2024 Excavator Champ

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The CCNZ CablePrice National Excavator Operator Competition was held in March at Manfeild Park, Feilding. Michael (Mouse) Brown from Tauhei quarry used a 13-tonne digger to scoop and serve ice cream to the young spectators, earning him first place in the event, and second place overall.

Excavator Champ Icecream
Michael Brown winning the ice cream scoop competition.

After his success in winning the Waikato regional competition, Michael was one of thirteen finalists competing for the national awards. “I had a really good day competing and I’m proud of what I achieved on the challenging course, it’s a bit different to digging rock,” says Michael. Specialising in bulk earthworks and quarrying for over 20 years, MichaelThe Waikato regional award. owes his love of machines to his dad.

Excavator Champ Waikato Award
The Waikato regional award.

CCNZ CEO Allan Pollard praised all thirteen finalists. “All the competitors are champions. Not just for triumphing at the regionals, but also for the critical work they do day-to-day maintaining and developing New Zealand’s infrastructure. I salute them all.”