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We are please to announce that Nikau Contractors Limited from New Zealand has won the category of "Contractor of the Year" for 2013- 2014 at the World Demolition Awards in Amsterdam. Importantly, Nikau's win this year was the first time the Contractor of the Year category has been gained by a company from outside of Europe and Nikau is therefore the first Southern Hemisphere winner of this category. I wish you all the best for the future and congratulations to all the team for this great win.

Lindsay Gale, KHL Group

Congratulations on being named joint winners with GHD Ltd in the Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence to Industry for projects under $7M. The nominees in this section were of a particularly high calibre this year and you can be justifiably proud of your achievement and the team involved in this project.

Chief of Navy Rear Admiral D.I Ledson ONZM

Dow challenged Nikau to design a method of demolition that would include ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH AND SAFETY as the number one priority. The Nikau organization stepped up to the challenge. They developed and executed a detailed methodology that included experienced personnel, procedures, and measurements to mitigate the project team’s risks. The Dow project team was impressed with Nikau’s commitment to our agreed upon priority as well as their knowledge of and adherence to the rules and regulations of the site and the local regulatory authorities. The project was successfully completed without an EH&S incident. Dow AgroSciences was pleased with Nikau’s performance and looks forward to working with the Nikau team again in the near future as opportunities arise.

Mike Darrin, Project Manager, DOW Chemicals

I have been involved with Nikau for the past nine months as project manager for the deconstruction of the fourteen storied Heritage Hotels Christchurch tower building in Cathedral Square Christchurch. The work on the building was challenging because of its close proximity to the Heritage Hotel Old Government Building which is a Historic Places Trust classified building, and the Millenium Hotel building located on one site boundary. Nikau Contractors proved to have the management, equipment, key staff and workforce to complete the deconstruction work in a safe and timely manner. Their hazardous materials and health and safety procedures are of a very high standard. My dealings were primarily with Diana Stil, John Paul Stil and Helina Stil, all of whom are excellent to deal with. Their business ethics, reporting procedures and meeting skills are of the highest standard, and I found them to be honest and trustworthy. I recommending Nikau Contractors Limited for all types of deconstruction projects.

Neville Corbett; NPC Quantity Surveyors Limited

John, I wish to thank you and your team for the splendid job you did on the demolition of buildings at 116 Cloverlly Road. This was a high profile project that require Nikau to respond promptly to a request from Manukau City Council to demolish buildings that were a risk to public safety. The buildings were demolished under the emergency powers defined in the Building Act 2004.The demolition works encountered hazards from collapsing buildings and significant land subsidence and these were extremely well managed through the health and safety plan. The possibility of hazards for children attending the the adjacent school were well covered under the Traffic Management Plan and we received positive feedback from a school board trustee. Your team conducted themselves professionally throughout the demolition period and were very receptive to Council's need and cultivated a very good relationship with residents within the area. They responded to the changing conditions and they upheld their own high standards for health and safety.

Carole Todd, Group Manager Environmental Operations, Manukau City Council

I am writing to convey our thanks for the above demolition at our plant. We were very impressed with your team you had doing the job and the way we worked in with plant personnel to minimise disruption to container loading which was taking place adjacent to the building being demolished. We could not have wished for a more considerate team to work with. We were very impressed with the tidy manner in which they went about their work and how they minimised dust nuisance on the site, something we feared could have been a disruption to our container load outs. The site was left very tidy at the completion of the contract and were were similarly impressed with how tidy they kept their site area. They were a pleasure to have on the site.

John Henry,Plant Engineer, Affco New Zealand Ltd, Moerewa Plant

Because of our past successful association there is never any hesitation in calling upon Nikau Contractors Ltd to carry out demolition work at the Kinleath site. I did initially think that this job may have been too small to bring someone all the way down from Auckland so I am pleased that you made the initial contact. I am not knocking the abilities of the other contractor that I had lined up for the work, but even he was the first to admit that the experts made the work look so easy and relieved him of a lot of responsibility. Your efforts in this instance have been so clean and efficient that I am sure that many people onsite are not yet aware that you have completed the job and have left. They probably all saw you arrive because your vehicles and equipment are always well presented. To me, that is always an indication that we are dealing with a professional contractor.

Peter Gibbs, Senior Project Engineer, Carter Holt Harvey, Kinleath Mill

For the deconstruction of the Price Waterhouse Coopers Building in 2012, Arrow partnered with Nikau Contractors Ltd as we considered them to be the strongest deconstruction team in Christchurch with vast experience on significant building demolition. The complexity of this project necessitated the best possible members for the team. During the course of this partnership, Nikau have proven their reputation as national leaders in innovation and technical deconstruction. They bring with them an excellent record of achieving outstanding results on complex demolition projects.Progress to date on the Price Waterhouse Coopers building is no exception, and they have complimented the broader team with their professionalism and modern design and management tools, together with vast experience of the capability of plant and equipment and its application required for the successful completion of this project. With each sizeable aftershock, of which there have been many thus far, there is a requirement to cease work and have an engineers assessment of potential further damage to the building incurred. Despite these testing delays , Nikau have continued to meet critical deadlines, which is testimony to their professionalism and experience.

Ian Smith, Director, Arrow International (NZ) Ltd

Nikau were awarded a contract by South Taranaki District Council to carry out the demolition and remediation of the Patea Freezing Works site, [which] involved the demolition and removal of all buildings and structures that were damaged by fire in 2008. This contract work included the removal of friable asbestos cement cladding, asbestos insulation and remediation of asbestos contaminated soils. There was a high recovery of materials, soils and aggregate that were remediated from contamination and recycled and utilised to contour the land. This land has been tested and cleared for agricultural use and will leased out as grazing to a local farmer. Nikau managed the contract professionally and were an experienced and competent company. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for any future demolition work or for work on contaminated sites.

Viv Eyberg, Projects Manager, South Taranaki District Council

Nikau was the contractor selected for the final stage of the demolition at the former Meremere Power Station site in North Waikato. The project incorporated deconstruction of the six top hung boilers and boiler hall, followed by the construction of a new north wall to the turbine hall. The project was conducted 2005 and 2007. Prior to commencing the demolition, initial tests revealed the presence of small amounts of asbestos fibre throughout the building. The building was therefore sealed and deconstruction was carried out in a negative pressure environment. I was appointed as Engineer's Representative to manage the deconstruction project on behalf of the Principal, Genesis Energy. Challenges that were managed by Nikau included: Asbestos contamination required full asbestos personal protective equipment, powered respirators and decontamination facilities. All materials removed from the building were decontaminated by water blasting. Contaminated water was collected and disposed of off site. Work at height and with difficult access necessitated a combination of specialised access equipment and scaffolding Hot work required additional protective equipment Fumes from machines operating within an enclosed space were monitored and managed The combination of heat from machines, gas cutting, physical exertion in restrictive PPE and summer sun through the temporary clear plastic wall made heat stress a significant issue. Nikau was proactive and innovative in developing solutions to this problem. Emergency procedures were verified by holding drills. During the project, I observed Nikau take their health and safety responsibilities seriously. They elected to employ a former Department of Labour Inspector to regularly audit their activities and test for asbestos outside the building and in the clean areas. His reports gave us a high level of confidence that hazards were being managed in a proactive and effective manner.

Andrew Shallard, Senior Civil Engineer, Tonkin and Taylor