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Keith Niederer was made an Honorary Fellow in July 2015 for incredible service to the industry

Keith Niederer passes

Affectionately known in New Zealand and in many parts around the world as “Mr Quarryman” Keith Niederer passed away 10 June 2017, aged 95. 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 […]

Merv & Joyce Leach
(photo 2011)

Obituary – Merv Leach

“A legend has just died. Our column of Andesite Rock has broken” This was the notice announcing the sad news on 7 April 2016 that MERV LEACH had passed away, aged 87. Merv had been involved in the quarrying business since the early 50’s spending many of his early days delivering road metal while his […]


Bryan Bartley passes

Bryan Bartley passed away on 24 March 2015. Bryan and Elaine were well-known in many circles, including the quarrying sector. Bryan will be remembered by the Winstone Aggregates as someone who had the foresight in the 60’s to arrange the purchase of a quarry “out in the sticks” which we know today as the flagship […]

Kelvin Strong passes

Kelvin Strong former secretary of the Aggregate and Quarry Association passed away on 27 Feb 2015, aged 74 years, just a couple of days after his wife Beth also passed. Kelvin coordinated the combined Annual IOQNZ/AQA Conferences for several years. A service to celebrate his life will be held in St John’s Anglican Church, cnr […]

Wally Yelavich received his "Founding member" Award at the 2008 QuarryNZ Conference, Auckland

Founding Member Wally Yelavich passes

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of one of the Institute of Quarrying NZ Founding members, Walter Peter (Wally) Yelavich on 13 July 2013, aged 89 years. Wally recently featured in the “Profiles in Stone” book published by the IOQNZ in 2012, highlighting his long career in the quarrying and transport […]

Awarded Honorary Fellowship

John Fulton 1933-2013

from Bob Fulton: “It is with much sadness that I relay the news of the death of my father John who passed away peacefully this morning (24 April 2013) in Dunedin. Dad worked for Fulton Hogan in a number of roles starting in the late 1950’s and was a Board member from 1960 until his […]

Murray COHEN

Murray John COHEN

It is with much sadness that we record Murray Cohen’s passing on January 2nd 2013. Murray started as Manager for Wilkins & Davies at Puketutu Island Quarry around 1978 and was there until a few years ago. Murray was an excellent Manager who was able to keep a pretty wild bunch of blokes productive and […]

IOQNZ Newsletter – Dec 2011

The IOQNZ December 2011 newsletter is now available President’s Note Jim Macdonald Memorial Lecture Tour 2011 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Branch visit to RF Davis Logging, Whangamata Gilbert (Gib) Stuart IQA Conference – October 2011: by Christine Dodds Dec 2011 Newsletter Previous IOQNZ Newsletters

Keith Max

We sadly farewell another great man from our quarrying fraternity. Keith Max died suddenly on 03 April 2011, aged 71. Keith was a great family man who spent most of his life in and around Wellington associated with the quarrying industry. The early part of his life was spent working with his brother Merv Max’s […]

Founding Member dies tragically

Founding Member dies tragically

10.2.2011 It was with great sadness that we received the news this morning that Pat Wallbank was fatally injured yesterday in a road accident on SH39 at Ngaruawahia. Pat was the Inspector of Mines, Quarries and Tunnels for many years and has been Quarry Manager Stevensons Huntly Quarry for the past 8 years. He was […]