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Gumdrop Saves the Environment and Reduces Costs

UMS New Zealand and Civic Contractors are thrilled to have started a trial of the Gumdrop at Auckland Council‘s Te Manawa (the new library located at Westgate) and Auckland Council’s West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre in Henderson. Gumdrop Ltd was founded by Anna Bullus in 2009 to tackle the global problem of chewing gum …

UMS New Zealand Expands Its Services to Auckland Council

UMS New Zealand is expanding its range of services to Auckland Council. In addition to providing full facilities maintenance services to the Council’s buildings and open spaces, the team along with our delivery partners Recreational Services and Civic Contractors will now also undertake a significant range of streetscape services. These include town centre cleaning, litter collection, …

Improving Our Society and Promoting Learning

At UMS’ Auckland depot, our team members are driven to improve our society and promote learning through supporting local initiatives and educating our apprentices. In September, our team members collaborated with a group of Year 11 students from Saint Dominic’s College to take part in a clean-up surrounding the Ranui areas. It is important for businesses, …

A Joint Audit with Auckland Council 

This week Terry and Ben combined work and exercise. A joint audit with the Auckland Council to check the condition of the Henderson Walkway/Cycleway was undertaken. What better way to assess the user experience than to actually have the experience! They were all out there on their bikes (Urban Maintenance Systems on E-Bikes) enjoying the fresh air and …

How to Look After Your Lawn During Winter?

No doubt winter poses a big problem for our lawns. So how do you keep your lawn healthy during the cold season? Many of us start to panic when our lush green lawn begins to lose its colour and becomes dormant. However, this is a common sign for a healthy winter lawn. Whilst you can’t …

UMS Helped Aucklanders in Need

Late in April, the Mission reached out to the community for help as their stocks of canned food were nearly out. Each year the Mission provides around 13,000 food parcels to Auckland-based individuals and families in need. Each food parcel contains donated canned food from local businesses, communities or its purchased by the Mission itself. Some of the people that received these food parcels are homeless, struggling families, isolated elderly or those battling addictions …

UMS Turns One

1 July marked the one year anniversary of UMS operating and delivering services in Auckland. We couldn’t have delivered the great services we do to the communities of West Auckland and Rodney without our hard working NZ team so it was great to see a huge cake, complete with candle, shared in celebration. A big …

The Importance of Playground Maintenance

An injury can happen in the blink of an eye. This is especially true when children are having fun at the playground. To enhance park safety level and avoid unnecessary costs, it is crucial to conduct regular playground maintenance. In 2016, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) reported 8300 children between the ages of 5 and …

Restoring the Inanga Spawning Site on the Mahurangi River

We started off last week with a bang as Sophie Tweedle, Whitebait Connection Auckland Coordinator, sent a note of appreciation to our hardworking Parks Team. In particular, for restoring the Inanga spawning site on the Mahurangi River. What is An Inanga?  Inanga is New Zealand’s smallest whitebait species. The Department of Conservation has classified Inanga as …

Providing Accredited First Aid Training To Our Employees

The first step to create a safer workplace is to provide accredited first aid training to our employees. It’s a life skill that goes beyond the workplace as it can be used in critical life or death situations (no matter where they are). New Zealand legally requires all workplaces to have first aid procedures in …