2019 Civil Contractors Excavator Operator Competition

Queenstown / 26 Jan 2019

Fancy an egg and a cuppa tea for your breakfast? Easy enough to sort before work, right? Now try picking the egg up from atop of a road cone and pouring tea from the end of a bucket using an EXCAVATOR. Now that takes skill!

These are two of the challenges set for competitors at the Civil Contractors New Zealand National Excavator Operator Competition.  The concept behind the competition was to encourage operators to enhance their skills in a competitive environment, as well as to give recognition where it is deserved. In 1995 the first competition took place in the Manuwatu, and over 15 years later, the competition has gained in popularity and spread nationwide.

This year the Otago area competition was held at the Taieri A & P Showgrounds on 26 January.  It was a grueling 15-hour day (including travel time), with many challenges, and with support of Construction Operations Manager, Scott Sutherland, a team of five took up the challenge. They represented Central Otago well, and we’re proud to say that our Drainage Foreman, Jonathon Vaughan, came third overall, Adonis fifth, Jimmy 10th, Kirkal 11th and Brad R 15th.  

See the image below of Jonathon picking up eggs. Easy does it Jonathon! We prefer our eggs fried, not scrambled!

Winners from each region go through to compete at a national level later in the year, in Feilding on March 14-16.  Bring it on for next year guys!