About

The story of a family owned and operated crane hire company

About Us

Auckland Cranes began as a family crane hire business over 40 years ago. While we have grown to become one of the largest crane hire companies in the Auckland and Waikato region, we remain a family business at heart. We combine our family business service culture with a high capacity, modern fleet.

Our Commitment

Any lift, anywhere, any time. Our clients call us for a fast response and cast iron commitment to delivering safe and certain lift outcomes. This is because of our commitment to understanding our clients’ complex lifting requirements, and responding quickly and efficiently with an energetic, technically competent and safe team.

Our Service

We provide more than just crane hire.

Auckland and Waikato Cranes provide complete package lifting and heavy haul transport engineering.
Our approach is to think outside the box using innovative engineering to optimise our clients’ lifting solutions.

Auckland and Waikato Cranes are your experienced and dependable go-to crane and transport experts.
From our dispatchers, engineers and operations leaders, to our drivers, operators, riggers and dogmen we know and respect cranes and what it means to deliver safe and professional crane hire and transport services.

Auckland and Waikato Cranes are a team of familiar faces.
Our local teams get to understand the unique and demanding environments our clients work in, so we can respond quickly to keep sites moving to schedule.


 

Executive Team

SHANE FRASER - GENERAL MANAGER

Shane joined the business in 2021 as General Manager, coming from three years as Auckland Branch Manager at sister company Smith Crane and Construction. With over 17 years management and supervisory experience across Oil & Gas, Power, Petrochemicals and Construction industries, Shane brings with him a strong leadership vision combined with extensive knowledge of heavy lifting, cranes, rigging and transport. Shane’s focus will be on working closely with the Auckland and Waikato Cranes team, clients and supply partners to anticipate and understand your needs for engineered lifting solutions whilst delivering high quality project outcomes safely, smoothly and efficiently.

MARIBEL CHANG - FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

A Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience, Maribel joined Auckland Cranes as Financial Controller in 2018. She brings exceptional analytical skills partnered with qualified IT skills to drive process improvements, innovation, and financial opportunities. Maribel has the dual focus of meeting the financial management requirements of the business whilst also complying with group reporting requirements. She is responsible for leading and managing the day to day financial activities within the business, financial reporting, and supporting the New Zealand management team by offering insights and financial/commercial advice that will allow them to make the best business decisions.

 Auckland Cranes is a subsidiary of Smithbridge Group and sister company of  Universal Cranes. Smithbridge Group’s corporate team also provide ongoing support to Auckland Cranes’ executive team. This includes Group Chief Executive Officer Oliver Martin, Chief Financial Officer Shane Young, Group Manager – Systems & Safety Kevin Ball, and Group Manager – Strategy & Growth Dashelle Bailey. See more information on the Group support team on the Universal Cranes website here.

Board of Directors

MICHAEL FITZPATRICK- CHAIRMAN / NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michael was appointed Chairman of the Smithbridge Advisory Board in February 2018 and Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Auckland Cranes Board in March 2020. Michael commenced a highly successful career with KPMG in 1976. Appointed as a Manager in 1984 and then a Partner in the Private Business Services division in 1988, Michael specialised in providing a full range of audit, tax and business advisory services to large private companies. In 2000 Michael was appointed as Partner in charge of the Private Business Services division in Brisbane, a position he held until 2010. In 2010 he was appointed National Chief Operating Officer of the KPMG Private Enterprise division in Australia. Since retiring as a Partner in 2014, Michael has been appointed to several Board and Advisory Board roles. His current appointments include Palm Lake Resorts and Palm Lake Care Groups, Everhard Industries Pty Ltd and the Malouf Family Board. Michael leads the Smithbridge Advisory Board and Auckland Cranes board with his extensive experience in strategic and business planning, budgeting and cash flow management, succession planning and governance.

TONY GIBSON - NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tony began his crane career more than 30 years ago as an operator before becoming a hands on Operations Manager. After spending 15 years working in the field at Auckland Cranes, Tony became a shareholder and Managing Director of the business. Tony lead Auckland Cranes to become one of the leading crane hire companies in the region. In early 2018, after 25 years, Tony retired from full-time involvement in the business to dedicate time to his second love of farming. Tony is now a member of the Board of Directors, and continues to provide guidance and mentorship to the management team. Tony is also currently serving as the President of the Crane Association of New Zealand and has done so since 2016.

ALBERT SMITH - NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

With over 30 years of experience in the crane and construction industry, Albert is a majority shareholder and Non-Executive Director of Auckland Cranes. Albert has been a shareholder of Auckland Cranes since 2002. He provides ongoing mentoring, strategic planning and technical support to the Auckland Cranes management team. In addition to his Auckland Cranes interests, Albert has interests in Smith Crane and Construction, Universal Cranes and Smithbridge Guam and is actively involved in optimisation of the group’s fleet across all geographic locations. Albert is a dynamic leader and talented engineer who leads his team to provide innovative lift engineering and crane hire solutions.

DASHELLE BAILEY - NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dashelle has over 12 years’ experience in corporate communications, specialising in strategic planning and growth strategies through business development, diversification, and campaign planning and management. Dashelle co-founded a business-to-business strategy and communications agency with a niche in the resources and construction sector. In 2019 Dashelle joined the Smithbridge Group full time, managing business improvement, marketing, and commercial growth strategies. As part of a long term succession strategy, Dashelle has been an Advisory Board Member for 5 years for Smithbridge Group. She was a nominated as a Non-Executive Director for Auckland Cranes in December 2017.