Hirepool backing NZ’s civil construction industry

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From left: Hirepool general manager sales and marketing Gary Richardson, Hirepool chief executive Brian Stephen, CCNZ president Tim Ford, and CCNZ chief executive Peter Silcock.

A long-standing partnership for the benefit of New Zealand’s civil construction industry is set to continue following the renewal of Hirepool’s Principal Business Partner Agreement with Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) for a further three years.

CCNZ chief executive Peter Silcock says the partnership had “great mutual benefit”, playing an important role supporting the civil construction industry.

“CCNZ works closely with the Hirepool team across the country. They have partnered with us knowing a thriving civil construction industry is good for the many businesses within it, including Hirepool. We couldn’t ask for a better business partner.”

The close relationship began when Eric Jarvie and Peter Brookfield founded the business in 1955 to supply New Zealand’s civil contractors with heavy equipment.

The major part of Hirepool’s business still originates from civil infrastructure and non-residential vertical construction.

Given the shared objectives of supporting the civil construction industry, a formal relationship between Hirepool and CCNZ made perfect sense, Mr Silcock says.

Hirepool general manager of sales and marketing Gary Richardson plays a vital role, working with other associate members to set CCNZ’s course.

He sits on the CCNZ Executive Council as associate councillor, with an open door for associates to discuss ideas and develop opportunities of benefit to the association and its members.

Mr Richardson says Hirepool took a lot from the relationship, and was immensely proud to lend its name to the industry’s peak awards, the Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards.

Celebrating outstanding achievements at the annual awards evening was “extremely satisfying”, helping to elevate amazing projects and the amazing people working on them, he says.

Hirepool itself was honoured at the 2019 awards, receiving the inaugural CCNZ Major Associate Award for businesses working to support contractors.

The award recognised long-term support and major benefit to contractors and their communities at a regional and national level.

“Hirepool is a deserving recipient, having supported civil construction for more than 60 years.

“They sponsor our national Construction Excellence Awards, they are a major sponsor at our conference, a silver sponsor of our excavator competition, and provide funding and support for events in every branch across the country,” Mr Silcock says.

In addition to supporting contractors, Hirepool gives back to communities by contributing to initiatives such as the Hirepool Big Clean.

A 2018 event, in conjunction with the charity Sustainable Coastlines, removed 9200 litres of litter, amounting to more than 107,000 individual pieces of unsightly junk, from Taumanau Reserve in Mangere.