John Oliver

Building Consultant

Brick Consulting Limited

john oliver 1I have worked in the building industry for over 40 years. In that time I have gained a huge amount of experience and knowledge from both practical hands-on experience and from an excellent theoretical education.

My approach to the building industry has always been pro-active, innovative and professional. I enjoy a wide range of close contacts from all sectors of the building industry including manufacturers, institutes and associations, specifiers, teaching institutions, and territorial authorities.

As a building consultant and industry trainer I bring to the table a wealth of experience, knowledge and commonsense — qualities often difficult to find in an environment that demands excellence.

 Qualifications and experience:

  • Qualified building and health inspector. Member of BOINZ
  • Royal Society Diploma in Health.
  • A New Zealand Certificate in Building
  • Building Board of Trade Certification Pricing & Quantities
  • M.O.W. Certificate in Water Treatment
  • Australian Clay Brick and Paver Inst. Diploma in Paving
  • Ex. Board Member – Certified Builders Assoc. of NZ – 4 years
  • Ex. Board Member – Claddings Institute of NZ – 3 years
  • Ex . Board Member – NZ Masonry Trades Reg. Board – 2 years
  • Standards NZ – Masonry sub-committee
  • Consultant to BRANZ
  • Author of John Oliver’s  BRICK BOOK
  • Chief Technical Consultant to the Penguin NZ Do-It-Yourself Manual
  • Have presented approx. 200 half-day brick industry training seminars throughout New Zealand to the Building Industry.
  • Consulted to EQC for 6 months in Christchurch assessing damage.
  • Technical Manager for Monier Bricks – 12 years
  • Instigated and operated the Monier technical helpline for 10 years
  • Developed virtually all the 2 Storey Brick systems for New Zealand
  • Developed the ‘Steel-less’ lintel system
  • Provided much of the brick detailing currently being used in the industry

Positions held:

  • Architectural designer
  • Health Inspector
  • Building Inspector
  • Technical Officer- NZFP
  • Contracts/Projects Manager
  • Timber Merchant Sales Representative
  • Product Manager – NZFP
  • Technical Manager – Monier Bricks
  • Self-employed Building Consultant since 2005

Some projects and companies I have worked with

  • Fletcher Construction
  • Hawkins
  • Arrow International
  • Good Bros
  • Lawton Construction
  • Jasmax
  • Kay & Keys Architects
  • Andrew Scott Cotton
  • Aurecon Architects
  • Ebert Construction 


  • Ormiston Rd High School
  • Parnell College
  • BLENNZ School
  • Elim Christian School
  • King’s College Design & Technology Block
  • King’s College new  Chapel & Cloisters
  • St Mary’s Convent
  • Sacred Heart College

John Oliver
Building Consultant


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