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Who we are

RUSA are committed to delivering both a great process experience and a quality outcome, and we believe the people maketh the project. Read more about our values and team below.

At RUSA Construction we strive for excellence whether it’s in the finishing or the management of the project…

Our energetic staff will manage your building project from start to finish and treat it as if it were our own. Our site managers manage all onsite dealings with the sub-contractors so you don’t have to.

All the RUSA Construction crew are well presented and well-mannered and we are very proud of our team. Together we offer a high quality service.

RUSA Construction are Platinum Members of the Certified Builders Association, guaranteeing your project will be carried out by qualified craftsmen. As members, we are kept up to date with the very latest information in the building industry. We have contracts in place that will protect both the contractor and the client.

The Certified Builders Association provides a comprehensive building guarantee. We encourage you to visit the Certified Builders Association website to discover the benefits of choosing a certified builder.

At RUSA we pride ourselves on our communication skills. Our clients, and all who work on our projects have direct access to RUSA’s owner Kent Sulzberger.

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Kent

Owner Director

I am where I am because I enjoy working with people, managing projects and seeing the end result. When I’m not bossing it, I love to get out in the hills hunting or tramping with my friends & family. I enjoy spending time with kids – I have one girl & two boys and I work with other people’s teenagers in West Auckland.

At work I’m all about getting things done to a high quality, working with subcontractors and clients, developing systems, solving problems and overcoming challenges. My dream client knows what they want, is relational & willing to pay for good service & workmanship. You’ll inspire me even more if you have great self-awareness and care about others.

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Nick

Project Manager

Working at RUSA means I can be hands-on, creative, keep active, and work on a range of jobs – every project is different. And I like working with clients who know what they want and are happy to pay a little bit more to achieve it. I’m fortunate to work in such a great team where everybody gets on, and we work together to make RUSA the best it can be.

I enjoy watching my kids take part in their activities, and I play football and golf. I’m grateful for my parents’ guidance, and my wife and kids always encourage me to be the best I can be.

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Tom

Foreman

As a foreman, I am the go-to person on-site for our clients, the architect, subcontractors and council. I am the person who figures out the hard stuff, so that the rest of the team can keep charging on. I’m into Grand Designs, (who isn’t?) hunting and fishing, seeing more of the world, reading and playing board games with mates.

I love my job – standing back at the end of the day, seeing the results of my labour, and feeling that I’ve made a tangible difference to the world. Our culture is positive and encouraging, and our team has integrity, drive, and pride in their work. That excitement of getting up and going to your job can be a rare thing these days. And when a client is really enthusiastic about their project – when their renovation, extension or dream home has meaning to them – it brings me far more satisfaction when I can help them achieve their dreams.

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Willie

Foreman

I am where I am because rugby didn’t work out. Growing up, I’ve always been a hands-on person, so a career in building was the obvious choice. Outside of work, I go to church, play sports and train, and watch home and renovation shows (another Grand Designs fan). I love hanging out with my family and wife as they keep me humble and motivated.

I enjoy the challenges of being a foreman, seeing my clients satisfied, and feeling that sense of accomplishment when a job is done. We all come from different backgrounds, but when it comes down to work, the team at RUSA are all striving for excellence. I like working with different types of clients, but especially those who have faith in our processes and systems, and the belief that we are capable of building or renovating the home of their dreams.

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Vinnie

Builder

As a qualified joiner, I decided to go to building so that I could broaden my skills. Building feels like a much bigger game and I learn something new every day. I like soaking in all the knowledge from the experienced guys and working with easy going clients.

I enjoy the work culture at RUSA and the bond that us boys have both in and outside of work. In my spare time, I like to exercise and play sports like touch-rugby and boxing. I love spending time with my family and my parents inspire me to work hard and aim high.

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Monty

Apprentice

Every day in my job is different. Like Tom, I love the feeling of standing back and seeing what we’ve built together. Being an apprentice at RUSA means I get to share in the great team bond and it makes working life easier, more fun, and more productive. I like clients who also have a sense of fun and don’t take themselves too seriously.

My family inspires me. I like spending time with them, and keeping active by playing sports.

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Stevo

Apprentice

I have a good time working at RUSA because I can banter with the boys. Every day there’s good vibes, something new to learn, and we all take pride in our work. I’m a senior apprentice and usually work with Tom. I like clients who trust us and give us space to do what we are good at, who understand the building process and are proud of the work we do.

In my spare time I work on my house, and hang out with family and friends.

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Igor

Apprentice

After five years as a chef, I wanted a big change, to work outside and learn new skills. Building is exactly what I was looking for. As an apprentice builder I get to enjoy the good mood on-site and share the focus of getting a job well done. I like working with clients who are friendly, patient and positive.

I relax by doing Judo and Jiu-Jitsu, surfing, and reading. I admire people who are motivated to help others.

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Jesse

Apprentice

RUSA are a good bunch of guys to work with. I wanted to get into the building trade, and being an apprentice builder I get to do something different every day. My family motivate me to do well.

In my time off I like going to car events.

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Ben

Apprentice

The son of an aircraft engineer, I’ve always had a love of working with my hands. Building for me has been a wonderful opportunity to outwork my natural appreciation for practical work.

In my role I’m constantly learning, I’m involved in creative and practical problem solving, the work environment is always evolving and I get to work with a great team.

Currently the greenest apprentice, I have truly appreciated the great work culture here at RUSA. There’s always plenty of fun to balance diligent work, the senior guys actively encourage teaching and learning and the standard of work is consistently high.

As an ex chef married to an ex chef my spare time often involves cooking and hosting friends and family.

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Simon

Apprentice

I enjoy that building is an active, hands on job and I find the visual progress very rewarding. Every project is different providing plenty of variety and there is always new challenges.

In my spare time you’ll find me out in nature either surfing, hiking or taking photos. When I’m not outside I enjoy music and playing guitar.

I love the positive and encouraging culture at Rusa as well as the great team spirit.

I’m an apprentice who is inspired by excellence, as there is always another skill to learn or technique to perfect. My ideal client is friendly, easy going and excited about their project.

Testimonials

David Mack, Southern Cross Hospital

“I found that the team was professional, polite, efficient and most importantly the finished result is fantastic! The team was on time every day and worked hard to assist us getting the building reopened ahead of schedule.”

Joanna and Neil Cowie

“We engaged Rusa Construction to complete a renovation project at our family home in Murray’s Bay. From the outset Kent’s level of service and engagement was Easy and Straight forward. Kent kept us informed of progress with e-mails all the time and was always available to discuss, provide guidance and implement changes and variations we requested.

The quality of workmanship in our opinion is “craftsman like” resulting in a job completed to a very high standard, not only to our agreed budget, but also on time.

We would have no problem in recommending Rusa Construction to any prospective client and look forward to working with them again on our next project.”

Rod Slater

“I would like to record my absolute satisfaction on a job recently completed for us by Rusa Construction.

We own a beach house at Te Ngaere Bay in the far north of the North Island. Rusa Construction was appointed to re clad the building with redwood weatherboards. The job was carried out at a most difficult time of the year (June/July) with significant rainfall and storm conditions.

In spite of the conditions the job was finished very close to on time and very close to estimate. More importantly the quality of the workmanship was of the highest order.

I would most certainly be very happy to use Rusa Construction again and would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a reliable, honest and skilful company. Kent and his team at Rusa are refreshing people to deal with.”

Wendy Dunning

“Thank you for a great job, Buzz and I are very pleased with the outcome. All the guys in your team who came and worked here were great – they were all so polite and worked hard. I appreciate all your communication in keeping us up to date with what was happening.”