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RF Pitcher & Son
14 Railway Road
PO Box 722
Palmerston North

Ph (06) 357 9162
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About Us

Manawatu Painters
With a wide range of products and solutions at our fingertips, we can complete any project you require, from the smallest inside paint & paper job to large-scale commercial construction. In addition to paint & papering, we also do sprayed lacquer finishes for kitchens and furniture, and we can install plaster exterior wall systems for residential or commercial constructions.

RF Pitcher & Son is a family business with a long history of quality workmanship. Founder Ray Pitcher moved from Palmerston North to Napier to find work in the aftermath of the devastating Hawke's Bay earthquake in 1931, and established a painting company there in 1935. Due to his organisational skills, he ran the business successfully throughout the Hawke's Bay, Wairoa & Gisborne areas.

Ray was advised to give up painting due to lead poisoning in 1940, so along with his family he returned to Palmerston North to take up farming in the Roberts Line area. During the War he organised many local farmers into a type of co-operative for milk delivery and hay making etc. But ill health caused by overwork again impeded Ray's work, so in 1945 he moved into town and took up painting again.

Ray's son Murray joined the business in 1948, along with Brian Stout, and over the years following the three built the business into one of the biggest and best painting companies in Palmerston North. From the late 1960s through 80s, many major contracts were completed such as the Palmerston North Hospital, Massey University, State Insurance, Glaxo and Sun Alliance buildings.

During this period of rapid expansion, however, the residential market still remained priority in the company's progress. Many of our existing clients have had their houses painted two or three times by RF Pitcher & Son, spanning a period of 20-25 years. With Mark Pitcher, Ray's grandson, joining the family company in 1975, we have now seen three generations of Pitchers driving the decorating industry in Palmerston North and surrounding districts.

New developments were in store, and in 1989 a unique part of our current business was established. A spray booth was designed and put to work in one of our premises for the purpose of applying Two pack Lacquer to kitchens & furnishings. It wasn't long before different kinds of furniture were being sent to the company to create this look. We currently have two full-time staff working solely in this area, and 10-12 other painters and decorators.

RF Pitcher & Son Ltd. has helped Palmerston North families care for their homes for generations. We appreciate the customers that we have had over the past 77 years and look forward to beautifying the homes and businesses of many more Palmerstonians.

Email us or call (06) 357-9162 for a friendly chat and an obligation free quote!