Many of us will remember his lectures about the feats of mankind including construction of the pyramids; the salesman from engineering company Booth MacDonald (selling Aveling Barford machinery). Keith obtained the first licence to manufacture the Barmac crusher at his Niederer Machinery business. He had a kiwi can do attitude, regularly stitching together a whole crushing plant using second-hand (pre-loved) machinery from both local or overseas sources. He also operated Niederer Drilling, which was a stepping stone for many drillers serving our industry.
Keith rarely missed any IOQ branch meeting – he felt it was his business to attend no matter where he was in NZ. He loved sharing any stories about quarrying, and drill/blast. and of course with his dry sense of humour.
He remembered everyone’s names, and was always one to ensure there was a few dollars on the bar for ‘beers for the boys’.
At the Westport Conference in 1990, Keith received a citation from the IOQNZ, and in July 2015 he accepted an Honorary Fellow of the IOQ.
And right to the end Keith insisted that no one should make a fuss of him – he was privately cremated with no funeral held.
While it’s a sad occasion, he will live on in the memories of all who had the pleasure of his company.