HWR is a family owned business proudly based in Southland.


The original foundations of the company were based within the building industry but over the years have grown to include ready mixed concrete, transport, fuel distribution, road construction and maintenance as well as sand, aggregates and lime.

The group employs over 1,000 staff.

Our involvement in the Ready Mixed Concrete sector began in 1976 with the acquisition of Allied Concrete’s plants in Invercargill and Gore. Allied Concrete has continued to expand and has achieved a number of  significant milestones including:

  • Christchurch plant 1984
  • Wellington plant 1987
  • Auckland plant 1994

In 1989 a joint venture was formed with Holcim New Zealand Limited, to facilitate expansion in the North Island. This business called AML Limited, trades as Allied Concrete and is managed within the Allied Concrete structure.

In 1999 Mr Bill Richardson, published a book, detailing the family history and events that led to the creation of what is today HW Richardson Group Limited. In his book he talks about what he believes are the key values of business. These include, having good relationships with staff, suppliers and customers, acting in a morally appropriate manner at all times and fronting up, even if the going gets tough.

These standards are the base of our business today.

Copies of Mr Richardson’s book, Wheels and Deals, are available from Craig Printing in Invercargill.