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Ian Roebuck began his working career in 1968, working for Roebuck Construction, a family owned company in New Plymouth.

Ian’s role was to manage a fleet of 54 items of mobile plant, including mobile cranes. Ian Roebuck Crane Hire was formed in 1979 by Ian Roebuck. The company began its operation with two cranes to service the needs of the Taranaki region.

The growth of the Petro-chemical industry within Taranaki provided for further expansion within a very short time and Ian seized the opportunity to provide equipment suited to the needs of the industry.  The company’s relationships with its major customers flourished and today the oil industry uses eighty-five percent of the company’s services.

In 2007 Ian Roebuck purchased Todd McPhee Crane Hire. At the time of purchase, the Todd McPhee Crane Hire fleet numbered 12 cranes and two transporters, as well as a substantial fleet of access equipment for hire and had just opened a depot in Taupo to service its expanding client base. Today the two companies provide a comprehensive range of cranes from 2.5 tonne to 250 tonne and a large modern transport fleet.

Between the two companies we have an extensive history in providing cranes and transport to the Petro-chemical industry, oil and geothermal drilling. We are Key Suppliers to MB Century Drilling, Ensign Drilling, NRG Drilling, Greymouth Petroleum and Carter Holt Harvey Kinleith. We are the Preferred Suppliers for Contact Energy, Origin Energy Services and Methanex Gas Plant.

Through our experience in working in the oil, gas and geothermal drilling industry we have purchased machinery that specifically suit the needs of these operations. An example of this being our four 55t Liebherr All Terrain’s. No other machine has the ratings or capabilities in this class. We provide services such as Rig Shift Coordination, transport through our fleet of quad axle transporters and a full (CAD) computer generated lift plan service available.

No matter what the task, Ian Roebuck Crane Hire can provide a safe, efficient and professional service second to none.

Proud member of the Crane Association of New Zealand

Why choose us?

  • A safe, efficient and professional service thats second to none
  • Over 30 years industry experience
  • A large crane and truck fleet to cater to any job, no matter how big or small

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