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Gravity Feed. News from Lattey Group.




Cyclone Gabrielle’s devastating effect on Hawke’s Bay and surrounding areas will be felt for many years to come. But amid the chaos it created, we witnessed an amazing community response. The worst of times brought out the best in us. 

We are grateful for the resilience shown by our team, and the way they responded to the event. They got out and got things done.


They worked together with fellow contractors to construct Bailey bridges across the region, and return essential access to isolated communities. They joined the USAR operation in Esk Valley to clear silt from homes, and they assisted Transpower and Unison with urgent power pole foundations.


Now that the majority of the response work is complete, we look forward to working with our community and councils to rebuild our regions infrastructure for greater resilience.


Being part of the community means a lot to us, and being able to assist has been a privilege. I would like to thank our staff and their families for their hard work and loyal support throughout this year. I would also like to acknowledge our customers and suppliers who showed remarkable patience and resilience in the testing weeks and months after the storm.


We have continued to invest locally, and have reached a significant milestone in the build of our new precast plant at Irongate. The roof is on and the floor is about to be poured. When completed, we will have a purpose-built 4,100 sqm indoor precast manufacturing facility, with four 20T gantry cranes to take care of the heavy lifting. An additional 1,400 sqm ancillary building will house our civil, joinery, and fabrication workshops. New offices will be built at the front of the building. It is an exciting time as the team prepares for the move early in 2024.


Outside of the region, we’re very proud of our piling work for the historic Wellington Town Hall, for Southern Cross and Taranaki base hospitals, and the Waitara substation. Precast also had profile projects for the NaeNae Aquatic Centre (New Zealand’s first GreenStar Five rated), the striking Waiaroha water storage project in Hastings, and the snow leopard enclosure at Wellington Zoo.


As we approach the end of the year, I wish everyone a peaceful Christmas with family and friends, time to relax and recharge, and all the best for the new year to come. Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te Tau Hou.


Mark Hook




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