McKay Returns to South Island to Establish Permanent Office in Queenstown Lakes District

McKay is proud to announce that the Queenstown Lakes District Council has awarded McKay Ltd an up to eight-year contract to maintain and renew both QLDC and NZTA street and amenity lighting across the district. The contract is to start on the 1st of May 2019.

This contract follows the McKay team’s success in the completion of an upgrade to 1900 P-CAT streetlights to energy efficient LED’s for QLDC over the past 6 months. The council sought responses for the lighting maintenance and renewals in January 2019 and awarded the contract to McKay in April 2019. Part of McKay’s original LED upgrade required McKay to obtain the necessary certificates and approval to work on the local lines authorities network, which the streetlight are connected to. Through the 20 years of industry experience and existing streetlight contracts held by McKay in the North Island, the process was executed quickly and without delay.


McKay’s Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Edwards, is delighted to steer forward McKay’s continued growth:

“The award of the QLDC contract signifies McKay’s position as New Zealand’s premier streetlight maintenance provider, with eight long term maintenance contracts with Councils currently being delivered across the North and South Islands. We look forward to delivering a great service to the Council and the people of the Queenstown Lakes district.”

The contract will see McKay establish permanent operations in the region, enabling McKay’s existing and new South Island customers to access all of McKay services on a regular basis. In addition to McKay’s line mechanics and street lighting crews, McKay will look to establish a branch that will offer services in:
• Electrical engineering
• Marine electrical engineering services
• Automation and Controls systems engineering
• General electrical contracting

This contract signals McKay’s return to the South Island after 43 years and represents an exciting time for the company. McKay previously had operations in the South Island following the construction of the Aluminium smelter in Bluff for which McKay provided the original Electrical construction work. During this time McKay considered opening a branch in Queenstown in 1976 but decided against the decision, turning down the purchase of a property for as little as £500.

McKay Ltd is originally a Northland based company with head office in Whangarei, and offices across the North Island including Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Kawerau, and Gisborne. As a multi-disciplined electrotechnology company providing industrial, infrastructure, commercial and marine services, McKay recently debut on the EY Top Ten Companies to Watch list, as a result of over 52% growth in recent years. With more than 400 staff operating in New Zealand and overseas, McKay is considered New Zealand’s largest and most successful privately owned electrical contracting business. McKay has largely been driven by significant new business in New Zealand across all of the McKay market sectors, showcasing organic growth through long term maintenance contracts and key strategic capital projects.