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Ultra Span and Masonry Works
Undertaking a building project can be challenging. Just ask anyone who has completed one, regardless of whether it is a
new home or a commercial site that is under construction.
But when it comes to building, being able to work alongside an expert team can make this journey considerably easier.
Two businesses in the Central Otago area that are a one-stop shop for all your building needs, are there to help with many
Ultraspan is based in Cromwell, and covers Canterbury, Otago, and Southland, in fact the whole of the South Island with
upmarket, strong steel buildings that are designed to withstand high snow and wind loads.
Formerly owned by Mike Hedges, Graham Johnson is now director of this company and committed to carrying on the
business from where Mike left off: same quality product, same expert service and advice which Mike was renowned for,
having built literally hundreds of these building across the South Island in the past twenty years.
Ultraspan erect a range of kit set steel buildings from the concrete slab to completion. Ultraspan also fits all doors,
windows, mezzanine floors, line interiors and engage quality sub-contractors to fit off all your requirements, i.e. Electricians,
Plumbers, Stoppers, Painters etc, to suit your needs.
Ultraspan can also draw up your building to suit your needs, with any extras you request. Check them out on
You will be delighted and amazed at the range of options available for both town and country, and to work with a great
Add into this equation 'Masonry Worx'. Run in partnership with partner Greg Drayton, Masonry Worx brings another
exciting building concept to the fore, providing contract work for concrete block work and schist stonework for builders and
clients: on both commercial and domestic buildings.
The expert team will supply, lay and fill concrete block work, and supply and lay schist stonework. With many styles and
options available in this area, talk to the team here who can help bring your ideas to fruition.
Also on the team are workers with the skill to complete plastering work: a definite one stop shop to meet everyone's needs.
Graham Johnson: Work: (03) 445 0960 or 0800 489940 Mob: 029 7780708
Greg Drayton (Masonry Worx) 021 2444249
Now ready: Salvation Army leader Lieutenant Shaun Baker, left, and $10 Challenge
trustee Graeme Finnie with the Salvation Army's new emergency response vehicle.
Photo: SUE FEA / FAIRFAX NZ 627889847
Donation helps army's
The Salvation Army has gratefully
received a generous $7000 donation
towards its new $25,000 emergency
response vehicle from the trustees of
the annual Queenstown $10
Salvation Army Queenstown leader
Lieutenant Shaun Baker said the
army was extremely grateful for the
The 1999 Land Rover Defender had
its first public engagement deliver-
ing coffee and tea to Red Shield
Appeal collectors last week.
All money from the Red Shield
appeal would go towards Salvation
Army community ministries.
The vehicle, equipped with its own
petrol-operated generator, would be
on hand with hot soup, food, tea and
coffee to warm weary hearts and
emergency personnel at search and
rescue operations, fires, accidents
and any natural disasters.
Portable sleds ideal
for mountain trips
By GRANT BRYANT
Self sufficient: A Snolo sledder, with the sled in packed-down backpack
mode, explores back country terrain. The Alexandra-based company has
had a successful global launch of its flagship sled, the Stealth-X, and more
sleds are in the pipeline.
The Snolo high performance
alpine snow sled, which is the
brainchild of Alexandra man
Sean Boyd, has had its global
launch and prospects are look-
ing good for the fledgling
The six-year journey from a
flash of inspiration to prototype
building, detailed design and
final production came full circle
when the Snolo website opened
up worldwide orders for the
company's flagship sled, the
Stealth-X, on January 7.
''It's great to have the website
open for business. The Stealth-X
model has been shipped across
the globe, from Europe to the
United States and even to
Azerbaijan,'' Mr Boyd said.
However, with the help of a
suitable investor, a wider range
of Snolo sleds could soon hit the
''I think that the launch of the
Stealth-X has shown what can
be done with sledding by setting
no limits on materials, design
and construction -- hence a price
tag of US$1900 [NZ$2200].
''But not everyone can afford
such a luxury, so the next range
of cheaper, but still incredibly
cool Snolo sleds is in the
pipeline and will be launched
into action as soon as a suitable
investor is on board to help
continue to grow the brand.''
The Stealth-X , made of carbon
fibre, can be used on hard
compact snow and soft pow-
dered snow, and has turning
and stopping ability.
''Snolo has taken the old
fashioned factor away from a
sled as being a child's play
thing, and made sledding into a
serious adult pastime that wants
to rub alongside our traditional
sports of skiing and snowboard-
ing,'' Mr Boyd said.
Test runs on an average
gradient slope showed the
Stealth-X was capable of speeds
above 65km per hour, a vital
component for its creator.
''I'm not an avid skier or
snowboarder but I like to go fast.
I wanted to create a sled that
took me to speeds that would
excite me,'' Mr Boyd said.
The sled's front ski can be
removed and slotted in to the
shell, so the entire sled can be
worn as a backpack, opening up
the back country for exploring.
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