Playhouse Challenge


Tenants Protection Association (TPA) Christchurch and Birthright Canterbury are proud to present Canterbury’s first ever ‘Playhouse Challenge.’

The competition will see some of our top architects and building teams compete against each other to build Canterbury’s best playhouse and receive an award for ‘Best Architectural Playhouse’ or the ‘People’s Choice’.

The best five playhouses will be judged by an expert panel and members of the public attending the 2017 Star Home & Leisure Show. The playhouses will be on display at the Show from 30 June until 2 July, where they will also be auctioned.

Proceeds from the auction will be shared between TPA and Birthright Canterbury to support their ongoing work in the community.


Playhouse Auction

TPA would like to thank everyone involved in the Playhouse Challenge and advise that two of the playhouses are for auction on TradeMe. All proceeds from the sale of these playhouses will be shared between TPA and Birthright Canterbury.

People's Choice Award Playhouse Challenge 2017

Pound Road Trading's playhouse features a classic lasting design with a two sided veranda and gabled roof. The L shape gives a unique point of difference from most playhouses.

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Winner of the Children's Choice Playhouse Challenge 2017

Irving Builders and architects PXA worked together to create a playhouse that was simple to build, but still quirky and bold, with strong colours and interesting shapes.

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We have announced the finalists for the Playhouse Challenge.
Keep an eye out to see who will win Playhouse Challenge Champion!


Irving Builders & PXA Playhouse

Irving Builders & PXA Architects

Irving Builders as a company that specialises in challenging projects.

“When we saw the idea for the Playhouse Challenge, we knew we wanted to be a part of it. It allows us to rally together as a team and work on something for a good cause,” Lance says.

Futuristic Playhouse

Irving Builders PXA Architects hve designed a playhouse that features angled walls and a central pipe with holes that can be used for climbing.

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fusion homes and scratch architecture playhouse

Fusion Homes & Scratch Architecture

The Fusion Homes team is delighted to be taking part in the Playhouse Challenge. It’s our way of supporting the Christchurch community by acknowledging and supporting the work of TPA and Birthright.

We love that the playhouse is a symbolic reminder of the shelter and housing needs of Christchurch people, and we want to make our playhouse a shining example of efficiency, innovation and design excellence.

Quirky Plahouse

Fusion Homes & Scratch Architecture's entry builds on solid construction, foam insulation for warmth and vibrant colours.

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Become a Sponsor

If building playhouses isn’t your forte but you’d like to support Birthright Canterbury and TPA with this exciting event, we’d love you to be one of our sponsors. Read through our Sponsorship Prospectus for more information and give Rhodora Sagles at Birthright Canterbury (03 366-9456) or Di Harwood (03 379-2297) at Tenants Protection Association a call to find out more.


What do TPA and Birthright Canterbury do?

Birthright Canterbury supports single parent families to grow nurtured, inspired, resilient children. Most Birthright families have financial difficulties and many have had major housing issues, particularly since the Canterbury earthquakes. Find out more at

TPA provides a range of services to assist tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities. It also offers practical solutions and support to manage housing and related issues. Find out more at

Thank you to our supporters

TPA and Birthright Canterbury are very grateful to Star Media for the company’s generosity in hosting the Playhouse Challenge at the 2017 Star Home and Leisure Show. The annual event is the most popular home show in the South Island, with more than 20,000 people visiting over a three-day period. The Playhouse Village at the 2017 event will be an interactive space for children and adults alike.

We are also very thankful to Kids Under Cover for sharing what they have learnt about running Australia’s popular Cubby House Challenge. In 2016, the Cubby House Challenge raised more than $100,000 for Kids Under Cover, which works to prevent youth homelessness by building studios and providing scholarships for at-risk young people.

Key dates

20th February 2017: Expressions of Interest close

Concept Plans 26th February 2017
March 2017: Judges announced
March 2017: Finalists announced
30 June – 2 July 2017: The Star Home and Leisure Show. Playhouses will be on display; winner of ‘Best Architectural Playhouse' and 'People's Choice' awards announced; auction takes place.


The Playhouse Challenge - Sponsorship Proposal.pdf1.3 MB
Final Expression of Interest (1)Feb 2017.pdf558.87 KB
Final Construction Guidelines Amended Feb (1).pdf1004.57 KB

Contact Details

Tenants Protection Association (ChCh) Inc
Te Tōpū Tiaki-ā-Kainoho
Room 3, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
Ph.(03) 379-2297

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