A lifetime of memories had its beginnings in the 1950’s when 19 year old Brian Perry borrowed £1600 from his father to buy a Quick Way excavator and Brian Perry Limited quickly became a thriving one-man business.

  • 1950s
  • 1951

    Brian Perry’s first excavator was a ‘Quick Way’ to a thriving business…

    A lifetime of memories had its beginnings in the 1950s when Brian Perry began cutting new ground. When 19-year old Brian borrowed £1600 from his father to buy a Quick Way excavator, Brian Perry Limited quickly became a thriving one-man business. So much so, Brian frequently nodded off over dinner! The increasing demand forced Brian to take on some helping hands.

  • 1956

    Growth was in the pipeline as Brian Perry Drainage was formed to diversify into pipe-laying. In a developing Hamilton, Brian Perry Limited was putting itself in the picture.

  • 1960s
  • 1961

    The expansion of the business saw the need for company offices; the team moved into Manchester Place at the north end of the Te Rapa straight.

  • 1962

    The machinery fleet has now numbered five – excavators, big draglines and an excavator mounted on an ex-army 6WD GMC.

  • 1970s
  • High-risk projects, such as the installation of water pipes under the Waikato River, became the norm for the experienced Perry team

  • The purchase of a Cessna aircraft assisted with the transport of personnel and parts to construction sites throughout New Zealand, often with Brian’s wife Peggy in the cockpit

  • Diversified into Perry Aggregates, Perry Quarries, Perry Developments and Perry Metal Protection

  • Brian founded the Perry Foundation with a personal donation of $100,000

  • 1980s
  • Sold the civil construction business to Fletcher Challenge. The company still utilises the Brian Perry name today.

  • The growing team moved to the current head office at 360 Tristram Street.

  • Perry Aggregates Refuse Collection division won the HCC refuse collection contract.

  • Perry Quarries purchased an established quarrying operation at Ngaruawahia.

  • Perry Developments diversified into commercial and industrial developments.

  • Perry Foundation established Perrinpark Retirement Village and set aside over $500,000 to assist with the formation of Sport Waikato.

  • The Perry Dimes joint venture won the Contractors Federation “Contractor of the Year” Award with the $20 million dual natural gas-oil products pipeline from Auckland to Marsden Point.

  • 1990s
  • Brian assumed the role of ‘Founding Chairman’ with son Simon taking on the role of Chief Executive.

  • Perry Waste was formed to manage new projects in waste collection and remediation.

  • Perry Metal Protection began operating from their Tauranga site.

  • Perry sand underpinned the greens on many of New Zealand’s most prestigious golf courses.

  • 2000s
  • Brian Perry retired as Chairman of Perry Group, handing the role to Christine Grice.

  • Perry Aggregates became involved in mining operations at Tauhei and Waitakere.

  • Perry Waste evolved into Perry Environmental, diversifying into vermiculture and recycling.

  • Perry Developments completed the construction of the Riverside Casino and Entertainment Centre, their largest project ever – costing $67 million.

  • Perry Lime launched a number of new lime-based products.

  • Perry Group of companies played a major part in the development of the Waikato Stadium with Perry Aggregates’ Loksand contributing to this internationally recognised surface.

  • Due to industry demand, Perry Metal Protection expanded their operations into Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

  • Through a merger with Scottwood and Castle Trusts, the Perry Foundation became one of the largest gaming trusts in New Zealand.

  • Simon Perry took over the Chair roles for both the Perry Foundation and the Perry Group, with Murray Gutry moving to the Chief Executive role.

  • 2010s
  • 2011

    Brian Perry, founder of the Perry Group, passed away on the 3rd of November 2011.

  • 2012

    The biggest galvanizing plant in New Zealand based at the Perry Metal Protection Hamilton site was opened by then Prime Minister John Key on 6 December 2012.

  • Perry Resources, a core business of the Perry Group of companies for over 40 years, was sold to Fulton Hogan.

  • 2014

    In 2014 the Perry Group celebrated its 60th year in business.

  • Aqualine Products was formed to manufacture and distribute ‘behind the wall’ plumbing products throughout Australasia.

  • The Brian Perry Charitable Trust played a pivotal role in the construction of the Cambridge Velodrome, that was officially opened by their Royal Highnesses William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on 12 April 2014.

  • Barry Coombes retired as a Trustee of the Brian Perry Charitable Trust after 40 years and Georgia Perry, third generation Perry family, was appointed as a Trustee.

  • 2017

    The Perry Bridge, the most iconic feature along the Te Awa River Ride, opened in 2017.

  • River Terraces, a residential lifestyle development located beside the Waikato River and Ngaruawahia Golf Course, began construction.

  • Pure Manuka Honey was formed to produce high quality UMF Manuka honey products for both national and international markets.

  • 2018

    The Podium Lodge opened in early 2018 providing a one-of-a-kind accommodation experience in Cambridge with 100% of the proceeds returning to the community.