Contractors digging up a competition for field days

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 25/01/2014
New Zealand Contractors' Federation Southland
JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ

DIGGING IT: New Zealand Contractors' Federation Southland branch committee members, Stuart MacLeod, Lou Dougherty and Grant Hoffman are calling for entrants in this year's Southland excavator operator competition at the Waimumu Field Days on February 13 and 14.

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Can you dig it? Prove it.

The New Zealand Contractors' Federation Southland regional excavator operator competition is coming up and organisers are calling for entries.

Committee member Stuart MacLeod said the competition, held every two years, provided the perfect platform for digger drivers to test their skills and knowledge.

"It's an opportunity for excavator operators to put themselves up against others and prove themselves."

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the competition and organisers hoped for a strong turnout, he said. "We normally get about 15-20 excavators. It would be great to have a few more."

The competition was not just for contractors - anyone who felt they had the skills and know-how to give it a go was encouraged to take a crack, he said.

Fellow committee member Grant Hoffman said drivers would be tested on a variety of things, such as their knowledge of health and safety regulations, general skills and the ability to "get the job done".

There were also a couple of tricky things thrown in the mix, such as pouring a cup of tea with the digger and painting the NZ Contractors' Federation logo, which certainly "aren't the sort of normal everyday type of tasks", he said.

The competition will be held at the Waimumu Field Days on February 13 and 14.

The winner would go on to represent the province at the national competition held in New Plymouth later this year.

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