In a dazzling ceremony attended by a record-breaking crowd of 600 business leaders, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, the HW Richardson Group stole the show at the 2023 Southland Business Excellence Awards, held at Transport World.
Founded by Bill Richardson, the family-owned firm has not just rested on its laurels but scaled new heights to become one of New Zealand’s most prominent privately-owned transport giants. Their diversified interests extend beyond transport, significantly investing in Invercargill’s development.
In a statement, the company said, “Our trailblazing dual-fuel trucks, capable of operating on both diesel and hydrogen, represent a significant stride toward a more sustainable transport system in New Zealand. These awards hold a deep cultural meaning, each trophy being a piece of art meticulously crafted by the skilled artisans at the Sands Carving Studio in Hamilton. This recognition underscores our steadfast commitment to contributing to New Zealand’s decarbonization journey, and we’re profoundly honored to have our efforts acknowledged in this manner.”
Transport has always been the way of the family business. Back in the late 1800s, Samuel Richardson was the first of the Richardson family in New Zealand to make a foray into transport, purchasing a livery and stables business in Wyndham, based in southern New Zealand. Times and technology have changed, but the Richardson spirit for entrepreneurialism remains. H.W. Richardson Group, founded by Bill Richardson, has built on this family legacy, becoming one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned transport companies.
A LASTING LEGACY SINCE 1939
HWR’s founder Bill Richardson set the tone for business when he formed the Group based on strong values and a commitment to putting people first. Carrying forward the family business, Bill grew HWR into one of New Zealand’s leading operators. We haven’t put the brakes on – the Group now spans the transport, concrete, petroleum, contracting, environmental and quarrying industries.
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