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.


MIMICO Environmental Excellence Awards 2014

Do you have an initiative that will protect the environment? Whether it’s a big or a small project, you should consider entering the 2014 MIMICO Environmental Excellence Awards.

 It’s easy to do - just complete the entry form and get your General Manager to sign off.

 The judge, Dr Morgan Williams will contact you to arrange a visit.

  It’s as simple as that.

 The award recognises multiple entries with Gold, Silver and Bronze categories.

 Winners will all gain publicity that will include written and print materials and features on the AQA website’s new environmental section. 

 We know you are working hard for the environment – all you need to do is let us know the detail and we will do the rest.

 Closing date for entries is 4.00 pm on Monday 26 May.

 The winners will be announced at the 2014 QuarryNZ Conference at Whangarei in July.

 Click here for details and an entry form.

QuarryNZ Conference

 The 46th QuarryNZ Conference, Our Giants of the North, will be held this year in Whangarei between 16-18 July.  For all the details and for booking your spot, see http://www.quarrynz.com . With an exciting line up of speakers, a rich history, a warm climate, a varied resource and an array of activates and landscapes, Northland promises to deliver a conference with lasting memories.

The keynote speaker is Susan Tighe, PhD, PEng.  Professor Tighe is an author of over 400 technical publications in pavements and infrastructure and is involved in a number of research projects both nationally and internationally. She was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 for her leadership and vision with respect to the Canadian Transportation Community in 2006 and was a 2009 recipient of the inaugural 40 Under 40 in the Region of Waterloo.

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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