Our History

Keith Hay


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

History - 1949


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

History 1950


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

History 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


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

History 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


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

History 1977


Keith Hay is awarded a CBE.

Hay retires


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

History 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


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



This year Keith Hay Homes turns 85 years old with David Hay, Managing Director and his son Matthew Hay now General Manager. Built on a solid past, Keith Hay Homes continues to shape the future of the building industry.