22 News – July/August ’16

22 Degrees News – July/August

  • New Faces
  • Awards
  • Whanganui River Adventure
  • Cocktail Party
  • The Wild and Wacky – Mongol Rally

We’ve witnessed extraordinary times since our last blog. Our collective socks were shocked off by BREXIT and the rise of the Donald. Political turmoil has rippled around the globe and closer to home, our housing market continues to boil and bubble… Here it is, only half way through 2016 and ‘change’ appears to be the only constant.         

At 22 Degrees we’ve hired three new engineering cadets and been joined by very experienced electrical engineer, Ahmad Sheikh. His extensive quality assurance and site experience is already proving invaluable.

Several of our projects have received prestigious awards recently.

  • Hopetoun Residences won a New Zealand Property Council Award for best in class (Multi-Unit Residential Property) –– Paul Brown Architects and Tawera Group.
  • The Orange (redevelopment of the Orange Hall in Newton) won the NZIA Auckland branch (Commercial) Architectural Award – Crosson Architects.
  • Tarawera High School, Kawerau  – has been short listed  for a World Architecture Festival Award along with entries from Japan, the UK, Germany and Thailand –- RTA Studio

Social ‘movers and shakers’ Alex and Barbora, came up with a death defying adventure for the annual team building excursion. The Whanganui River beckoned and Team 22 rose to the challenge. Although just between you, me, and the rest of our blog readers, the management team had some trouble staying in their canoe. Yes, Robert and Ryan co-paddled the only canoe to capsize. TWICE! But who’s counting.

Our journey kicked off at Whakahoro, at the famous Blue Duck Lodge before launching our tandem canoes the next morning. Being so late in the season we had the river practically to ourselves. So we drank in that gobsmacking scenery and went all Zen as we experienced the tranquillity and isolation.

Of course our nights weren’t as tranquil – once the snorers cranked up and Nick let rip with some blood curdling shrieks in the dark. Apparently a few local rats/possums mistook his face for a bush highway. We nearly lost Alex on the famous Bridge to Nowhere and considered renaming it the Bridge to Oblivion.

Our guide, Jamie, from Unique Whanganui Journey, was fantastic. Even the food was great! Of course we were so hungry after all that aerobic exertion we’d have eaten our canoes. It was a brilliant adventure which really pushed the envelope and brought us closer together. We witnessed young Stefan set out as a boy and return as a man! We saw paddling worthy of Hamish and Eric. The Wooden Paddle Award went to Nick and Glenn – the most synchronised team and the only one of two teams not turn on their outboard motor.  It will be hard to top next year.


Talking of amazing adventures, a past intern Stefan Nel, has just embarked on the infamous Mongol Rally – 10,000 miles across the mountains, desert and steppes of Europe and Asia. There’s no back up, no support and no set route. There’s only 3 rules:

  1. You can only take a farcically small vehicle
  2. You’re completely on your own
  3. You’ve got to raise £1,000 for a charity

Visit http://www.theadventurists.com/mongol-rally/ to find out more.

Stefan and co-driver Sam, are fund raising for NZ Surf Lifesaving. They’ve bought a beaten up 1L Fiat Panda which can comfortably reach a top speed of 65km, so is perpetually overtaken by Audi, BMW and Mercedes drivers at 140km plus.

22 Degrees are proud sponsors of their madcap adventure. We’d appreciate it if our friends and clients could lend their support too with a $20 (or more) donation via their Give a Little page. https://explore.givealittle.co.nz/search?q=pandamonium

As you read this the “Pandamonium” team have just left Budapest and are off to Romania. Follow their journey on Instagram instagram.com/pandamoniumrally or Facebook facebook.com/pandamoniumrally.  Let’s reward their blood, sweat, tears (and insanity?).


Inspired by all this travel, our intrepid, cosmopolitan, team have come up with an international theme for this year’s cocktail party – Around The World at 22 Degrees.

We’re holding it upstairs in our office later in the year. Look out for your invitation.

We’ve got a great Quiz coming soon – so watch this space.

– 22 Degrees Team