Welcome to Yakka Demolition, the professional and cost effective demolition company dedicated to getting the job done right, on time… and on budget.
Although a relatively new company (established Oct 2012), collectively we’ve been in the industry for over 30 years with an experienced team ready to tackle demolition projects of any scale.

The key to our strength is due diligence, carefully planned implementation and applied expertise right across the spectrum of the demolition process. We pride ourselves on safety and our record speaks for itself.
Yakka Demolition has entered the market with an impact, with commitment and enthusiasm for the business across all employees, we are currently exceeding all initial business forecasts.

This has allowed us to expand relatively quickly to a point where we have acquired a reasonable level of plant, equipment, and most importantly to retain the services of our experienced staff.
As referenced with the previous experience we have undertaken a range of reasonable sized projects since inception and are now ideally placed within the market to maintain a reasonable presence.

Bruce with his understanding of Head Contractor and Client requirements provides a new approach to the demolition industry; an approach that we believe is a positive difference to that already provided by our competitors.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact
Bruce Levien on (09) 373 3366 or email bruce@yakkacontracting.co.nz

The management team

Bruce Levien

Andy O’Donnell
Demolition Manager

Mike Foote
Site Supervisor

Our history

Yakka Demolition was formed in September 2012. Although we are a new company, we’re not new to the Demolition business. Yakka Demolition was formed from experienced demolition personnel that were looking for a new challenge with the permanent departure of their previous employer to the Christchurch rebuild. The company is headed by Bruce Levien and Andy O’Donnell (Demolition Manager), with permanent employees and contractors totaling 40, all with excellent experience in a range demolition projects. Bruce has a Bachelor of Construction and has worked extensively in the construction industry both in New Zealand and overseas.

The company

New Yard and Office!
Located in Riverhead, Rodney, yakka demolition is well positioned to carry out demolition projects in most of the upper North Island of New Zealand. Our mobile work force allows us to be site effective and cost efficient. We also take every opportunity to recycle where we can, and take pride in our ability to rescue pre-used material. Our office is on-site so we are constantly in touch with our jobs at hand. Call or email us today if you are needing a hand with a demolition project.


Health and Safety
All personnel have current site-safe passports, each crew is also provided with at least 1 certified first aider. Other certifications include Hazard Identification standards 497, 17602, Asbestos removal Certification, and Working at Heights. Yakka has developed Health and Safety procedures and policies to which all employees are inducted, to date Yakka has incurred no lost time incidents.

Yakka Demolition carries broad-loam public liability insurance of 10,000,000, Full comprehensive motor vehicle cover and plant insurance to replacement value. Contract Works insurance is provided on award of contracts where this is required.

QBE Insurance Certificate
Vero Insurance Certificate

Environmental / Recycling
Yakka Contracting is an enthusiastic supporter of environmentally sustainable design. As progress is made towards broader use of green building initiatives we are keeping up to date with advances in recycling processes and maintain our ability to respond to the needs of this important emerging market. To date Yakka has developed it’s own recycling techniques, all waste from demolition projects is returned to our yard in Riverhead where the sorting process is closely controlled. Yakka have developed our own timber processing plant where all salvageable timbers are run through our thicknesser and planner ready for reuse. All Bricks, Pavers and Roofing products are salvaged for resale, and scrap metals are recycled, this all leads to a major reduction in materials sent to landfill.
Visit www.yakkarecycling.co.nz.

All operatives are Site Safe certified, with Mike having the Gold Card Supervisor certification. First aid certified personnel are provided on all sites, other certifications spread across the workforce include:
• Asbestos handling
• Working at Heights
• Wheels Tracks and Rollers


Bruce Levien

Andy O’Donnell
Demolition Manager

Mike Foote
Site Supervisor

Bruce Levien / Director
Bruce’s roles have included Project Manager, Senior Quantity Surveyor and Commercial Manager on complex projects ranging in value from $5,000 to $500,000,000. In recent years Bruce has been employed as General Manager for an Auckland based construction and demolition company, which has now relocated to Christchurch. This provided the opportunity for Bruce to commence trading under the new Yakka brand.

Andy O'Donnell / Demolition Manager
Andy has worked in demolition throughout his working career, commencing in the United Kingdom, Andy relocated to New Zealand where he has held senior roles in prominent Auckland demolition companies. Andy’s hand-on and extensive experience compiled over the past 25 years provides immeasurable value to the overall operation of the business.

Mike Foote / Site Supervisor
Mike with his 20+ years construction experience, provides knowledgeable, constructive and collaborative input to all projects. Combined with his experience Mike’s can do attitude and approachable manner makes him a favourite with all clients.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact
Bruce Levien on (09) 373 3366 or email bruce@yakkacontracting.co.nz


• 45T Sumitomo Excavator
• 20T Hyundai Excavator
• 6T Hitachi Excavator
• 5.5T Doosan Excavator
• 1.8T JCB Excavator

• 40t articulated truck and 8m tipping trailer
• 4 x 18t 6 Wheeler tippers
• 2 x 4 wheelers

• Concrete cutting saws
• Mobile scaffolding
• Breakers
• Gas Axes
• Misc hand tools
• Tool truck

Commercial projects

8 Massey Ave, Pukekohe

Client: Alpito Ltd
Demolition and site clearance of three factory buildings, including removal of asbestos roofing, propping and making watertight adjacent building. We were also engaged as the Main Contractors on this project prior to award of the rebuild contract. Value $120,000, duration 3 weeks

Lopdell House

Client: NZ Strong Construction
Demolition and strip out of heritage building, including removal of 6th level roof and wall structures, internal brick walls, ceilings and flooring. Value $140,000 – 4 months.

19 Bute Road – Browns Bay

Client – Kalmar Construction
Demolition of existing warehouse and office building, total floor area 750m2. This project involved the removal of the structural steel portal frame and roofing for salvage, removal and disposal of asbestos claddings, and removal of suspended concrete floor structure, slab on grade and foundations.

Residential projects

Residential Demolition

We have carried out a wide range of
residential demolition including
27 Minnehaha Ave Takapuna,
20 Arney Rd Remuera,
935 East Coast Road Torbay,
63 Riverlea Road, Whenuapai,
190 Mellons Bay Road Howick.
We have also worked on numerous Housing NZ projects.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos Projects include:

Waikeria Prison: Removal of super 6 roofing from two buildings prior to demolition, total area 2,500m2.

Removal of asbestos textured ceilings in apartment building at 20 Shelly Beach Road, Ponsonby.

Removal of asbestos sheeting and pipe insulation to a large number of school buildings.

Huntly Power Station – Ongoing asbestos removal whilst managing the multitude of health and safety procedures involved with working in a highly hazardous environment.

Institutional projects

Client: Department of Corrections
Demolition of two concrete structured blocks, two levels x 90m each, demolition of water treatment plant and buildings, relocation of 50 portable cells, relocation and termination of associated services. Project also included removal of Asbestos roofing to concrete blocks, and importation of soil, preparation and seeding of new lawn areas. Yakka were the Main Contractors on this project managing all aspects of the site and subcontractors. Value $600,000, duration 6 weeks.

Client: Department of Corrections
Springhill Prison – Demolition of H Block following prison riots mid 2013. Yakka having just completed the demolition works at Waikeria were called in a short notice to demolish and remove the fire damaged buildings. Works were started the following day which including securing the site, demolishing the buildings in 5 days whilst managing the logistics of truck and personnel movement from within the maximum security facility.

Mt Eden Prison, 17-22 Boston Road

Client: Department of Corrections
Demolition of an old stores building for Department of Corrections. Contract Value $55,000. Project included salvage of brickwork and native timbers, construction of structural steel retaining wall with 1.8m high timber fence built off this retaining wall.

Office & Retail Stripouts

Yakka Demolition has a dedicated team of stripout specialists.
Recent projects completed include:

• Overland retail outlet – 277 Broadway
• Vodafone – Manukau and Sylvia Park stripout
• Sylvia Park foodcourt
• AUT – Level 4 & 7 Stripout
• Skycity – VIP Lounge
• 52 Broadway – Strip back to base build structure including roof removal.
• 23 Falcon St, Parnell – Strip back to base build structure.
• PaknSave Albany
• Dick Smith – Ronwood Ave
• Foodstuffs Head Office
• Fountain Lane, Botany Town Center
• NZMA, 60 Carbine Rd
• Visa, Level 13 HSBC Tower
• Kauri Warehouse – Fanshawe St
PLUS numerous more, Yakka pride ourselves on providing an excellent stripout service, where out of hours work are carried out when required to mitigate disruption to ongoing operations. Yakka Also have the in-house ability to provide service disconnections and isolations when required.

Educational Projects

School Projects completed recently include:

Waterview Primary - Client - NZ Strong
Demolition of 5 buildings including the 2 storey administration and classroom block.

Avondale College - Client - NZ Strong
Demolition of the administration building and old gymnasium.

St Cuthberts College - Client - Dominion Constructors
Demolition of music block.

Kaurilands School - Client - Miro Construction
Demolition of toiletblocks and removal of site contaminated soil, and asbestos linings.

Mountain View School - Client - Cunningham Construction
Demolition of administration and classroom block.

Takanini School - Client - Teak Construction
Demolition of classroom block.

Kelvin Road School - Client - Woodview Construction
Demolition of school hall and reclad of administration building.

Howick College - Client - Woodview
Removal of claddings on classroom block for reclad project.

Rosmini College - Client - Teak
Demolition of changing rooms and classroom block.

Cosgrove Primary - Client - Woodview Construction
Reclad of school hall and administration block.

Woodhill School - Client - Brosnan Construction
Removal of claddings on classroom block for reclad project.

Mobile Crusher for Hire

We do have demolition equipment for hire including a mobile concrete crusher.

For more information, please contact
Bruce Levien on (09) 373 3366 or email bruce@yakkacontracting.co.nz

contact info

Yakka Contracting Limited
23 Timber Place,
Riverhead, Auckland 0892,
New Zealand.
(09) 373 3366 Telephone:
(09) 373 3366FAX:
E-mail: bruce@yakkacontracting.co.nz

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Yakka Demolition Website Policy.
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Yakka Recycling

We will be up and running soon.
Yakka Recycling is an e-commerce site that will be featuring all our re-worked,
ex-demolition material. Everything will be available for sale either direct or online.
We will be ready to go in the new year.