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

 


Country’s top excavator operators gear up


Media Release – for immediate release


28 February 2013


Country’s top excavator operators gear up for gruelling competition.

New Zealand’s top excavator operators are heading for the Manawatu for two days of gruelling challenges to decide the winner of the National Excavator Operator Competition title.

The event, organised by the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation, will be held at Central Districts Field Days in Feilding from March 7-9.

Eleven regional champions – from Bay of Plenty, Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago, Nelson/Marlborough and Taranaki - plus defending national Blair Duncan from Wanaka, will pit their skills against one another.

This year’s final also includes two previous national winners, Brian “the Hoff” Hoffmann from Auckland and Matthew Hareb from Taranaki, and Palmerston North police constable Sam Scott who was runner up last year.

The competition is famous for its surprise challenges including contestants having to perform delicate tasks using the buckets of 12-tonne Hitachi machines provided by major sponsor CablePrice.

In recent years these have ranged from lifting a teapot to pour a cup to tea to popping a champagne cork and, last year, flipping sausages on a barbecue.

However, the rest of the competition is deadly serious, with contestants undergoing two days of rigorous construction, planning and loading challenges designed to test their operator skills and industry knowledge to the limit.

The Federation’s Executive Officer Malcolm Abernethy said that it was good to see a mixture of seasoned competitors and newcomers reaching the national final.

“Excavator operating is a highly skilled profession. Operators need to be prepared to deal with a huge range of routine and unexpected situations,” he said.

“It’s a very fulfilling career, where you can have real input into developing New Zealand’s vital infrastructure. Not only is the competition a very popular and hugely entertaining audience spectacle, it’s a way to highlight the career opportunities for young people.

“The national finalists are at the top of their game but we work very hard to make sure we come up with challenges which put their operating skills and ability to deal with difficult and complex situations to the utmost test.”

The National Excavator Operator Competition is sponsored by: CablePrice; Hirepool; Humes; Z Energy; Vector, Chorus and Dial B 4 U Dig.


ENDS




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Insurance: EQC To Double Payout, Scrap Contents Insurance

New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission may double its payout amount, scrap contents insurance and process claims through private insurers under the government’s long-running review of funding and management of the state-run earthquake insurer. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tiwai Point (And Saying “No” In Greece)

Its hard to see how Rio Tinto’s one month delay in announcing its intentions about the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is a good sign for (a) the jobs of the workers affected or (b) for the New Zealand taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Half Empty: Dairy Product Prices Extend Slide To Six-Year Low

Dairy product prices continued their slide, paced by whole milk power, in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, weakening to the lowest level in six years. More>>

ALSO:

Copper Broadband: Regulator Set To Keep Chorus Pricing Largely Unchanged

The Commerce Commission looks likely to settle on a price close to its original decision on what telecommunications network operator Chorus can charge its customers, though it probably won’t backdate any update. More>>

ALSO:

Lower Levy For Safer Cars: ACC Backtracks On Safety Assessments

Dog and Lemon: “The ACC has based the entire levy system on a set of badly flawed data from Monash University. This Monash data is riddled with errors and false assumptions; that’s the real reason for the multiple mistakes in setting ACC levies.” More>>

ALSO:

Fast Track: TPP Negotiations Set To Accelerate, Groser Says

Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership will accelerate in July, with New Zealand officials working to stitch up a deal by the month's end, according to Trade Minister Tim Groser. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news