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Busy portfolio for Rangiora firm

Busy portfolio for Rangiora firm
Colin O’Neill has more than 40 years’ experience in the building industry.

Long established Rangiora firm Colin O’Neill Builders is continuing to build on its strong track record in the local market as a builder of new homes, alterations, additions and commercial properties.

Recent projects include a new warehouse and office building for Elliott Developments Ltd in Belfast and the refurbishment and fit-out of a former apparel factory in King St, Rangiora into four new tenancies.

“The King Street project is a large commercial building that required new firewalls and other alterations,” Colin says.

“We will move onto the fit-out shortly.”

Another recent commercial project for the company in Rangiora involved extending warehouse facilities for Mediterranean Foods in Newnham St.

We have added another 450sqm warehouse space onto the side of their existing building.”

Colin O’Neill Builders is also a leading new home builder in North Canterbury, with one of its recent standout projects being a beautiful architecturally designed home in Cust that was built on a spectacular sloping section.

Colin has more than 40 years’ experience in the building industry, having started his career in Rangiora with Douglas Lamb Builders in 1972.

He then spent some years working in the building trade in the United Kingdom and Europe, before returning to Rangiora in the 1980s to start his own business.

Busy portfolio for Rangiora firm

Colin O’Neill Builders is highly experienced in commercial fit-outs, with its success across a range of projects proof of its versatility and capability.


Over the years, Colin O’Neill Builders has grown and flourished and today employs a hard working team including: Foreman Richard Witteman, who has been with the firm for more than a decade and is its longest serving employee; he started out as a hammer hand, building sheds, farm buildings and new homes before completing his apprenticeship in Amberley with John Arthur.

Builders Malcolm Collie and Jeff Schroeder both of whom completed their apprenticeships in Rangiora and have considerable experience in the local building trade.

Simon de Roo, a skilled local carpenter who works closely with Richard.

James Davidson, Colin O’Neill’s apprentice builder.

An office staff member is also employed to take care of the firm’s administrative workload.

Specialist subcontractors, used as required for particular projects, share a long history of working with Colin O’Neill Builders, which is a New Zealand Registered Master Builders’ firm.

Colin O’Neill Builders’ success across a range of projects is proof of its versatility and capability.

The team is highly experienced in commercial fit-outs having completed contracts for local banks (ANZ – Rangiora, Hereford St and Sydenham in Christchurch), veterinary centres (Rangiora, Cheviot) and medical centres (Aymes Rd, Church Corner and Innes Rd Orthodontic Clinic).

Its history of major commercial projects includes work for auto clients (Doig Auto Electric, Miles Toyota and Rangiora Mazda), building suppliers (Carters, ITM Rangiora), moteliers (Riverstone Motels, Rangiora) and other high profile clients.

“Demand for our services comes from all over Canterbury, particularly from clients in Christchurch and the Rangiora area.

“It is right across the board.” Colin and his wife Jackie have enjoyed being a part of the local Rangiora community over the years.

Their adult children now have careers of their own, with son James working for Trade Me and daughter Ella working for the Ministry of Defence.


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