The New Zealand Geotechnical Society 2017 conference is coming up 24-25 November in Napier, and we are proud to be one of the sponsors of this event.

This years theme – What In Earth Is Going On: balancing risk reward, regulation and reality – will be a hot topic at our stall no. 12, along with tall tales of brave rock-scaling in the face of natural and perceived hazards, technical info on our rock drills and the latest & greatest grout mixing & pumping equipment.

We’ll have plenty of technical company information to hand-out, along with a variety of free-bees and a bottle of scotch to win for the best entry in our colouring-in competition!

See you there!



The winter rains brought havoc to the Wellington region. One slip threatened to undermine the Johnsonville rail between tunnel 4 and 5. Abseil Access set to work, alongside Aurecon, to fix it up urgently. 77 GRP anchors up to 8m deep and wire rope re-inforced MacmatR were installed within 3 months. Job done.


The “Million Dollar Boulder” on Kaikoura slip 7 is finally down at road level. After 6 months of harassment by helicopters, sluice buckets, abseilers and geotechs the 300 ton boulder is finally given the big Amex shove. 120 kg of Orica Amex strategically positioned behind the boulder (by aerial antics) followed by the push of a tiny button was all that was required to shatter and dislodge the monster.

The next blast, in a few weeks time, is “Rocky Balboulder” 800t…

Rocky blast

The closure of State Highway 1 both sides of Kaikoura after ex-cyclone Gita had a silver lining for the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) team: they had a chance to blow up a large boulder while no one was on the road. Check out this amazing footage.

Posted by NZ Transport Agency - South Island on Thursday, 1 March 2018