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Transmission Gully Motorway progressing well

There’s been some significant progress made constructing the $850 million Transmission Gully motorway that is beyond the public gaze. RICHARD SILCOCK checks out progress. SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION in 2020, work on this four-lane, 27-kilometre motorway north of Wellington is progressing steadily at a number of sites despite unseasonal wet weather over the spring/summer period. Since […]

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Alpha Specialised Movers: Moving in a new direction

Alpha Specialised Movers is moving in a new direction now that one of its founders has retired. RICHARD SILCOCK talks to its remaining director about the change. Upper Hutt based Alpha Specialised Movers is on the verge of a new era following the retirement at the end of last year of co-founder, co-owner and long-time […]

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Ammann expands compaction range

The Ammann range of compaction equipment continues to grow and now has an even stronger presence in our market. IT’S BEEN A WHILE now since Youngman Richardson & Co took on the New Zealand distribution for Ammann compaction equipment. However, the company says that sales have been excellent and there’s a lot more interest being […]

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Not just a job, but a career in civil construction

By Peter Silcock, chief executive, CCNZ  LAST WEEK CCNZ convened a meeting of branch chairs and the Executive Council. The clear message was that getting enough people with the right qualifications is the biggest challenge the industry is facing. That was certainly not a surprise. The infrastructure pipeline report regularly published by the Treasury Infrastructure […]

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Guidelines for resilient underground utilities

John Pfahlert, CEO, Water New Zealand and Philip McFarlane, Opus water sector leader, asset management.  WE CAN’T PREDICT when an earthquake will occur but it is possible to manage infrastructure to ensure that as little damage as possible occurs and that underground utility networks are able to function during and after earthquakes. In order to […]

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Arnold Bayliss: The king of airports

How many runways do you need to build to be crowned ‘the king of airports’? MARY SEARLE BELL talks to Arnold Bayliss about his career with Downer, and all those airports. ARNOLD BAYLISS first joined Downer & Co back in 1950 as a 19-year-old. His job had him driving motor scrapers and bulldozers, stripping overburden […]

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Kaikoura slips – the work so far

The eventual clearance of $2 billion worth of slips blocking SH1 north of Blenheim could take until Christmas. By HUGH DE LACY. LIKE SH1, KIWIRAIL’S main trunk line between Christchurch and Blenheim remains blocked by multiple huge slips north and south of Kaikoura, and the best estimates of when those will be cleared range from […]

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Tim Dodge: Filling the cracks

When Kaikoura was severely shaken in the massive earthquake last November, Hawkes Bay contractor Tim Dodge was moved in a completely different way. He was compelled to get down there and help. 
BY MARY SEARLE BELL. WHEN CANTERBURY WAS hit with several big earthquakes, Tim had wanted to go down to Christchurch and help with […]

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Sandy Southcombe: Taranaki’s 
heavy mover

At last year’s Heavy Haulage Conference, industry veteran Sandy Southcombe sat with MARY SEARLE BELL to reflect on his long career as a house mover. SANDY SOUTHCOMBE HAS been moving buildings in Taranaki for very nearly 50 years. His first move, in late 1967, was an office building, which he hauled on a Thames Trader […]

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Hamm and Vögele smoothing the road ahead

This article first appeared in Contractor‘s April issue. Auckland-headquartered civil construction firm Independent Construction has put its faith in Hamm compaction equipment and Vögele asphalt paver technology, in order to help complete the hard yards in a demanding 24/7 industry. INDEPENDENT CONSTRUCTION has recently added to its machine fleet with specialised equipment from Hamm and […]

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