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Giving Back to the Community: D.J. Hewitt Builders Ltd

Award-winning local company, D.J. Hewitt Builders Ltd, is leading the way when it comes to giving back to the community it’s been a part of for nearly 25 years.




Founder Daryl Hewitt is passionate about making a positive difference in Canterbury, supporting local initiatives, projects and our young people striving for sporting success. When he’s not overseeing one of the region’s leading building companies and its 20 plus crew, he can be found working hard behind the scenes to help people and organisations achieve their goals.

A recent project has been helping with fundraising for the Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade, which has seen the brigade successfully purchase a new 4WD truck. The list of ongoing sponsorship also continues, with the team noting a long association with New Zealand KartSport Champion Matt Hamilton and his wife Tiffany Chittenden.

Daryl has also supported Tom Alexander, who also came through go-karting and is now racing super utes in Australia, and sponsored James Munro in the Toyota Racing Series. He has also been a main sponsor for the Ferrymead Bays Football Club since 2013, supported Albion Softball, and has sponsored Coast to Coast cyclists. “We like to be involved with people who strive to win and need help,” Daryl explains. “It’s so tough to get ahead and get sponsorship, and I really enjoy watching them grow and giving back to the community; it makes people feel better.”




Following the Christchurch earthquakes, Daryl took on another project close to his heart, to bring a little joy back to the local community he loves so much. By teaming up with Christchurch artist Tony Cribb, known for his iconic Tin Man images, they set about creating signs and posters that covered up the shipping containers lining Peacocks Gallop and at Redcliffs School.“Over the quake period, the kids got the biggest kick out of seeing the Tin Man work, it was huge. I did that to help people’s emotional state after the quake.”

Daryl says as the community starts to get back to normality, they’re as busy as ever, but always looking towards the next job. “As a company, we’re a family. All the sub-trades get together a lot for meetings as a huge group to look at things coming up. We have about 20 on the team and one guy has been with us 24 years.”And, of course, there’s plenty more sponsorship and community-focused plans in the pipeline, so watch this space!


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Behind the office door: D J Hewitt Builders

Daryl Hewitt, owner of D J Hewitt Builders, has personally seen to it that building a house with his company is an all-inclusive experience.


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Daryl’s handpicked team are there for clients for every step, “from site selection to moving in with your toothbrush,” Daryl says. “We understand creating homes is about needs and wishes, and we are all about solutions rather than problems.” Backing the top team on site is the cracker team in the office. Craig is Project Manager, while Noel, a qualified technical builder, is the pricing expert and Daryl’s wingman for 19 years. Janet manages all accounts and with four years at D J Hewitt, is able to anticipate requests before they are made. She also makes sure the subtrades and bills get paid on time.

Janelle makes everything happen: passing information, timelines and weekly site photos between the office, building team, trades and clients. The office team is rounded out by Tara, Daryl’s wife, and interior design and fitout guru. Tara assists clients to choose tiles, appliances, plumbing and other fittings and the interior and exterior colour scheme, ensuring all fit within the budget.


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Daryl says there is a happy environment in the office. It’s a genuine team effort that centres around communication, openness and transparency. The company as a whole like a family and staff turnover is rare: builder Kevin has been on site for Daryl for 23 years. The whole team is very loyal and passionate about work and they get together outside of work too, with the likes of the D J Hewitt basketball team and golf days.

Working with clients right from the beginning, the D J Hewitt team help with site selection and choosing a designer, or will work with the designer you have already chosen. Every part of the process is managed, complete with pricing and monitoring your budget. “Striving to work to budget can be the most stressful part of a build, but I ensure the build fits the budget and the wishlist,” Daryl says.


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“In fact, they call me the budget police,” he adds. “I keep the design on track but will build it to the client’s budget. It’s not about cutting corners; it’s about adding value, doing things in a clever way. A single line on paper can be the difference between $60k or $100k.”

Daryl, Noel and Tara meet with clients and designers often. Behind the scenes they meet the engineer, geotech engineers, and surveyors to ensure those elements stay on budget. Janet ensures all quoting and invoicing is explanatory and transparent, and she also provides forecasting of the expenses ahead.


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The loyal team of subtrades have worked with Daryl for 20 plus years and work closely with Noel and Daryl to ensure the best value, and the right product, priced correctly. “It’s not a job; we’re passionate about creating homes and delivering dreams – whether it’s a deck or a multi-million dollar hill build.”


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