About Us

“Don’t just think outside the box. Re-think the box”.

- Stephen C Hogan

Welcome to the world of ARIDON® . The mission of our company is to raise the bar on building standards in New Zealand and enable every one of us to live and work in a building that is warm, dry, healthy and which has minimal impact on the environment.

WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT?

Our team is made up of a wide cross section of skills – a mix of engineers, draughtsman and builders combined with product developers, project managers and even a chemist – the result is a pretty unique team with decades of solid, boots-on-the-ground experience in construction and design.

We know the pitfalls of conventional building practices and why buildings fail - but more importantly, we figured out how to stop this happening. 

No – we are not a multinational corporation. We are a nationwide kiwi company that deliver on our promises. Our products are produced by the largest polystyrene manufacturer in New Zealand, with a panel made every 90 seconds. We are a nimble bunch who believe that delivering on time, in full and with no nasty surprises is what you want – so we stand behind that.

WHO ARE THE COMPANY FOUNDERS?

STEPHEN PINKNEY (B.E (Civil), MIPENZ, CPEng)

MANAGING DIRECTOR (AKA – THE SMARTS BEHIND THE SMART WALL)

Steve has 25+ years’ experience as a Consulting Structural Engineer in both the residential and commercial space. Steve strongly believed that there had to be a better way to stop buildings leaking, improve the energy efficiency – whilst not compromising the structural integrity of the build. After two years of full time development, extensive testing with BRANZ and months of on-site construction , he produced a unique patented building system, that has revolutionised the way we build.
Steve is not only the Managing Director of the ARIDON® business, but also keeps his hand in his Consulting Engineering practice to ensure he remains abreast of building design and current industry practice.

CHRISTINA GOMES (MPhil (Product Development), BSC, Dip Mktg)

Christina GomesSALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR

Christina has 20+ years work experience for Fonterra, Merck Sharp & Dohme and other science driven global corporations. Christina’s core strength lies in the product development and project management space – knowing how to take a concept from idea to launch, she is our “make it happen” girl. Christina brings a wealth of knowledge and best practice to our team – ensuring all projects from new product development to a multi residential construction project happens on time, in spec and on budget.

WHO SITS BEHIND THE FOUNDERS?

Every good business requires good governance - we thought it was even more important when you play in an industry steeped in traditional practice and go up against the big boys. So we brought on the big guns to ensure we can stand behind our products and deliver not just tomorrow but in 10 years to come.

Meet our Chairman of the Board & Director – Graham Shaw

Graham is also a Director of Xero, Gentrack, Pushpay and other notable NZ public, private and not-for-profit companies.

An accountant by training he commenced his career with KPMG leading to a number of corporate finance roles within Works Corporation before being appointed CEO of Works Infrastructure following its sale by the New Zealand Government to Downer. Graham has also spent a period as CEO of national law firm Kensington Swan. Graham brings a wealth of experience and governance to the team.

 

 

The Investors – Making ARIDON® a stronger nationwide company

A couple of the major players may be familiar to you.

Sharon (Weaver) Bryant is a venture partner at Movac and one of the early TRADE ME investors. Sharon has extensive experience in IT and a solid grounding in successfully moving a start-up business from idea to household name. We are lucky to have attracted Sharon into our business in 2013.

Larry Ellison is most renowned for his business Rural Fuel, which he started from ground zero and built to a nationwide business which BP purchased in 2013. Larry loves a challenge and subsequently has built up a number of innovative businesses that are game changes to the agricultural, fuel and food sectors. Larry & Jane Ellison joined the ARIDON team in 2014.

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