Howard Material Handling invite you to an evening to understand the requirements of testing vital equipment! Join us to hear Doug Carson the assessor of the assessors’ for LEENZ – Lifting Engineering Equipment NZ – the advisory body for our industry. Watch and learn how chain gets tested. Understand why we might fail harnesses and height safety gear or other lifting equipment. Date: Thursday, October […] Read more »

Goodman Contractors busily busting the Otaihanga Bulge!

A busy bunch; moving mountains of earth as the MacKays to Peka Peka highway of significance slowly takes shape. The construction of the Otaihanga roundabout – although not formally a part of the major project – is a signal that things are happening with this huge roading development.  There was a hill at Otaihanga (opposite Southwards Car Museum) and now it has been chopped off […] Read more »

Phar Lap too strong for Stainless Steel.

Yeah – he was one of those horsey types – pretty cool, wearing dark shades even if it was a pretty grey day.  A lovely chap in fact, and we were more than pleased to help him out by providing some rope and a few neat stainless steel swivel snap hooks which he was using as a horse restraint. Jaye – the ‘Master-of-the-splice’ (if not […] Read more »


I’ve lived in Wellington all my life and never have I been shaken as much as by the 6.8 earthquake on Sunday 28th.  My 8 year old son leaped under our chunky wooden table for protection, and when the shaking was over he emerged as white as a ghost!  It was a severe shock. And just to put it into perspective.  In 1855 New Zealand […] Read more »

Down the economic gurgler?

The hangover of the GFC (which actually stands for Greedy Finance Companies) is still giving some Wellington businesses lingering headaches.  Unfortunately for some businesses it has been as slow as it has been for 20-30 years.  Likely the nasty combination of a high exchange rate, the slow decline of manufacturing in the Wellington region and a general malaise in economic activity in the lower North […] Read more »

New Life at Howard Material Handling ….

Howard Material Handling changed hands from founding owners Gill and Errol Howard in April 2012. Since then with the steady guidance of the previous owners, the business has grown forth into the new developments of the industry and has taken some exciting new directions. The team — left to right Russell Chasteauneuf, Byron Cummins (Owner), Jaye Walker   Howard Material Handling has evolved reaching the […] Read more »

Knowing your working load from your breaking load

One thing to keep in mind is the difference between WLL – Working Load Limits, (or otherwise known as SWL – Safe Working Limits) and BLL – Breaking Load Limits.  And one anomaly is the potential confusion between load specifications between chain and wire rope; and fibre rope. Chains and wire rope work on WWL’s, while fibre rope (polypropylene, nylon, polyester, dyneema, manila, sash, braided etc.) have BLL’s […] Read more »

Wire rope glowing in the Papuan New Guinean Jungle

How do you ensure that your wire rope slings are bright enough to be seen while they lift drilling equipment by helicopter out of the Papuan New Guinea jungle? The challenge was that the helicopter pilots needed to see the wire rope lifting the equipment — and manoeuvre it so it didn’t get tangled in the massive trees and foliage typical of a tropical jungle. HMH solution […] Read more »