Zac has ‘night of his life’

The Leader (Nelson) - - News - By SI­MON BLOOMBERG

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

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