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Construction stalwart Rick Goodman has sadly passed away

Aged 75 years, Rick passed away at his home in Waikanae, on the Kapiti Coast. Goodman Earthmovers was started by Rick and his brother, Tony, in 1960 and 30 years later, is now carried on by Rick’s sons and daughter.

The brothers started the business after purchasing a Fordson CD50 bulldozer for work on the family farm. Their father Frank was working for the housing division of the Ministry of Works in Wellington and mentioned that there was a possibility of work for their tractor in Porirua. The work involved new subdivisions at Cannons Creek.

So, the brothers bought an old Bedford truck and headed to Porirua with their truck and bulldozer. In 1964, Goodman Earthmovers Limited was officially formed. Now Goodman Contractors Limited, the company runs a large earthmoving fleet, including excavators, compactors, and bulldozers.

More than 30 years later, ​​Goodmans is owned by Rick and his children, Stan, Lance, Vaughan, and Marianne. The company boasts several specialities, including roading, quarries, wind farms, rail, subdivisions, stopbanks, and archaeological and emergency work.

It has worked across several major projects, including the Porirua Link Road as part of Transmission Gully, the Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway, Te Ahu a Turanga Manawatu Tararua Highway, Foxton Loop, the Puhoi to Warkworth Expressway (​​NX2), the Whanganui Rail Crossing, and the Mill Creek Windfarm.

"Dad, Pop, Rick, friend, work-mate, mentor, and our good fella will be dearly missed by all. Hard-working, honest, determined, and positive right to the end," read a family announcement. "We love you and miss you heaps. Fly high now Pop." Our thoughts are with Rick’s family, friends, and community.  

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