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About Galbraith Group

Galbraith Plasterers Limited – Established by Barry Galbraith Snr in 1965. Over the next 34 years they plastered thousands of homes and commercial buildings in the top of the South.

Barry Galbraith purchased Galbraith Plasterers Limited from his father in 1999.

Our Story

We are one of the largest plastering companies in the South Island and are the preferred applicator of plastering systems for many major building companies and builders in the Nelson region.

To offer our clients a complete package, 2003 saw the establishment of Galbraith Painting Limited.  The exterior of a house could then be plastered and painted in quick succession.

Galbraith’s opened their brick and blocklaying division in 2004 to give clients a wider range of cladding and fencing options.

During the time that Barry has owned and grown the companies they have trained over 30 apprentices in all disciplines.

In 2006, Barry Galbraith purchased a sandblasting and powdercoating business offering excellent customer service and providing a base for the Galbraith Group which now employs 40+ staff in total.

2014 saw the purchase of Nelson Contracting Limited, a well-established local building company in the region. Acquiring Nelson Contracting placed the Group in a position to provide a full package experience from building to cladding and painting.

Barry Galbraith has built the success of the Galbraith Group on a foundation of personal attention, a “sleeves-rolled-up” attitude and a strong desire to provide excellent client service and complete satisfaction.

Meet the Team

Barry Galbraith - Director

Barry is the first licensed external plasterer in New Zealand. He has 45 years of industry experience, has trained over 30 apprentices and currently has 5 apprentices in training across multiple disciplines.

Barry is the current Chairman of the Building and Construction ITO’s National Advisory Group for Exterior Plastering and has been since 2007.

A former boxer himself, Barry is an avid supporter of Joseph Parker and Team Barry – Kevin Barry’s gym in Las Vegas. The Galbraith Group is the primary sponsor of Nelson Rugby Football Club.


Bruce Calteaux – Manager

Bruce is an experienced carpenter, is a licensed building practitioner and brings more than 30 years of knowledge and expertise in the building industry.

Bruce comes from a background of commercial and residential building in the top of the South Island.

He has extensive experience managing projects both large and small and prides himself on his ability to meet deadlines and customer satisfaction.

It has been a pleasure to work with Barry and his great staff!

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