Company History

1977        Joblin Holdings formed by Managing Director Chris Joblin. Although from a Hawkes bay hill country farming background, an interest in motorsport and things mechanical saw the eventual establishment in Northern HB of a major regional service station, new motor vehicle dealership, ATV and power equipment franchises, independent vehicle testing station and agricultural contracting business. These businesses were built and operated on the same founding principles of Quality, Integrity, and Value that remain at our forefront today after more than forty years in service-oriented businesses.

2007  After 30 years, the desire for new challenges lead to a new business direction. This coincided with the identification of the space in the retail consumer market for a quality solid timber household furniture product at an affordable price. This would not be furniture produced from pine, chipboard, MDF or an unsustainably harvested tropical timber but from a recognised, sustainably grown hardwood. And at a price to be competitive with so much of today’s “disposable” furniture. Extensive research led to the formation of Auckland based BespOak Furniture, for more than ten years NZ’s sole dedicated importer & retailer of household furniture crafted from sustainable plantation grown European and North American White Oak.

2017     Along with three (soon becoming four..!) family generations relocated from Auckland and Hawkes Bay, we moved business operations to the Bay of Plenty for improved logistics and lifestyle opportunities.  A showroom was opened in the newly developed Furniture Lane precinct at Owens Place, Mount Maunganui with a warehouse adjacent to the nearby Baypark Stadium.

2018     Further research and growing consumer interest led us to develop a suite of modular oak kitchen cabinetry based on the same structural principles as our furniture. Again, and like so many other kiwis, we had become frustrated at the virtually universal acceptance of, and resignation to highly-priced kitchen cabinets built solely from particle board (chipboard) and MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard). This engineered material is manufactured essentially by compressing wood waste and resin into sheets, is cheap to manufacture and has some great applications. However, its inability to securely hold screws and propensity to soak up water like a sponge means that the product is neither best suited to joinery applications nor to use in wet areas like kitchens. 

2019    In late 2019 after outgrowing our Baypark facility we relocated our warehouse and joinery operations to a new, larger facility in Tauriko, Tauranga.  

2021    In January 2021 we closed our Bayfair showroom, relocating the showroom and our expanded design and administrative team to the Tauriko facility also.   Given the growth of our kitchen business, we have now scaled our furniture options back for the foreseeable future. This is enabling a better focus on the ongoing growth and development of our Kitchen design and supply operations.