Hello friends,



It’s that time of year when we support men’s health. Movember is a global moustache growing charity event held each November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

Movember sprouted as a moustache growing challenge between two mates in Melbourne 2003, who recruited 30 other mates to partake and discuss their newly acquired facial hair. Men are pretty indifferent about their health compared to females and after a little probing, the power of the Mo as a conversation starter and awareness raiser was realised.

New Zealand was the second country to officially join the hairy movement in 2006. That’s why, when November rolls around, you notice a lot more guys sporting MOs.

Participating men, called Mo Bros, commit their top lip for 30 days to become walking, talking billboards to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Mo Bros supported by Mo Sistas, register online atMOVEMBER.COM.

Thanks to the support of over one million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across 21 countries, Movember is now recognised as one of the world’s leading non-government funders of research and care programs for men’s health issues.

In 2012 there were 1.1 million participants (15,059 in NZ) who raised NZD $176.1 million (NZ $1.6 million in NZ).

Right now, for 2013 we are ranked 8th in the world, ahead of countries like Hong Kong, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany and France, with 12,625 registrants and NZD $465,147 donated so far.

You can view the leaderboard here:

Buy merchandise from here:

See how you can get involved here:

Good luck to everyone involved and if you can, please support this worthwhile event.



Ohlson & Whitelaw has had a busy year working on building, larger construction and renovation projects. So we’re very happy to announce that we have taken on two new carpentry apprentices, Stirling and Reuben.

The guys are registered with BCITO (Building & Construction Industry Training Organisation), who are appointed by Government to set standards and develop qualifications for the building and construction industry in New Zealand. Stirling and Reuben are great assets to the team and are well on their way to becoming qualified carpenters. They’re also learning our right-first-time, quality approach, which is engrained in all of the Ohlson & Whitelaw crew.

If you’re thinking of building or renovating, don’t forget to get in touch with us for some valuable advice before you start. We can save you a lot of time and money and help you consider things that might not be obvious to the untrained eye.


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