Author: Kim Webb


Waipārūrū Hall is the University of Auckland’s largest Student Accommodation offering to school leavers. The brand new student residence completed in January 2020 is to be home to 786 residents across two towers,  tower A comprising 14 levels and tower B comprising 12 Levels.

Generous common area spaces and lounge facilities are provided on every floor Residents also enjoy generous communal facilities including study spaces as well as games and recreation spaces

Waipārūrū is also the first student residence to offer a new catering style with multiple food serving stations offering a variety of food from different cuisines over 2 floors of dining and multiple food offerings.

BFG were selected to provide all bedroom furniture comprising of Bed/ Mattress/ Wardrobe/ desk/ student chair/ bedside tables and pinboards to all 786 rooms – All items were delivered CKD and assembled on site over the course of a 2 month timeframe during construction phase.

Further to the bedroom furniture BFG were also chosen to supply common area and breakout furniture such as couches/ ottomans/ leaners/ dining tables and acoustic panelling.

BFG were exceptionally proud and excited to have worked alongside both The University of Auckland and Dominion Construction to deliver both the bedroom furniture and common area furniture into this mammoth building project during the construction phase to meet the deadlines of Semester 1 student arrival.


University of Auckland, Student Accommodation

Architect: Warren & Mahoney

Project Manager: Dominion Construction

Bedroom Furniture: Beds & Mattress’s, Wardrobes, Bedside Tables

Desk: Custom Matrix Desk, Apex Electric Desk

Table: Dane Table, Luca Leaner, Luca Dining Table,

Pinboard/Whiteboard: Autex Pinboard, Framed Whiteboard

Seating: Etude Swivel Chair, Tivoli Chair, Skala Stool, Tri Ottoman, Davenport Couch, Canvas Bean Bag, Keystone Degustation Task,

Updated as of Thursday 09 April, 2020

Supply to Essential Services

We have been in lock down now for just over two weeks, and congratulations New Zealanders as the number of cases continue to drop, as a nation we are doing the right thing, stay at home!
We thought we would give you an update on our business just in case you are curious. Our amazing administration team are currently working from home, we have a list of projects and tasks we are working on, the lists that we don’t have time to get to during busy times. We are connecting via Microsoft Teams, sharing recipes and a few jokes here and there to keep everyone smiling.
Our factory closed as of the 25th of March as instructed by the Government as we moved from Alert Level 3 to 4, which meant our manufacturing and operational staff are at home with their families and loved ones for the next four weeks.
As business owners we have been navigating our way through the past couple of weeks, its quite surreal to be busy and having a team of 45 staff to leaving the premises and shutting up shop for the next four weeks.
What has been our upmost priority during this time is to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our staff and their families. We have been reluctant to open the doors however as a contracted supplier to several District Health Boards, there have been numerous requests for COVID19 related furniture orders and supported with letters from the District Heath boards for our business to operate as an essential provider.
With the requests from the District Health Boards we thought it would be best to also registar with MPI to verify that we have safe practice measures in place to allow us to operate under current alert level 4, our safety practices we have put in place as a result of COVID19 have been deemed acceptable by MPI.
We are currently closed, however if we do have a request for COVID19 related order, we do have stock on hand and a small team who are able to manufacturer and produce your order. So, are we an essential business? No, but we are an essential service to our contracted essential business customers only and if you have such a requirement, please get in touch.
Thanks again for your support, and please keep in touch with the team throughout the next couple of weeks, it would be great to hear from you.
Take care, from Clifton, Kim and the team at BFG.
Kia Kaha

Update as of Thursday 26 March, 2020


To all our valued customers, family and friends, thank you for your support and kinds words over the past few days. With the Government announcement earlier this week, New Zealanders are now under alert level 4.
To support the Government and the people of New Zealand and like many businesses, BFG is first and foremost a people organisation, so the well-being of our people and our customers is our priority.As of 12pm on the 25th of March 2020 our administration team will be working from home and self-isolating with their families to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Our factory and dispatch are closed.
I would like to acknowledge our factory, delivery and installation team to have over the last couple of days, worked long hours to ensure we could deliver furniture orders related to COVID19 and that offices where set up prior to our closing on the 25th of March.
We recognise this is a difficult and uncertain time for New Zealand, so we are committed to try and maintain as much of our business-as-usual operations as possible, our administration team are available to help in anyway. We are set up working remotely and can discuss any of your requirements either via phone or email.
For further updates on our business and COVID19, follow our blog, we will also be sharing tips on how to work from home.
Please keep in touch, wishing you all the best, be well and keep safe from the Team at BFG.
Kia Kaha


BFG were selected for the proposal for the supply of furniture to NZ post new offices if Parnell. Pricing and quality of product was attractive to NZ Post, we could also meet there delivery time frames


Project Manager: NZ Post

Desks: Apex

Tables: Custom tables

Seating: Liberty and Cinto Chairs

Other: Flo Monitor arms


BFG were awarded the bulk of the furniture package due to our quality of product, manufacturing lead times and our ability to meet project delivery time frames.

Working closely with Jasmax, the best layout and products were selected for the purpose and environment, AUT’s WZ building is the home of School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, spanning 18,000 m2 over 12 stories.


“‘BFG were engaged to supply the bulk furniture package for AUT’s WZ Building. Their pricing and program were both very competitive, communication was excellent, and the install was managed well. The project was largely a success due to having a dedicated single point of contact Kim Webb from tender to final handover. BFG also adapted well to changes and additions made at various stages”

Mike Peters – Hardgrave Project Management.



Architect: Jasmax

Project Manager: Hargraves Project Management

Tables: Dane Leaners, Dane Tables, Trapper Tables, custom booth tables, Side/Laptop tables

Screens: Linear Screens

Seating: Epee Chairs, Industry Stools Chairs


BFG was invited to tender for both the soft seating and joinery packages, and were awarded the bulk of the soft seating package featuring our Media Modular Seating and parts of the joinery package.

One of the blocks containing 12 teaching spaces, is for Nga Puna o Waiorea, the college’s Maori immersion-Rumaki unit. Spanning 2000 square meters, the two new blocks will mean that the total number of teaching spaces at the college will be 81 including 17 existing teaching spaces that are being upgraded and re-purposed. The delivery time frame on this project was tight with our manufacturing and upholstery team producing 120 seating units is just under 5 weeks.


Architect: Jasmax

Project Manager: Western Springs

Tables: Custom Atrium Leaners, Lap top/side tables, Dane Leaners, Custom Booth Tables

Seating: Media Soft Seating, Skala Stools


BFG were selected for the refurbishment of the Grafton Hall Project in Auckland and were tasked with the entire supply and fit out of all furniture, fitting and equipment including the breakout and collaboration study spaces. This included 3 individual buildings on one site that are connected by a central dining Atrium, 320 Individual rooms containing a floor to ceiling build in wardrobe, bed/mattress, desk, student chair, pinboard and dining table.

BFG were able to meet the tight deadline, project commenced in Mid-November 2018 and was completed in January 30th 2019.


Architect: Architectus

Project Manager: PWC

Desks: Matrix Slab, Apex Electric

Storage: Custom Wardrobes and storage

Tables: Solid Trestle Leaners, Dane Tables, Village coffee and side tables

Seating: Custom Tri Seating, Time In Stools, Comet Chairs, Custom high back sofa, Etude Padded Seat on Castor base, Como Two Seaters, Bean Bags

Other: Pinboards, Glass Whiteboards


Out of the three projects BFG were awarded, the Outpatients building was the first off the rank, followed then by the new Acute Services Hospital in Christchurch with Greymouth Hospital.

With its distinctive orange window framing, Christchurch Outpatients provides a striking entrance at the gateway to the Health Precinct.

BFG worked closely with Ministry of Health project mangers and CDHB to provide furniture layouts for all the open plan office areas, spanning 10,500 square metres, the building houses 300 staff and will provide on average 800 appointments per day.

Contract was awarded through a nationwide tender, successful due to the quality of our proposal, experience in the Healthcare sector and our ability to provide the total package.



Project Manager: Ministry of Health

Workstations: Apex Fixed Height

Storage: Metal mobiles, Tambours, Strata Cabinets, lockers

Seating: Davenports, 24/7 Chairs, Sterling, Verve, Kyos Think Chairs, Time In Stools

Tables: Dane Trestle , Flip tables, Criss Cross Coffee tables, Custom Solid wood tables, HPL café tables