All Blacks Legend and Komatsu

SOL Machinery in Operation

SOL Machinery in Operation

One of New Zealand’s newest quarrying and aggregates companies has just opened a new quarry close to the centre of Christchurch, giving it the capability to supply a full range of product for the region’s post-earthquake reconstruction program as well as other major infrastructure projects.

SOL Quarries Ltd’s Yaldhurst Quarry, located behind Christchurch Airport, began selling product in June 2016 following a two-year consent application and development process.

It hit the headlines straight away with the announcement that recently retired New Zealand All Black legend Richie McCaw was a shareholder who – along with high-profile entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Watt – had joined company founders, schoolmates Simon Apperley and Ben Dormer.

Komatsu 30th May 2017


Richie McCaw digs for business experience at quarry

Richie McCaw PIC: DAVID WALKER/FAIRFAX NZ

Richie McCaw PIC: DAVID WALKER/FAIRFAX NZ

All Blacks great Richie McCaw has taken a 10 per cent stake in a Canterbury quarry company to get more hands-on business experience.

SOL Quarries has a 15-year permit to dig millions of tonnes of shingle from a new quarry in Yaldhurst near Christchurch airport that is about the size of 25 rugby fields.

Joining SOL was a chance to learn about running a business, McCaw said. The company took two years and spent half-a-million dollars to get approval for the quarry.

STUFF Article written by Tim Fulton