Industry players loyal to south

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A NEW player has entered the project and construction management industry in the south with the establishment of MAXIS Projects.

Nick Hamlin, with 19 years’ experience in project management, the past eight as Arrow International Southern general manager, is the managing director of the new company.

After a long career with Arrow, Mr Hamlin had mutually agreed to leave just prior to the news the company had placed itself in voluntary administration.

Mr Hamlin and his wife Sara, who also has industry experience, decided to stay committed to the south and strike out on their own in the field of development and master planning, design management, project and construction management and business consulting.

There were good opportunities here and in Central Otago and there was a lot of positivity in the region, Mr Hamlin said.

“There is a lot of project work and developments and that feeds off itself.

“At the moment there is work here with schools, aged-care facilities, the CBD development and a new hotel.

“A lot of specialist resource gets brought in for such jobs whereas with my experience with major projects right across the South Island it will allow businesses to think outside the square and use our services.

“I think it has to be good to keep that level of experience and those relationships in the region.”

Mr Hamlin said the key thing for them both was to stay in the south.

“We want to support Southland and hopefully we will get that support back. The opportunities are great here, family is here, we own property here and in Central Otago and I have had a long involvement with organisations such as the Southland Sports Car Club and Waihopai Football Club.

“We definitely want to grow MAXIS Projects, we have some opportunities already and I am keeping in contact with my old colleagues and we have the potential to employ more people later in the year.”

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