Discovery of pre-European artefacts at Huntly Bypass

The teeth of a pre-European ceremonial wooden comb, a heru, have been discovered during earthworks on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway.  A machine operator uncovered an old midden site with an excavator. He realised the significance of the find and stopped work immediately to allow time for Kaiarahi Kawe Nikora to contact the…

Transmission Gully- Photo Album

Things at Transmission Gully are going smoothly. There are over 300 machines working on the site during the season. What better way to check progress than through the picture album? Here are some recent images from the construction zone(s).

Volvo’s EC950E crawler excavator

The excavator we saw performing at the Transdiesel product launch event was built in Volvo’s Korean factory and had been in the country a fortnight. This is the largest crawler excavator in the company’s range: at the time of writing it’s the sole EC950E in New Zealand. More EC950Es will inevitably follow, but there’s something…

Ringside footage from Friday

On Friday we were able to shoot some footage of the three new Volvo machines in action. In the clip below you’ll see the Volvo EC950E Excavator operating separately then see the L260 Wheel Loader working in tandem with the A60H Articulated Hauler(the rear view).

Meeting the new Volvo machines- in a quarry

Last Friday the stars aligned for brand Volvo. Customers of Transdiesel, Volvo Construction Equipment’s NZ agency, converged in Auckland from as far afield as Perth and Singapore to attend an demonstration of new machines in the construction range. There was also the small matter of a stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race, and its associated…

Storm Damage on SH6

Running between Greymouth and Westport, State Highway 6 runs along a scenic albeit exposed stretch of the South Island coastline.  The contractors responsible for maintenance on SH6, Fulton Hogan and sub-contractors MBD Contracting, are on alert at present, as a tropical cyclone is scheduled to make landfall today. It’s actually the second tropical storm in…

Preparing Filipino workforce

Site Safe’s new partnership with Filipino recruitment organisations is helping ensure workers hit the ground running when they arrive here. Site Safe has joined forces with Working In Resourcing, a Kiwi-based immigration company and its counter-part Philippines-based recruitment agency, YWA Human Resource Corporation, to deliver entry-level health and safety training for workers preparing to start…