A giant excavator dubbed 'Twinkle Toes' propelled Kiwi demolition company Nikau Contractors to victory at the recent World Demolition Awards, making it the first non-European to earn the Contractor of the Year title.
Nikau Contractors, which has offices throughout New Zealand and been involved with preparing Christchurch for the rebuild, was up against more than 100 international challengers.
Director John Paul Stil said the win signalled the first time a company outside Europe had scooped the gong and Nikau was the first southern hemisphere winner of the category.
"We have almost more work than we can manage at the moment in New Zealand, but what this award will mean is that our international work will take off as well," he says.
"International clients look around the world for companies that can deal with the most technical demolition and salvage jobs and we have now proven we can foot it with the best global companies."
Nikau won acclaim for its commitment to the rebuild of Christchurch, which included a multi-million dollar investment in Twinkle Toes, a 65-metre high reach excavator and the third biggest demolition excavator in the world. It is capable of demolishing a 22-storey building.
Contract of the Year went to Scotland's Hunter Demolition for the work it carried out during the demolition of a former Bank of Scotland building in Glasgow.