Hawke’s Bay Airport is celebrating 60 years

Hawke’s Bay Airport turns 60 in 2024, and we’re going all out to celebrate. Join us for a year full of exciting events, including a brand-new kids’ play area, the ever popular ‘Run the Runway’ event, and a photo competition with some fantastic local prizes. It’s going to be a year to remember! The airport, […]

Gemco celebrates 20 years

Hawke’s Bay’s leading construction company Gemco celebrated 20 years in style with 500 guests rocking to top New Zealand band The Blackseeds at Church Road. Gemco was founded by Darren Diack and developer Terry Pratley in late 2003. Gemco managing director Darren Diack said 20 years at the forefront of the local construction scene was […]

Local businesses tap into major water project

Strata Group was the structural engineer for the Waiaroha Discovery Centre and landscaping features, becoming involved in mid 2020. Strata’s team led by Duncan Bruce, Nigel Grant, Fred da Silveira, Sam Stanton was responsible for the Construction Monitoring for the items it designed and also the structural elements that Stantec designed for the water treatment plant […]

New solar powered emergency hub

The Maraekakaho Hall will now be capable to act as a fully powered emergency response centre if required, thanks to an off-grid solution from Freenergy Solar Solutions. Maraekakaho is a rural hub for a large rural community serving Southwest Hastings District. It has excellent access from all directions and is not in any direct flooding […]

Local businesses to the fore in local water masterpiece

Hawke’s Bay businesses played a vital role in the nearly $100 million investment to ensure Hastings District residents have safe drinking water. Just seven years on from the Havelock North water crisis in 2016. Hastings District Council has delivered a major infrastructure project that includes two major water treatment stations, four large water storage tanks […]

New name as local Civil Infrastructure Business grows

Hawke’s Bay’s longest established civil construction business Russell Roads has had a name change to Tūpore Infrastructure and will invest in excess of $10 million for growth. Tūpore Infrastructure chief executive Gavin O’Connor said the name change was three-fold – ownership changes which first started in 2015, growth in the service offering from road and […]

Wayfinder takes water project to next level

Two large water tanks in Hastings city had the potential to be a big eyesore, so when Graeme Hansen from Hastings District Council invited local landscape architect Shannon Bray to a meeting about how to dress it up a bit, no-one would have ever thought of what has become a world first. “Graeme rang one […]

Wairoa Airport Runway Extension and More

Mayor Craig Little said a new runway would open up opportunities for bigger passenger planes and more business. – RNZ Government Investment in Wairoa The government of New Zealand has allocated $1.2 million for the purpose of extending the Wairoa Airport’s runway. This decision is part of a larger funding package, totaling $3.7 million, aimed […]

Planting the Seeds of Crop Diversification

More healthy Hawke’s Bay salads and vegetables will be served up on the other side of the world thanks to a new way to dry seeds for export in Central Hawke’s Bay. Kānoa, the Government’s Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit, will contribute $650,000 to support the construction, purchase and installation of a seed dryer. […]

Unison awarded for sustainability design

Unison’s Windsor Substation switchroom has become the first Landscape and Infrastructure project in the world to receive Living Building Challenge Vs 4.0 Petal Certification through the International Living Future Institute. Serving approximately 3,500 residential and commercial accounts in Parkvale, Hastings, this substation is an essential part of Unison’s electricity supply system. The Windsor Substation, the first of its kind […]

Unison and Transpower Win Energy Excellence Award for Network Initiative of the Year

Unison and Transpower were honoured to receive the prestigious Network Initiative of the Year award at the Energy Excellence Awards last night, which recognised the innovative and collaborative efforts taken to restore power in Hawke’s Bay following Cyclone Gabrielle. In the face of immense devastation, Unison and Transpower worked quickly to collaborate and apply innovative […]