Zac has ‘night of his life’
Humes Trainee of the Year Zac Holloway was looking forward to having a big night out with his workmates from Higgins Contracting at the New Zealand Contractors Federation Nelson/Marlborough awards held at Nelson College.
Instead, he spent last Saturday night in Nelson Hospital while his colleagues celebrated winning three major awards including the Hirepool Supreme Award. But Zac wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else, happily leaving the pre-awards drinks and missing the function to take his wife Melanie Botting to the hospital for the birth of their first child.
‘‘I got this text saying ‘you probably want to come home now’ at about 5.45pm so I left,’’ Zac said. ‘‘Then we waited around home for quite a while and went into the hospital at about one and the baby was born 90 minutes later.’’
Zac said his workmates kept him up to date with the proceedings at the awards texting him to say he had been named Trainee of the Year.
The news got even better as Higgins won the Trench Shoring NZ Award for projects valued from $750,000 to $1.5 million and then took out the Supreme Award.
When Zac heard he had won and that Higgins had scooped the major award he sent a text back to his workmates saying ‘‘this is the best night of my life’’.
Later Zac was on the receiving end of 20 to 30 phone calls and text messages congratulating him on the birth of his baby boy. Zac said he and Melanie were still deciding on a name.
Higgins won the awards for constructing a large asphalt boat maintenance facility for Port Marlborough. Zac had spent a lot of time working on the project which cost $867,000 and took 14 weeks to finish.
Not Just Concrete was named joint winner of the Crombie Lockwood Small Business award for its work on the Te Waikoropupu Springs entrance along with Independent Kerb and Concrete Nelson for its involvement with the Kaka Beak sculpture at Motueka.
Downer won the NZCF Nelson/Marlborough award for projects between $200,000 and $750,000 for its Rutherford St reseal. Stoke-based Ching Contracting won the Hynds Ltd award for projects over $1.5 million for its work on the Mapua Wharf Pump Station.
The Supplier of the Year Award was won by Hynds.
Best night ever: Zac Holoway with his newborn son and Trainee of the Year award and Higgins Contracting project manager Andrew Murphy. Photo: SIMON BLOOMBERG