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Judging has begun  in the  New Zealand House of the Year .

Judging has begun in the New Zealand House of the Year .

Judges seeking New Zealand's top quality builds in this year's Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition were in Whangarei on Monday to judge the local entries in this sector's prestigious event.

The team of industry experts are tasked with finding the best builds in the country, ranging from new homes and show homes to renovations and builder's own homes, and now also multi-units.

A spokesperson says this year judges will be assessing three new categories.

This is a results of the the changing building and construction sector. The added categories are for Volume and Group House builders, and one for multi units such as apartments.

More than 370 homes will be assessed as the judges travel around New Zealand. Regional award winners will be announced at 10 regional events during July and August.

Registered Master Builders Association chief executive David Kelly says, "demand for building in this country is calling for new ways of operating and new types of building."

"House of the Year showcases what is possible by introducing new trends, materials and approaches.

Kelly says the competition which has been running for more than 25 years plays a leading role in ensuring a better built New Zealand.

Judging concludes in June, before the first regional events in Waikato and Mid and South Canterbury on 14 July. The Auckland/ Northland final will be announced at Sky Cty on August 5.

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