Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Contracting Calamity Turns Into Triumph

A contracting and environmental disaster has ended in triumph for Ashburton civil-construction company Doug Hood Ltd.

Four years ago Hood suffered every contractor’s nightmare while building the Opuha Dam in South Canterbury when a severe rainstorm demolished the partly constructed structure.

The company rebuilt the dam largely at its own expense, suffered a lengthy and costly prosecution under the Resource Management Act, and was asked to withdraw the project from the Contractors’ Federation¹s prestigious annual Caltex construction awards.

Now, however, the skillfully rebuilt dam is a huge economic and environmental success. Irrigation it provides has revitalised the region¹s farming community, leading to booming business, industrial and service sectors, and trout and salmon numbers in the Opihi River are healthier than for years.

Hood’s role in turning a calamity into a celebration was acknowledged at the weekend when Caltex presented the company with a special prize at this year’s construction awards for ‘behaving with commendable dignity in the way it made amends’.

The occasion was a double victory for the company, which also won one of the annual awards for carrying out what client Coeur NZ described as ‘a world-class rehabilitation programme’ during the closure of the Golden Cross gold and silver mine at Waihi.

Other awards were presented to Downer Engineering for its $4 million stormwater diversion project in central Auckland (the largest ever in the city) and to McDonough Contracting for its upgrade of the South Bruce farm-irrigation system for Clutha District Council.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news