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Hugh Green left Ireland for Scotland at 17 and worked on hydro electricity schemes there and in England before taking assisted passage to Australia when he was 19. He spent two years cutting sugarcane in Queensland before deciding to return to his homeland via New Zealand and Canada. He only got as far as Wellington.

There, in 1951, he and friend Barney McCahill started tendering for contracts digging trenches and laying cable for the Post and Telegraph Department. They followed the work to Auckland where they formed Green & McCahill. The pair joined their workers with picks and shovels labouring day and night in order to complete their first contract.

Their firm took on its biggest contract to date in 1960 – construction of part of the Hamilton Arterial Route. Next came the challenging 28.5km Kopu-Hikuai Highway. Other major civil engineering projects bearing the Green & McCahill stamp of workmanship include:Haast Past construction (1965); Whau Valley Water Supply Dam (1966); Ngauranga Gorge reconstruction ( 1968); Lower Huia dam (1970); Mangatangi Dam and diversion tunnel (1972); Mt Cook Highway ( circa 1972).Green & McCahill secured contracts in Fiji and Australia during the early 1970s and played a major part in the construction of the Ruahihi canal in 1979.It also built the Te Marua twin lakes water storage facility in the early 1980s and engaged in major works at the Marsden Point Oil Refinery around the same time – as well as the New Zealand Steel Mill at Glenbrook. Another project of familiarity is the Orangutan enclosure at the Auckland Zoo.

The firm expanded into property development during the 1980s and turned its attention to investment in 1992, securing a major shareholding in Hellaby Holdings Ltd, formed from the previous Renouf Corporation and AFFCO Ltd.

He and Barney McCahill divided the company in 2003.

The resulting Hugh Green Group maintains an interest in engineering construction and remains focused on investment. Development of its landholdings include residential subdivisions in Massey, Albany, Manurewa, Papakura, Flat Bush, Mt Albert and Tauranga. The group has warehouses in Manukau, retail complexes in Albany and Flat Bush, and a quarry in Kaiaua, Mangatangi. Hugh also runs a large cattle operation on company owned farmland.

Hugh was happily married to Moira, his wife of 56 years and they have five adult children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Mr Green’s business philosophy was simple: Work hard, don’t borrow unnecessarily, collect what is owed when it’s owed, calculate your risks carefully and evolve with the times. Understanding the level of risk you can manage is the key to business success.