Business North September 2023

Volume 22 | Issue 5 | September 2023 businessnorth Full SteamAhead Efforts are underway to safeguard the future of Auckland’s historic steam-powered tug — the William C Daldy...  PAGE 4

2 | Contents businessnorth 34| Worker welfare Seeka is building a new $5.5m accommodation facility at Katikati to house its seasonal RSE workforce. 58| Sculptural statement A stunning interactive sculpture at Whangarei’s Hātea Loop walking track is turning heads. 105| Rich history Drawing on its rich Croation history Kumeu’s Soljans Estate Winery offers visitors a truly unique experience. 58 105 34 These conditions are prescribed for the sake of understanding between the Company and its clients. Advertising is charged for on the basis of space taken up using a standard tabloid page. Actual space may be reduced during the printing process but this will effect all advertisers equally so no credit will be given for any reduction in size due to processing. The Company reserves the right to alter, change or omit entirely any advertisement or article that it considers to be objectionable or which may contravene any law. In the event of a failure on the part of the Company to insert advertising as instructed the Company may publish the advertisement at the first available subsequent reasonable date unless the advertisement features date sensitive material. Every care shall be taken to publish the advertisement in accordance with the advertisers instructions as to page and position but the Company reserves the right for whatever reason to place advertising in a different position and in doing so shall incur no liability whatsoever. Advertisers must advise Business North immediately of any error or omission in advertisements and shall work constructively to remedy the situation which in the first instance shall be a rerun of the corrected advertisement in the next available issue of Business North. Where advertisement proofs have been faxed or mailed to the client 48 hours prior to the nominated printing cut off time acquiesce shall be taken as confirmation and acceptance. Corrections made by telephone shall be accepted but the Company reserves the right to decide whether a further proof should be faxed or mailed to the client. Accounts for advertising are due for payment within seven days of publication of the newspaper. Accounts not paid within this time may incur a penalty of 3% per month until the account is paid. Any debt collection costs incurred by the Company will be added to the account of the debtor. Views and opinions expressed in Business North are not necessarily those of the editors, Waterford Press Ltd or publisher. Business North welcomes contributions from freelance writers & journalists. All articles published at editors discretion. Business North accepts no responsibility for loss of photos or manuscripts. #businessnorth #yourstory   Forty Thieves ������������������������������������������������������������������03 William C Daldy Preservation Society ��������������������������04 Barfoot & Thompson �����������������������������������������������������06 Hiringa Energy ����������������������������������������������������������������09 Waikato District Council ������������������������������������������������10 Rotorua Lakes Council ���������������������������������������������������12 Tru-Bilt Industries ����������������������������������������������������������14 Visy Industries ����������������������������������������������������������������16 Macrennie Commercial Construction �������������������������18 Modern Construction ����������������������������������������������������21 Gallivan Group ���������������������������������������������������������������22 Clarke Group ������������������������������������������������������������������24 Avenue Developments ��������������������������������������������������26 Ancroft Developments ��������������������������������������������������28 Waipu Waterfront Estate ����������������������������������������������30 Quayside Holdings ���������������������������������������������������������31 Jonassen Industrial Projects �����������������������������������������32 Waipā District Council ���������������������������������������������������33 Seeka & Anex ������������������������������������������������������������������34 Sybton Horticulture �������������������������������������������������������40 Superb Herb �������������������������������������������������������������������41 Trevelyans ����������������������������������������������������������������������42 Cairnscorp �����������������������������������������������������������������������44 Q Metal Designs �������������������������������������������������������������45 Vertex Engineers ������������������������������������������������������������46 MPF Engineering ������������������������������������������������������������47 Comins Plumbing ����������������������������������������������������������48 Northern Rural Haulage ������������������������������������������������49 Les Harrison Transport �������������������������������������������������50 Onehunga Transport Engineering �������������������������������53 Mangonui Haulage ��������������������������������������������������������54 D & E MacMillan Hiab & Haulage ���������������������������������56 Felicity Christian Architect ���������������������������������������������58 Francis Group Architects �����������������������������������������������60 Studio Nord Architects ��������������������������������������������������61 Lloyd Hartley Architects ������������������������������������������������62 Paul Brown & Associate ������������������������������������������������63 Malcolm Walker Architects �������������������������������������������64 Archikraft ������������������������������������������������������������������������65 Cube Dentro �������������������������������������������������������������������66 Material Creative ������������������������������������������������������������67 Navigation Homes - Counties Franklin ������������������������68 Stonewood Homes Rodney ������������������������������������������70 Platinum Homes - Auckland South ������������������������������72 ZB Homes ������������������������������������������������������������������������74 Conder Construction �����������������������������������������������������76 Walker Residential ���������������������������������������������������������76 Pope Homes �������������������������������������������������������������������78 AJ Homes �������������������������������������������������������������������������79 Webb Design and Build �������������������������������������������������80 PR Builders ����������������������������������������������������������������������81 Smith & Sons - Mount Maunganui/Papamoa �������������82 Rangitahi Peninsula �������������������������������������������������������83 Kalmar Construction ������������������������������������������������������84 Kawerau District Council �����������������������������������������������86 Arvida Group ������������������������������������������������������������������90 The Botanic ���������������������������������������������������������������������94 Quail Ridge Country Club ����������������������������������������������97 Canam Group �����������������������������������������������������������������98 May Road School ����������������������������������������������������������100 Naylor Love - Whakatane ��������������������������������������������101 Forum North �����������������������������������������������������������������102 Soljans Estate Winery ��������������������������������������������������105 Ruakaka Recreation Centre ����������������������������������������106 Ora Pharm ��������������������������������������������������������������������108 OUR PARTNERS: Christchurch Office 112 Wrights Road, Addington, Christchurch Phone 03-983 5500 PO Box 37 346 Queenstown Office 70 Glenda Drive, Queenstown 9300 PO Box 2581, Wakatipu MANAGING DIRECTOR James Lynch CO-MANAGING PARTNER Chris Pearce EDITORIAL Editor Nick Gormack Sub-editors Paul Mein, Randall Johnston Journalists Ange Davidson, Kelly Deeks, Hugh de Lacy, Russell Fredric, Richard Loader, Kim Newth, Sue Russell, Karen Phelps, Rosa Watson, Virginia Wright RESEARCH & MARKETING James Anderson, Sam Dart, Chris Graves, Megan Hawkins, Colin Morais, Annie Patrick, Chris Pearce, Danielle Percival, Adam Shirra, Leo Smith, Alasdair Thomson, Jane Watson PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT General Manager Luke Lynch Graphic Artists Connor Gosnell, Anton Gray, Francesca Hildawa, Sophie McCleary, Liki Udam CONTENT COORDINATORS Alissa Crosby, Ann-Marie Frentz, Josie Villa OFFICE AND ACCOUNTS Helen Bourne Jill Holland Lyn Barlow

| 3 “We thought if we’re going to do single ingredient butters, we have to do them very well.” REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Forty Thieves T T Richard Loader Peanut butter just part of the yum Forty Thieves founders Shyr and Brent Godfrey. on the hibiscus COAST CRAFTED delicious on toast WWW.FORTYTHIEVES.CO.NZ Shop now at your local supermarket. PROUDLY SUPPORTING FORTY THIEVES 027 679 7348 | 027 363 3392 Focused on that beautiful line where health meets deliciousness, nut-butter maker Forty Thieves was founded seven years ago by husband-and-wife team Brent and Shyr Godfrey, who shared a natural passion for adventure. After backpacking around the globe, the couple returned to New Zealand with a burning desire to try something a little different from their past careers. “We know how important food is to fuel adventures and nut-butters are accessible, portable and affordable and full of all the good stuff that can really get you going,” says Shyr. “You can imagine Brent and I skiing down the mountain slope with a peanut butter sandwich in our pockets. We thought, yes we can do this and do this well by trying exciting flavours and creating a product that would continue to fuel our lifestyle. The truth is, we went in with an idea and the market told us something different.” Listening to the customer is another thing Shyr is pretty passionate about, and while early farmers’ market customers liked the unique nut-butter flavours being offered, they wanted pure peanut and pure almond butters. “We thought if we’re going to do single ingredient butters, we have to do them very well. We focused on the roasting, using the best quality peanuts and almonds we could get our hands on, and went to 500gram jars. People loved the idea they were getting something really healthy and in a big jar, and it was a little more affordable.” From brand awareness at Farmers Markets, and sales to independent stores, conversations were quickly had with supermarket chains and now jars of Forty Thieves goodness and deliciousness are stocked in over 400 stores nationwide including New World, Pak’nSave and Countdown supermarkets, with exports to Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia, the US and Fiji. “We’ve now come full circle, complementing our pure nut range with a range of combination butters, but a lot more research driven using focus groups. “We have a range of flavoured butters including a caramel nut-butter which has a natural caramel in it, a raspberry one which has freeze-dried raspberries, and chocolate which uses a locally made Solomons Gold chocolate. “So different nuts and seeds — but also natural flavours to make them more interesting. Everything is under 10% sugar, even our sweetest butters. We always pick ingredients that are naturally quite sweet. When you use quality ingredients you don’t really need to overload with sugar or oils.” Only selecting high oleic peanuts from Argentina ensures Forty Thieves’ peanut butter is high in protein — very important when on an adventure — are naturally sweeter, and have higher levels of mono-unsaturated fats. Almonds are purchased from the bee-friendly Van Family Orchards in California. “Not all farmers look after their bees once the almond flowers are gone following pollination. Sustainability is also important to us. “We only use glass jars, metal lids and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper labels and cartons produced in New Zealand.” For Brent and Shyr, success has been about knowing what drives them, and why they make their products. “We listen to our customers, and what they’re looking for. We believe in producing with purpose. For us this means collaborating with like-minded businesses, considering our impact on the environment and donating nut butters to those in community that need a helping hand.”

4 | REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT William C Daldy Preservation Society T T Kim Newth Preserving a maritime treasure The William C. Daldy has been a fixture on the Waitemata Harbour for 88 years. BABCOCK (NZ) LTD Marine Engineering Support Services Devonport • Auckland • New Zealand PH: +64 9 446 1957 or +64 21 922 335 Email : KNOWLEDGE EXPERIENCE CAPABILITY Proudly Supporting William C Daldy Preservation Society 09 307 9122 THROW US A LIFELINE For 88 years, the William C. Daldy has served Auckland, for half of that time as a charter and excursion vessel, serving the Auckland public. COVID didn’t just mean no more sailing, but no more volunteer maintenance crew either. It’s meant that parts of our long-term maintenance and preservation plan had to be deferred, and we urgently now need to get that back on track and meet compliance requirements to continue to serve Auckland. If you’re able, please consider using Givealittle to throw the William C. Daldy a lifeline. Help raise the money needed to keep the ship in steam. Contact: Make a donation at: For 88 years, one ship has been a fixture on the Waitemata harbour and wider Hauraki Gulf – the William C. Daldy. The last of her kind known to be sailing anywhere in the world, this unique vessel is now in urgent need of both funds and volunteers to safeguard her future as a working heritage ship. In 1935, when a brand-new tug was commissioned for the port, the Auckland Harbour Board paid homage to one of Auckland’s most prominent businessmen, a founding father of Auckland and the Harbour Board’s first chairman, Captain William Crush Daldy, by naming the tug in his honour. At the time, the William C. Daldy was the pride of Auckland, considered the pinnacle of steam engineering. With a pair of triple-expansion condensing steam engines and twin screws, the tug was capable of a pull weight of 17 tons, making her easily capable of managing the shipping of the day. After more than 40 years berthing the city’s passengers and cargo, the William C. Daldy had witnessed considerable growth in the size and number of ships visiting Auckland. The new generation of container and bulk carriers were many times the size of those that had visited Auckland in the pre-war years. Tugs like the William C. Daldy were being outmanoeuvred by a new generation of diesel-powered tugs, like her namesake “Daldy” that followed her into service. The tug was retired, tied up alongside, her fate uncertain. It was then that a group of volunteers approached the harbour board with a view to taking over her operation and maintenance. The tug was leased to the William C. Daldy Preservation Society for an initial year, with a view to proving that the society’s volunteers were capable of maintaining and operating the ship and returning her to sea. The test was passed with flying colours and she was sold to the society for $1 in 1978. For more than half her life, the William C. Daldy has been owned and operated by the preservation society and used for tours around the Waitemata Harbour, with the occasional excursion to Kawau or Waiheke Islands. “Operating an 88-year-old steam ship is an ambitious undertaking,” says Ian Langley, the society’s president. “It’s worth noting that no part has ever required replacement. All the spares included with the ship are still fastened in place on the bulkhead, just as they were for her delivery voyage from Scotland.” Nevertheless, to keep her sailing requires having to undergo regular marine surveys and engineering audits. Every two years the William C. Daldy is hauled out of the water for her survey, with a more detailed engineering inspection mandated every ten years. There’s a lot of work to be done to maintain the ship’s full complement of 17 steam engines. The preservation society has been generously supported, in both cash and in kind, by a number of sponsors over the years, but the bulk of the money required to maintain her in ship-shape condition has been raised through charters and excursion fares. Thanks to the advent of COVID however, the William C. Daldy has hardly sailed since her last survey. “Unfortunately, we were unable to board the passengers, or even the volunteers that we depend on, throughout the pandemic. COVID decimated our revenue, and for the first time in her long history created a backlog of deferred maintenance.” Today the society has various challenges to overcome in order to maintain and continue to operate the vessel. Facing down not just the 10-year survey, but a backlog of deferred maintenance, the society needs an injection of volunteers and money to keep her under steam and available to Auckland. “We have ambitious plans. Consistent with every other operator of heritage machinery, we are investigating options for mitigating the impact of fossil fuel on the environment and work on this is ongoing. “Training systems are being established to enable volunteers to undertake training and achieve limited qualifications in engineering and seamanship.”

| 5 REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT William C Daldy Preservation Society Volunteers are needed to help maintain and run the ship’s full complement of 17 steam engines. Following COVID, almost $1 million is now needed to resume our critical maintenance program and assure the long-term future of the ship. Please help us save this icon of Auckland’s heritage It’s our volunteer crew, people just like you, that have made it possible to keep sailing since 1977. If you’re interested in joining our crew, email us today: To make a donation go to:

6 | T T Richard Loader 100 years of real estate services Barfoot & Thompson’s Peter Thompson – “we’re now expanding within the golden triangle of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga.” Barfoot & Thompson - Auckland: 100th Anniversary REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT WYNNWILLIAMS.CO.NZ Congratulations on your hundy... we ’ r e s u r e Cha r l e s ’ l e tt e r i s i n the ma i l When Val Barfoot arrived in New Zealand from England in 1923, full of hope and promise after serving in the First World War, the first thing he came across was a little land agency in Newmarket that was not particularly successful, but was for sale. For the princely sum of £75 Val purchased the agency and set in motion a business that would eventually become Barfoot & Thompson, the largest privately owned real estate agency in the Southern Hemisphere. The family spirit of the business was established early with Val’s older brother joining the business and eventually both brothers’ wives became involved. Val’s wife Christine became the first lady in New Zealand to receive her Salesperson’s Certificate. Because of the many boats arriving from off-shore with immigrants looking for accommodation, the firm became involved in property management very early in its history. A Property Management store was set up and in 1934 Maurice Thompson was invited to join the company and became the ‘go-to’ person, closing the deals on sales and property leases. When the Second World War came along Maurice served overseas in the New Zealand Army, but the Barfoot Brothers made him a promise that they would make him a partner upon his return, and in the 1950, true to their word, the business became Barfoot & Thompson. Now celebrating 100 years providing the full suite of real estate services, Barfoot & Thompson continues to be proudly family owned and operated and led by third generation family members Peter Thompson, Managing Director, and Stephen Barfoot, Director. T T to page 8 “We continue to be predominantly an Auckland and Northland company, with eighty branches from Pukekohe through to Whangarei and Kerikeri, but we’re now expanding within the golden triangle of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga,” says Peter. “We own half of Lodge Real Estate in Hamilton, and that’s the number one real estate agency in Hamilton. “We already have a property management division in Tauranga, and we’re in the process of advertising for a sales division there. “Opening Tauranga is a big step in this market, but we believe there is also a big opportunity for us. We have grown through a steady period, but not over committed at any one time. “Opening Tauranga is a big step in this market, but we believe there is also a big opportunity for us. We have grown through a steady period, but not over committed at any one time.”

| 7

8 | Giving back to the community Starship Children’s Hospital, and many sporting and cultural events are all beneficiaries of the company’s philanthropic ethos. T T from page 6 Barfoot & Thompson - Auckland: 100th Anniversary REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Property Law Specialists Proudly supported by Glaister Ennor 1/26 Lorne Street, Auckland Central 1010 0800 793 154 Public relations and corporate a airs specialists, providing strategic counsel and communication solutions to New Zealand’s leading companies since 1971. CDM and Barfoot & Thompson have successfully worked together for almost 26 years. With a solid understanding of the Barfoot & Thompson business, we offer advice from initial design and territorial consenting through to construction and completion. “We own 75% of the buildings that we work out of, and we are mostly debt free. So we are developing at a steady but controlled pace.” Barfoot & Thompson’s real estate operations include specialist teams working in commercial sales, leasing and property management; residential sales and property management; and rural sales. With the advent of Unit Titles, the Body Corporate team is one of the fastest growing entities within the company and this is supported by the Projects team. “We have one of the largest property management divisions in New Zealand, other than the Government. “We are known for our residential property management and that sector is growing significantly, as Auckland continues to grow and people move back to the city for work. There is a significant shortage of rental properties in today’s market.” With over 2500 people working for Barfoot & Thompson, Peter acknowledges that the company’s growth and longevity has largely been through the success of its people. “There are about 1500 independent contractors in the sales network, along with 350 sales associates. We would have 350 people in our property management team spread right across Auckland City. “There are about 150 people in our Support Centre where we provide specialist services like IT, Marketing, Human Resources and the management of our own buildings. “The rest are branch managers and front line people. Many people think real estate is an easy occupation, until they get in and realise that it’s a lot harder than they think. “Unless you are motivated and committed 100% of the time you are not going to get the sales and make the money. “You also have to have a bit of a personality about you, and be able to talk to buyers, sellers and the general public.” Giving back to the community that has supported the business for over 100 years is also a key contributing factor in Barfoot & Thompson’s longevity. Starship Children’s Hospital, and many sporting and cultural events are all beneficiaries of the company’s philanthropic ethos. Barfoot & Thompson officially celebrated its 100th birthday on the 25th of March with what Peter believes to be the largest marquee ever seen in New Zealand erected on the side of Ellerslie Racecourse, with 3900 invited guests in attendance. “We replicated the entrance to the original Barfoot & Thompson office, so that people walked through it to get to the function. “There was a formal sit down dinner, some very strong entertainment, and only a few formal speeches. It was a wonderful celebration.”

| 9 T T Richard Loader Stations part of nationwide rollout Hiringa Energy is currently developing four hydrogen refuelling stations in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Palmerston North. Hiringa Energy: Green Hydrogen Refuelling Network REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Entec Services Limited Specialists in hazardous area electrical & instrumentation Gas Detection • Switchboards • Prefabricated Plant Rooms • Control Panels Auckland • Taupo • Taranaki • South Island • NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING • REFRACTORY DRY-OUTS • WELD PROCEDURES & QUALIFICATION • CRANE INSPECTION • PIPELINE CERTIFICATION • EWP INSPECTION • POST WELD HEAT TREATMENT • CERTIFIED WELDING INSPECTORS • PRESSURE EQUIPMENT INSPECTION • HERITAGE BOILER INSPECTION • IRIS TUBE INSPECTION • EDDY CURRENT INSPECTION (06) 281 1302 | 02102321911 4 Cody Place, Waiwakaiho, New Plymouth Hiringa Energy’s development of four hydrogen refuelling stations currently underway in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Palmerston North is the first phase of a nationwide rollout to be completed over the next three to four years. Based in New Plymouth, Hiringa Energy’s genesis commenced in 2017, driven by the four founding partners’ desire to transition the existing energy industry to a low emission alternative, where hydrogen energy plays a key role. “We see hydrogen as part of the solution towards New Zealand’s decarbonisation, complementary to battery technology and other alternative fuel technologies,” says Matt Luscombe, Hiringa Energy’s Head of Developments and Projects. “It’s about finding hydrogen’s natural place which we see as the heavy transport sector due to its refuelling time, range and payload.” Hiringa Energy’s sights are set on refuelling those parts of the transportation sector where electrification and batteries are not a viable or practical solution, and where hydrogen offers a more commercially cost effective and practical alternative. “Hydrogen energy works very well for the big players that use diesel including the heavy transport, marine, aviation and industrial sectors. In the heavy transport sector there’s a grossly disproportionate amount of vehicle emissions. A truck uses 150 times the amount of fuel as a car, so decarbonising that sector has much more impact when you look at the capital required to transition the fleet.” Hiringa Energy’s decision about where to locate the initial four hydrogen production refuelling stations focused on where the heavy transport sector predominantly operates, and the amount of fuel emissions associated with that. “The vast majority of linehaul freight comes through those areas. We did a lot of work to overlay where the freight goes and where the renewable energy is generated. “Then it was looking at what highways the trucks go on, what makes sense for trucks to come in and out of. So the initial stations will be located in Auckland (Wiri), Hamilton (Te Rapa), Tauranga (Tauriko), and Palmerston North (by the airport). “That was quite strategic because we can cover 95% of New Zealand’s heavy linehaul freight routes from those sectors. We also partnered with Waitomo Group, to leverage their existing sites and where they wanted to locate new sites so that the forecourt costs could be shared. We will provide the equipment for hydrogen production and refuelling.” Each site will have an electrolyser that converts electrical energy into hydrogen. Most of the energy that the electrolyser consumes ends up being stored in the hydrogen, and that enables energy use to be time-shifted from generation. “At the moment if you were to plug your EV into a fuelling station at 8.00am, somewhere in the country there has to be a match of electricity generation, which could be through non-renewable energy. “With hydrogen you time-shift the renewable energy production to when the vehicle is fuelled. “So, in the middle of the night when the generation company is not burning coal and gas, and there is excess renewable energy around, Hiringa Energy is quietly making hydrogen and storing it for when that truck drives onto the forecourt at 8am and uses our hydrogen energy that was made off-peak. Refuelling takes about fifteen minutes, which is comparable to existing time frames for a diesel truck.” The first hydrogen station is expected to be operational by early Q4 this year, with the others following soon after and operational late this year/early next year. “TR Group, which specialises in the rental, lease, and maintenance of heavy commercial vehicles, has been another great partner,” says Matt. “They’ve taken on a big chunk of the enabling piece and with the support of the New Zealand Government have bought the initial trucks, which they will lease to a large number of companies.”

10 | Waikato District Council: Whaingaroa Wharf Upgrade T T Richard Loader Upgrade extends life of Raglan wharf Submersible scaffolding suspended off the underside of the wharf structure. REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT on the Whaingaroa Wharf upgrades In August last year the Waikato District Council (WDC) embarked on an ambitious 18-month project to upgrade the Whaingaroa (Raglan) Wharf, designed to provide significant community benefits and future proof it for generations to come. The wharf is a mix of commercial activity with fishing boats and tour boat operators based there as well as a diverse mix of shops. It is also a very popular recreational area for land based fishing, and provides access for kayaks, stand up paddle boards and boats via the boat ramp. WDC Senior Project Manager Niall McGrath says the original section was opened in 1920 with an addition built in the 1960s. “Some remedial work was undertaken ten to fifteen years ago, however more was needed and the upgrade will significantly extend the wharf’s life. Safety improvements will be made to separate pedestrians from vehicles, key to this is construction of a board walk. A key contributor to the success of the project is WDC’s close working relationship with the Raglan Community Board, the Raglan community, particularly businesses based at the wharf, contractors, and other Government agencies.” Project delivery has been broken down into three separable portions of work, two of which were undertaken in parallel and have now been completed. The final portion will commence in August and is due for completion in December this year. Portion 1 involved under-wharf repairs, with sections of submersible scaffolding floated in and suspended off the underside of the wharf structure. Crews would then blast the areas identified as needing repair using hydro demolition, blowing concrete away to reveal compromised reinforcing which would be cut out and replaced. Portion 2 involved the construction of a rock revetment off the eastern side of the boat ramp with a footpath on top leading to the new gangway and pontoon. The project also replaced the existing balustrade around the wharf. The revetment required 200 tonnes of basalt paddock boulders sourced from around the Te Uku Windfarm. The third portion which is about to commence, involves the importation and placement of 1000 tonnes of basalt boulders for the construction of a much larger rock revetment on the western side, and creating two points of entry into the water, a kayak ramp at the southern end and tidal terraces with steps at the northern end. These will be connected by a boardwalk and will see several 8 cubic metre tree pits installed. Niall says the challenges for this portion of work include the complexity of consenting in the Costal Marine Area (CMA) including the growth of sea grass since the initial design. “The work site will also impact on traffic flows and boat trailer manoeuvrability especially as we come into the warmer months, which we will mitigate with significant communication to affected stakeholders.” BECA has been engaged as lead designers for the overall project, and HEB Construction were awarded the construction project for all three separable portions through competitive tender. “As lead contractor, HEB Construction Ltd brought a depth of construction experience within the CMA with the ability to leverage their internal teams to deliver the different components of the project, they also have good subcontractor and Health and Safety process in place. The HEB Project Team have been collaborative in their efforts to deliver Council’s vision within the allocated budget.” With an overall project cost of $8 million, SP1 and SP2 is being funded by Kanoa — MBIE’s Regional Economic Development Unit — ($2,500,000), with the balance coming from WDC, while SP3 is being funded entirely by the Department of Internal Affairs’ Better Off Funding through the 3 Water Reform ($3,200.000). Whāingaroa based eCoast Marine Consulting and Research have provided support to the wharf project from day one. Prior to the project inception, and in an effort to better understand the requirements of local stakeholders such as the Raglan Volunteer Coastguard and support Waikato District Council, eCoast voluntarily undertook a hydrographic survey of the seafloor around the wharf. As the project progressed, additional survey data was collected, including seabed imagery and ecological baseline data. eCoast provided support to BECA by supplying marine engineering design criteria, and provided marine based inputs to the Environmental Assessment of Effects and an ongoing monitoring programme supporting WDC’s consent application.

| 11 Waikato District Council: Whaingaroa Wharf Upgrade Installation of the gangway that will lead to the floating pontoon. Gunite spraying (below) over new reinforcing under the wharf. REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Practical Resource Consent and Planning Solutions Proudly assisting to plan Raglan Wharf improvements 021 844 374 | Linking people, technology and the sea We are a marine and freshwater consultancy providing expert technical and advisory services. 18 Calvert Road, Raglan, New Zealand, 3297 +64 7 825 0087 Proudly Supporting Waikato District Council

12 | Rotorua Lakes Council / Naylor Love: Rotorua Aquatic Centre REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT T T Richard Loader Aquatic Centre revamp on track Stage two of the RLC’s Aquatic Centre redevelopment is focused on the main pool hall, which includes two separate pools; a twenty-five metre laned pool and a leisure pool, and the front of house area. We are proud to work in the aquatic centre industry, completing interior acoustic ceilings and building fully insulated pool enclosures. CONTACT US CALL +64 (09) 303 4373 | EMAIL INFO@FABRICSTRUCTURE.CO.NZ CANOPIES / ENCLOSURES METAL MESH INTERIORS FACADES 09 972 7682 • Toilet & Cubicle Partitioning • Vanities • Lockers • Wall Panelling • Bench Seating We are a NZ Certified Steel Fabricator so rest easy in the knowledge that we manufacture structural steelwork according to international best practice Proudly involved in theRotoruaAquatic Centre Redevelopment Project | 16 Carters Crescent, PO Box 604 | 07 827 4223 Stage Two of the Rotorua Lakes Council’s (RLC) Aquatic Centre is progressing well and expected to be completed before the winter months strike in 2024, delivering a range of benefits including a revitalised and fit for purpose facility to the community. RLC Programme Director Aimee McGregor says the last major upgrade of the much loved and very busy indoor/outdoor aquatic centre was in the 1980s, and it had become overdue for a substantial modernisation. “Stage One of the modernisation programme focused on the outdoor pool area, and included functional changes such as deepening the pool, addressing pool leakages, and lengthening it to enable a moveable bulkhead to be added for greater use flexibility. That work was completed a year ago. “Stage Two commenced December last year and is focused on the main pool hall, which includes two separate pools; a twenty-five metre laned pool and a leisure pool, and the front of house area. While one pool is being relined, for the most part the project is about the hall complex itself.” The hall’s makeover will include recladding, and reroofing using a new innovative ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) roof, which is a lightweight material that is a superb alternative to glass, bringing natural light into the hall. New services including HVAC system are also in scope. “The changing rooms were extremely tired, so they are receiving a full makeover, with new female/male/ and family friendly changing facilities, along with significantly improved accessibility provisions,” says Aimee. “There will be an improved connection and flow between the pool hall and the outdoor pool, and the front of house reception space will be remodelled to avoid the wind tunnel feeding straight into the pool space with the front doors open. The facility will have a much nicer and more modern look and feel to it.” Naylor Love was awarded both Stage One and Stage Two contracts through separate tender processes. Aimee says the company demonstrated a strong understanding of the work and the harsh aquatic environment. “They have completed other aquatic projects in other part of the country, and appreciate the harsh environment and the need for quality control. Their senior team members have been very proactive in ensuring the project work is completed to a very high standard. “The number of unseasonably wet weather days during the summer period have impacted on the project delivery a little bit. “Much of the Stage Two work is outside, so we’re tracking behind just a little programme wise. We had hoped for it to be completed in February 2024, but it’s now looking to be March/April.”

| 13 Rotorua Lakes Council / Naylor Love: Rotorua Aquatic Centre Rotorua Mayor Tania Tapsell inspects the pool complex with Dean McGahey from Naylor Love. REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Concrete Logistics For all commercial & civil concrete projects SERVICES OFFERED: Formwork Shotcrete Concrete Pumping Concrete Placing & Finishing Concrete Cutting CONTACT Ray 021 763 982 $23.5 million has been budgeted for Stage two, of which $6 million has been funded from the Government’s Better Off funding programme available to all Councils for approved projects, with the balance coming from RLC. A business case is currently being prepared around what will be included in Stage Three, which Aimee says will be all to do with new fun pool facilities. “Once we’ve modernised our existing assets we will turn our minds to what other features can be added that our community wants. We’ve been told very clearly in any community engagement, that people want a hydroslide and bombing pool. “We have a lot of space on site, so there’s a real opportunity to add in a dedicated learn to swim school pool, splash pad and water play for young people, outdoor spas — we have the luxury of a lot of geothermal energy —and of course a hydroslide and bombing pool. “We aim for that to be mostly externally funded, and so we’re looking at opportunities with commercial partners as well as funders.”

14 | Tru-Bilt Industries REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT T T Kim Newth Leader in safety systems marks 30th Tru-Bilt Industries is celebrating its 30year business journey with the release of a video telling their story, an anniversary dinner for staff and other festive events. As the team marks this special milestone, the Dunedin manufacturer of world class steel safety systems is proudly reflecting on a track record of innovation and growth through the years. “Where we have got to in our journey is because of our dedicated workforce and strong relationships with our customers,” says Tru-Bilt managing director Mark Taylor. Mark and his father, a builder by trade, started Tru-Bilt in 1993 to make industrial doors but soon began exploring what else they could offer their customers. This focus on innovation led to the development of the company’s Tru-Gard range of high quality steel safety systems including safety barriers, handrails and bollards. When Tru-Bilt first started making Tru-Gard products in 1999, the company could already see momentum building on better health and safety practices in New Zealand industries. “However, the implementation of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 was a big step up. We’ve noticed that improvements in workplace health and safety often drive a cool culture change. If someone raises a safety concern, it can pave the way to continuous improvement across that business.” Tru-Bilt moved into their cutting edge 1400sqm factory in 2019. It is equipped with the latest CNC steel processing and plasma cutting equipment for fast and efficient manufacturing. All products are designed and engineered for optimal performance. Tru-Bilt is also strongly focussed on reducing their carbon footprint with all steel product 100% recyclable and cardboard packaging used where possible. At the end of 2020, Tru-Bilt sold the industrial doors side of the operation to focus solely on the design, manufacture and installation of Tru-Gard steel safety systems. “As we are increasing the new Tru-Gard products coming on board, we are also employing new people. This year alone, in the first six months we employed four extra people in the factory. The New Zealand market is tracking well for us and we have some exciting projects going on this year, including the Christchurch Fresh Distribution Centre (CFDC) in Rolleston and the Winstone Wallboards factory in Tauranga.” The CFDC is an 11,000sqm development for a major supermarket brand that will serve as a southern distribution hub for fresh produce. Tru-Gard systems will be providing traffic safety to the site in the form of safety barriers, bollards, handrails, personnel gates and door frame protection. The Tru-Bilt factory team is busy making the products ready for installation in spring. Tru-Gard steel safety barriers will also be going into the Winstone Wallboards factory, along with barrier tunnels to protect staff in higher risk areas and a covered safe parking zone for drivers. “We can very easily modify our product to meet customer requirements, with fully engineered designs.”

| 15 Tru-Bilt Industries REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT Popular with their clientele is the TruGard Configurator that can help turn ideas into a visible plan with 3D visual effects and personalised illustrations. “It works really well and you can quickly make changes to cover all options.” Their Dunedin factory team is also busy this year making bollards for the domestic market, largely due to the surge in ram raids and retail owners wanting to upgrade their shop fronts. As Mark observes, bollards will also help protect premises from accidental vehicle damage. As well as meeting demand in New Zealand, Tru-Gard steel safety systems have been selling well in Australia for the past 20 years and in other safety conscious markets around the world. “Where we have got to in our journey is because of our dedicated workforce and strong relationships with our customers.” Mark and his family remain at the heart of this business success story. His brother Paul runs the workshop and Mark’s daughter Saffron has joined the 20-strong factory team. “It has been a big journey through to where we are today.” The Tru-Bilt factory team. Photo: Gregor Richardson ODT • • •