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ABI Piers

Local quake building innovation: how ABI Piers found a way to do their bit for the Christchurch rebuild

Since 2011 the directors of ABI Piers have managed commercial and residential earthquake repairs and rebuilds throughout Christchurch. With more than 40 years’ experience in construction, Chris and Nigel Colenso saw that large commercial buildings had expensive base isolation systems to protect them from earthquake damage, but there was no cost-effective system to protect smaller buildings.

ABI Piers
Theunis Klok, Callaghan Innovation Engineering Technologist.

To fill that gap in the market, they developed three versions of the ABI Piers foundation system to suit most locations. During severe earthquakes, the ABI Piers foundation system protects buildings, occupants and contents, preventing the full force of the quake affecting the house. The support springs flex and re-centre the building while soaking up seismic energy.
Theunis Klok, an Engineering Technologist at Callaghan Innovation, is having the system installed under his home. “I first heard about the ABI Piers system at my workplace when Chris came to show us the technology,” Theunis says.
“It appealed to me because I never want to go through the stress, financial hardship and unnecessary cost [of an earthquake] ever again. ABI Piers will permanently repair the earthquake damaged foundation of my house and ‘future proof’ my biggest investment.
“I believe the ABI Piers system is better than alternative foundations currently on the market and the cost compares really well.”
The system has been tested by BRANZ as compliant with the New Zealand Building Code. If post-earthquake relevelling of the home is required, the piers are easily relevelled and height adjusted back to as new position. Visit

Sunshine Cleaners

Putting the shine in sunshine: Sunshine Cleaners want to make your space yours again

You don’t often think of the qualities of compassion, empathy and confidentiality as being prerequisites for cleaning companies working in houses, offices and retail outlets.

Sunshine Cleaners

But these are essential attributes for the team at Sunshine Cleaners because this company works in the highly specialised fields of forensic cleaning and confidential cleaning of any type.
The term forensic cleaning covers a range of services, from crime scene cleanup, meth decontamination and odour remediation, to blood, bodily fluid and suicide clean-up. “Sometimes forensic cleaning follows traumatic events,” says Sunshine Cleaners founder Thea. “Clients may be very upset in these difficult situations and our approach combines professionalism and integrity with sensitivity, empathy and respect.”
Sunshine Cleaners is a family-owned and operated company and the close-knit team is pedantic about high standards of cleanliness. “We never know what we are going to encounter. No two jobs are ever the same. We might be dealing with a freezer full of rotten food that has been left off for a long time, contaminated ceiling insulation, a methamphetamine decontamination, or we might be cleaning up a rental property.”
Rental property owners Leonie and Peter Austin had just such a job carried out by Sunshine Cleaners. “They did a fantastic job cleaning the house from top to bottom, even getting marks out of a set of curtains we thought we would have to replace due to being so badly stained,” they said.
“A very professional job in a short space of time – we couldn’t be happier.”
Contact Thea on 027 232 3193, email or visit Sunshine Cleaners can clean anything anywhere in the South Island.

Cleaners Warehouse

A clever cleaning collection: RCS Cleaners Warehouse is your one stop shop for residential and commercial cleaning supplies

The new purpose-built warehouse at 12C Symes Road Wigram that showcases RCS Cleaners Warehouse products is a must visit for both residential and commercial customers. This is a family business that manufactures its own chemicals, such as the number one seller Citrus Shower Shock.

Cleaners Warehouse

“We also make Odourgone, Window Cleaner and Transclean – a commercial grade vehicle wash,” RCS Cleaners Warehouse Director Peter Sidey says.
“We have a wide range of products to suit both residential and commercial applications.”
The industrial chemical division is the South Island’s major supplier of chemicals into a wide variety of industries from engine reconditioning to fishing, vehicle workshops and the transport sector, suppling everything from toilet paper to truck wash. The commercial division specialises in the hospitality and education sectors, as well as catering for motels, hotels and day cares. “We are proud to make our own New Zealand made products and continue to expand our range.”
Living out of Christchurch is no hindrance, with online purchasing available for products, including the award-winning range of MYTEE® Microfibre chemical free cleaning cloths and mops, brushes, brooms, mops and buckets, cleansers, window cleaning supplies, vacuums, commercial and domestic vacuum accessories.
Giving back is important to the company, which nurtures future generations through community projects. RCS Cleaners Warehouse supports grassroot sports in Canterbury and provided care packages for North Canterbury farmers during the drought. The friendly staff know the products and can provide guidance and problem-solving capabilities. Visit