As a collective organisation is to uphold and preserve standards of practice, structured to be a supportive role for the future of stone masonry within New Zealand as a catalogue of licenced information.
We aim to maintain a cohesive and supportive body for the future development of stone masonry as a trade in NZ and strive to promote a targeted database of information.More about NZSMA More about NZSMA
- Promote stone masonry as a recognised trade in New Zealand.
- Offer a guide to best practice.
- Work with the BCITO on a curriculum for training and apprenticeships.
- Work with the government and advocate a LBP.
- Provide advice to architects, engineers and fellow stone masons.
- Work with councils to create acceptable standards and compliance codes for stone masonry work.More about NZSMA More about NZSMA
Who We Are
The core of the association is our committee, comprising of the most qualified and experienced professionals within New Zealand’s stone masonry community. Our common goal is to advocate best practice, share knowledge and create a database of information to improve subsequent training.
We have varying levels of membership which is inclusive to all those actively involved within the stone masonry community and we welcome both national and international members. This allows for a growing community collaborating to support the ethics and principles of our trade and maintain professional standards.More about NZSMA More about NZSMA
Stonemasonry isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson. You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university, or start a business and train your own apprentices. To find out more about how to get qualified.
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Building with stone in NZ
A video about building with stone in NZ
Building with Stone
Stone is the most ancient of all materials used in construction. Structures built from stone calibrate our history and represent strength and longevity. Contemporary uses for stone remain many and eclectic. From architectural features, landscaping to kitchen bench tops and stone floors. The indigenous rock of New Zealand includes volcanic basalt, andesite and granite, the beautiful schist's of Central Otago and the limestone of Oamaru. However the use of stone is incorporated in design. It represents the most fundamental elements of structure.