Our History

History 1938

1938

'Success through Satisfied Customers’ was the vision of Keith Hay when he began his business in 1938 at age 21.

History - 1949

1949

Keith Hay pioneered transportable homes providing quality, affordable housing in both urban and rural New Zealand.

History 1950

1950

Keith Hay began a long parallel career of 42 years in local politics.

History 1950s

1950s

Hay transformed construction in New Zealand by fighting to make building with native pine permissible, replacing expensive imported timbers and relatively scarce native timbers

History 1953

1953

Keith Hay was elected mayor in 1953 of Mount Roskill Borough Council.

History 1962

1962

With the increasing demand for joinery and building supplies, Roskill Timber & Hardware Limited was established to operate the group’s joinery and building supply business.

History 1966

1966

Keith Hay’s community work and business success were rewarded with his appointment as an OBE in 1966.

History 1977

1977

Keith Hay is awarded a CBE.

1990s

Hay retires as chairman of the board of his group of companies, now run by his sons.

History 2006

2006

Keith Hay C.B.E., J.P was posthumously inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame for his contribution to the building industry.

History 2011

2011

Managing Director, David Hay, is awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local body affairs and the community.