Mitre 10 Jack of All Trades

28 year old Timaru builder, James Williamson, last night won the title of New Zealand’s best all round tradie and $100,000 of prizes in the final of the eight part Mitre 10 MEGA Jack of All Trades TV series.

From over 100 entries, two Island heats, and a fiercely fought showdown of New Zealand’s top eight tradies, James went on to win the ultimate bragging rights as New Zealand’s best all round tradie. But it was a tightly contested competition with only three points separating James and second place, Hawkes Bay Builder, Warwick Beckett.

Williamson was a strong contender from the start of the competition, winning the South Island final and then demolishing his opposition, Porirua builder Dave Mclean, in the first Jack of All Trades TV episode, with his win making him the first competitor to qualify for the finals.

When competing in the finals Williamson says he always checked to see how each challenge was weighted. With points awarded for quality and accuracy of workmanship, adherence to safety requirements, speed, organisational skills, creativity and innovation in construction, he says it was often a fine line to get the right balance between speed and quality.

“The whole competition was fun” says Williamson, “I would do it again tomorrow!”

Williamson also commented that as well as giving the public some insight into the diverse range of skills a builder needs, the event gives tradies something to aspire to.

“I’ve got a young guy working for me who has got his sights set on entering in a couple of years” says Williamson, “I reckon that’s great.”

Williamson walks away with $100,000 worth of prize’s including a brand new Mitsubishi Triton Ute, an enormous tool kit from Mitre 10, clothes from Dickies, and a number of other great prize packs.

Mitre 10 MEGA Jack of All Trades chief judge, Kevin Farrell, said Williamson was a worthy winner of the competition. “His talent and professionalism showed in each challenge, and he just kept at it” he said. “It was obvious from the start that James was going to be one to watch”.

With a father who has been building for 40 odd years, Williamson says he was raised with the mentality that if you haven’t got it, give it a go and build it. “Go out there grab it and give it a crack!” he says. He certainly has many projects under his belt, including working with his father on everything from beach buggies, to building their own house, and a 60 foot paddle steamer type boat capable of holding 100 people.

Described by his friends as “A genuine Jack of all Trades”, James has certainly lived up to his reputation.

The Final Scoreboard:

James Williamson – Timaru 929 points
Warwick Beckett – Taradale 926 points
Scott Evans – New Brighton 865 points
Michael Webster – Whitby 854 points

Mitre 10 Mega Jack Of All Trades Saturday 9 June, 5pm

The best Kiwi trades people battle it out for the title of New Zealand’s Best All-Round Tradie in the inaugural ‘Mitre 10 Mega Jack Of All Trades’ competition (today at 5pm on TV ONE).

From more than 100 entries and two tightly contested regional finals, New Zealand’s top eight tradies have been discovered and will compete in a showdown on the ‘Mitre 10 Mega Jack Of All Trades’ series.
The eight finalists will be racing each other and the clock to determine who has the best all-round trade skills in a series of challenges; from carpentry to brick laying, painting to tiling, their physical ability with tools, workmanship and safety, to their organisational efficiency – even their ute handling will be put to the test – in what is set to become the tradie Olympics.

‘Mitre 10 Mega Jack Of All Trades’ is presented by Wayne Bowden, Pio Terei and Jade Collins. The eight finalists include: Michael Webster from Whitby, an electrician by trade; designer Kirsten Drabble from Lower Hutt; bricklayer John ‘Horse’ McLeod from New Plymouth; and builders Warwick Beckett from Taradale; Scott Evans from New Brighton; James Williamson from Timaru; Dave McClean from Porirua; and Daniel Saunders from Rolleston.

The series premieres with a one-hour special, then half-hour episodes screen weekly on Saturdays at 5pm on TV ONE. The action kicks off introducing the finalists who made it through the gruelling qualifiers, then shows the first head-to-head battle between Timaru builder, James Williamson, and Porirua builder, Dave McClean – only one will go through to the final four.

Subsequent episodes will see the following pairs battle for a place in the final four: Michael Webster and John ‘Horse’ McLeod; Kirsten Drabble, the only female finalist and Warwick Beckett; and the competition’s youngest contestant, Scott Evans and Cantabrian builder Daniel Saunders.

Press Release: Spice Communications

Watch NZ’s Top Eight Tradies Battle It Out In The ‘Mitre 10 Mega Jack Of All Trades’ Competition

TV Series Launches With One Hour Special 5pm On Tv One, Saturday 9th June

From over 100 entries and two tightly contested Island finals, New Zealand’s top eight tradies have been discovered, and now their battle for the national title of New Zealand’s best all round tradie is coming to our screens.

The showdown will see New Zealand’s best tradies face a series of challenges from carpentry to brick laying, painting to tiling and ute handling.

The eight finalists will be racing each other and the clock to determine who has the best all round trade skills; from their physical ability on the tools, workmanship and safety, to their organisational efficiency.

Look out for the launch of the Mitre 10 Mega Jack of All Trades sports-style tradie action and its hardware stars as they hit the screen on Saturday 9th June at 5pm for a one-hour special on TV ONE.
Weekly contests between the finalists will be shown on Saturdays at 5.30pm with the overall Mitre 10 MEGA Jack of All Trades being crowned on 28th July.

Forget singing and dancing, this year’s new competition is all about finding the kiwi with the best all round trade skills.

Mitre 10 Jack of all Trades starts on TV One, Saturday May 12th 2007 at 5pm and runs for 8 episodes which will be available for download from the official website. The final will screen at 5pm on Saturday 30th June 2007.

Contestants will take part in a multi skill Trade Challenge consisting of tasks against the clock in; Brickwork, Carpentry, Waterproofing, Painting, Oxy Cutting, Tiling, Demolition, and Work Vehicle Handling.

Qualifying events will be held at MITRE 10 stores in Christchurch and Wellington in March. The best 8 contestants will be in the national final to be staged in Auckland in April, meaning that the show doesn’t appear to have any live component to it.

The winner of the Mitre 10 MEGA Jack of All Trades will be crowned “New Zealand’s Greatest All Round Tradie” and win prizes to the value of over $100,000 including a Mitsubishi Triton Ute.

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Having a hard time finding the perfect plumber? Let television do it for you.

In a new television show, due to air in May, tradesmen throughout New Zealand will compete, Pop Idol-style, in a national Jack of All Trades Competition.

Contestants will be tested on their speed, skill, professionalism, safety, innovation and creativity in pursuit of prizes including a ute, tool kit and workwear wardrobe.

Heats will be held in Christchurch and Wellington in March, with four people from each centre going into the final shed-building challenge.