• Stanley Construction
  • Stanley Ecobuild
  • Stanley Modular
  • Stanley Interiors
  • Contact us

1879

Albert Einstein was born on 14 March in Germany

1916

Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity was published

1921

Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics

1927

Television invented
Having completed his apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner, Tom Stanley starts business in Matamata as E.T. Stanley, Builder. His first contract is to shift a two-bedroom cottage about 400m using only planks and rollers. Most of his work is design and build housing. He has one employee

1928

Tom purchases property on the corner of Firth St and Peria Road in Matamata – Stanley’s base

1929

Stanley’s first major commercial contract – St Joseph’s Catholic School
Tom partners with Bill Swap to build commercial premises in Morrinsville and Matamata

1934

Monopoly Game invented

1935

Stanley builds the first-ever members stand at Matamata Racing Club

1936

Oil found in Saudi Arabia

1939

Germany invades Poland

1940

Stanley builds new offices for the Matamata Borough Council

1941

Pearl Harbour bombed
Tom and his staff pitch in with defence work at Hopu Hopu and Narrow Neck Military Camps

1942

Nuclear chain reaction achieved

1944

D-Day

1945

At the conclusion of the war, Stanley buys new plant and expands the joinery workshop with an additional 1300m2
Tom and some building mates buy shares in the Henderson Timber Company, because materials are in short supply. At this time, buildings are mostly constructed from native timber – particularly rimu, matai and tawa

1946

First electronic computer
Stanley builds 13 new shops in Matamata, almost doubling the town’s retail space

1950

Stanley builds the first concrete floor houses in the Matamata area. “They will be cold and damp”, said the doubters. Fortunately this was not true

1951

Colour TV introduced
The 1950s were a busy time for Stanley, driven by housing shortages following the war

1953

Structure of DNA found
Albert Einstein dies

1955

Lego invented

1956

The last house with native timber framing is completed. Once trees became more difficult to recover, builders switched to treated pine. The Henderson timber mill is sold

1957

Sputnik launched by Russians

1958

Company registered as Stanley Construction Ltd. Directors are  Tom and Alice Stanley, Don, Colin and Garry Stanley

1960

Stanley expands yet again, adding another office alongside the existing workshop

1962

First major design and build project - Matamata Motors 1962 Ltd - at Arawa Street South. This was the start of a long relationship with A.H. Croad. The company constructs many buildings for him over a number of years, including a number of commercial retail buildings and a gate factory

1963

John F. Kennedy assassinated

1964

Another stand for the Matamata Racing Club. Design and build

1967

First human heart transplant

1968

First contract with Dominion Breweries Ltd to build Waharoa Tavern. Subsequently built DB Mt Maunganui Hotel and taverns at Cambridge and Reporoa

1969

Neil Armstrong walks on the moon
Tom Stanley made an Honorary Member of Waikato Master Builders Association

1970

The late 60s and 70s are a busy time for Stanley. Projects include the Matamata Motor Inn, a supermarket in Arawa Street, Pohlen Hospital, a gate factory and extensive work at the Matamata Club
New Stanley office and hardware shop are completed

1972

Tom Stanley dies
The company structure changes. Colin leaves the company; Don and Garry take over his shares

1978

First IVF birth
Stanley builds the Waharoa coolstores for NZ Dairy Board.

1979

Cell phones invented

1980

Compact disc invented
Stanley sells the Matamata corner site to KFC and relocates to 70 Firth Street, a site still occupied by the company
Three-story government department built in Whakatane
Extensive additions to the Whakapapa Skotel

1985

Kevin Stanley acquires share in the company

1986

Soviet nuclear disaster at Chernobyl

1988

RAL Knoll Ridge and workshop – the first project of many on Mt Ruapehu

1989

Berlin Wall comes down
RAL Iwikau workshop and staff quarters on Ruapehu
New National Bank for Morrinsville

1990

Pohlen Hospital additions, Tokoroa RSA, Transpower microwave sites, Tatua Dairy Co.

1991

Gulf War
The World Wide Web invented
Einstein Ranked one of the most influential persons in history
Upgrades of 23 BNZ branches, Ruru transmission tower for TV3

1994

Nelson Mandela is elected President of South Africa

1996

DOC 10 bridge project in Tongariro National Park - replacement following Cave Creek disaster
Morrinsville Sports Centre, KFC Napier

1997

Britain turns Hong Kong over to China
RAL Ski Shop, United Matamata Sports Club, Ohura Prison redevelopment

1998

Extensions to the Wairakei Resort Hotel
Stanley Construction is awarded the contract for the new maths and science three-storey 4,000m2 block at Tauranga Girls’ College. It was ground-breaking because the Ministry of Education hadn’t built three-story buildings in a long time

1999

Einstein was named “person of the century” by Time magazine

2000

2000 Sydney Olympics
Whangamata  Memorial Hall upgrade, Thames Tuscany Motel, St Peters School auditorium, Waihi Mine Head structure, CHH Kinleith

2001

September 11 hijacking and World Trade Centre tragedy
DOC Structure upgrades, Grand Chateau villas, National Trout Centre, Pohlen Hospital Medical Centre

2002

New Zealand women hold top jobs in Politics, Law, and Business Prime Minister Helen Clark, Attorney-General Margaret Wilson, Chief Justice Sian Elias, Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright and Telecom CEO Theresa Gattung
Major shareholding restructure; Brendan and Craig acquire a 50% interest
Whakapapa Tavern, Grand Chateau lounge upgrade, NZMP – various, Matamata Racing Club stables
Establishment of Modular factory

2003

War in Iraq
Restaurant Brands - Stanley builds or refurbishes KFC, Pizza Hutt and Starbucks sites from Kaitaia to Invercargill
New wing for the Grand Chateau, built to match existing architecture. First five-storey modular project in New Zealand
Whangamata Apartments

2004

Tsunami kills thousands in South East Asia
Projects for Fonterra at Hautapu, Reporoa, Litchfield - ethanol silo, Scuf Redline, Tanker CIP
New premises for Fairview Motors in Matamata
MPDC- hazardous wastes shed
Burwood Road developments

2005

The Kyoto Protocol comes into effect
Ahuriri modular
New 1100 m2 joinery factory for Stanley Joinery
Starbucks- Mt Maunganui, Lower Hut, Queenstown, Nelson
Broadway Motel Matamata, MPDC Mokena Pools- Te Aroha
KFC- New Lynn, Taihape, Mangere
New World – Rototuna.
Fonterra- Reporoa. TeRapa, Waitoa

2006

5c coin dropped from NZ currency circulation
Stretton clothing factory, Morrinsville.
Specialty bakery, Tirau
New World Supermarket, Turangi.
Turoa Ski field café
Wairakei Resort, upgrade 40 luxury units.
KFC, Pakuranga
Pizza Hut - Otara, New Lynn, Napier
Registered Master Builders - Commercial Projects Gold Award & National Gold Reserve Award - Retail & Business Project - New World Matamata
Registered Master Builders - Commercial Projects Gold Award - Tourism & Leisure Project - Chateau Tongariro

2007

US mortgage crisis
Turoa ski field High Noon Express chairlift, Mt Ruapehu
Delegates Wines
Ngata College – modular
CHH Whangarei Mill
Matamata College lecture theatre
Turtle Pool, Turangi
DOC Kauaeranga Valley
Registered Master Builders - Commercial Projects Gold Award - Retail & Business Project - KFC Rototuna
Registered Master Builders - Commercial Projects Gold Reserve Award - Retail & Business Project - New World Hamilton

2008

Sir Edmund Hillary dies
Bell Tea
Hobbs Wharf
New World Heaphy Terrace, Hamilton
Qantas Lounges – refurbishment and upgrade.
Albany High School – modular
Cape Reinga toilet block
TSB Takapuna fitout
Registered Master Builders - Commercial Projects Gold Award - Industrial Utility Project - RAL Turoa High Noon Terminal Buildings, Ohakune

2009

World recession, Swine ‘flu'
KFC Whakatane
Cambridge High School gymnasium
RAL – Whakapapa ski area fire damage
Temporary Knoll Ridge café
New World supermarket, Morrinsville
Aero Apartments – cladding remediation
Pak ‘n’ Save, Rotorua
Registered Master Builders - Commercial Projects Gold Award - Tourism & Leisure Project - Cape Reinga Toilet Block

2010

Christchurch suffers 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake
Forest & Bird Lodge, Mt Ruapehu 
Clytha Court Apartments 
Rockfield Rd Apartments 
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts - Knoll Ridge Cafe
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts - Cat Shed
BNZ Banks Fitout - Te Rapa, Rotorua, The Base Hamilton, Frankton
Registered Master Builders - Commercial Projects Gold Award - Tourism & Leisure - Casita Miro

 2011

Christchurch suffers 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake
Flat pack buildings developed by Stanley Modular
468 modules built for Auckland University Student Accommodation
North Island Burger King Upgrades
BNZ Bank Fitouts
Britomart Retail Luxury Shopping Precinct
Farmlands Paeroa and Matamata
Registered Master Builders - Commercial Projects Waikato Region Gold Award, Gold Reserve Award & National Winner - Tourism & Leisure Project - Knoll Ridge Cafe, Mt Ruapehu
Registered Master Builders - Commercial Projects Gold Reserve Award - Retail & Business Project - New World Morrinsville

 2012

Mount Tongariro in the central North Island erupts, spreading volcanic ash across the area
The first “Stanley” competes in the Olympic games in London
Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust infrastructure works  Blocks Central North island
Pohlen Hospital Matamata
Williamson Ave Grey Lynn
Matatmata Intermediate School
NZ Timber Design Award - Highly Commended -  Timber Innovation in Business for Elam Student Residence Module Production

 2013

New Zealand's population reaches the 4,500,000 mark
Ocean Shores Retirement Village
Seafarers Building Development
Grey Lynn Primary School

 2014

Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George visit New Zealand on an official tour
Housing New Zealand Rightsize
Takapuna Cafes
Juralco Factory
ANZ Waipukurau
ANZ Manukau
Ponsonby Exchange
Tokoroa School refurbishment
ANZ Bethlehem 
Red Awards 2014 - Supreme Winner - The Tonic Room

 2015

Hundreds killed in Paris Terrorist attacks 
NZ Commercial Project Gold Award - Restoration Category - Ocean Shores Retirement Village
Design Curial - Best Designed Cafe in the World - Knoll Ridge
Vison West Triangle Rd Social Housing
Putaruru College Nelson Block
Heartland Bank Takapuna
Hot Body Newmarket
Superette Takapuna 
Housing NZ Rightsize continues
Farquhar House Whangapoua

 2016

Britain Votes to Leave the European Union (BREXIT)
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Whakarewa Ki Tuwharetoa
Ferrari Showroom
Donald Trump Wins the U.S. Presidency
Housing NZ Rightsize Project stage 1e
Kaikoura 7.8 Earthquake
Te Aroha Events Centre
Matthew Stanley competes in Rio Olympics
Multiple fit outs Max Fashion
Pohlen Hospital Palliative care unit
Thames High School - New Wharenui