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.


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:

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.

2013-2014 Chair's Report to Members

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

MIMICO Environmental Excellence Awards 2014                       

 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






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 2015

Entries for 2015 are now open, and we are keen to hear about the environmental work you have been engaged in, major or minor.  Take a look at the entry form to see how simple it is to be involved.

 Aggregate News

-  see the latest 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