PlaceMakers is the trading name of Fletcher Distribution Limited, the retail trading arm of Fletcher Building Limited in New Zealand.

PlaceMakers is New Zealand's leading and largest supplier of building materials and hardware. We're 100% committed to our customers. We employ over 2,100 people and assist over 300,000 customers.

We have 58 stores, from Kaitaia to Invercargill. We sell over 74,000 product lines from concrete to paint and plasterboard. We manufacture frames and trusses from 12 manufacturing plants nationwide.

Partnership is a major theme in our business. Each PlaceMakers store is a joint venture between a local business partner (Joint Venture Partner) and Fletcher Distribution Limited.



The PlaceMakers Joint Venture franchise programme enables highly exceptional individuals to go into business with New Zealand's largest building materials manufacturer and distributor, Fletcher Building. It's a well-established business model, and it requires people with proven business skills.

Think you've got the energy, commitment, ambition and leadership skills to operate a PlaceMakers store? Call us direct - or visit us online to find out!

The current PlaceMakers operating structure developed following the 1988 merger between Fletcher Merchants and Winstone Trading Limited (that included Odlins and Zip Trading).


In 1910 James Fletcher established a joinery factory and began Fletchers long association with the timber industry. Over 70 years, Fletchers became one of the largest timber merchants. In 1958, Fletchers expanded into building materials merchandising by purchasing a number of companies including McCallum and Co Limited, HC Kitchen Limited, Felvins Limited, Ellis and Burnand Limited and several branches of John Burns Limited.

Fletcher Merchants, as it became, introduced the hardware supermarket / one stop shop concept into building materials merchandising in New Zealand and 1981 they adopted a new trading brand - PlaceMakers.



The Winstone name goes back as far as 1864 and over time grew a reputation supplying an extensive range of materials to the building and construction markets. Winstone Trading Limited was formed in 1984 and over five years grew to provide national coverage by purchasing a number of smaller businesses including Odlins and Dudding Brothers.

The merger of Fletcher Merchants Limited and Winstone Trading Limited in 1988 produced the largest and only nationwide building materials chain in New Zealand. 



Bruce McEwen 


Bruce McEwen
General Manager PlaceMakers

Brendon Mills 10


Brendon Mills
General Manager, Human Resources

Blake Bibbie 10


Blake Bibbie
General Manager, Sales & Manufacturing

Ruth Brash


Ruth Brash
General Manager, Merchandise

Gary Woodhouse


Gary Woodhouse
General Manager of Operations & Marketing

Matt Skilton

Matt Skilton
General Manager, Commercial



PlaceMakers National Office provides expert leadership and advice to our branches and employees throughout New Zealand. 

Just over 120 people work in a variety of roles at National Office. 

The roles include: 

  • Business Systems
  • Finance
  • Health & Safety
  • Human Resources
  • Merchandising and Marketing
  • Office Administration
  • Operations
  • Sales

PlaceMakers National Office is located at:

810 Great South Road, Penrose, Auckland City, 1741, New Zealand. 

Private Bag 14942, Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand