On November 25th 2005, at the Auckland Branch Annual Christmas function, held at the Waipuna Lodge and sponsored by Komatsu, Orica and Applied Conveyor and Belting it was time again to honour a man who was a part of the committee that year when the idea for the Paykel shield was first mooted – 1990.

Murray Swain

Murray Swain is a colourful chap who has spent almost his entire working life in the extractives industry. His apprenticeship at Puni (a small village in the Franklin District) as a mechanic was to stand him in good stead, as one of his first tasks when he left was to build a device which is still being used today.

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