Tough machines make demo look easy

Three big Hitachi Zaxis excavators at work – a 480, 450 and 200 – demolishing a 21-year-old, multi-level Auckland apartment building on Mt Eden Road Auckland to make way for the new Mt Eden Railway Station on the city’s $3.4 billion City Rail Link. The 11 apartments cost the council $7.8 miliion to buy all…

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).

Viaduct Renovation wins global award

The Makatote rail viaduct renovation project (featured in Contractor March 2017 issue ) took out the Award For Structural Heritage at the Institution of Structural Engineers’ 2017 Structural Awards, held in London last month. The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 45 pioneering global projects that showcase the ingenuity and expertise of the engineers behind…

Re-opening Kaikoura’s Main North Line

We are excited to share this clip documenting the first freight train service back through Kaikoura. After nine months of rebuilding work this was no normal service. A full story on the rebuild will follow in the magazine. Content warning: loud horn at 3 min 50 mark.