9 February

22 News – Feb ’16

2016 is steaming ahead (literally) with temperatures soaring throughout the country. The Christmas break saw the 22 Degrees team spread throughout the globe as far afield as Spain, the UK, Russia, Peru, Egypt and deepest darkest New Plymouth. Now we’re all back on board!

Travel highlights included:

  • Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona “WOW!!!!! Breathtakingly beautiful” – Robert Mannes

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  • Macchu Picchu in Peru “Mysterious, enigmatic, and how the hell did they do it?!” – Alex Davis

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  • Sochi, Russia “First class skiing in the Winter Olympic Capital” – Ruslan Baytemirov

Rus Two

  •  The Middle East “Donkeys… camels… tombs… and four hours of interrogation at the Jordanian border…fun times!” – Nick Donovan

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Back at HQ

A lot has happened at HQ over the last four months. We celebrated our 15th birthday in October, Daniel Wellington joined our Hydraulics team, and we embarked on the implementation of Union Square – a sophisticated new job and document management software. Union Square logo and make it a hyperlink to their website. If everything goes according to plan we go live with ‘phase one’ in April. The team at Union Square has been terrific to deal with and we’re looking forward to having a lot of extra project management tools at our disposal.

Union Square

Construction of several of our major projects were completed by the New Year including “The Orange” apartments, retail and commercial space in Newton,  and Hopetoun Residences in Freemans’ Bay. The ribbon was cut at several schools  including Tawera College; a state of the art new design offering flexible learning spaces and a modern, comfortable learning environment for Kawerau students.

Projects Labeled

2016 looks like being another great year with a lot of exciting new projects kicking off for us and the construction industry still in top gear. Not to mention we won the SEVENS twice, and beat the Aussies in the ODI series  – so far, so good! And a big pat on the back for several team members who participated in the Auckland Marathon in November. All competed and completed without injury!

This Summer we ran a photo competition inviting clients to send photos of themselves sporting a 22 Degrees tee shirt (given or stolen). The extraordinary creativity of participants has provided us with many mirthful moments – thanks to all the wannabe Annie Leibovitz’s. Our winner was George Reed from 1st Maintenance who took his tee shirt to Lapland with him and it doesn’t look like he ever took it off – judging from the many photos in myriad locations. He won a portable barbecue and a packet of Persil.

Here’s a couple of his hilarious efforts:

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Watch out for our latest quiz – coming your way shortly.

Jennifer Austin Mannes

16 September

22 Quiz #7 – Sept ’15

Quiz FLW

Do you know which architect also dabbled in stained glass and produced this work? Email alex@22degrees.co.nz by the 24th of September– All correct answers will go in the draw to win lunch at Mekong Baby (our new favorite place) OR if you’re out of Auckland a voucher for books or movies – your choice!!!

16 September

22 News – Sept ’15

Since our last blog, Christmas has come and gone and that slow January start (when you catch up on all that filing) never eventuated. We’ve recently expanded our teams across all divisions to cope with continued growth and we’re relishing the opportunity to work on even more diverse projects.

We’ve well and truly settled into our new office and the Ponsonby lifestyle (the café next door LOVE us). Check out our new signage.


Since our last blog additions to the team include Jedd Henderson (electrical & mechanical), Kyaw Lin (Senior Electrical Engineer), Stefan Yong (electrical), and two undergraduates.

On the training front – Robert Mannes has been running seismic seminars for IPENZ around the country. Alex is adding to his mechanical and hydraulics expertise by undertaking his Masters in fire engineering at Canterbury University. Several of the team have completed   industry courses on lighting design, data, REVIT and much more. Its important to keep up with the play and to constantly upskill.

All work and no play makes for dull lunch conversation so naturally we’ve squeezed in some cool social activities this year. In April the team went South to gorgeous Nelson and Marlborough for several days of kayaking, tramping, wine tours, bowling, a beer tasting and a terrific visit to the WOW museum and classic car display.

Nelson Combined

Kayaking on a brilliant day in Queen Charlotte Sounds or tramping through beautiful Abel Tasman Park is definitely up there on the “Feels like Heaven” scale.  Of course it wasn’t just tranquillity and slow rhythmic paddling for all of us. Andrew thought a race was a brilliant idea! Seriously disadvantaged by flying solo in his two seater kayak, Nick tried his best to keep up but needed a cuppa and a lie down afterwards.


The team discovered the surprising thrill of flicking a frisbee around a golf course in an evening of Frisbee Golf with New Zealand’s premiere Frizbee Golf Champion, Simon Feazey (who recently competed internationally). Everyone had a blast followed by pizza under the stars. There’s been a few fishing trips but not nearly enough for the snapper lovers among us.

We’ve enjoyed some tasty team lunches and dinners with highlights including lunch at Sails, and a recent dinner at Mekong Baby which left us all waddling home after some major overindulgence. What a seriously delectable and generous set menu! Quiz contestants take note!

It’s our 15th birthday!!!! Our next function for clients and friends is planned for October 16 – put it in your diary and watch this space. Meantime we’ll likely be providing the odd informal breakfast croissant or two in front of the TV screen during the Rugby World (recorded and played at the more palatable 7 AM ) if you happen to drop by.

The latest quiz is quite tricky so if you have the answer email alex@22degrees.co.nz and all correct answers will go in the draw to win lunch at Mekong Baby (our new favourite place) OR if you’re out of Auckland a voucher for books or movies – your choice!!!

Jennifer Austin Mannes

28 October

Quiz #6 Winners!

Congratulations to Robert Hodgkinson from Hawkins and Chris Meikle from Woodhams Meikle Zhan Architects  for answering last months quiz correctly. They are both off to see the last Hobbit film!

The correct answer was Matamata, and the sign said ‘Welcome Hobbiton’.

Watch this space for a new quiz coming soon!


13 October

22 News – October

It’s been GO GO GO since our last blog (too long ago!). We moved into our new office in Crummer Rd; had a rip roaring office warming party; renovated upstairs and leased it out and waged a ‘kill or be killed’ battle between the Mechanical, Electrical and Hydraulics teams (at Megazone). The Hydraulics team were victorious and top scorer was Alex – which we put down to that Aussie killer instinct (and possibly a mis-spent youth). AND we’ve grown again! We hired an additional mechanical engineer – Nick Donovan. All that, while the country re-elected a National government!

Late August, a single yellow (license plate GOODBYEPORKPIE) mini was stationed in front of the office –and set the scene for our “Kiwi Road Trip” theme party to celebrate our move. It was an excellent night complete with home brewed beer – 22 Brew, scrumptious Kiwi fare, a Kiwi Quiz (close fought battle) and an excellent turn out. For anyone worried about its late night disappearance – it was found a little the worse for wear but still driveable in Bluff.

It was great to catch up with so many clients and colleagues and for those unable to make it – we hope to see you soon. For guests wondering about our lovely MC’s condition (due to give birth next week ) – no news yet but it was heartening to see so many willing Dads.


We’re LOVING our new office. There’s lots of space to spread our wings and we’re right next to one of the best cafes in Ponsonby (actually that has its down side).

New Office

Despite several bouts of flu – which were generously spread amongst the crew (no-one got the STAY AT HOME memo) we’ve worked on a record number of projects. The construction industry is enjoying a buoyant period and to help us cope (and thrive) we’ve been working on improved internal efficiencies in the office and we’ve added staff.

In early October, Nick Donovan joined the mechanical team and soon we will take on an engineering cadet to work across all three services. Sara Kilonback joined us in July to take over administration and financial systems. She previously worked with us seven years ago and we’re delighted to have her back. She’s doing a great job – as are all our staff. We’ve also just returned from a ski-ing weekend for some well-earned R and R, as everyone has had their nose to the grindstone and is doing a brilliant job.

Ryan was lucky enough to be invited to a product launch for Mitsubishi Electric in Wellington.  They released their innovative solution to the ever apparent refrigerant volume limit outlined within AS/NZS 1677. It was so riveting in fact, that as the night grew long, alternate transport to Auckland the next day had to be organised. There’s dedication for you!

The latest quiz is a classic Kiwi ‘scratch your head’ one so be sure to give it a shot! Our prize is a voucher for MOVIE TICKETS and popcorn and ice cream to be enjoyed on a rainy day (not that we’ll have any rainy days this Summer of course).

Jennifer Austin Mannes

13 October

22 Quiz #6 – October

Quiz 6Do you know? Email alex@22degrees.co.nz – The first 10 people to answer correctly by Friday October 17th will go in the draw to win a voucher for MOVIE TICKETS and popcorn and ice cream to be enjoyed on a rainy day!

30 June

Quiz #5 Winners!

Congratulations to Matthew Parker from Paul Brown Architects and Graeme Wrack from Brown Day Group  for answering last months quiz correctly.

The correct answer was the the Wedderburn Shed.

Watch this space for a new quiz coming soon!


26 May

22 News – May

New Building

Since our last blog the team have cycled the Otago Rail Trail, we’ve hired two new staff and we’ve bought a building!

22 Degrees moves to 25 Crummer Rd, Ponsonby at the end of May and we’re looking for tenants for the top floor. The upper level is a smart 220m² space with views and parking. It’s handy to cafes, shopping, the CBD and motorway on ramps. To find out more, please contact Jennifer Austin-Mannes jennifer@22degrees.co.nz

We plan on a July 25th official building “house warming” event. Watch out for your invitation.

Our Otago cycling trek was brilliant! Eight of the team headed south to cycle the rail trail starting at Clyde and finishing in Middlemarch. The first two days were glorious and part of the Indian summer we’ve been enjoying. The next two days saw the wind turn south and we cycled in perpetual rain with snow on the hills. The cycling went from relatively flat and easy to 6km climbs through stunning South Island scenery.  Everyone survived and improved from day to day. All would attest that arriving at the night stop was pleasant relief for the wear and tear on the butt. Our longest day was 57km, which was also our wettest and windiest day – in some areas it was quicker to walk than cycle into the southerly.


Various highlights mentioned by the guys: “the scenery” “the physical challenge” “the characters” “team bonding” , the “food”. A couple suggested they might do it in reverse order next time (next time?) and another thought more padding on those bicycle seats would have been a good idea!

One of the highlights was certainly the excellent quality of the food almost everywhere we went – some of the cafes we stopped at for lunch (such as the Courthouse Café in Alexandra) would put most Auckland eateries to shame and the nightly fare was generally really good pub meals of shanks, cod or steaks. Another unique experience was our attempt at the great southern sport – curling!  We split the crew into two teams for a curling session at Naseby and I’m pleased to say the McGregor’s beat the Low-landers by a good margin.

Overall we’d recommend this trip to anyone keen to give it a go! Ryan Thompson organised everything so he has all the contact details if this adventure appeals.

It’s been very busy work-wise, with a number of new projects coming on stream. We’ve welcomed two new members to the team. Barbora Laskova has joined the Hydraulics and Mechanical teams. With a Masters in Engineering (Building Services) and experience in hydraulics design she has a lot to offer us. Originally from the Czech Republic she is now making New Zealand her home. Ruslan Baytemirov has joined the electrical team. He worked in building services in Russia before coming to New Zealand and completed his Masters in electrical engineering at AUT last year. He replaces Francois.

It’s a sad farewell to Francois de Chaumette this week. He leaves us to undertake his big OE and we’d like to thank him for his terrific contribution in helping to establish the electrical division over the last three years. It’s now a thriving division and this is in no small part due to his efforts. Unfortunately we will no longer have a Springbok supporter to hassle after each defeat to the All Blacks – but luckily we have his email so can still send our commiserations.

I look forward to catching up with you in our new office.

Robert Mannes

26 May

22 Quiz #5 – May


Do you know? Email alex@22degrees.co.nz – The first 10 people to answer correctly by Thursday May 29th will go in the draw to win a yummy prize this month! In recognition of our move to Auckland’s busiest café district the prize is lunch at Ponsonby Road Bistro (an award winning establishment) OR if you’re based out of Auckland a bottle of fine Otago Pinot Noir.

21 March

Quiz #4 Winner!

Quiz 4 Winner

Congratulations to Janice Au from Adams De La Mare for answering last months quiz correctly.

The correct answer was Al Khazneh – The Treasury in Petra, Jordan.

Watch this space for a new quiz coming soon!