Southern homes vie for NZ awards

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 05:00 14/11/2013

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Canterbury homes are once again in the running to win House of the Year this weekend.

Twenty finalists from the region are vying for awards across nine categories in Auckland this Saturday at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards.Five of the houses are valued at more than $1 million.

Last year, Christchurch homes netted awards in two categories: New Homes $1m-$2m and MBIE New Homes under $250,000.

Design Construction director Graham Anderson will judge for the seventh year.

The number of finalists from Canterbury was the same as the number of finalists from Auckland, which Anderson said indicated a high standard of entries from the south.

The judging focused on the quality of workmanship, with the majority of points weighted toward workmanship rather than design.

Anderson said the judges looked for ''perfection and degree of difficulty'' in the building.

In evaluating the buildings, judges awarded points based on various sub-categories, which were then tallied.

Anderson said it meant the final rankings were not skewed by judges' particular ''whims''.

A property that was well-designed, well-built and ''exceptionally well-finished'' would do well, he said.

Nationally, 84 finalists are up for awards across 12 categories, including renovations, new buildings, show homes and builders' own homes.

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