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.
THIS MAY AFFECT YOU!
MITO, the industry ITO has, in conjunction with the industry, undergone a review of all the qualificationsfor those in the extractives sector.
The final drafts of the qualifications and the content of each is now distributed for consultation with industry members and others who may be affected.
This is YOUR opportunity to comment on the qualification structure and content of your industry. The consultation document can be viewed at or downloaded from
The AQA Board urges all members of the industry to read the consultation document and make any comments direct to MITO. Consultation closes on Thursday 18 December 2014.
You can listen to Pavement research for better roads an interview with Steve Bagshaw and Phil Herrington onOur Changing World, Radio NZ http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20152463
Are we still in the stone age?
Our Planning and Technical Advisor, Bill Bourke, says yes, we are, your can download his presentation on the topic here. The presentation was made to the NZ Society of Local Government Managers in November 2014.
What's the definition of a quarry?
The definition of a quarry or quarrying operation is defined in the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2013, in italics below. This definition needs to be read in its entirety. If any person (includes a company) is extracting and processing ‘material, other than any coal or mineral, from the earth’ then it is a quarry. Subsection (1) (b) & (c) states that the extraction (digging up) and processing (crushing and/or screening) can be carried out at different places. This is still a quarrying operation; eg an alluvial quarry where river gravel is loaded onto trucks (extracted) and transported 50kms to a yard where it is crushed and/or screened (processed).
Subsection 2 addresses the size and frequency of the operation. The size of an operation does not necessarily reflect the hazards on site; ground control, machine guarding, heavy vehicle and light vehicle and pedestrian inter-action and electrical installation, to name some.
(1) In this Act, quarrying operation—
(a) means an activity carried out above ground for the purpose of—
(i) extracting any material, other than any coal or any mineral, from the earth; or
(ii) processing any material, other than any coal or any mineral, at the place where the material is extracted; and
(b) includes the place where an activity described in paragraph (a) is carried out; and
(c) includes any place in which any material extracted or processed in a quarry is crushed or screened.
(2) Subsection (1) applies whether or not the material is to be extracted or processed for commercial gain and whether or not the material is extracted or processed by the use of explosives.
To see the full Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 go to
2013-2014 Chair's Report to Members
You can download a read the AQA Chair, Andrea Cave's reports for the past year here.
Congratulations to our four award winners 2014:
Gold Higgin’s Baldwin Quarry, Waikato
Silver Winstone Aggregate’s Hunua Quarry, Papakura.
Bronze Holcim’s Bombay Quarry, Pokeno
Bronze Winstone Aggregate’s Pukekawa Quarry, Pukekawa
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 email@example.com.
To become a member please complete the Application for Membership form or contact us for further information and a membership pack.
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AQA Business Plan 2014-2015
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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.
Understanding NZ aggregates
Two reports, Geologic Inventory of North Island Aggregate Resources: Influences on Engineering Materials Properties and South Island Aggregate Inventory: Geological Influences on Materials Properties by Prof. Philippa Black, Geology, School of the Environment, University of Auckland, discuss the major geological types of aggregates, their locations, and the indicative ranges of their engineering properties. Download on our technical page under Understanding NZ aggregates.
The Tyranny of Distance
the real cost of transporting aggregates click here