Concrete NZ Awards win for Allied Concrete and HWR

October, 2018

The Allied Concrete team at the 2018 Concrete NZ AwardsRecent wins at the Annual Concrete NZ Awards has seen Allied Concrete once again recognised for its technical and operational expertise.

Owned by the H.W. Richardson Group, Allied Concrete took out the 2018 Technical Excellence Award for its project work on the strengthening of the New Brighton Pier, after it was badly damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. It also received a special commendation for this work.

Allied Concrete also won the 2018 Sustainability Award for Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction, for its development of Structural Lightweight Concrete which was used in the lightweight precast panels of AUT’s Engineering Tech building.

Technical Project Manager Chris Munn was awarded an Honorary Membership to the NZ Concrete Learned Society for his life-long contribution to the NZ Concrete Industry.

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Introducing Dig This

February, 2018


Dig This, Transport World’s newest tourism attraction officially opened in Invercargill in early October 2017. In what is a first for the Southern Hemisphere, guests can now live out their wildest fantasies and operate heavy earth moving machinery, including diggers and bulldozers, themselves. 

The official opening of Dig This Invercargill completed a six month project to bring Dig This from Las Vegas to Invercargill. Dig This continues to build on Transport World’s vision to create a world-class destination for motoring buffs and anyone interested in transport. It also supports Transport World’s goal to see Invercargill’s tourism product continue to flourish and grow.

Scott O’Donnell, Transport World Trustee says: “Dig This is a great new addition to Transport World’s attractions. It’s fun and unique and we hope it will create another reason for guests to not only visit Invercargill but stay longer. Whether it be new attractions, events or CBD revitalisation we are committed to Invercargill’s tourism growth and CBD development”.

Over the last 20 months Transport World has opened three attractions, Bill Richardson Transport World, Classic Motorcycle Mecca and now Dig This Invercargill. They also opened new accommodation The Lodges At Transport World in 2017 also.

Dig This is based on the hugely popular formula established by Dig This Las Vegas. Designed for anyone who has ever wanted to operate heavy machinery it includes interests for both young and the young at heart. Easy to pick up, guests operate heavy machinery whilst being challenged to a series of games within a controlled and safe environment.

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HWR and Dynes Transport Form Joint Venture

February, 2017

Dynes Line up








The joint venture with Dynes Transport is an exciting move for HWR and will realise significant synergy benefits across both parties’ respective areas of specialised transport. Importantly both parties have strong family ownership structures and company values.   Dynes specialise in dairy and forestry logistics, including specialised port material handling operations which will complement HWR and allow for greater utilisation of fleet assets.

Both businesses are focused on delivering Game Changing Transport solutions to their customers and working together would fast track development of new systems and solutions, and ensure efficient utilisation of assets.

The Dynes Transport group includes Dynes Transport Tapanui Ltd, Dunedin Carrying Company Ltd, port logistics company NFA Ltd, Bulk Liquid Solutions Ltd, with Full Fleet Services Maintenance Ltd and the Dynes stake in Icon Logistics Ltd. Under the joint venture agreement the operations of HWR’s Southern Transport Logging will be transferred into the Dynes joint venture Company, and Dynes would also take a stake in HWR’s Hastings based Farmers Transport Ltd.

Importantly the businesses cultures and values are aligned, with both businesses having strong Southern roots that continue to be family owned. Peter Dynes will continue to lead the Dynes businesses under the joint venture structure and operationally it would be business as usual.



Classic Motorcycle Mecca is officially open

January, 2017



On Tuesday, 22 November 2016 Scott and Joc O’Donnell officially opened Invercargill’s newest attraction Classic Motorcycle Mecca. A large crowd gathered of close family and friends, motorcycle enthusiasts, media and local politicians. Some well-known motoring personalities were also in attendance including Guy Martin, Greg Murphy and Kristeen Britten, wife of world famous motorcycle builder John Britten. The party was even attended by a small number from Nelson, including, previous owners Tom and Heather Sturgess.

In what was a fantastic evening the crowd was treated to a rousing bagpipe display, delicious drinks and nibbles served by MASH Catering and a first look through the collection. All 300 motorcycles were on show as well as the collection’s extensive motorcycle related artwork display.

Joc O’Donnell, Executive Director of Transport World says “This has been an amazing project. We have loved creating the space in which to house these incredible bikes. It’s wonderful to open today in the lead up to the Burt Munro Challenge and I hope everyone who sees Classic Motorcycle Mecca enjoys it as much as we do”.  

The opening of Classic Motorcycle Mecca brings to halt a large scale restoration project that has taken over six months to complete. Two centrally located Invercargill buildings have been restored to house the collection as well as the opening of a new inner city café Meccaspresso.     

Classic Motorcycle Mecca is home to around 300 motorcycles and motorcycle focussed artwork. The collection ranges from a 1902 Peugeot motorcycle to a 21st Century Simms Corbin Custom and includes brands such as AJS, Ariel, BMW, Brough Superior, Harley Davidson, Henderson and Indian as well as little known brands such as Schwinn and Zundapp.

 The establishment of Classic Motorcycle Mecca follows on roughly one year from the opening of the successful Bill Richardson Transport World. To date thousands have been welcomed through Bill Richardson Transport World’s unique blend of conference and event facilities, automotive displays, family fun and growing wearable art collection.                                               

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Commercial Road Transport Course

September, 2016


This sixteen week course is run by the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) and includes both theory and practical work.  The only pre-course requirement is to have held your full class 1 car licence for six months prior.  All classroom based training is conducted at the HWR Driver Training Centre in Invercargill.  The practical component of the programme is completed out on the job.  

Pre course requirement: Full class 1 car license for six months

 During this time students will obtain the following:

  • Pre-Road code education to obtain the class 2 learner license
  • Full class 2 license
  • OSH Forklift certificate & F Endorsement for operating and driving a forklift
  • Wheel, Track and Roller Endorsements
  • Dangerous Goods Endorsement
  • Practical work experience

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The first three weeks of the programme is spent in the classroom, obtaining a Class 2 Learner’s Licence and Health & Safety requirements for working within the Transport Industry. Once this has been completed the students are then assisted in gaining a placement for work experience where they will spend two days a week working for a Transport Company.  Mid way through the programme, a full week of work experience is completed. While there is a number of days spent in the classroom completing written theory, there will be scheduled time spent out in the yard doing practical training on the different type of machines and heavy vehicles.

Attached is a list of units that are completed:






Demonstrate knowledge of fatigue management, worktime and driver logbook requirements


Operate a rigid vehicle to meet the requirements for a full class 2 licence


Apply hazard identification and risk assessment procedures in the workplace


Operate a powered industrial lift truck (forklift)


Demonstrate knowledge & skills for driving a forklift on the road for endorsement F


Load & unload a goods service vehicle


Demonstrate and apply knowledge of law and practice for the transport of Dangerous Goods


Carry out pre-drive vehicle checks on a heavy motor vehicle, start up and shut down


Demonstrate knowledge of heavy rigid vehicle dynamics and handling for safe driving


Demonstrate knowledge of heavy motor vehicle systems and components


Describe driving hazards and risk reduction strategies and responses to driving hazards


Apply risk reduction techniques and strategies while driving


Demonstrate knowledge of safe night driving


Select and record routes as a transport operator


Apply knowledge of documentation required for the transportation of goods by road


Provide first aid  for life threating conditions


Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them


Demonstrate knowledge and skills for driving on a road for endorsement        W (wheels)


Demonstrate knowledge and skills for driving on a road for endorsement         R  (rollers)


Demonstrate knowledge and skills for driving on a road for endorsement         T  (tracks)


Operate a rigid vehicle to meet the requirements for a full class 4 licence


New Driver Training Premises

June, 2016

In 2003 HWR set up their own in-house driver and related trade training – the beginning of HWR Driver Training. Initially trainers were housed at the old Freight Haulage yard in Spey Street, Invercargill and then moved with Freight Haulage out to Lake Street where a team of three driver trainers operated.
On any given day our Driver Trainers can be seen out and about providing support and training to the HWR rural and specialised transport companies, SouthRoads and Allied Concrete operations in the South.

In recent years the level of interest and delivery of training offered outside of HWR has grown. Currently HWR only provide this service to companies that have a working relationship with HWR but the potential to increase the amount of external work is certainly on the radar.
In more recent years to support the growth of HWR additional Driver Trainers were employed throughout the country. In addition to the three Driver Trainers based in Invercargill we now have Driver Trainers based in Christchurch, Blenheim, Palmerston North and Auckland.

In March of this year the HWR Driver Training Centre officially opened at 92 Otepuni Avenue, Invercargill which was the original home of Southern Transport and more latterly Purdue Bros. Renovations have taken place with the old ‘smoko’ room being turned into a training room which will hold up to 15 people. A smaller room in the main office area will be ideal for the smaller class sizes of up to six people.

Last year SIT (Southern Institute of Technology) partnered with a number of Southland transport companies to offer a 16 week full time Certificate in Commercial Road Transport. The HWR Driver Trainers played a large part in getting this initiative off the ground. Two intakes were completed in 2015 and a total of 18 students completed the programme. Of the 18 students, 15 have gone onto employment within the Transport Industry. We are delighted to be once again be partnering with SIT and a number of supporting transport companies to do our part to bring new people into the industry.

Training is a growth industry and we are confident that this will present further opportunities for HWR. Having the large yard as part of the training centre will be ideal for the practical component involved with the forklift training, Classes 2 – 5 licences, load restraint courses and generally all heavy vehicle training.

Bill Richardson Transport World opens

December, 2015

Bill Richardson Transport World

The largest private collection of it’s type in the world!

Invercargill’s Bill Richardson Transport World boosts the largest private collection of its type in the world. Bill’s passion for trucks was evident in his penchant appetite to preserve them, starting back in 1967. Post Bill’s death in 2005, the family has continued on with their own insatiable desire to grow this world class collection opening its doors to the public in December 2015. Comprising 15,000sqm, over 200 trucks form the heart of the collection, complemented by over 150 vintage petrol bowsers, VW Kombis, 7 of the 8 Henry Ford Letter Cars, Model T’s, early Ford V8’s from the 1930’s, wearable arts, kids Construction Zone full of Lego.

To top it all off wallow in some retail therapy at Transport World’s gift shop or indulge in Southlands finest cuisine at The Grille cafe Enthusiast or not, there’s something here for everyone.

Transport World is open every day except Xmas Day from 10.00am to 5.00pm (last entry at 4.00pm). For further information phone +64 3 2170199.


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