The Next Generation of Engineers

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Hynds Group CEO, Andrew Moss and John Hynds were on hand February 3rd to congratulate the 2020 Manurewa High school recipients a Hynds Foundation Scholarship. Congratulations to John Chen and Durresameen Khan whose scholarships are for Bachelor of Engineering Degrees at the University of Auckland. The agreement signing was followed by an informal lunch with John and Durresameen’s parents, Leanne Gibson and Ambure Giborees (Manurewa Highschool Business Academy), Robyn Hynds (Hynds Foundation), Leonie Hynds (Founding Director), 2019 scholarship winner Tyler Ball, and other Hynds Senior Executives.

Hynds Foundation Scholarship Recipient with David Wheeley (CEO) and Patrick Crofskey (People and Culture)

Hynds Foundation Scholarship

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Hynds are pleased to announce Eucharist Ieremia is the recipient of the Hynds Foundation 2017 Scholarship for Academic and Cultural achievement.

Eucharist is a Year 13 student of Manurewa Highschool, and is enrolled at Auckland University to commence study in 2018 for a Bachelor in Engineering Degree.

The Hynds Foundation scholarship will assist him during his course of study, and we look forward to having Eucharist work at Hynds in the semester break before he commences his tertiary studies.

Leonie Sponsorship Announcement - Heart Foundation Research

Hynds Fund Heart Research

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Date 7 June 2017

John and Leonie Hynds are delighted to announce that the Hynds Foundation is proudly supporting the Heart Foundation by establishing a Senior Research Fellowship. This will provide an opportunity for a talented young researcher to carry out innovative heart health research.

Tony Duncan, Chief Executive of the Heart Foundation says “We are very grateful to the Hynds Foundation for their substantial commitment which will support the work of the Heart Foundation’s Chair of Heart Health for three years. It is only by working together that we can address New Zealand’s biggest killer, heart disease.”

Photo Credit: Eloy Water, 20 November 2013

Eloy Water Joins Hynds

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Hynds Pipe Systems Ltd and Eloy Water are proud to announce their exciting new partnership in New Zealand and South West Pacific Islands.

Eloy Water NZ is part of the Belgium owned Eloy Group (est. 1965) who have built a strong global reputation supplying waste water treatment plants to 26 countries around the world. Eloy Water specialises in modular treatment solutions for single house to mid-size communities that includes three technologies:

  • Submerged Aerated Fixed Film (SAFF)
  • Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR)
  • Passive Treatment Filter (Zero Power Treatment Process).

This strategic alliance between two family owned companies, shares a common vision and combines more than 110 years of experience in construction and waste water treatment. In 2013, Eloy Water opened a subsidiary office in New Zealand and since that time has established a strong market presence in the waste water industry. The strength of this partnership will establish familiarity and permanence of a global suite of products within the local market. It provides the New Zealand market with Eloy Water Global Technology and R & D – supported by the manufacturing strength of Hynds Pipe Systems. In the coming months, Hynds and Eloy Water will introduce a suite of products focused primarily on the treatment of domestic grade waste water for single dwellings, up to medium size communities.

We will also introduce “SMART”, a new way of designing tailored solutions to difficult projects. The Eloy Water range of products includes well known brands such as Oxyfix, X-Perco, and Airoxy. They will sit within Hynds Wastewater Category, alongside products such as the Hynds Lifestyle® Treatment System and Aquate. The primary focus on this new business partnership, is to be the market leader in development and distribution of waste water treatment solutions. This exciting new venture will commence on 03 April 2017 under the leadership of Mike Dawson, the previous General Manager of Eloy Water NZ.

Visit the Eloy Water website

John and Leonie Hynds inducted into the NZ Business Hall of Fame

New Zealand Business Hall of Fame

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Léonie and John Hynds are among the 2017 Laureates in be inducted into the prestigious New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.

This honour recognizes John and Léonie’s significant contribution to the economic and social development of New Zealand through Manufacturing, Engineering and infrastructure. Like other inductees, theirs is a story of enterprise, hard work and success.

In addition to their contribution to business, John and Léonie have contributed significantly to the community and continue to do so through the Hynds Foundation.

“Léonie and I are thrilled to receive this honour,” says John. “But we are particularly pleased as it recognises our company, and the many people we have employed both previously and now, who have contributed to its ongoing success.”

The Hall of Fame was established in 1994 by the Young Enterprise Trust, and Auckland Chamber of Commerce. A Gala Dinner celebrating the new inductees will be held at The Langham on 27th July, 2017.
John and Léonie Hynds established a manufacturing operation in their backyard in Takanini, Auckland in 1973. The Hynds Group now comprises six business units in New Zealand and Australia employing over 700 people. Considered the supply partner of choice for New Zealand’s Civil Construction Industry, the group includes metal, concrete and plastics manufacturing, product importation and distribution, and trade supply.

Despite its considerable size, the Hynds Group remains proudly family-owned business.

Contact: David Wheeley

CEO Hynds Group of Companies

Ph 09 274 0316

Hynds Donate New Zealand’s First Wildlife Underpass for Penguins

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Hynds has assisted Oamaru in rolling out the red carpet for its population of little blue penguins. Hynds have donated a 25m, 450 diameter pipeline to create a tunnel that has become the country’s first wildlife underpass. As roading projects go, this one’s a little different. Construction was completed along Oamaru’s waterfront of a unique underpass, aimed at creating a safe passageway for the local blue penguins.

Oamaru’s blue penguins head out to sea before first light, returning ashore at dusk along the same route. “Well they’re pretty set in their ways; they’re pretty determined. So when they come ashore to a specific area, they’ll continue to do that,” says scientist Philippa Agnew. But their night time movements have become increasingly difficult, as the birds negotiate the busy road beside the blue penguin colony. “With that brings this conflict around particularly the traffic – people who are wanting to stop and see them, people who are wanting to actually leave the place, and they’ve all got to wait for the penguins,” says Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher.

One resident even acted as a “penguin crossing guard”, to try and keep the shy birds safe as visitors left the nightly viewings. But with the penguins refusing to change their course, the centre and council asked Hynds to help to build the wildlife underpass.

“How to get the penguins to their nests without that interference and potentially destruction from cars,” was the challenge says Ms Agnew. Power, water and other services were relocated, so the tunnel could be sited along the penguins’ usual route. The assistance from Hynds has gained national publicity with the project having publicity across all media channels.

Harewood Road Underpass Light Shafts

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The Harewood Road Underpass will officially open before Christmas, allowing for the first time the public to walk through the architecturally inspired subway, mimicking the ruggedness of the Southern Alps. 72 light shafts penetrate the culvert top slab allowing natural light to filter through below, cast from humble 525 concrete drainage pipe. Initially thrown in the too hard basket by Craig Cohen, the job was sent in the direction of the fresh Engineered Products Manager. Jasmax Architects designed the pipes to sit slightly skewed 15° North to maximise sunlight, this required one end of the pipe to be cast at 15° from vertical so that it lined up plumb with top of the culvert. The pipes had been designed design to connect to the culvert slab with 8 Canzac 16mm dowels.
Our methodology was to fabricate custom steel bands that were tacked onto the mould to create the angle and architectural finish desired, while also providing sufficient wall thickness for the dowels. A jig was made up to support the pipe at the required angle so the holes for the dowels could be drilled accurately after casting. The time and value added to our standard pipe resulted in considerable increased costs, strongly opposed to this the contractor brought a few test pipes to gauge whether using a concrete cutter was a valid option, but this was not accepted. The delivery programme was agreed upon and the order was placed with Hynds. A big effort from Americo dos Santos, Mike Ezernieks, Josh Siataga and Craig Cohen to get the job done!!!

Hylift to Kaikoura

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Early Monday 14th November the upper South & lower North Islands were shaken by a massive 7.8 earthquake. Centred 60kms southwest of Kaikoura and 15kms northeast of Culverden, the Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts suffered the brunt of the quake, and the dawn revealed tremendous damage to property and land. Much of the below ground infrastructure was also shattered and the Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts, home to 2,000+ residents in Kaikoura and another 15,000+ residents in outlying districts, found themselves not only physically isolated but without functioning power, water supply, and sewage systems. Response teams were activated to support the community and to reinstate critical services, including water and sewage. Hynds reached out to those whom we know in the area to offer support, and prepared to boost stock of pipeline repair products in Christchurch.

The first request for pipeline repair product came in Monday evening but with regional roads severed, helicopter was the only quick option to get product to site. Hynds logistics immediately repurposed a truck and trailer for the task, obtaining a special permit to allow the driver to drive beyond normal time limits, and placed it at the disposal of the branch team. By Tuesday 3 pm a fully laden Hynds truck and trailer had arrived at the Cheviot Domain for air lift.

It was soon evident the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) were not going to be able to make the lifts before sundown, at which time all airlifts would halt. Sitting idle nearby was the Iroquois helicopter of Southern Heli Lift. After a conversation between Hynds, Southern Heli Lift (SHL), NZDF and the Earthquake Operations Centre (EOC), the decision was made by the EOC to direct SHL to lift the order into Kaikoura.

Meantime Hynds branches at Blenheim, Amberley and Christchurch were all fielding fresh orders culminating in a second very large order being delivered to the HMS Canterbury in Lyttelton Port to be carried by sea to Kaikoura. Other orders were delivered to the NZDF at Christchurch airport for air lift direct to Kaikoura. The commitment and expediency of our Christchurch delivery teams was outstanding!

A rural water scheme in Waiau (110kms of pipe) was discovered to be severely damaged and a call was made to relay the entire rising main in Polyethylene (PE). But the quantity and pressure rating of pipe required was outside the known capabilities of many of our suppliers. Waters and Farr stepped up, producing the 4,320 metres of 160od pipe in pressure ratings of 12.5bar through 20bar in 18 metres lengths, delivering the first of four truckloads within a day and the full quantity within five days. The 160od PN20 was a pipe Waters and Farr had not produced before, but were confident they could do so successfully, and urgently flew a critical component to Christchurch to enable them to do so. Waters and Farr repeated their performance a week later with the urgent preparation and despatch of 264 metres of 250od PE for Kaikoura wastewater repairs, and again when the team produced 5,000 metres of 90od pipe from scratch, delivering the first truckload to the Hurunui district within a day and completing the order
within four days. Waters and Farr have further assisted by making available a
spinning jenny to assist in the layout of over 6,000 metres of PE pipe supplied
by others.

Several of our suppliers have pulled out the stops to bring us the products called for. As have our own teams; Logistics, Order Management, Procurement, Branch Sales – all doing their bit (and more) to get things done. Delivery has become less problematic as the NZDF have established a centre of operations in Culverden to which materials may be consigned for forwarding on via army convoy through the inland road. Wastewater infrastructure remains heavily damaged and it is recommended that nothing yet be allowed to go down the drains. Investigations with CCTV are under way to establish the extent and prioritise repair. Hynds contribution in materials thus far measures in excess of 26,000 metres of pipe and 1,200 fittings delivered by Air, Sea and Land.