Menard Oceania and March Construction JV Recognised by Ōtākaro for their Commitment to Health and Safety in New Zealand

Leading geotechnical engineering specialists Menard Oceania and sister company March Construction New Zealand, have a reason to celebrate this month. The Menard March Joint Venture (MMJV) was named Ōtākaro Contractor of the Month for their commitment to improving the Joint Venture’s health, safety, environmental and quality performance on site and their ongoing support of the companies’ values. The Ōtākaro Contractor of the Month award was presented by Ōtākaro CEO John Bridgman to Menard’s Andrew Vence.

In fact, for the past six months, MMJV has been hard at work, delivering essential ground improvement works required for the new Metro Sports Centre including the installation of 7,200 stone columns. When completed in 2021, the Metro Sports Centre will be the largest sports and recreation centre of its kind in New Zealand.

The MMJV team were delighted to win this award in recognition of their commitment to health and safety, which is something that is taken extremely seriously by Menard and March. Both companies are 100 percent committed to ensuring everyone onsite returns home safely at the end of each day.

Gary Webley from Menard Oceania comments, “The team have been hard at work on preparing the ground for the new Metro Sports Centre since October 2018. It’s great to be recognised by Ōtākaro for our health and safety efforts while onsite. We are really proud of the work delivered by everyone involved at MMJV and we’re excited to be edging closer to installing our last stone column on site.”  

For more news on Christchurch’s Metro Sports Centre, please click here.  


Menard Oceania maintains an exceptional 45-year history in Australia offering design and construction geotechnical experience. Providing cost effective ground improvement solutions for some of Australia’s mid-to-large infrastructure and construction projects. Its recent completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade, Optus Stadium (Perth) and Melbourne’s Webb Dock Project are Menard’s largest CMC projects in Australia.

Menard Oceania is a part of Soletanche Freyssinet, a group of world leaders in soil, structural and nuclear engineering. This relationship further strengthens Menard’s ability to manage complex integrated problems and continue as the leader and pioneer of specialist geotechnical contracting.

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