Drainways – from supporting role to lead position

Hawke’s Bay has been a sea of traffic cones and fenced-off infrastructure work sites as large-scale civil projects such as the Hastings District water network rebuild and the many residential subdivisions and industrial projects take off.

At the heart of some of these private enterprise projects and local and central government work is local civil and commercial infrastructure business Drainways, which has shed the sub-contractor role to become lead contractor in recent years.

Drainways managing director Mark Currie said the time was right to come out of the shadows of other businesses and step up to lead contractor status on the confidence of a strong regional economy that has attracted people to move to Hawke’s Bay; a housing shortage; and local government securing Covid-19 recovery funding from central government for ailing infrastructure and upgrades of roads and pathways.

A licensed drainlaying and certified water reticulation company, Drainways was established in Hastings in 1976 by Owen Currie, who today remains active in the business but has handed over the day-to-day reins to his sons: Mark (managing director) and Brendan are responsible for business development; Jaydon is the training administrator and H&S coordinator; and Carlton is a project manager.


First published by The ProfitRead the full story here.