On the trail of heritage machines

Clark-Michigan rolled out it’s twin-engined scraper- the 110HT, in 1970. The machine was a reasonable success for C-M and over 1000 were produced. A small number trickled into NZ, although no-one is sure exactly how many arrived, or where they ended up working. In 2009 Richard Campbell wrote about the NZ imports in a Classic…

Introducing myKomatsu: buy parts online, quickly and easily

Komatsu New Zealand has launched myKomatsu, a new online parts customer portal that makes ordering parts a quick and easy process. Available 24/7 throughout New Zealand, myKomatsu has been designed to ensure that customers order the right parts for their machines and are through to checkout as quickly as possible. It is completely cross-platform, allowing…

Vault Solo introduces SoloDrive

NZ company Vault Intel has recently added a new tool to complement its wearable software technology product Vault Solo. SoloDrive is a fleet management software product that uses a matrix system to assess user performance under categories and scores each journey undertaken with a performance total. Any manager responsible for a fleet of vehicles will…

Bridging the Waimak

The Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC) Alliance is the head contractor on a $240 million project which sees the Main North Road and the Western Belfast By-Pass converge with the new Northern Corridor just south of the Waimakariri River. Currently the Alliance is engaged in a 16 month long project adding additional traffic and cycle lanes…

A Microcredentials Pilot Scheme

Guest Post by Hugh Wilson from Unitec Auckland A microcredential is a recognition that a person has demonstrated a certain competency.  For example, a civil engineering microcredential could recognise the holder’s ability to design a road pavement or knowledge of earthworks construction.  Microcredentials have the potential to allow learners choices; you can learn what you…

Win a copy of Diesel, Dust, Men & Machine!

Kevin Freeman’s comprehensive book ‘Diesel, Dust, Men and Machines’ covers most of the contractors involved with work on the hydro scheme in the South Island, from Benmore to Clyde, with a brief history on each and plenty of photos. In the back of this book is also a comprehensive list of all machines involved, including…

Longswamp section slideshow-May 2019

This slideshow is made up of aerial pics taken above Longswamp – which comprises a 5.9km section of existing SH1 route between the completed Rangiriri and Mercer sections. The principal contractor is Downer NZ, and the project, which cost $96 million, is due for completion in November 2019. At the moment the main focus is…