Maugers Contracting

Helping Christchurch develop for over 50 years

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    “We will continue to look after our loyal customers, many of whom have been with us for years.”

The Mauger group of companies was established by Warner Mauger in the late 1950s. Maugers Contracting Limited was formed in 1977.

Warner’s son Phil now runs the operation and Lea Pomeroy is the company’s finance and administration manager. Lea has seen the business grow to become one of Christchurch’s largest earthmoving and sub-division companies.

“In the early days, the majority of our work was in small subdivisions and general contracting work. As the years have progressed, so has our company and we are now involved in large subdivisions and joint ventures in the greater Christchurch metropolitan area and outer suburbs,” he explains.

The work Maugers undertakes is for both residential and commercial customers. Sewerage, drainage, installing services and building roads are key jobs in subdivisions, with general earthworks contracts also undertaken around the region. “The only thing we don’t do is seal the roads.”

Maugers’ largest customers come in the form of housing companies and property developers. “We do a huge amount of work for Enterprise Homes, a company that builds new subdivisions, divides the land and offers home and land packages,” says Lea.

Post-earthquakes, the business has grown significantly with the increased demand for new sections, houses and commercial buildings. The team is also working on a reclamation project at Lyttleton Port and to date has reclaimed around nine hectares using material from the buildings that had been demolished due to the earthquakes.

Maugers is justifiably proud of its staff retention and ensuring employees are happy is a high priority for the company. Many of the staff have clocked up more than 30 years’ service; one employee has been working for the Group for more than five decades.

Although Lea would like to source all Maugers staff from the immediate Christchurch region, he admits there is a short supply. He finds truck driver positions particularly hard to fill and has one driver coming over from the UK to fill the gap.

Over the past two years, Maugers has expanded into large-scale green waste recycling, importing machinery from Germany to do the job. “These machines take a whole log at a time and the chip is used in boilers to heat glasshouses or used in dairy farms for calf bedding.”

Moore Stephens Markhams director Paul Rickerby has had a relationship with Maugers for the past 14 years. Prior to joining Moore Stephens Markhams, Paul worked with Phil and Lea while at another accountancy firm, bringing them with him when he moved in 2004. As well as handling the financial management of Maugers, Paul is very involved in a business advisory role, as Lea explains.

“We look to Paul for advice when we are looking at different projects or when opportunities present themselves,” he says. “He understands our business and is very easy to deal with.  Although we only get together face-to-face a few times a year, he’s only ever a phone call away.”

When asked about the future for Maugers, Lea is very clear. “We will continue to look after our loyal customers, many of whom have been with us for years. A number of companies put their rates up after the earthquakes, but we maintained our pricing levels and as a result, we enjoy an on-going relationship with them.”

Maugers Contracting

Published Spring 2015.

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