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Wairoa in new QRS board member's bones

Wairoa in new QRS board member's bones

Although he was born in Waipukurau, new QRS board member Fenton Wilson grew up on the inter-generational Frasertown farm he now runs and says Wairoa is in his bones.

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Civil contracting distinction for three QRS staff

Civil contracting distinction for three QRS staff

When you start at the bottom it’s important to be recognised as you move up within your chosen industry, says one of three civil construction stalwarts who gained Civil Trades Certification at Quality Roading and Services (QRS) last month.

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NZTA award recognises health and safety commitment at QRS

NZTA award recognises health and safety commitment at QRS

Senior Quality Roading and Services staff have paid credit to fellow Hawkes Bay civil construction company McNatty Construction this month after it received a New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) monthly award.

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Record breaking profit growth at QRS

Record breaking profit growth at QRS

Locally owned Wairoa civil construction and roading company Quality Roading and Services has made a record-breaking $1.1 million profit following a period of significant growth.

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Fairy tale ending for Fairy Springs track repair

Fairy tale ending for Fairy Springs track repair

Wet feet are a thing of the past on the stunning Lake Kaitawa Fairy Springs track now that Quality Roading and Services (QRS) have rebuilt a portion of the walkway.

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Youngster has opportunity

Youngster has opportunity

At 16 years old Kauri Gray, Ngāti Kahungunu, is the youngest member of the Quality Roading and Services team but his determination makes him a man with potential.

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Foot on the pedal for his future

Foot on the pedal for his future

With a stake in the future as an automotive engineer, young Quality Roading and Services labourer Tiakiwai King has a foot in the past with his love of old school cars.

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Melissa Stanaway rides into QRS

Melissa Stanaway rides into QRS

THE team in Quality Roading and Services' workshop have new competition for the title of company grease monkey. Freshly-appointed administrator and receptionist Melissa Stanaway is a vintage motorbike rider as well as secretary/treasurer of the Wairoa Motorcycle Sports Club. While she admits husband Graeme takes care of most of the actual grease work, Melissa is still the owner of a 1954 James motorcycle and a 1972 Indian MT 125.

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Most important part of this company are the people, says QRS board chair

Most important part of this company are the people, says QRS board chair

Guy Gaddum knows the value of hard graft – growing up near Gisborne, his quarrier dad would wake his sons at 4am to head off to work – and that's what's it's taken to turn Quality Roading and Services into a high-functioning, profitable company.

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Davena makes her mark

Davena makes her mark

Davena Morunga, Rongomaiwahine, is making sure the region’s newest road safety measures don’t disrupt existing utilities.

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Mind the gap at Mahia

Mind the gap at Mahia

QRS has been helping apply a temporary repair to the Mahia East Coast Road near the Waitapatu Culvert where coastal erosion has dramatically undermined an old wooden crib wall causing it to fail and the section of road above it to drop into the sea.

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NZ transport expert David Proctor joins QRS board

NZ transport expert David Proctor joins QRS board

Quality Roading and Services newest director has worked on significant transport projects in every corner of New Zealand and his knowledge is invaluable, says board chair Guy Gaddum. Mr Gaddum’s comments come as he welcomes highly experienced roading and transport expert David Proctor to QRS.

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Sam rides the rail again

Sam rides the rail again

He knew they could fix it, he just didn't think they would fix it, so when the Wairoa-to-Napier rail line reopened Sam Jury was right on board.

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Well-known local businessman farewells dynamic company

Well-known local businessman farewells dynamic company

Well-known Wairoa businessman Ian Redshaw farewelled Quality Roading and Services as a director last week saying he’s optimistic about its future and that he’ll miss his involvement with the dynamic company.

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Rose to join NZ Police

Rose to join NZ Police

As a student at Wairoa College, Rose Campbell, Rongomaiwahine, was perhaps best-known for her fine vocal skills, but soon she'll be singing to a different tune. Rose is joining the New Zealand Police and while she's waiting for her intake, she is honing her people skills at Quality Roading and Services.

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Training hub for civil contracting sector one step closer

Training hub for civil contracting sector one step closer

A training hub in Wairoa for Hawke’s Bay’s civil contracting sector is one step closer thanks to a Provincial Growth Fund grant announced last week.

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Roading expert returns to hometown

Roading expert returns to hometown

IF there is anything Michelle Hedley knows – it’s roading; and now she’s chosen to take the road that leads back to Wairoa!

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Rob getting ready for workshop makeover

Rob getting ready for workshop makeover

When Robert Mayhead says he's ready for a new challenge, he doesn’t think small! A relative newcomer to QRS, the automotive engineer has in the first instance joined the team to manage the workshop that takes care of the company's large machinery. But that's just the start: as time goes on, Rob will oversee the design and construction of a new workshop.

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Construction site supervisor Arnold Smith

Construction site supervisor Arnold Smith

Having started work at QRS straight out of Wairoa College, Arnold Smith already has nearly seven years of service as a labourer under his belt . . . and he's only 24.

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Meet project supervisor Aaron Munro

Meet project supervisor Aaron Munro

When we caught up with QRS project supervisor Aaron Munro he was anxiously waiting for a new digger to arrive from Auckland. “Not sure where it is…must be walking it from Auckland!” jokes the good-natured father of four.

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QRS secures $29 million in contracts in just one week

QRS secures $29 million in contracts in just one week

Quality Roading and Services (QRS) has started the year by securing $29 million in contracts around Hawkes Bay and the East Coast.

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QRS stalwarts go the distance

QRS stalwarts go the distance

DON'T be fooled by the air of calm that surrounds Quality Roading and Services staffers Nick Murray and Phillip Tipu . . . in their decades on the job, they've seen a bit of drama!

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Waste management better left to the experts

Waste management better left to the experts

Looking after the environmental challenges associated with landfills and recycling are key components of waste management and it needs a company with a greater level of expertise to do it, says Quality Roading and Services (QRS) chief executive Nigel Pollock.

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Three QRS excavator operators take win!

Three QRS excavator operators take win!

Machine operator Tui Paikea delicately opened and poured a bottle of beer with a five-and-a-half tonne digger to take first place in this month’s regional advanced excavator operator competition.

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Open day kicks off an extraordinary QRS auction

Open day kicks off an extraordinary QRS auction

A 30-tonne excavator and a 40-tonne dump truck, as well as smaller civil contracting machinery, come under the hammer at an extraordinary Quality Roading and Services (QRS) auction this week.

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Robust turnaround in fortune at QRS

Robust turnaround in fortune at QRS

A robust turnaround in fortune saw revenue at Quality Roading and Services up by $2.4 million to $15.8 million, the company’s latest accounts reveal.

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Wairoa, we're behind you!

Wairoa, we're behind you!

AS an accountant Karen Burger is used to watching the pennies but there are times when she loves to loosen the purse strings.

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QRS input boosts thriving Bike Park!

QRS input boosts thriving Bike Park!

WITH weeks of bad weather behind them and their first big event due on Thursday, the guardians of Wairoa's new Mountain Bike Park called for help from one of their staunchest supporters . . . Quality Roading and Services.

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Camaraderie and common sense see slip moved

Camaraderie and common sense see slip moved

Camaraderie and common sense saw an estimated 1000 cubic meters of slip material with at least half covering the main Lake Waikaremoana road safely removed by Quality Roading and Services last month.

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Paul Eaglesome – health and safety compliance officer

Paul Eaglesome – health and safety compliance officer

Dividing his time between work sites and the office Paul Eaglesome says he has the best job in the world. “My job is to make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the day and you can't get better than that,” he says.

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Peter Wairau, the communicator

Peter Wairau, the communicator

Peter Wairau doesn’t really have a word to describe a big chunk of the work he does at QRS. The health and safety, and training manager, part of his role is easy to describe, but there’s a whole other job he does too. “I guess you could call it a communicator,” says Peter, who is Ngāi Tahu, Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu.

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Attraction of Wairoa lifestyle too hard to ignore

Attraction of Wairoa lifestyle too hard to ignore

QRS’s signs technician Aaron Hoskin is synonymous with dozens of others Aucklanders taking advantage of the Wairoa housing market and sunshine!

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Papa presides over parks and reserves

Papa presides over parks and reserves

They don't call Phillip Tipu “Papa Phil” for nothing - after more than two decades of driving a lawnmower, he's the honorary grandfather of Wairoa's parks and reserves.

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Jacquie Burrows – payroll administrator

Jacquie Burrows – payroll administrator

Since she joined QRS in mid-2017 payroll administrator Jacquie Burrows has yet to see the day when a colleague does not get paid but, she laughs, “if that happened I'd certainly be the first to know”.

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Stefini Burling-Claridge – administration manager

Stefini Burling-Claridge – administration manager

When it comes to keeping things ship-shape at QRS HQ, Stefini Burling-Claridge knows what she's talking about . . . her first job was working in finance and administration for the New Zealand Navy.

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Awesome admin team: Emma Wills

Awesome admin team: Emma Wills

QRS would grind to a halt if it weren't for four fabulous administration team members including Emma Wills. Read her story here.

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Birth of a new bridge!

Birth of a new bridge!

A woman in labour was one of the last people across the old Waitahora Bridge on Friday adding to the drama as Quality Roading and Services completed a bridge replacement in just three days!

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QRS 68 hour bridge challenge

QRS 68 hour bridge challenge

Quality Roading and Services Wairoa will make local transport history in the weekend when the Waitahora Bridge is dismantled, strengthened, and rebuilt in just 68 hours.

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Return to profit for QRS, staff publicly thanked

Return to profit for QRS, staff publicly thanked

QRS, Wairoa’s second biggest employer, has declared a return to profitability today and the board chair has publicly thanked its staff.

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Bilingual signs in time for festival

Bilingual signs in time for festival

“E Tū” . . . “halt!” That's the message from QRS courtesy of its shiny new bilingual signs being used at the Ngāti Kahungunu Kapa Haka Regional Competitions 2018 this Saturday - thanks to traffic safety worker Ria Waerea, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu.

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Women in roading: Shar Hawkins

Women in roading: Shar Hawkins

AFTER only three years at QRS, Shar Hawkins is a great example of paving a pathway for future female operators in the roading industry.

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Mowers cover enough ground to get to Queensland!

Mowers cover enough ground to get to Queensland!

Frances Lee and her colleagues mow the equivalent of Auckland to Cairns every year as part of QRS’s road maintenance contract for Wairoa District Council.

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First XV raw talent excites

First XV raw talent excites

Wairoa College’s First XV training squad is blessed with raw talent says new coach JJ Solomon, and QRS is backing them all the way.

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Regular driver assessments impress

Regular driver assessments impress

Newly introduced regular driver assessments at QRS have been met with universal endorsement.

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Civil contracting apprenticeship for three QRS staff

Civil contracting apprenticeship for three QRS staff

THREE veteran Quality Roading and Services staff have gained Civil Trades Certification this week giving them industry recognition as skilled tradespeople.

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From police stations to playgrounds

From police stations to playgrounds

He's built police stations in the Soloman's and worked in Western Australian mines, but QRS project manager Mike Wilson says Wairoa's new adventure playground is one job he's truly loved!

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QRS making a difference

QRS making a difference

Since coming on board with QRS, project manager Mike Wilson has overseen some significant QRS roading projects particularly along State Highway 38.

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Local pride in award-winning living building

Local pride in award-winning living building

Malcolm (Muzz) Tuahine, Ngai Tuhoe, is thrilled Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana developed by Ngai Tuhoe has won a prestigious architecture award this month.

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Meet Muzz – Ngai Tuhoe, manager, father, Lakie, good guy!

Meet Muzz – Ngai Tuhoe, manager, father, Lakie, good guy!

Malcolm (Muzz) Tuahine, Ngai Tuhoe, has plenty to keep him busy in the job he loves at QRS.

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Picnic tables for travellers

Picnic tables for travellers

QRS has helped make a small, but welcome difference, to a rest area south of Wairoa.

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Proposed company restructure to propel QRS into the future

Proposed company restructure to propel QRS into the future

A proposed significant restructure at Quality Roading and Services Wairoa could help the company win contracts and keep operating, says new Chief Executive Nigel Pollock.

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That man deserves a chocolate fish - Rob Ruru

That man deserves a chocolate fish - Rob Ruru

Late last month QRS supervisor Rob Ruru received a shout out for his grader expertise. Here he talks a little bit about his love of all things machinery.

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New QRS CEO is listening...

New QRS CEO is listening...

​Not long after Nigel Pollock started as the boss of Quality Roading and Services, the QRS office took a charged up call from a member of the public.

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Wairoa’s Nigel Pollock to head Quality Roading and Services

Wairoa’s Nigel Pollock to head Quality Roading and Services

Wairoa man Nigel Pollock has seized the chance to take the reins of the district’s biggest civil construction and maintenance company Quality Roading and Services (QRS).

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