As Kapiti Quarries Manager, Shane, who works for Winstone Aggregates, goes above and beyond to ensure the quarry has a positive impact on his community and does so on many fronts.
Shane works hard to make sure the quarry’s operations are not only contributing to economic development, but are having a positive environmental and social impact on the Otaki community.
Knowing that quarrying and communities often don’t mix well, Shane has made it his mission to integrate the two and show that Winstone Aggregates is a sustainably conscious business. As well as actively reducing the quarry’s impact on the environment, Shane has involved himself in countless initiatives and groups and not only donates money and product, but also his time, his staff’s time and his site.
Shane encourages community groups such as waka-ama and canoe polo to utilise Otaki Quarry’s lake (made through the extraction process). He was responsible for digging out and laying the canoe polo court and it is considered one of the best outdoor venues of its kind in New Zealand.
Volunteer services that have benefited hugely from Shane’s commitment to the community are Friends of the Otaki River, the local SPCA and fire brigade. Not only did Shane provide the volunteer firefighters with funds to reach a national competition, he also arranged to set up a realistic crash scene on the quarry haul roads using wrecked cars, allowing them to improve their skills.
Shane is a finalist in the Sustainability Champion category of the 2015 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards