Contractor

Learning the ropes

Getting stuck up in a Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) on an Auckland high-rise was the catalyst for Victoria Richardson to learn to abseil. ABI KIBBLE explains. VICTORIA RICHARDSON was stuck in a broken-down Building Maintenance Unit high up in the air with someone from an abseil company and they got talking. By the time the extension ladder had...

The day the trains started running

The massive Kaikoura earthquake largely spared population centres, but destroyed road and rail services. HUGH DE LACY tells how they got the trains running again on a very important transport route. THE FORCE OF the November 14 Kaikoura earthquake last year dwarfed that of the 2010-2011 quakes that destroyed Christchurch, raised the seabed along...

Mountainous moves

Transporting massive concrete bridge beams over the precipitous Arthur’s Pass during the past winter has been a challenging project – and an eye-catching one too, captivating tourists and birdlife alike. BY MARY SEARLE BELL. At Kumara Junction, where State Highway 73 joins State Highway 6, just south of Greymouth, the Taramakau Bridge...

Contracting and camaraderie

An industry association man from the outset, Harrie Harris attributes the success of his company, and many of the friends he has made over the years, to his membership of the Taranaki branch of CCNZ. BY MARY SEARLE BELL. By rights, Graham ‘Harrie’ Harris should have been a dairy farmer. He was born in Stratford in 1942 to dairy farming...

Classic machines: The Euclid S-12 scraper revisited

Intended as a larger version of the Euclid S-7 which had proved to be extremely popular, the Euclid S-12 never really fulfilled its obvious potential. By RICHARD CAMPBELL Back in the February 2006 issue of Contractor, we had a look at the Euclid S-12. The original article was quite short due to allocated space limitations and in the mean time a...

High stakes – are you covered?

THE SKYLINES OF our major cities are dotted with high rise cranes. Major construction works are underway in Auckland. The reconstruction of Christchurch continues and more recently significant building and infrastructure works are underway in Wellington and Kaikoura. Major infrastructure and construction works also means major risk. The unexpected...

Equipment selection with the use of basic maths

OREST PROTCH lives in British Columbia, Canada and works at a remote oil camp on a week in week out rotation. In his free time he writes articles on better business. This one explains how you should use basic maths ideas to select between two types of heavy equipment. His example 
figures out the payback between a tandem axle or tri-axle...

Local Government

The growth of New Zealand towns

A new book detailing the rise and fall of New Zealand towns appeals to the head and heart in equal measure. The old adage ‘to know more is to...

Dates for your Diary

    October 17 Introduction to Asset Management. Novotel Royal Lakeside, Rotorua October 17 – 18 Contract...

Diversity powers innovation

This presentation, Diversity powers innovation – welcome to your much brighter future and some serious competitive advantage, won the E J (Ted)...

Q&M

The industry in perspective

At the AQA AGM, held during the combined AQA and IOQ 49th industry conference, the association chair summed up the situation for the industry. By...

Colin Welsh: An industry legend

Long-time quarry man Colin Welsh has spent over 50 years in the industry and knows a thing or two about what make a quarry profitable. He was...

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...