Northland excavator operator Riki Lum of Clements Contractors claimed back to back regional titles at Barge Park in Whangarei on 1 December, earning him a ticket to the National Excavator Operator Competition in March 2019.
Lum scored 308 points in the competition, seven points clear of his closest challenger Bryce Coughlan, also of Clements Contractors. This one-two effort helped Clements also claim the team prize.
Lydia Hill of Wilson Earthmoving took out the Good Bugger Award, partially for her excellent work supporting young people on the mini dig at the event.
Photos from the event can be seen on the CCNZ Facebook page.