Tag : Public Works Department

Classic Machines Tractors

Classic Machines: Caterpillar’s D7 tractor -‘the early years’

Charles Fairbairn
The iconic Caterpillar D7 has been in continuous production in various versions since 1935. They have fought in three major conflicts – WWII, Korea &
Heritage NZ

A concise history of Kiwi roading

Gill Prentice
Richard Silcock explores the development and construction of the country’s first roads. WHEN THE FIRST Europeans settled in New Zealand their attention was largely given
Contractor Project

Iconic viaduct’s $13m revamp

Charles Fairbairn
CHRIS WEBB reviews a sizeable restoration project that has given an old classic and important viaduct a new lease of life.  LOCATED 12 KILOMETRES south
Contractor Feature

Runway Innovations

Charles Fairbairn
  Lawrence Schäffler looks back on how the looming threat of WWII kick-started the development of the NZ Air Force’s infrastructure and how a shortage of
Comment Contractor Historical

Paying respect to Arnold Downer’s legacy

Vijay Naidu
Of the handful of family names indelibly etched in the history of our civil contracting industry is Downer, founded by engineer Arnold Downer over 80