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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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heavy mover appeared first on Contractor Magazine.

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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Auckland International Airport: A work in progress

This article first appeared in Contractor‘s April issue. Auckland International Airport is currently undergoing extensive development and has plans for future expansion. RICHARD SILCOCK looks back on its history and current and future development. FLYING INTO AUCKLAND a few days after their historic flight across the Tasman in 1928, Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm […]

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ConstructSafe – providing powerful information

By Peter Silcock, chief executive, CCNZ. Do you want to ensure that the people working on your sites have entry level health and safety knowledge? If they don’t, would it be useful to know about the gaps in their knowledge so they can get the right training and development? If the answer to either or […]

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H&S is killing us softly

By Greg Sheehan, Sheehan’s Transport Assistance. A few months ago, I celebrated 50 years of working in the road transport industry, so I feel that I am qualified to offer positive comment on an industry that I love, have many friends in and have received accolades and awards for my contribution to, over these past […]

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Building the talent pipeline

This article first appeared in Contractor March 2017. By David Worsnop, CEO, Connexis  THE HUGE INVESTMENT in our infrastructure means that it is now more important than ever for contracting firms to attract and retain the right people. Following the $110 billion investment identified in the 30 Year Infrastructure Plan, demand for competent, qualified people […]

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CCA update: Demonstrating ‘reasonable value’

This article first appeared in Contractor March 2017. By Kate Henderson, Solicitor, and Helen Brown, Special Counsel, Kensington Swan’s Construction and Infrastructure team. WHILE WRITTEN CONTRACTS are mandatory for residential building works with a value of above $30,000, there is no such requirement for commercial contracts. The majority of commercial contractors will at least agree […]

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Tender pricing: Lowest price seldom delivers best outcomes

This article first appeared in Contractor March 2017. By MALCOLM ABERNETHY, Executive officer, Civil Contractors New Zealand THE ISSUE OF LOWEST price versus value for money is a recurring one – one which got me thinking when responding to both a contractor’s and council’s concerns recently. During research for the query I discovered the following […]

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Conexpo 2017 : A massive occasion

A report on Conexpo 2017 As soon as you arrive at Las Vegas’s airport you’re greeted by a crane in the arrivals foyer. And as you wander through the shopping malls along the strip you see specials available to Conexpo. It’s clear that this is a big event, even for a city that host 22,000 […]

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Makatote Viaduct’s massive $13m refurbishment

This article first appeared in Contractor March 2017. A massive refurbishment of an historic viaduct demands the best technological and safety approach. LOCATED ON THE southwestern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, the Makatote Viaduct bridges the Makatote Gorge 12 kilometres south of National Park. Opened in 1908 it is 262 metres long, 78 metres high, is […]

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