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.

A strong economy and excellent quality of life are literally built on a foundation of aggregates. Aggregates touch our lives everyday, from the driveway to the workplace. We drive, stand and walk on aggregates yet their importance to society is almost universally under estimated.

Without aggregates we would not have roads, railways, airports, schools, hospitals and other public buildings, clean water supplies, electrical power and a myriad of every day items such as glass and crockery.

Without aggregates we would neither be able to maintain our existing vital infrastructural facilities nor would the built environment be able to expand enabling economic growth both regionally and nationally.

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.

News

Quarries set environmental standards

- see full report here

The Aggregate and Quarry Association has recognised the following companies in its annual MIMICO Environmental Excellence Awards:

Gold       Holcim NZ Ltd, Tauranga Bay Quarry, Westport

Silver     Winstone Aggregates, Belmont Quarry, Lower Hutt

Bronze   Fulton Hogan, Gore Crushing, Gore 

Gold:  The Holcim NZ project is a major rehabilitation of the Tauranga Bay quarry and surrounding lands, following Holcim’s decision to close the quarrying and cement making facilities by mid 2016.  The aim is to rehabilitate the site into a recreation amenity for public use and restore surrounding lands to a maturing indigenous forest.  It is a major project drawing on Holcim’s global Quarry Rehabilitation Directive and involving working with a very extensive group of stakeholders.

The restoration, supported by a substantial budget, will create a mosaic of indigenous forest and wetland communities similar to what existed prior to European settlement.  

The enthusiasm for this restoration project, by both the entrants, was very evident despite the fact that they were going to work themselves out of a job over the next two to three years.

Most important they were very focused on ensuring what they finally create will be of real value to the local community, in amenity and economic terms: an addition to the tourist amenities of the area.

Silver: This innovative project uses environmental consent conditions at Winstone Aggregate’s Belmont Quarry to increase staff understanding of resource consents, and other regulatory regimes within which the quarry operates.  The quarry has 13 resource consents, 310 consent conditions, one wildlife permit, three certificates of compliance, seven management plans and must comply with the permitted activity rules for a Quarry Zone within the Hutt City Plan.

The magnitude of environmental regulation that must be complied with, particularly when extending a quarry, often turns environmental management into a ‘tick the box’ process.  This was thought to result in a lack of understanding of the wider purposes of environmental regulations.  This led to the decision to use compliance as an opportunity to increase staff understanding of its purpose and value to us all. 

Thus, the granting of the resource consents for the expansion provided the opportunity to increase site operator understanding of consents - and in the process make the conditions of consents more relevant to them.  This lead to the creation of Operation Gecko – born out of a requirement to translocate Ngahere Geckos, discovered on the proposed quarry site during pre consent surveys.  It is an initiative involving Winstone, Iwi (Tenths Trust locally and another Iwi on Mana Island) and DOC in the translocation of geckos to Mana Island.

The project illustrates the importance of quarries constantly engaging with their neighbouring communities and Iwi.  Wellington has only three major quarries to supply the region.  They are an essential regional asset and staff need to be seen to really care about the inevitable environmental impacts of quarrying to ensure continuity of business and community support.

Bronze: The focus is the long-term rehabilitation of Fulton Hogan’s Gore Crushing quarry area, known locally as Jacobs Springs, following aggregate extraction from former farmland.  Given this site adjoins the Mataura River, an internationally prized trout fishing river, it is essential the quarried areas are fully rehabilitated as extraction proceeds.  A two-year planting riparian programme is the heart of this winning project.

Gore Crushing is a small gravel extraction site based on a former livestock farm, and areas still to be used are leased for grazing.  Extraction of the gravel layers results in the formation of ponds that consent conditions require to be rehabilitated.  When the property was purchased, it was decided to create a quality wetland as extraction proceeded.  This has been done in close consultation with the local community through a community liaison group with members from local councils, DOC, Iwi and Fish and Game.

Riparian plantings have taken place over the last two winters following battering of pond margins and fencing.  Over 1000 trees, shrubs and flaxes have been planted per year sourced from a local nursery specialising in locally sources seed stock.  Three more areas are scheduled for planting over the next two years.  Good establishment of plantings has been achieved and ponds are now home to a large number of ducks and other water birds.  A large eel population is now established in the ponds and will, probably, increasingly attract water birds.

The long-term plan is to pass the whole Jacobs Springs site to the community when the quarry reached the end of its life.  Fulton Hogan plans to facilitate the formation of a Community Trust to take over ownership and management of the resulting amenity area.

 “These three winning entries are good examples of what can be achieved by enthusiastic, committed staff in companies that understand the value of being a good neighbour while operating their - at times challenging – businesses in an environmentally sustainable way,” said judge Dr Morgan Williams.

“I congratulate MIMICO for ongoing sponsorship of the award. It continues to provide an excellent incentive, as evidenced by the diversity of entries, for the industry to address, achieve and celebrate sustainable management of their part of the NZ environment.”

URGENT - forums around the country for all quarry operators

MinEx and WorkSafe are holding the forums to give you the opportunity to ask questions first hand, engage with other locals on how they are implementing changes in their operations, find out about training courses in your region and more.  Click here to see the details.

WorkSafe announcement

An amendment to Notice of Requirements for Granting of Certificates of Competence Under the Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013 has been published.  Click on the following linbk for full details:
https://www.gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2015-au2314?year=2015¬iceNumber=2314

2014-2015 Chair's Report to Members

You can  read the AQA Chair, Andrea Cave's report for the past year here.

AQA hits back

The Aggregate and Quarry Association (AQA) has hit back at the bleak picture being painted of the quarry industry by unions.  Chief executive Roger Parton said the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) had painted a picture of an uncooperative industry that was actively avoiding being included in the Health and Safety Reform Bill.
These comments follow CTU general counsel Jeff Sissons saying the industry had campaigned not to be included in reforms made to the Health and Safety in Employment Act after the Pike River Mine disaster.

"That is not at all the case. We actually want to be in there," Parton said.

The AQA has been developing a code of compliance with Worksafe NZ and the association and industry as a whole is keen to get it into work practice, he said / read on

What's the definition of a quarry?

A flow‐sheet has been developed to assist a number of industries understanding of their potential obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013.

There are many instances across New Zealand where companies are engaged in activities that fall under the definition of Quarry Operations as defined in the 16 December 2013 amendment to the Act. Those operations that fall under these regulations are subject to a number of codes, guidelines and regulations that companies need to be aware of and to follow/read more

MITO update

MITO have uploaded additional information onto its website which includes course information, training dates and frequently asked questions. Please refer to:  https://mito.org.nz/extractive/certificates-of-competence-extractives

 For questions regarding compliance with the regulations or interpretation of requirements contact NZ Mining Board of Examiners or WorkSafe NZ on 0800 030 0400800 030 040 FREE or BOE_Secretariat@worksafe.govt.nz and hhu.extractives@worksafe.govt.nz

For questions regarding COC applications
Contact MITO on 0800 81 21 20800 81 21 21   0800 81 21 210800 81 21 21 FREE or  certificates@mito.org.nz

For questions regarding MITO’s training programmes
Contact MITO on 0800 81 21 210800 81 21 21 FREE or 0800 81 21 21 info@mito.org.nz

Safety on site

A health and safety plan for the safety of staff and quarry visitors is the responsibility of the company, and implementation is the responsibility of every person on the site.  For full information on what is required under the law, see the WorkSafe website: www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/ and click on extractives in the left hand menu.

If you are operating a quarry then holding a Certificate of Competence is essential.  The regulations,   The Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013 are available on the WorkSafe website (web address above).

The industry’s health and safety council, MinEx, has a wealth of information www.minex.org.nz on its site.  You can also download a copy of People Come First, a Ministry of Building and Innovation in Employment publication about building a strong health and safety culture in New Zealand mines, quarries and tunnels.  Hard copies of the publication are available from WorkSafe.

Radio interview

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Membership

To become a member please complete the Application for Membership form or contact us for further information and a membership pack.

MIMICO Environmental Excellence Awards winners 2015

You can read about the winning entries in our Environmental pages

 

 Aggregate News

-  see the latest edition here
and the special conference awards edition here

 

AQA Business Plan 2014-2015

Download your copy here

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