Welcome to the official website of the Aggregate and Quarry Association of New Zealand. It is specifically for people who would like to find out more about quarrying and the role it has to play in our society. The quarrying industry provides essential materials to meet the demands of New Zealand’s growth and infrastructure. We hope the information in this site outlines the importance of what we do, and in particular the high priority we place on environmental issues within the industry.


Extractives Industry Advisory Group appointed

WorkSafe New Zealand has announced the Extractives Industry Advisory Group’s terms of reference and group members.  The AQA is represented by Board member Tony Hunter.  The following statement was made by WorkSafe:

A highly experienced group of extractives industry experts has been appointed to provide advice to the WorkSafe New Zealand Board on the implementation of the new regulatory framework for mining and tunnelling.

WorkSafe NZ Board Chair, Professor Gregor Coster said new mining health and safety regulations and a number of amendments to the Health and Safety in Employment Act came into force in December last year and together they create a new regulatory framework for health and safety in the extractives industry.

“The WorkSafe New Zealand Act mandates the establishment of advisory bodies, and this was a priority sector for us.

“The Board wants a way of independently overseeing the effectiveness of the regulatory framework and WorkSafe NZ operations to ensure that what we believe is right is actually meeting the terms of the regulatory environment and just as importantly, theneeds of the sector,” he said.

“The Extractives Industry Advisory Group will be tasked with advising the Board on the effectiveness of the new regulatory environment, the effectiveness of WorkSafe NZ in administering and enforcing the regulations and their governing Act and to be a conduit between WorkSafe NZ and the industry,” Professor Coster said.

The Extractives Industry Advisory Group will be chaired by Gavin Taylor, who was seconded to the former Department of Labour from the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines to assist in the setting up of New Zealand’s High Hazards Unit. He is currently consulting to his former employer in Queensland.

Working with Mr Taylor will be 11 other industry experts including operators, academics and union representatives.

“This is a very experienced and strong group and they will provide valuable insights for the Board as we strive to bring down the terrible death and injury toll in this country by 25% or more by 2020,” Professor Coster said.

See the Terms of Reference

Read biographies of the advisory group members

MITO update

During 2013, representatives from the mining and quarrying industries worked with MITO to develop five proposed New Zealand Certificates and Diplomas, to replace the current National Certificates and Diplomas in 2016. Designed by industry, for industry, and developed in line with the Pike River Implementation Plan, the proposed qualifications have been submitted to NZQA for their approval.

There are currently 20 National Certificates and Diplomas for the extractives industry. The five proposed qualifications are to replace 19 of these—the additional qualification, the Certificate in Underground Mines Rescue, is being reviewed at the moment, and we hope to consult on this later in the year.

For more information about the project or current extractives qualifications, please visit www.mito.org.nz/extractives/extractive. If you would like to provide feedback on the proposed qualifications, be involved in the review, or simply have questions, please email Samantha McNaughton on samantha.mcnaughton@mito.org.nz.






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Health and Safety

WorkSafe have recently issued Best Practice Guidelines for Safe Use of Machinery file:///C:/Users/Temp/Downloads/safe-use-of-machinery-guidelines.pdf.  It outlines the hazards that come with using machinery in the workplace, potential injuries and how best to control these hazards. It gives duty holders advice on how to use machinery safely and meet their duties under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act) and the Health and Safety in Regulations 1995 (HSE Regulations). When using this guideline, consider the unique demands of your workplace and industry; there may be other hazards and risks not covered in this guideline.

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