and helpful.
The work was of an extremely high standard and all work was completed in a timely and efficient manner.
I found Murray and his team to be very helpful in working through the whole building process and they were readily available to answer any queries I had throughout and after the building.
I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone intending to build or renovate a home.”
Grant and Brenda —Titirangi
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