Johannes La Grouw

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Johannes La Grouw
Self Portrait 2001
Born (1913-08-05)5 August 1913
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Died 20 September 2011(2011-09-20) (aged 98)
Rotorua, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Johanna Hillegonda Lalk (m. 1939–2009)
Children Johannes (b. 1940)
Hillegonda Margaretha (1942-1951)
Tjeed (b. 1944)
Cornelis (b. 1946)
Ineke (b. 1947)
Maria Elizabeth (b. 1951)
Parent(s) Johannas La Grouw
Maria Elizabeth La Grouw, Dieperveen

Johannes La Grouw CNZM OBE (5 August 1913 – 20 September 2011) was a Dutch-born New Zealand architect, engineer, businessman, artist and philanthropist. La Grouw developed a special patented house manufacturing system constructed of solid wood that eventually became a New Zealand icon for housing that can withstand the forces of nature, yet fit in nicely with them.


La Grouw was educated at Higher Technical School for Architecture and Engineering; Building Contractor Amsterdam, Holland 1948-51; Founding director, Lockwood Buildings Ltd. Life member, Outward Bound Trust.

New Zealand company[edit]

La Grouw and Johannes Van Loghem (the co-founders of Lockwood Homes) began their unique company in 1951, by importing prefabricated homes from the Netherlands when Dutch migrants brought in crates of their own homes because of a building shortage.[1] The company flourished and became a big player in the New Zealand construction industry.


In the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours La Grouw was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the building and construction industry.[2] He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the community in the 2011 New Year Honours.[3]

La Grouw was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2007 for his revolutionary house construction system and contributions to business in New Zealand and abroad.[4]


  1. ^ Campbell, Phil. ROTORUA REVIEW. September 28, 2011.
  2. ^ "No. 52564". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1991. p. 30. 
  3. ^ "New Year honours list 2011". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Johannes Le Grouw". New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 January 2017.