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Issue 24 December 2011

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Hi All, Winter is most certainly on us, whilst it has not been cold in my bit of the country, it sure has been WET! Leggings and gumboots seem to be here to stay, for the short term at least. However “Wired” always comes out for the change of seasons so I know there is light at the end of the tunnel and spring should not be too far away.

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On the 27th, 28th and 29th of July we had our annual AGM & Conference at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Mount Wellington, Auckland. This was a great weekend for all who attended, you will read and see more on the this event in the pages that follow. The AGM saw three new people voted on to the Executive Board. Great to see it come down to a vote, showing that there are more people wanting to give their time to help run this organisation. We welcome back to board Simon Fuller and extend a warm welcome to Craig Shortall and Mark Lambert, for whom it is the first time. We look forward to a year of progress and development as we move FCANZ into the future. Two useful tools were presented at the conference; Firstly; Fence-it, Price Calculator was demonstrated by Andrew Cave. This is a great tool to aid our members in pricing jobs. It is simply a computer program that you have to plug your own prices into and it gives you a price. The key to it’s success is you inputing true and realistic figures. I am not the most technical savvy person, but even I can drive it, so you guys should all give it a go. Believe me

you won’t look back once you have tried it. There are calculators for vehicle running, fencing jobs and hourly rates. Many of you will be very surprised when you input your figures into the labour rate calculator. Secondly; the Boundary Fence Template. As previously mentioned most boundary fencing issues can be solved through good communication prior to the job being done. This template is simply a fill in the blanks form, that informs each party what they are getting and what they are paying for. We believe if it is used correctly it will cure many disputes before they arise. Coupled with the boundary fence template is a robust set of terms of trade. This document has been legally verified and will stand you in good steed to protect yourselves from non payment. This form must be signed by the potential client(s) in the same way we must if we begin a trading account with a merchant or supplier. This does not necessarily need to be used for a boundary fence, you can use it for any job to protect yourself.

campaign for Accredited fencing contractors, more on this further in the magazine. Secondly we are aiming to put more resources into moving FCANZ into the industrial sector of fencing. This is something we have been involved with on a small level, however we feel we need to be involved properly. Finally, we are going to continue to focus on benefits to members and partners. We often get asked why should I be a member of FCANZ? I believe there is a long list to answer this question, but we are aiming to make this list even longer. Association days are on the horizon, watch this space… As always please consider our Partners when making purchasing decisions, lets give something back to those who help us function for the better of the fencing industry as a whole. The rain has now cleared, and patches of blue sky are showing through, I am now going to don my gumboots and leggings and go and build a fence. Go hard or go home… Nige

Both of these tools I believe will aid our members in running their businesses and is another great benefit of being an FCANZ member. These tools are available by contacting Operations and requesting them. Going forward this year, FCANZ has three key areas we are going to focus on; firstly we will continue to bolster our

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The Wiremark Plant delegates visited in July.

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Introduction to Razor Wire By Paul Fitzsimmons Razor wire was first manufactured by Germany during World War I, due to a shortage of wire. Because it was punched out of a rolled ribbon of steel tape, it could be manufactured much quicker. It had triangular barbs and no reinforcing wire, so was easy to cut with shears, but not with ordinary wire cutters. In the early 1980s, manufacturers began offering razor wire with an embedded reinforcing wire, which improved the structural integrity, and made it more difficult to cut. It is manufactured in a three stage process, the first stage being the barbs punched into a flat steel tape. A groove is then cold forged into the tape and the tape has a high tensile wire pressed into the groove. Finally the razor wire is clipped into its finished configuration. The barbs themselves are not actually razor sharp along the edges, however the points of the barbs are extremely sharp, and it is not uncommon for

installation staff who do not use the necessary PPE or handling techniques to suffer injury while handling and installing the product. There are three different configurations predominant in New Zealand – flat rings (loops), single coil, and concertina. All three can be manufactured in short barb, medium barb or long barb configuration, from galvanized or stainless steel material. Medium barb is uncommon in New Zealand. Although there are no formal definitions, typically short barb barbed tape has barbs from 10 mm to 15 mm long, medium barb tape has barbs 20 mm to 25 mm long, and long barb tape has barbs from 60 to 66 mm long. There does not seem to be much available research to indicate whether longer barbs are actually more effective in resisting penetration, but they provide a stronger psychological deterrent.


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Razor wire is generally installed attached to horizontal supporting wires (either barbed or plain) although it can be fitted by attaching to a surface using metal clips or ties. Concertina is particularly suitable for this method of installation, as it is basically self supporting when attached along the bottom. Rings should be overlapped approximately 25% for maximum effect. Razor wire should be installed at a minimum of 2m above ground level, and warning signs should also be installed on the fence at 7.5m intervals. PPE for installation includes safety glasses, and heavy leather gloves. Welding golves are a good option, as they tend to be heavily constructed, and protect the wrists as well as the hands. Generally, two people are required for installation, and they must have a good understanding, as sudden movements at the wrong moment could result in serious injury.

600mm diameter long barb rings attached to two strands of barbed wire

Pictured left: 450mm diameter long barb concertina attached to 1 strand of barb and top line wire on a switchyard fence. Pictured right: 450mm diameter long barb rings attached to 3 strands of barbed wire

Pictured left; 450mm diameter long barb concertina attached directly to block wall and iron roof using metal clips



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THE BIGGEST SIMILARITIES were that the staples they used were 1 ¾” (45mm) and 2” (50mm) barbed and so the staples they use are the same as here in New Zealand for posts although there was clear regional preferences for each size. Most contractors and farmers that dabbled in the fencing game, tender for federal highway game fence projects which are subject to very stringent regulation. They still had the same old gripes, labour intensive jobs, material costs and not enough cold beer in the fridge when they got home, so nothing new there! THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES we saw were that the fencing guys in North America on the whole

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the event and Goldpine sponsored the Competition, with materials supplied by Goldpine and Strainrite.

The NZYF National Competitions also took place in Dunedin during Conference Week at the end of May. The Goldpine NZYF National Fencing Competition was held at Invermay Research Station alongside the Technical Day of The National Bank Young Farmer Contest. Seven teams from around New Zealand had each won their respective Regional Finals and the right to compete at the National Finals. FCANZ (Fencing Contractors’ Association New Zealand) supported

Angus Brown and Daniel Plowman from East Coast’s Ballance Club took out the top spot and received $1000 in goods and cash from Goldpine for their efforts. Second place went to Otago/Southland’s Brad McNamara and Lyndon Wallace and third place was taken out by Taranaki/Manawatu’s James Rodgers and Nigel Will. They also received goods and cash from Goldpine.


by John Noakes

Hi all fellow FCANZ members.


I spent most of July in the North Island. Two conferences, my father’s 90th birthday and working flat out in between. Didn’t even get any time to go hunting, buggar!! We’ve just had the FCANZ event of the year and WHAT a weekend it was.

individual members and of course our sponsors and partners. Without The FCANZ conference and AGM them it wouldn’t happen, thanks. in Auckland would have to have been one of the easiest conferences Waipuna Hotel and Conference I’ve run. With thanks to the people Centre was a great venue and the behinds the scenes that helped food awesome. Registration started make it all happen. Our Operations at 8.30am Friday morning with a Manager, Suzy Alsop, Rob Best for Farmlands morning tea at 9.30am helping put things together for before we were off on the Wiremark the different events. Also all the Bus Trop to Pacific Steel. (see support from the rest of the Board, photo’s on next page).

Anyone that hasn’t been through the plant in James Fletcher Drive, I would recommend they do so. It would give you all a better understanding of all the stringent processes the steel and wire goes through before it ends up in reinforcing steel and the wire on the fence line. We were escorted through the plant in groups of three for safety reasons. With all that touring we didn’t go hungry, brunch and lunch was provided. It was outstanding. After Wiremark we headed back to the hotel and spruced up for the Trots and Alexandra Park. What a night, we arrived to find Wiremark had provided us with betting vouchers for the night. We got into groups of five and had a competition for the night, who could make the most $$$ for the night. There was some stiff competition especially from the ladies and of course some of the fillies are still running! I think the ladies trip to Sylvia Park earlier in the day had something to do with making money at the trots – they had to make enough to spend on the

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At Pacific Steel we were greeted by Andy MacDonald, Ian Jones, Stan Clark, Andrew Hibbert and staff. We were given a rundown of how the Pacific Steel operation works and all the safety which is paramount. From the melt down of metal at 1100 degrees to the make-up of the end product – the wire we all use. Remember New Zealand made.

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Steel and Tube ladies bus trip on the Saturday! Their bus trip by all accounts was fantastic, sightseeing, lattes, dining and shopping. To our Strategic Partner – Wiremark (NZ Made) thanks from all of us once again, well done. Saturday morning came around really fast, it started with breakfast courtesy of Carters to set us up for the day. A welcome from Penny Webster and Wiremark presentation by Andy MacDonald, followed by a quick fire question and answer session with some great prizes up for grabs. The FCANZ AGM and discussion topic for Sunday flowed really well. With election of officers which went to a vote. Three members of the Board stood down: Rob Best, Andrew Cave and Alan Rennie, a big thank you for your outstanding contribution over the years. After the election we welcomed three new board members – Simon Fuller, Craig Shortall and Mark (Tractor) Lambert. After the Goldpine morning tea we once again climbed on the bus and headed to the Pukekohe Gun Club. Saftey briefing first and then we were split into teams of five for a sporting clay shoot. Great team building!


For members that had handled guns before they did well with plenty of rivalry. We were all looked after very well, thanks to Tex and Rob for putting it together. Thanks also to the Pukekohe Gun Club and its members for running a well organised shoot and to Fox catering for the awesome lunch.

The shooting results High lady Nicky Brown (Wiremark) Low end Craig (Ernie) Timms propped up by Warren Herlihy High equal Lance Sutton & John Noakes both 16/25 Second place Logan Ewing 15/25 Third place Craig Shortall 14/25

Back on the bus once more and it was off to see some of Rob Best’s handy work from years gone by and still good as ever passing “the test of time”. Warren and Pete from Paslode demonstrated their new 50mm staple gun, then all members had a go. From there we went to see Tony White’s handy work in the Clevedon/Ardmore area. A trotting breeding and training facility. A full sized trotting track with 1.5 high retained end for track camber, foaling paddocks, 17km post and rail fencing, horse handling and unloading facilities – all built to the owners specifications. The work was all on peat which created special considerations for materials used and installation. What can I say? “Mind Blowing”, “Exceptional”. To see work done like this in some trying conditions it was outstanding precision and set the standards to the next level. It’s a credit to Tony and his team of men, something a lot of us as fencing contractors wouldn’t get to see or do, let alone get our heads around the logistics of it all. After this full day out we enjoyed the famous Paslode happy hour, we had worked up a thirst. Then off to the Gallagher Gala dinner and a report from Pete Nation on Gallagher. An excellent dinner was had by all followed by the Gallagher quiz night, with yours truly being quizmaster and Suzy on audio. After 40 questions, the winning table with 37 points was Well Footed, taking the top prizes mainly first aid kit to keep safe.

Sunday dawned far too early, kicked off with the Carters breakfast. Andrew Cave launched the Fenceit Price Calculator – demonstration and briefing very professionally done and well received by members. I’m sure we’ll get great benefits it looks very user friendly and it will be out to all FCANZ members very soon. Nigel Broadbridge presented us with the Boundary Fence Template including Terms Of Trade, which will be of great help to all with boundary fence fiascos. Warren Herlihy did the Paslode gun prize draw and it went to Jeff Bowers. A special prize draw was held for Accredited fencers that were at the conference. We had some very positive discussion on FCANZ going forward, which will be highlighted during the year ahead. The L B & T Hare morning tea went down well followed by further discussion and then close of the 2012 FCANZ Conference. To finish off with 70 people attending conference it was great, but it would be awesome if more members took the time to come. It is a great way to meet like-minded people, share ideas and talk with sponsors and partners. IT is a twoway street, the more you put in the more you get out.


So for next year start saving now, the 2013 FCNZ Conference and AGM will be towards the end of July in Central Otago. It is a unique part of the country and I for one can’t wait to be there. As soon as I’ve got dates and accommodation locked in you will be notified.

Sorry sight at the airport heading home! Happy fencing over the next 12 months, remember: go hard or go home!


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at the South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) Lincoln Canterbury March 20-22nd 2013

Fencers who attended the 2011 Fencing in Action event in the Waikato, were presented with a unique industry concept. Bringing those who design and manufacture fencing machinery and products into a common demonstrative area, then coupling with industry best practice fencing techniques.


The concept was experimental to say the least. The Fencing Contractors (with many being FCANZ members) who attended stayed and enjoyed an interactive day/two days with a number of NZ’s leading fencing industry exhibitors and four top fencing demonstrators.

The next planned event has undergone several changes – namely a rebranding of the event name to “All about Fencing” and a South Island location for the 2013 event, within the SIAFD (South Island Southern Field Days) at Lincoln March 20th – 22nd 2013. “With the SIAFD (commonly referred to as the Lincoln Field Days) being the largest demonstrative event in the South Island it seemed a logical choice to approach the SIAFD committee to see if they would allow the All about Fencings demonstrative event format to run within their highly successful event. On

2011 post, wire and batten demonstrator Paul Van Beers

by Debbie White

approaching the SIAFD Chairman Hamish Maginness, committee members David James and Richard Westaway (who then went back to the rest of the committee), well I cannot speak highly enough of the open minded approach they have shown and willingness to cater for this fencing demonstration aspect within their event” comments All about Fencing event organiser Debbie White. “I have spoken to a number of the Exhibitors that were at the 2011 event and there is an overwhelming positive response”.

So plans are now well underway.

2011 Post & rail Demonstrator Rob Best

The All about Fencing demonstrative area at SIAFD will focus on four fence types and ground considerations are sure to factor in the exhibitor profile. Fence types include netting with Owen Petersen as the demonstrator; post, wire and batten with demonstrator Paul Van Beers ( yes there are battens in the South Island – more so than a decade ago); electrics will be covered by Telfords Senior Fencing & Carpentry Tutor Trevor Bell; and rail work will be covered by demonstrator Tony White. There will be a slight change in format with set demonstrations being held within each demonstration area covering different aspects of fence construction. This timetable will be listed in the SIAFD programme. While both the previous event and this event focuses on Fencing Contractors, given the consideration that those attending the SIAFD Field Days represent a large number of the farming community AAF will be focused on allowing them to make informed decisions on product choice and hopefully encouraging the focus on fencing expenditure within their farm budgets. “While the fencing demonstrators are not there to promote or endorse products they are there to show products on the fence line in a manner that supports quality installation, this has wider implications than just looking at a roll of wire or netting, insulators in a plastic bag or timber in a packet”. Post drivers and hard ground equipment have their own designated demonstration areas with the opportunity to show off their machines capabilities and make plenty of impact.

Discussions were a plenty. The All about Fencing website www. will shortly be operational so please visit and keep up to date with developments. There will be a gallery page with a number of pictures of the 2011 exhibitors and demonstrators working on the demonstration John Deere lines.

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A huge Thank you

By Andrew Cave

Wow, I sit here today and reflect back on the last 5 years with my involvement with FCANZ. What an interesting ride it was, some huge highs as we grew as an association to some big lows which we dealt with and moved on. I put my name forward for the committee at the first AGM / Conference in Rotorua in 2007. Yes just like all of us I had an agenda, I wanted to become a registered fencing contractor with FCANZ. 18 months earlier FCANZ had sent out a brief on what was required. Within 6 months I had it together and at that stage they had no systems or process in place to get it happening. That first year putting it mildly was bloody hard work, meeting every 4 weeks in Hamilton trying to move FCANZ forward. In that first year I was teamed up with Rob Best to get the Registered fencing Contractor happening. So my first thanks goes out to Rob Best, thank you for your huge effort in making what is now Accredited Fencing Contractor in place and to where it is.


Thank you for your thoughts, suggestions and just simply saying that won’t work when needed. I know we never got it to where we wanted it but the foundations are there for something great. FCANZ was first kicked around by a group of fencers from the Auckland and King Country areas in the early 2000’s if not before. In April of 2004 a steering committee was officially formed to start putting the association together. This was Simon Fuller, Rob Best, Wayne Newdick, Nick Liefting,

Leith Chick, George Schuler, Warren Greyson and Donna MacKay both from Pacific Steel under the Wiremark Brand. I would like to thank all these people for having the thought and passion to get the association happening, especially Wiremark who without their sound advice and financial commitment from this stage to the present day FCANZ would not be here today. This group of people took FCANZ through to become an official incorporated society in January 2006. Thank you to all of those people that have put so much of their own time and passion into the FCANZ board over the last 5 years since our first AGM. I have had the privilege of working with so many different people with so many different ideas it has been a huge learning curve. Being on the board can sometimes be a real thankless job with a lot of your own time put in to deal with some negative actions that just can’t be swept under the carpet, but all board members have the same drive to see FCANZ succeed and that’s what keeps it happening. I can recall on at least two occasions in the early years where I have heard members say “I give them 6 months and FCANZ will be finished”. Well the great thing is that when you hear comments like that it makes you even more determined to make FCANZ succeed. I would like to thank the following for their effort in bringing FCANZ to where it is today. Rob Best, Simon Fuller, Wayne Newdick, Nick Liefting, Lance Hare, Malcolm Webster, Debbie White, Dave Blenkiron, Alan Rennie, John Noakes, Nigel Broadbridge,

Brendon Wilson, Paul Fitzsimmons and Mike Samuel, all past and present board members. The people that worked away behind the scenes of FCANZ some in paid roles some unpaid thank you, your work hasn’t gone unnoticed. To all the past and present partners of FCANZ a huge thank you for your financial support, without your support in our industry body we wouldn’t be where we are today. To those early partners thank you in your belief that FCANZ was a great thing and had potential to succeed and increase the profile of fencing in New Zealand. Nigel Broadbridge and your team thank you for stepping up again for another year of progress forward for FCANZ. The new board members I’m sure you will come on board with some great ideas enjoy your time on the board. Simon Fuller thank you for coming back on the board your past experience and ability to think strategically and being able to look two or more years down the track will be greatly appreciated. Who knows but after a couple of years I just might put my hand up for the board again as well. Anyway I am about Thank you’d out and if I have missed anyone or the dates are slightly wrong please accept my apologies. One last request, I have every copy of the Wired magazine that has been printed except the very first one. If anyone has a copy of it or knows someone that does if I could please have a photocopy of it that would be great and as a reward I will shout you a drink or three at the next conference.

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FCANZ Accredited Fencers Agricultural Forest/ Fence Services (Amberley) C: John Hay P: 03 314 9388 M: 027 450 7580

Contract Fencing Ltd (Manawatu)

C: Andrew Cave P: 06 376 5992 M: 027 296 3504 E:

Ewing Fencing Contractors (Oamaru) C: Mark Ewing P: 03 431 3864 M:027 498 4049 E:

Barakat Contractors Ltd (Te Kauwhata)

Central Fencing (Canterbury)

CPC Contracting (Kerikeri)

Craig Sergeant Fencing (Waipukurau)

C: Dale & Raewyn Barakat P: 07 826 4461 M: 027 473 5513 E:

C: Phil Cornelius P: 09 407 1160 E:

Glentui Farm Services (Feilding) C: Mike Billinghurst P: 06 328 8118 M: 027 695 662 E:

C: Nigel Broadbridge P: 03 325 7779 M: 021 433 623 E:

P: 06 858 9759 M:027-243 7334 E:

Grant Macdonald Fencing Service (Tauranga)

P: 07 5433486 M: 027 494 2251 E:

Grant Scott Fencing Ltd (Te Awamutu)

Greg Burton Fencing (Cambridge)

Gregg Holmes Contracting (Papakura)

Ground Up Services (Katikati)

Ground Up Solutions (New Plymouth )

High Country Fencing (Darfield)

P: 07 870 6541 E:

C: Darryn Astill P: 07 552 0238 M: 027 586 9227 E:

Hadley Fencing (Whakatane)


C: Peter Hadley P: 07 312 9069

P: 07 827 8765 M: 027 427 8765 E:

C: Clayton & Sue Horton P: 06 758 2217 M: 021 710 712 E:

Higgins Fencing Contractors (Wakefield)

C:Philip Higgins

P: 03 541 9292 M: 021 222 5033 E:

P: 09 296 9984 M: 027 440 4247 E:

C:Geoff Rogers

P: 03 317 8028 M: 021 640 748 E:

Jeff Joines Fencing Contractor Ltd (Raumati South) P:04 905 1013 M: 027 484 4481 E:

Accredited Fencers continued... John Baldock Fencing Ltd (Katikati) P: 07 552 0763 M: 021 176 4719 E:

Phillips Contracting (Edgecombe) C: Joshua Phillips P: 07 323 6666 M:027 587 3551 E:

Samuel Fencing Ltd (Alexandra) C: Mike Samuel P: 03 448 6949 M: 0275 245 4090 E:

Lake Contracting (Omakau) C: Ken Lake P: 03 447 4031 M: 027 224 0302

Neil & Raymond Roberston (Fensin) (Waitetuna)

Steve Locke Fencing Ltd (Blenheim)

Steve Williamson Fencing (Timaru)

C: Terry & Karen Renner P: 03 575 7080 M: 027 226 7238 E:

P: 03 5781927 M: 021 37 1971 E:

Todd Sherburd Fencing (Morrinsville)

White Fencing Ltd (Papakura)

Wilson Fencing (Havelock North)

C: Tony White P: 09 292 8064 M:027 495 7868 E:

C: Nigel & Teresa Higgins P: 07 867 8332 M: 027 243 8650 E:

Renner Contracting Ltd (Seddon)

Taihape Contract Fencing (Mangaweka)

C: Alan Rennie P: 06 382 5555 E:

N & T Higgins Fencing (Ngatea)

P:07 887 5549 M: 027 494 2251 E:

C: Brendon Wilson P: 06 877 9844 M: 027 657 4588 E:

C: Neil Robertson P: 07 825 5747 M: 027 474 6335 E:

P: 03 686 4779 E:

West Otago Fencing 2001(Tapanui) C: Grant & Wendy Harris P: 03 204 8285 M:027 286 6576 E:

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Thanks to Kevin Smith for sending in these photos - they were taken back in the summer driving deer fence posts for a game park out near the Wairarapa’s East Coast.

Accredited Contractors We hope all that attended the conference had a great time, we enjoyed seeing those who attended and thank you for your input. After six years Rob Best has stepped down from the board and has also handed the accredited fencing contractor work to Mike Samuel. We congratulate Rob on the work that has been achieved. Currently we have 30 members who are accredited. FCANZ Accredited Fencing Contractors have a proven knowledge in design and material selection, they have gained qualifications to back their accreditation. As fencing is regionalised due to terrain and conditions accredited members have been assessed on best practice and quality within their environment. Accredited Fencing Contractors have the following documentation to back them:

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• NZQA national certificate in fencing; • First Aid certificate; • A working heath and safety manual; • Employment contract; • A signed declaration saying that you have a high regard for heath and safety and employment issues; • Evidence of three years in business; • Public liability insurance; • Three client testimonials.

By Mike Samuel and Nigel Broadbridge

We would love to see more members on the road to being accredited but we hear many of you wondering what benefits you have now you’re accredited.

trucks & vehicles are sign written with logos. We know some of you have obtained logos provided by FCANZ to put on yours and your staff uniforms.

We are targeting DOC, LINZ and local bodies with the intention of pushing accredited fencing contractors as being an obvious first choice. However, we need to cover independent bodies across the country and various other organisations. This has been hampered by starting negotiations with people, only to find down the track they have left or moved positions. Regrettably this means that the negotiation process has to start from the beginning.

When tendering for contracts demand to see your ratings, you have a right to know what you scored in the ratings system. Challenge the ratings system if you believe you have unfairly lost to someone who you know does not hold the same qualifications. Ask, why do I not score higher because I am an accredited fencing contractor?

Accreditation is also about selling a point of difference to your prospective clients. for example we write “ we are PROUD to be an accredited fencing contractor with FCANZ and uphold the values of this organization” on all our written quotes and tenders. This gives us an edge on our competitors. This gives the client confidence that we are always trying to improve and uphold fencing standards. We invoice using computers, we know many don’t but we have the accredited logo all over invoices and quotes. There is a link to FCANZ website on quotes,

We are quick to make organisations stick to their ratings system, after all why bother having them if they are not going to follow them. Caution must be taken to push your strengths rather than capitalize on others weaknesses. You do not want to be seen as sour grapes and it could have the opposite effect when they tender in the future. Currently the Board is spending some time making sure training

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is available, the government in its current budget state is looking to axe many rural training and credits. At this stage are looking strong to retain what we have. For those renewing we have extended the term to five years. The next time you are up for renewal you will notice the greater validity. This saves a lot of time and paperwork (you have to like that)! If you want to become an accredited fencing contractor please contact our admin or operations personnel, they will send you the forms informing what you need to present to gain accreditation. Please make sure all forms are completed; only half sending or filling forms slows everything down for you.

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If your contacted about training make sure you are available, the guys around the country doing this spend a lot of time away from home and their business and find nothing worse after organising a

time to catch up and at times have had people not show or be available at the time as discussed. We all are really enthusiastic at working more with accreditation and member benefits, however we really need some areas to have an increase in the number of accredited fencing contractors. We can’t push people and organisations to use accredited fencing contractors if there are not any in their area. If we have many accredited fencing contractors producing work that is of high standard. Farmers and lifestylers will start to notice the difference between good and bad and therefore will want accredited contractors. Your mission is to keep producing a high standard and keep others doing the same. Remember high quality command premium rates.


“You pay peanuts you get monkeys” and you get what you pay for.

Just think how many clients are driving newer good quality Utes. They do this for reliability, performance and don’t mind paying for this peace of mind. Good quality fences deserve the same respect. So get the word out and set the high standard, no shortcuts! The more high quality fences that are constructedwill help the industry as a whole.

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The Fencing Contractors conference is not only a chance for discussion and debate about fencing, but it is also an awesome time for all the wives and partners to get together for a bit of fun, frivolity and friendship.


We all met at the welcome morning tea and, after introductions were done over a cuppa, we all piled into a taxi and set out on a shopping excursion to Sylvia Park to warm up the credit cards. It was a lot of fun with no time restrictions, where we went together in and out of shops giving each other ideas and generally getting to know each other better. Once we had exhausted the shops at Sylvia Park, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening’s entertainment at Alexander Park

Before long, we were off again, this time on our way to Devonport for a wonderful lunch before heading downtown to Newmarket for another spot of shopping and another workout for the credit cards. (There are just some things you can never get enough of!!) We rounded off the night joining everyone for a Saturday dawned bright and sunny lovely dinner and quiz night at the and after our leisurely breakfast Hotel . Again a lot of laughs and a we headed to our luxury bus for a great time had by all. day of sightseeing and shopping, sponsored by Steel and Tube. Our Our weekend away at the wonderful driver, Eric, took us on Conference was a fantastic time for a tour around the bays, up to the all. We go away with each others Michael Savage Memorial lookout email addresses and eager for next where the view of Auckland year’s conference details so we can harbour was amazing – then we start planning and looking forward drove around Paratai Drive (to to getting together once again. see the most expensive housing in Auckland) before heading to the Hope you can join us then. Sky Tower and Casino for a brief visit – a lucky visit for some of us!!! Raceway. This was a great night out with racing, dinner and good company. Thank you to Wiremark for the betting vouchers for everyone. Good food, good drink and, for the most part, good gambling with profits been made all around.

The 12 step method to hanging a timber gate

courtesy of Simon Fuller


If you are constructing a new fence line, your gate openings measured between the faces of the strainer posts, should be the same length as the gate. The gate will then close against the strainer post.

line from Step 3 as the starting point. Use a builder’s level to achieve a horizontal line on the post.

Step 1

Choose the way you want the gate to swing: this will determine which side of the gate you will bolt your hinge straps. Check the ground contour around the gate opening to make sure it is level.

Step 5

Step 2

Fix the top strap into the gate approximately in the centre of the timber block.

Mark top of the strainer post with one ine along the line of hte fence, and another at right angles to it. Bisect the right-angle so formed (45 degrees). This will be the angle that hte gudgeons will eventually be placed at. From teh 45 degree line, mark a line down the face of the strainer post, using a builder’s level to ensure plumbness. Holes will be drilled for the gudgeons where this vertical line intersects the horizontal lines drawn in Steps 3 and 4. article continues next page...

Step 3

Slip the top gudgeon into the strap you have just bolted to the gate; measure from the top of hte gate to the centre of the gudgeon thread; transfer this dimension onto the strainer post, using a builder’s level to achieve a horizontal line on the post.







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Step 4

Measure from the bottom of the top strap to the bottom of the bottom hinge block on the gate less 25mm; transfer this dimension onto the strainer post, using the marked

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Step 5 continued...

Step 9

Now slip the spare strap over the gudgeon pin, to make sure that hte gate opens right back to the fence without becoming hinge-bound.

Step 6

Lay a batten, or make a line o the ground out from the face of the strainer post, at 45 degrees to act as a guide fro drilling the holes for the gudgeons.

Step 10

Lift the gate into position; slide the top strap over the gudgeon, and block the other end of the gate until the gate is the thickness of the capping rail above the strianer post. This will allow the gate to settle without spoiling its performance or appearance.

Step 11

Step 7

Drill a hole for the bottom gudgeon, sighting down onto the batten or ground mark for directional guidance. repeat for the top gudgeon hole.

Slip the bottom strap over the gudgeon and clamp it to the gate, using a G-clamp. Now swing the gate to make sure it clears the ground through its whole opening and closing arc. If it is clear, drill the holes fo rthe bolts, and fix the strap to the gate. Remove the G-clamp.

Step 12

Place the latch on the inside of hte gate, so that hte gate when closed has very little movement and will be stockproof against the most persistant animal.

Step 8

Slide the gudgeons into position and tighten, leaving baout 40mm between the post and the face of the pin.


1. You have the options of fixing the bottom strap first instead of the top strap, following exactly the same procedure; or clamping both straps on the gate before drilling holes.


2. The gap between the bottom of the gate and the ground should be no more than 100 - 150mm. So check that your strainer posts are put in at the correct height, allowing for metal to be placed at the gateways.



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• Belonging to an association of like minded individuals with one common mission “to increase the profile of fencing as a recognised profession and encourage a high level of workmanship through knowledge and standards. “ • Wired magazines, 4 editions per year • Regional association days • Fence-it - Price Calculator • Boundary Fencing Template & Terms of trade • Discounts at Carters stores • Access to training and NZQA qualifications • Accredited Fencing Contractor process to increase your qualifications • Support from industry providers • Annual Conference • Use of FCANZ logo - a great branding tools available for members • Site Safe affiliation and 10% discount • Networking opportunities with members and partners • FCANZ website directory, helping the public find contractors in their areas • Special deals for FCANZ members from Partners • Great prizes from our Partners • Facebook page for easy communication with members • Affiliated to NZSBA, NZYF, QEII Trust, Taratahi • Bumper stickers and cor flutes for raising brand awareness • Peace of mind for your clients - any complaints about \ members will be investigated and dealt with. • Free Federated Farmers membership, with heaps of great retail discounts available and legal advice • Discounted fuel prices at Mobil, (through Federated Farmers)

Additional benefits being worked on all the time. We are constantly raising the profile of our members and partners. Rural, Industrial, Security, Residential, we cover all bases… So why join??? You would be mad not too, we are a great bunch!

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FCANZ BOARD MEMBERS Nigel Broadbridge President 03 325 7779 021 433 623

Paul Fitzsimmons 03 374 3510 027 432 9381

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Simon Fuller 07 872 8180 021 376 805

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Mike Samuel (Accredited fencing contractors) 03 448 9339 027 245 4090

Suzy Alsop 0508 4 32269 021 955 958

Administration 0508 4 FCANZ (0508 4 32269) FCANZ PO Box 19 389 Hamilton, 3244

Why Join? • Support the industry and help lift the profile of fencing as a profession • Opportunity to network and communicate with like minded people throughout the country • Access to training including ATV and chainsaw courses • Access to assessing & NZQA qualifications National Certificate in Fencing • Free copy of WIRED publications (4 issues per year) • Association Days around the regions • Support from industry providers • Annual Conference

The FCANZ committee is predominately governed by Fencing Contractors who are volunteering considerable amounts of time to help the industry as a whole. By joining you are assisting in this effort and we would welcome you on board. We have various forms of membership: • General member $100 + GST • Employee $50 + GST • Wired subscription only $35 + GST All above members get a free subscription to WIRED. Email Suzy at operations@fencingcontractors. for your application form.

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