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Our Story

The Fotheringhame story began over 30 years ago with a digger, some Kiwi ingenuity, and a lot of hard work.


Having worked as a heavy diesel mechanic

John Fotheringhame opened up his earthmoving business in Katikati back in 1992. His experience as a hands-on mechanic proved itself useful to solving his customers’ challenges and meant he was able to get the company off the ground and where it is today.

As the business grew, so did the team. John’s children, Tom and Amy, having come on board, as well as a skilled team of earthmovers, engineers, drainage experts and transport specialists.

Over the years, Fotheringhame Contractors Ltd has established itself as the trusted and leading earthmoving contractors in the Western Bay of Plenty and Hauraki District. The family business has grown a lot over the years, with a range of projects across contracting, transport and cartage, as well as specialised engineering.

Throughout the years, we’ve always stayed true to our values of trust and loyalty. It’s something that’s a part of every project we do, whether its a residential driveway, or a large-scale subdivision. We see our customers as partners, take time to understand your challenges and evolve the best solution.

Now, the business is run between John, Tom and Amy, with more than 40 skilled team members working on small to large projects across the region.

Granddaughter Haylee Howarth
Granddaughter Haylee Howarth


A trusted part of the community

We’re proud to have built a strong presence in the community over the years. With a strong partnership with local councils, we’ve worked in a range of community projects from Hauraki District through to Western Bay of Plenty.

We’re proud to see our communities grow and we’re committed to building strong relationships with the people and businesses in them.

Solving your challenges and building solutions

Fotheringhame Contractors was built hard work and innovative thinking. We incorporate those principles into everything we do. Unafraid of a challenge, we approach every project with honesty, trust and a wealth of industry expertise.  

Always putting our customer first, we’re dedicated to finding the best solutions to keep your project moving forward. Whether that be coming up with an efficient drainage system for your subdivision, building a specialised trailer, or using our fleet of specialised transport trucks to get your project running. - links to Service pages

With a skilled and experienced team, a large fleet of the best equipment and machinery, and a drive to find the best solutions, Fotheringhame Contractors Ltd are dedicated to getting the job done.

Let's Get Your Project Moving Forward

Our team of experts is waiting to make your project a success. Call us now for a free, no-obligation quote.


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