Built to Last

Join us on our mission to reduce the mountain of broken appliances in New Zealand.

Our products are breaking too easily.

Far too many appliances are simply not lasting. Built to Last is challenging retailers and manufacturers to make more durable products that stand the test of time instead of ending up in landfills.
Our promise
We are introducing durability to our product testing as part of a significant focus on reliable products. You will get our advice about which appliances last longer, so you can choose brands that make durable and repairable models.
Challenging the industry
We want manufacturers to test and disclose how long their appliances are expected to last. We are challenging manufacturers to make more durable and repairable appliances and to provide spare parts at a reasonable cost. We’ll congratulate good brands, call out bad ones and support those who try to improve.

Meet Bernie

Bernard Bateman is a man on a mission. He and his mates break down appliances, electronics and other tech items, and sell the parts to raise money for charity.

Waste Minimisation Fund

Built to Last is made possible by partial funding from the Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF). Funding was approved by Eugenie Sage, former Associate Minister for the Environment. The funding of $190,000 over three years represents a 22% contribution to the Built to Last project.
The purpose of the Fund is to boost New Zealand’s performance in waste minimisation. The fund invests in infrastructure, services and educational activity throughout New Zealand, and is enabled through the waste disposal levy.
There is considerable scope in New Zealand to reduce waste and increase the recovery of useful resources from waste. Lifting our performance in recovering economic value from waste also provides environmental, social and cultural benefits and reduces the risks of harm from waste. More information can be found on the Ministry for the Environment website.