Alan Titchall was at NEOC 2017 to capture the action.
For the 16th consecutive year the competition was held at Mansfield Park in Feilding, during Central Districts Field-Days.
NEOC is a showpiece event for CCNZ, a chance to highlight the skills involved in operating heavy machinery.
Here's our album from Day One.
Managing editor Alan Titchall is in Feilding at the Excavator Operator Competition. He is capturing film and photo footage of the skills challenges.
Here he films Josh Keane from Otago on the first skills challenge:
The operator in this second clip is pouring a drink using the machine controls