Contractor

Samantha Gain: The new face of public works engineering

Samantha Gain, the newly elected president of IPWEA, is also the manager, legal and procurement at the Greater Wellington Regional Council. She talks with Ruth Le Pla about her priorities for her new role, how IPWEA NZ is evolving, and the significance of being the first female president in the group’s 108-year history. What’s IPWEA...

Buyers’ Guide for on-board scales and weighing systems

Onboard loader scales have long been a cornerstone of measuring equipment for quarry operators and other load-haul operations in construction, mining, waste management/recycling, logging and more. Article supplied by Trimble. Recently, loader scales have evolved dramatically to not only provide highly accurate payload weighing but also load...

Forgotten companies: Isaacson

Back in time when the track type tractor was still considered a new tool for earthmoving, there were dozens of companies offering attachments to outfit these machines for work. Isaacson were one of them. By RICHARD CAMPBELL. With the end of the great depression in the early 1930s, those tractor manufacturers who had survived the financial turmoil...

Skills in demand but salary increases are sedate

By Jason Walker, Managing Director, Hays New Zealand CIVIL CONSTRUCTION SKILLS may be in high demand, but don’t expect generous salary increases as a result. Skilled professionals will receive salary increases of sub-three percent this salary review season. There’s no doubt that civil construction remains an active jobs market, with an...

Old scrapers in action 

In the April issue we featured the making of Auckland International Airport, which opened in January 1966. Euclid TS-24 of Evans Road Construction (Hastings) loaded and at speed on the haul road. THE AIRPORT WAS FIRST mooted back in 1929 but it was 1959 before a decision on the Mangere site was made and approved and the Ministry of Works started...

Classic Machines: The John Deere 762 scraper slideshow with captions

John Deere was one of the pioneers of elevating scrapers in the USA. But what to do when your existing technology is out of date? The model 762 was the perfect answer. Check out the photographs and captions, originally published in April 2016’s Contractor magazine.     The post Classic Machines: The John Deere 762 scraper...

Classic Machines- The Clark-Michigan wheel dozers

Michigan wheel dozers were well accepted by the earthmoving industry and found use in all manner of operations. Michigan was not the first manufacturer to offer a wheel type bulldozer. That honour belongs to R G LeTourneau who pretty much came up with the concept in the first place. Initially based on the chassis of one of Michigan’s...

Local Government

Dates for your Diary

 July 17 – 18 Governance Professionals and Committee Advisors Forum. Waipuna Hotel, Auckland July 23 – 25 LGNZ Conference...

Q&M

Q&M magazine (June–July 2017)

On the cover: New workhorse for quarry and mining – Hitachi’s new ZW-5 range of wheel loaders just got bigger and better Coverlines:...

Solid Energy sells assets

Solid Energy has settled the sales of two of its South Island mines as it winds up the company and sells off assets. By Peter Owens. On April 7 2017,...

High expectations for Hi-Lab

With the specification of a new pavement system on parts of the Waikato Expressway, the NZTA is aiming for a stronger pavement with a longer life....

EnergyNZ

Energy NZ Perspectives 2017

The eighth edition of Energy NZ Perspectives, an annual publication written by industry peers, from government agencies to industry associations and...