Client Testimonials


“Higgins and Paul Smith Earthmoving have built a strong collaborative partner through successful delivery of projects in Canterbury. PSE has been a criterial enabler to assist Higgins to increase our market share in Canterbury. PSE have done this through innovative construction techniques and collaborative working with our clients to achieve best for project outcomes. Bruce and Ray bring energy and solutions that out strips their competitors, their ongoing loyalty and commitment means there’s no better partner to complement our strategic objectives.”

Duncan Hasson | Christchurch Branch Manager | Higgins

“Avlis Ltd has worked with Paul Smith on five projects over the last 15 years. The latest of those projects is currently in the process of sign-off by the Mackenzie District Council. That project covered 39 sections in Twizel and was completed on time and to budget which is a credit to Mark Shaw and his Team. The MDC inspection process went well with no material remedial work required. Thank you to the Paul Smith Team for your (their) efforts.”

Jeremy Silva | Director | Avlis Ltd

“PSE have undertaken a number of projects with us over the last couple of years and we found them very approachable, reliable and consistent to deal with. For our business from small to medium size projects they have consistently delivered quality work and have always been pro-active in completing the works timeously and finding solutions to prevent cost overruns. Very professional approach and we look forward to continuing our relationship going forward.”

Adriaan Bester | Senior Quantity Surveyor | Farrell Construction

“Paul Smith Earthmoving have provided services to Port Blakely Ltd in Geraldine Forest for many years now. This has involved new road and skid site construction, road maintenance, quarry development and management, and root raking after harvesting. They provide a fantastic service in what is a sometimes a very difficult operating environment. Their staff are fully engaged and work with us to achieve what is required within the necessary timeframes. The forest industry requires additional machine guarding compared to normal construction activities, and Paul Smith Earthmoving have willingly set up the appropriate machines for the forest work. This also demonstrates their commitment to us in the long term. We have no hesitation in recommending Paul Smith Earthmoving to others.”

Barry Wells | Operations Manager (Harvesting) | Port Blakely

“I have worked with the Paul Smith Earthmoving (PSE) team as part of the road construction and maintenance subcontract arrangement they have with Downer, on our state highway maintenance contract.
Working on the state highway network is a challenging environment and we need contractors who can perform and capably manage these pressures.
Our working relationship is professional, collaborative and it is pleasing that PSE take pride in delivering a quality job to meet our high, long term performance expectations.”

John Keenan | Maintenance Contract Manager | South Canterbury Network Outcomes Contract

“Argyle Holding (2003) Limited , a small family construction business has contracted Paul Smith Earthmoving (PSE) to complete three inner city subdivisions plus completing all earthmoving and section preparation of our total builds to date. We have total respect and confidence in their professionalism and abilities including all staff. Our small business requires good timing of services and contractors, PSE have never failed. Communication is exceptional, as clients we are keep fully informed of progress and timelines. Attention to Compliance and Safety is clearly identifiable as tasks are only ever done once. A very professional business, we enjoy being clients of Paul Smith Earthmoving.”

Murray Williamson | Director  | Argyle Holding 2003 Ltd 

“Paul Smith Earthmoving have provided civil contracting services to Netcon over a long period. The Management and staff have provided a very good service, are responsive and meet our Health and Safety requirements with their work delivered in a value creating way. We will continue to use Paul Smith Earthmoving in line with our procurement policy and would not hesitate to recommend them to other potential customers if asked to do so.”

Steve McCoy | Chief Executive Officer | Netcon 

“Paul Smith Earthmoving has successfully completed a number of contracts in conjunction with Hawkins Construction South Island Limited in recent years including New World Halswell, the University of Canterbury development works and the award winning New Zealand Blood Service facility in Christchurch.We have always enjoyed a very positive relationship with Paul Smith Earthmoving as a result of their collaborative approach, high standards of completion, their technical ability and project management skills.”

Steve Taw | South Island Regional Manager | Hawkins Construction


Further client testimonials are available upon request.