Jenkin Tru-Pine is the new face at Gladstone Primary School in Auckland's Mt Albert.

AUCKLAND – Builder Bob van Der Heide used Jenkin Tru-Pine weatherboard to replace aging fibrolite on the face and sides of three classrooms.

A beautiful house in a beautiful location. That’s our favourite timber building for this issue – a new house in Maraetai on the coast south of Auckland. It sits in a prime location, a stone’s throw from the waters of the Hauraki Gulf.

Designed by Lawrence Roy of LRAD Ltd and built by Paul Dixon of P & L Building Developments Ltd using Jenkin Tru-Pine for cladding, the timber elements are highlighted by blockwork details.

New Zealand has a heritage of fine wooden buildings, ranging from the Treaty House at Waitangi, to the Old Government Buildings in Wellington (completed in 1876 and said to be the second largest wooden building in the world) to the elegant old wooden palaces of Fendalton, Heretaunga and Remuera. Then there are the more recent buildings that have shown how timber tradition can support contemporary architectural style and innovation.