Ryman Community News

Written by Ruthea van Heerden
on June 01, 2021

Congratulations to Matt Hutchinson, Ricky Ciobanu and Andrew Inch for making it through to the finals of the New Zealand Building Industry Awards.

Matt and Ricky are through to the finals of the building Oscars in two categories – Safety Excellence and Innovation – for their Wallpanelskids initiative.IMG_9301 (Large)

Regional Construction Manager Matt Hutchinson 


The Wallpanelskids, invented by Matt, are a safe storage system for sheets of plasterboard.

The skids can’t be overloaded, and mean the boards are stored safely, can’t be damaged and the system prevents overloading on multi-storey projects.

Ricky, Project Manager at Keith Park, has spent countless hours refining and honing the design for manufacture. Their dream is to go into production of the product using recycled plastic – they want Wallpanelskids to take over the world!

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Project Manager Ricky Ciobanu


Andrew Inch, who is 29, is in the finals of the young achiever award. He joined Ryman as a site foreman at Charles Upham in 2016, and is now project manager at Riccarton Park, in charge of delivering a new village safely and on time.

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Project Manager Andrew Inch



About Ryman Healthcare:

Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns and operates 45 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia which are home to more than 13,200 residents and the company employs 6,700 team members.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602 or Communications Advisor Maryvonne Gray on 027 552 0767.

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