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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 […]


John McCallum (Snr)

It is with great sadness that we record the death on Mr John McCallum (Snr) on 14 Feb 2012, aged 82. The McCallum name is synonymous with sand-dredging and sand supply – Johns grandfather was a tug master, and his father the founder of the barging business. In addition to the sand business the McCallum […]

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 […]

Obituary - Chris Browne

Obituary – Chris Browne

Chris Browne – 1947 to 2011 Most of our members will know Chris Browne and were shocked to learn of his sudden death 20 January 2011, aged 63. John Robertson, Executive Chairman, with Inframax Construction Limited gave this eulogy at his funeral service: “Occasionally, within a community, within an industry, within a company, someone quite […]

Ken Ludlam

Obituary – Ken Ludlam

  It is with regret we advise the passing of KEN LUDLAM on 3 Nov 2009, aged 73 years. Ken lived in Otaki for most of his life, 50 years with wife Joan. He was mayor of Otaki and Ludlam Way was named in his honour. Ken joined the Waikanae Shingle Co in 1953 driving […]

IOQ Newsletter March 08

Latest Newsletter now available featuring: * President’s Notes * Otago/southland Branch Meeting Feb08 * Industry explores move towards a single body * IOQ Awards 2008 * Perry Aggregates purchases 8 new CAT machines * Importance of good induction programme * Meditation * Death of Northland Branch Chairman – Dennis Cochrane * Civil Engineering Testing Association […]

Max Whiley

Max Whiley passed away Sat June 9, 2007. Max was the founder, 42 years ago, of Titan Plant Services, which is the New Zealand agent for Volvo Trucks and Construction Machinery. The organisation also incorporates Tiitan Cranes. Mr Whiley, who was 77, founded the Power Crane Association (now the Crane Association of New Zealand) in 1975 […]

Lloyd Jones 2001

Lloyd Jones – ‘Forceful’ mining man dies aged 88

Lloyd Samuel Jones, mining engineer. b. Dunedin, February 6, 1917; d Wellington, August 26, 2005. LLOYD JONES, 88, was, above all, a character – a representative of a tough ‘breed of mining men, once common in this country, but alas, now, all too rare. A man with a forceful personality who called a spade a […]

End of an era - Tom Linnell

End of an era – Tom Linnell

OBITUARY THOMAS (TOM) FRANCIS LINNELL (Honorary Fellow of the IOQ NZ) Sadly, The Institute of Quarrying New Zealand was informed of the death of Tom Linnell on the 21st of December 2004. A life of quarrying and commitment – to the Institute, and to his wife and partner, Mavis. Tom was a founding member of […]