Fan talk- tracking down a Cat 660

You may have read in Richard Campbell’s recent Classic Machines column about the massive Cat 660 scraper, the largest of the Cat scrapers. Despite its age and pedigree this machine has never been imported into New Zealand. Low & behold in August three machines were landed, one for Vic Draper and two for Paul Clarke’s…

Auckland recruitment campaign awarded

  The 2018 BuildAKL campaign won a Gold award at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Excellence Awards that took place in Atlanta, USA last month. Auckland received five Excellence in Economic Development Awards – which recognise the world’s best economic development programmes, partnerships, marketing materials and leaders – for initiatives designed by Auckland Tourism,…

Civil Engineering Survey- responses welcome

Ingrid Posada is an Auckland-based graduate student who is conducting diploma research on the viability of starting a civil engineering consulting business. Ingrid has devised a short survey that takes about 7-10 minutes, the answers for which will help her understand the challenges and drivers in this market segment. If you are reading this and…

Working together to build a better New Zealand

Peter Silcock, Chief Executive, Civil Contractors New Zealand You may have heard the news that the government has agreed to a ‘procurement reset’ and the establishment of a new infrastructure entity. We welcomed those announcements and will continue to work with Government officials to ensure these initiatives do make a positive difference. A key part of…

New GPS changes the game for everyone by Peter Silcock, CCNZ CEO

The NZTA is the largest single client for the civil contractors, spending $4 billion per year per from the National Land Transport Fund, influencing another $1.5 billion of local government spending, and investing another $0.5 billion of Crown funds. When Government signals a change to how that much money will be spent it has massive…

Takeuchi investment backing

Tenby Powell of Hunter Powell Investment Partners has re-invested in the Takeuchi construction equipment brand here with agency agreements for the Pacific Islands. Together with private equity partners, Powell acquired Auckland-based company Hirepool in 2003. Hirepool was bought from Owens Corporation for $43 million and sold for $172 million some 36 months later. In 2005…

Invercargill’s heavy equipment sand-pit

Invercargill has a new playground and there are no swings and slides in sight. Dig This Invercargill, New Zealand’s first heavy equipment playground, officially opened to the public on October 2nd. The giant playground is the brainchild of Ed Mumm, a Southland local who opened Dig This in Colorado and then replicated the concept in…