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Thinking outside the box

Since 1971 Auckland-based Spiral Drillers Civil has earned a reputation for tackling some difficult piling work. Richard Silcock profiles the company and finds out why it has been so successful. “AS CLICHÉD AS it may sound, I attribute the success of the business to maintaining a high standard of work, finding a solution for our […]

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Battle of the buckets 2018

It doesn’t matter how skilled you are with an excavator because nerves and luck play an important part in deciding the winners of the annual battle of the nation’s best digger operators. The Annual Civil Contractors NZ National Excavator Operator Competition is held in March each year on a site located in the contractors’ corner in […]

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Logbook rules causing financial headaches for drivers

According to police records obtained by DT Driver Training, 1935 drivers received a logbook fine from police in 2017, not including over 320 more that had to attend court and would have received a fine of up to $2000 per offence, plus at least a one-month licence suspension. If a driver is pulled over by […]

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Impact of the new political environment for road transport

JONATHAN BHANA-THOMSON, NZ Chief executive, Heavy Haulage Association. THE LABOUR-LED coalition has already brought in a number of changes in direction in policy compared to the previous National government, and nowhere is this more obvious than with the transport area. While the manifestos of the parties leading up to last year’s election gave some indication of […]

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New highway to replace Gorge route

Since the closure of SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge due to large slips the local councils, businesses and road users have waited somewhat impatiently for a replacement route to be announced. The new route has been greeted with both optimism and frustration. Richard Silcock reports. IN MID-MARCH the New Zealand Transport Agency finally revealed its […]

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Stakeholder get-together

Stormy weather didn’t deter a good turnout to the Civil Contractors NZ annual stakeholders’ function in Wellington last month. Tuning into CCNZ chief Peter Silcock’s report on the association’s upcoming projects, and a message from president Brian Warren that had a note of ‘concern’ with the direction the government is taking transport.       […]

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Hard hats vs bump caps

By Rod Auton, CEO, Crane Association of New Zealand. SOMETIMES WE forget the little things when we are trying to turn a business strategy into dollars and cents, and invariably it’s the little things that catch us out. Reducing costs and overheads sometimes results in the wrong decision being made through expediency, bad judgement or lack […]

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Reality of oil in New Zealand

Whether it’s machinery, land transport (light and heavy), aviation, asphalt, lubrication, and even PPE clothing, petroleum products are widely used in this country and will continue to be for decades. By NEIL RITCHIE But unless more oil is continued to be discovered over the next decade, asphalt (bitumen), composed almost entirely of petroleum, and other […]

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First major roading projects welcomed

At least two proposed roading projects, favoured by the former National-led Government, will now be funded by the Government bringing relief to major civil contracting companies needing security of work in the future. Penlink, in the north of the city will provide a new and much-needed connection between the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and the Northern Motorway […]

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Classic machines: The scrapers of Curtiss-Wright

A company far better known for its aircraft such as the legendary Jenny, Kittyhawk, Tomahawk and Helldiver, plus a very successful line of aircraft engines, Curtiss-Wright also briefly had an earthmoving division. By RICHARD CAMPBELL. Curtiss-Wright entered the earthmoving business through the acquisition of the Wooldridge Corporation, of Sunnyvale, California. At the time of the […]

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