All About This Company

Linton Contracting Ltd has earned their reputation as one of Southland's foremost specialist earthworks contracting companies through hard work. Our experience and knowledge will make sure the job is done right. We also offer our customers flexibility - we work around your schedule. Most importantly, we stand by our work; if the customer isn't happy, we're not happy.

Russell Bradley, General Manager/Co-Owner

Russell Bradley, General Manager/Co-Owner

Russell is originally from the Te Anau area and has spent the last 35 years working in earthmoving and road construction and maintenance. He worked on the Te Anau - Milford Sound Alpine Highway for 11 years and also worked in Australia for a few years in mining and general earthmoving.

Russell joined Linton Contracting in 2003, and he handles the outside operations, which means he is out in the field managing the crews. He likes that every day is different and the variety of jobs and locations. Plus, he says, he meets some really, really good people along the way.

Russell and his partner Michelle have been an item since 2001. In his free time, he enjoys, sea fishing, boating and hunting.

Peter Morgan - Contracts Manager/Co-Owner

Contracts Manager/Co-Owner

Peter joined Linton Contracting in 2011, and is the partner responsible for managing the company’s contractual obligations. He also provides technical support for the company's push into non-traditional fields. Peter has been involved in construction since 1983, where he worked as a chainman on the Milford Road. His start in the aggregate industry began in 1996, when he was appointed as a manager at SouthRoads in the aggregates arm of the business. Peter was President of the Institute of Quarrying New Zealand 2017 - 2019 and remains on the Executive Board.

He enjoys the daily challenges of his job and meeting interesting people along the way.

When he's not at work, Peter likes to tinker in the garage at home, race grass karts and spend time at Manapouri with Margie, friends and family.

Margie Morgan - Office Manager

Margie Morgan - Office Manager

Margie is a born and bred local from Winton. She has been the Office Manager at Linton Contracting since 2011. Her varied background includes completing a New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting) qualification, administration roles in transport, timber, forestry, roofing and construction. She was also the local Secretary for the New Zealand Contractors Federation from 2010 until 2014.

Margie enjoys the diversity of her job from start to finish. She manages all the paperwork, data entry, job costing, reconcilations, accounts payable, accounts receivable, website design, marketing and advertising along with making sure everything runs smoothly.

Margie's philosophy is to ensure a great Work Life Balance. When she's not trying to keep the guys at work in line, you'll find her busy running around after her two teenage daughters, but still finds the time to enjoy time away with Peter at Manapouri, doing a bit of home decorating, gardening, indulging in good food, good wine and hanging out with friends and family. 

Aaron Brown - Human Resource / Contracts Manager

Aaron Brown - Human Resource / Contracts Manager

Aaron has been providing Contract Support to Linton Contracting since September 2017.  Aaron has a background in personnel management having completed Diplomas in Human Resource Management and Occupational Health and Safety Management.

Aaron has previously worked in the transport industry and is now providing contract services to Linton Contracting.  He generally assists Peter with contract and personnel documentation, and upkeep of contract information.  He is also able to operate an ADT and provide on-site support to site personnel as required.

Aaron enjoys catching up with friends and getting away in his caravan with his wife, Philippa.

Bjorn Graham - Machine Operator

Bjorn Graham - Machine Operator

Bjorn's background was in the building industry for 12 years, building everything from hospitals to dairy sheds and houses.

Joing the team at Linton Contracting in June 2014, Bjorn discovered a new passion for operating heavy machinery.  In particular Bjorn enjoys the concept of quarrying and has recently completed the "B" Grade Managers Certificate and is working towards completing his "A" Grade Managers Certificate.

Out of work hours when Bjorn is not hunting or fishing, his wife and  two young daughters keep him busy.

Andrew Spencer - Machine Operator

Excavator Operator

Andrew started his career in the construction/roading industry starting out in asphalt and working his way through to excavator operator.

Andrew joined the team at Linton Contracting in November 2013 where he is one of our senior excavator operators.

Andrew enjoys the challenges with earthworks, building underpasses, effluent ponds and general earthworks construction and operating his late model 20-tonne excavator with the latest 3D system.

Andrew has recently completed New Zealand Certifcate in Civil Works for Road Construction and Earthworks Level 4.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, restoring old cars. Andy is also the Head Scrutineer at Oreti Park Speedway.

Mitch Dixon - Machine Operator

Mitch Dixon - Machine Operator

Mitch left school to pursue and gain a building trade, but is not unfamiliar with the civil contracting industry.

Mitch has always been intrigued with earthworks construction, and as a child he grew up studying his Grandfathers earthworks business, Tuku Contracting based in Takaka Golden Bay.

In Aug 2017 an opportunity arose at Linton Contracting Ltd as a "Trainee Operator",  after a few short months on heavy machinery Mitch proved  that he was capable of alot more and was put on the Terex Motor Scraper,

and from there has worked his way through to now operating the 30 tonne Volvo excavator decked out with the latest GPS system and overseeing job sites.

Mitch enjoys working for Lintons as he says they are a progressive company adding new technology in the form of 2D and 3D GPS systems to their machines, which makes for a more efficient and productive environment. They are also a good crowd to get on with.

Mitch also has experience in operating various heavy machinery in the Forestry Operations Industry.

In his spare time Mitch enjoys hanging out with his partner Sophie and their sons and enjoys riding motorbikes on his weekends off.  


Peter Barlow - Machine Operator

Peter Barlow - Machine Operator

Peter has been with Linton's since Jan 2005.  Peter is a Heavy Machine / Dozer Operator.

Peter specializes in the operation of dump trucks and bulldozers.

Due to his vast experience on dump trucks, Peter currently trains new dump truck operators as required.

In the last 24 months Peter has learned to operate his new 16 tonne Case 1150 dozer. This has the latest 3D technology installed to which he has mastered to a high level. 

In his spare time Peter likes hunting, collecting antiques and making rustic wooden furniture.


Dave Hodges - Mechanic/Machine Operator

Dave Hodges - Mechanic/Machine Operator

Fitter welder by trade. Dave joined Linton's in July 2007. David does most of the servicing and maintenance of our gear as well as operating all of our heavy machines including the Terex scrapers when required.

Family and friends are a big part of Daves life and he likes to do trail rides and getting away for holidays in their motorhome.


Phil Conner - Machine Operator

Phil Conner - Machine Operator

Phil returned to Linton's in 2016 after working in Aussie for 7 years.

Phil has experience in bulk earthworks, mining underground, drill and blasting road tunnels.

Phil operates our scrapers and has around 10,000 hrs in these type of machines along with operating other plant as required.

Phil enjoy's riding his Harley Davidson and working on motorcyles. 

David Sellwood - Truck Driver / Machine Operator

David Sellwood - Truck Driver / Machine Operator

Dave lives in Winton with his wife Katie, daughter Sophia and their two Fox Terriers, Rocket and Taz, and joined the team at Linton's in Sept 2019. Prior to this Dave was a farm manager and machine opertor.

Dave likes the opportunities Lintons have to offer with learning new skills and operating a variety of heavy machinery. 

Dave likes to keep busy and in his spare time is often off hunting, completing DIY, building/construction. 

He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends in Manapouri.

Jared Hall - Trainee Machine Operator

Jared Hall - Trainee Machine Operator

Jared aka Chopper (nicknamed by the guys here at Linton's) started with Linton Contracting Ltd Jan 2020 where he operates one of our ADT’s.

Jared grew up on a dairy farm and also has experience on arable farms in both Northern Southland New Zealand and Western Australia where he operated various heavy machinery. 

Jared is in the process of starting a Civil Construction apprenticeship. Starting with wroking towards completing a Level 3 Certificate in Infrastructure works. 

"I have has always been interested in machinery from a young age and this was just the next step for me. I like the challenges that this job involves and being able to learn something new every day. I enjoy the work environment here at Linton's and being able to learn off experienced operators who are only more than happy to help."

In his spare time Jared likes to do ALOT of duck shooting, catching up with mates and get back out on the farm.

Jono Allan - Truck Driver / Machine Operator

Jono Allan - Truck Driver / Machine Operator

Jono started his career in the Drainage Industry as a labourer, then moving onto to be an Excavator Operator / Truck Driver.

Jono  has experience in all types of excavation and earthmoving.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, mates and motorbike riding with his son.


Peter Jardine - Casual Truck Driver

Peter Jardine - Casual Truck Driver

Peter has over 50 years Heavy Vehicle Operating experience. Prior to joining Lintons Peter worked for McDowall Transport for 45 years starting out as a stock and bulk truck driver.

Peter likes to keep busy and  after a couple of months from retiring from McDowalls, he decided that was enough of that and joined the team here at Linton Contracting Ltd in Nov 2017 as a Casual Truck Driver.

In his spare time Peter enjoys spending time with his family.

John Gibson - Casual Truck Driver / Machine Operator

John Gibson - Casual Truck Driver / Machine Operator

Prior to joining Lintons John was a farmer / manager for 25 years in the deer,sheep and cattle operations, which included off farm agricultural contracting and land development.

John likes to keep busy and only 1 month after retiring, he decided that was enough of that and joined the team here at Linton Contracting Ltd in Feb 2019 as a Casual Truck Driver / Machine Operator where he mostly operates one of our ADT's.

John enjoys spending time with his family and especally the grandchildren, mates, duckshooting, playing golf and getting away to do some fishing in Kingston. And of course spending time with Tess his boarder collie.


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