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Kaikoura earthquake: Higgins in the rebuild team


In late December Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced the establishment of a new alliance, to repair State Highway 1 and the rail line north and south of Kaikoura which was damaged by the  magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the 14th November 2016. Higgins is a member of the new alliance known as the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) and other members include the NZ

Higgins awarded for Training and Development


At the Civil Contractors NZ national conference on the 5 August, Higgins was announced as the winner of the Connexis Company Training and Development Awards 2016 in the category businesses $25m + turnover.   The Award sponsored by Connexis recognises the company’s program of training to: • provide opportunities for their staff to gain skills and knowledge through a nationally

Higgins PN - airport project awarded


Recently Higgins Palmerston North won the Supreme Award for Construction Projects at the Central Districts CCNZ regional awards. The team won the award for a resurfacing project at Palmerston North Airport. The contract involved the removal of a 34 year old 30mm surface layer of asphalt by cold milling, applying a polymer modified emulsion waterproofing membrane seal and laying a new, more durable

Dashwood Overbridge Alignment project wins regional CCNZ award


The Malborough/Nelson Civil Contractors NZ awards were held on 17 June 2016. Higgins Nelson was awarded in the category ‘Projects Over $1.5m’ for the SH1S Dashwood Overbridge Alignment project. The key feature of the contract was the construction of a 54m long rail overpass along with two 8.6m high retaining walls. The new 2km road alignment removed six slow speed curves and a narrow

Hawkes Bay sports park

Higgins backs Park

Higgins today announced an extension of their sponsorship to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park with a commitment of $50,000 per year for the next five years totalling $250,000.
Sports Park Chairman Rex Graham said Higgins had been a long term supporter of the Park. “Higgins has backed us from day one including during the global financial crisis when funding was hard to come by. The Park

Higgins Bay of Plenty awarded Tauranga City maintenance contract


Commencing on the 1 July 2016 for five years, the contract involves the maintenance of 560km of sealed roads within the Tauranga City boundary. Network maintenance activities include pavement, surface, signs & road markings,car park and reserve road, drainage, kerb and footpath repairs and renewal, traffic signal civil works and incident/emergency response, asset data management, inspections

Higgins Christchurch asphalt plant

Higgins opens asphalt plant in Christchurch

The new plant capable of 150/t per hour will provide the region with a range of quality mixes.
Higgins will bring to Christchurch the expertise we have nationally in our asphalt paving operations. As a business HIggins has been producing it's own asphalt since the 1970's and we now have 11 fixed asphalt plants and 1 mobile plant.

Fiji home devastated

Higgins donate FJ$250,000 to Fiji

To help post cyclone relief efforts in Fiji, Higgins have donated money and man power to assist Fiji get back on its feet.
Higgins has a team of 250 staff on the ground, the majority of who are locals. Higgins Chief Executive Officer David Geor says that after seeing the destruction and the impact Cyclone Winston had on the Higgins staff and their families it implemented a response plan to help.

Hawkes Bay NOC

Hawke’s Bay Network Outcomes Contract win

The Hawkes Bay Network Outcomes contract has been awarded to a partnership headed by Higgins Contractors.
Partners include local and regional sub-contractors including Wairoa-based QRS and consultants BECA and GHD.

Higgins and Fletcher Building

Today the owners of Higgins announced that they have signed a conditional agreement to sell the New Zealand and Fiji assets of Higgins to Fletcher Building, excluding Higgins ready-mix concrete and property assets.
The purchase by Fletcher Building offers the wider Higgins Group the opportunity to continue to deliver on our growth strategies and cement our place as a Tier One organisation in New

NZ Transport Agency awards Hamilton section

The 21 kilometre long Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway is the biggest roading project in Waikato history.
The section will be constructed by a group made up of Higgins, Fletcher, Beca and Coffey (FBHC), in an alliance with the Transport Agency.

RiskNZ Excellence Awards

Higgins has won a coveted RiskNZ award for the teams work on the East Bay of Plenty Network Outcomes Contract
The category was “Excellence in Building Risk Management Capability” and involved a team of Higgins, Beca and NZTA. The winning submission was based on the Bay of Plenty Network Outcomes Contract's risk management commitment and success.

H&S

Higgins Health & Safety Award Winners

Last night the Higgins team won the Health and Safety category at the NZ Transport Agency GEM awards.
The GEM Awards (Going the Extra Mile) recognise and celebrate companies who go the extra mile for customer service, safety and to achieve quality industry standards. 

MDC HDC RDC

Higgins chosen for combined local authority contract

The Manawatu, Rangitikei and Horowhenua district councils collaborative roading maintenance contracts start today.
As of this morning, the Higgins Green Team begin a joint contract with local district councils to deliver efficiencies and savings across the three networks. 

HB Sports Park HockeyTurf

Hawke’s Bay double win at contractor awards

The Civil Contractors NZ Awards held on Friday night at The Old Church in Napier saw Higgins Hawkes Bay walk away with the Image award and for the fourth year, the over 200k award.
24 Hawke's Bay staff including CEO David Geor watched Louis Meyer collect their award won for the branches work on the Hawke's Bay Sports Park.

Fiji N2

Higgins Fiji secures Nadi N2 contract

Higgins Fiji has secured the international gateway project to construct four lanes along the Queens Road in Nadi for the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA).
The FRA have contracted this road upgrade to improve the international gateway into and out of Fiji, decreasing travel times and relieving traffic congestion for both visitors and the local community.

Mr Key and Mr Naylor

PM visits PN

Higgins Palmerston North played host today to the Prime Minister the Right Honourable John Key.
The Prime Minister was joined by the Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman who made an announcement to media on the National Party's commitment to investment in defence.

Turning first Sod

Transmission Gully project officially begins

The first sod was turned on Monday 8th September, marking the beginning of construction on this $850 million dollar project.
Higgins is a dedicated and exclusive subcontractor to the Wellington Gateway Partnership, the consortium selected to deliver the motorway by NZTA.

Meremere Aggregates

Higgins Aggregates Meremere awarded for Environmental Excellence

Higgins Aggregates - Meremere quarry located near Te Kauwhata in Waikato was awarded the 2014 Mimico Environmental Excellence Award from the Aggregate and Quarry Association.
 The Award was for the construction of a wetlands area on land opposite their quarry.

Picton Marina

Marina work wins Supreme Award

For the second year in a row, Higgins has won the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Contractors Federation Awards 2014 (Nelson/Marlborough).
The team involved won for their work on the Picton marina launching ramp, Jetty 10, landside works and carpark. Alongside the Supreme Award, the project also won the Projects Over 1.5M award and was nominated for the national awards.

PN Airport pic

Runway project wins Central District Award

The Higgins team on the Palmerston North Airport Runway 07-25 have won the New Zealand Contractor Central Districts award for Category 2 Contracts ($25,000 to $100,000)

Bay of Plenty East Network Outcomes Contract

Bay of Plenty East Network Outcomes Contract Awarded

NZTA have awarded the Bay of Plenty East Network Outcomes Contract (NOC) to a partnership led by Higgins.
The maintenance contract covers the area including Rotorua, Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau districts and is effective from the 1 July 2014.

John Key announces First Power

‘First Power’ generated at Mill Creek Wind Farm

Prime Minister John Key joined Meridian Energy staff and the construction team to celebrate the official ‘First Power’ at the Mill Creek Wind Farm.
Two of the 26 wind turbines at the Mill Creek wind farm are now fully operational and successfully generating power into the national grid.

Young Higgins team members abseiling.

Green Team members to experience Outward Bound

Six young Higgins team members have been selected to attend an 8 day Outward Bound course.
The six team members were selected from those that attended the Higgins 'Young Fellas' training camps in 2013. The Outward Bound Courses will further extend the leadership development of these young people in our business.

Ngaruawahia section officially opened

Waikato Expressway section opens

The new 12.3km section of the Waikato Expressway was officially opened by Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee on the 16 December.
Minister Gerry Brownlee, local authority figures, and Waikato-Tainui iwi group joined the NZ Transport Agency to officially open the new 12.3km section. Around a thousand members of the local community attended the official ceremony which ran from 11.30am to 12.15pm

Mackays to Peka Peka project construction starts

Mackays to Peka Peka Project officially begins

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee joined others in the alliance team at the official sod turning ceremony on the 2 December 2013.
The project is a four lane, 18km project road improvement project and represents part of the Northern Corridor north of Wellington - a road marked as one of National Roads of Significance. Higgins is an alliance partner in this project and will play a major role

Manawatu Gorge from above

Manawatu team wins Roading Excellence Award

The Manawatu Gorge Slip Remediation team have been awarded the Roading New Zealand Excellence Award for a ‘Medium Sized Road” project.
The section of State Highway 3 that runs through the Manawatu Gorge was closed due to a massive slip. The narrow road cuts through the Southern side of the Gorge and is perched 20 metres above the Manawatu river level.

Manawatu Gorge Slip Ground level

Gorge work wins Highly Commended Award

Higgins has received a highly commended award in the national NZ Contractors Awards - Category 3 (projects valued $5m - $25m) at the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation Gala dinner.
The Manawatu Gorge Slip Remediation project, was judged independently by a panel of judges drawn from across the contracting and consulting sectors.

Higgins Nelson project wins Supreme Award

Higgins Nelson project wins Supreme Award

Higgins Nelson were proud to receive the Supreme Award at the NZ Contractors Nelson award ceremony.
The Port Marlborough Waikawa Marine Centre - stage 3 hardstand project was completed in the 14 week timeframe on time, within budget and to a high standard during difficult weather conditions.

Higgins Fiji

Higgins Fiji - official opening of new office

Higgins Fiji officially opened their new office in Nadi with a formal ceremony attended by Fiji Prime Minister, Commodore Vereqe Bainimarama and the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Higgins Fiji is contracted to the Fijian government to provide road maintenance in the Western Division of Fiji for four years; a contract that commenced in January 2013.  The ceremony involved formal

Calcon Limited Purchase

Higgins Group Holdings purchase Calcon Limited

Higgins Group purchased Christchurch based road construction company Calcon Limited and its sister company Selwyn Quarries Limited on the 1 April 2013
Higgins Group Holdings Limited purchased Christchurch based road construction company Calcon Limited effective 1 April 2013.

Engineering Scholarship

Higgins Waikato offer engineering scholarship

Higgins Waikato are offering a annual engineering scholarship to Year 13 students in the Waikato region.
Higgins Waikato are offering an annual engineering scholarship to Year 13 students in the Waikato region.

Manawatu Gorge Slip Project

Manawatu Gorge Slip Project Team win NZTA GEM Award

In the maintenance section of the NZTA GEM Awards announced on the 14th March 2013, the team who worked on the Manawatu Gorge Slip Project were recognised with the Award for providing excellent customer care during an event or incident.

VPT Tunnel wins major awards

In completing the substantial project, the Victoria Park Alliance team had to work within a long list of planning designation conditions, manage contaminated ground conditions and deal with the removal of a 124 year old brick and mortar building. Overcoming these challenges however, the “best for project” team exceeded all expectations and impressed the judges.

Kopane Bridge Project wins Excellence Award

Kopane Bridge Project wins Roading New Zealand Excellence Award in the category ‘Minor Road Project’.