The repairs to the local cottages involved removing all spoil that came down from the hills, demolition and removal of 2 damaged houses, and building a retaining wall structure the entire length of the Southern section of beach behind the houses. This called for some interesting techniques, but the result was exactly to what the engineers called for.
The removal of the hill was a project that required careful planning as the area was steep hill country and the soil had to be removed and used as fill to repair some of the slip damaged on the farm.
Striping topsoil was done by bulldozer, zero swing excavators and tracked dump trucks then took soil away, diggers cut and form batters, using a 5 ton machine to form the 700m of drainage network, and finally a liner was placed along entire drainage system flowing onto a gabion drainage disbursement field. Coconut matting was used to retain the grass-seed sown and trees planted to finish the project.
QRS - Quality Roading Services (Wairoa) Ltd
Michael - himself worked on the Marys Hill, Willowflat flood damage contract for Wairoa District Council, held by QRS. Barker's contract was providing the ground works for some of the larger Gabion walls built in the Wairoa area. 18 drop outs in total. One site consisted of 300 Gabion baskets. Barkers also provided the Gabion rock for this project.
A dropout on a section of road on State Highway 2, just north of Raupunga proved to be very challenging with many thousands of cubic metres of spoil to be removed and replaced with hard fill. This required the use of Barkers tracked dump trucks and excavators along with help from another Wairoa contractor.
Re-Metalling and Resurfacing the Orchards roading network – Central Hawkes Bay
SAE on behalf of Ministry of Education
Undergrounding of the Main Street of Waipawa – SH2 was another challenge. Again, along under the shop verandas, all street lights moved.
Barkers compete on the open market for this work.
CHB District Council
Water mains, sewer, waste water reticulation has all been undertaken by Barkers, again for over 35 years.
Open tender market for much of this work.
Alongside this, Barkers own requirements for forestry roading, plumbing companies looking for drainage stone, and private sales kept our quarry very busy.
Barkers were operating 3 quarry sites, and just recently sold two of these to another local contractor allowing a close working relationship. Having these quarries had allowed Barkers to forever expand their product range, which now includes not only roading aggregate, but moving towards garden chip and limestone rock.
All sites are operated by qualified Quarry managers and are Work Safe approved.