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February 2016 (2 MB)
At the end of 2015 we visited Big Steps Early Learning Centre and took part in the Russell Christmas Parade. In 2016 we were out and about in the community visiting Tangaroa College, the Regional Excavator Competition in Whangarei, the Te Pohe Bridge control room, and Warkworth and Kaikohe A&P Shows. Also, find out when you can meet us in the next few months. See the full February 2016 newsletter »
November 2015 (2.2 MB)
We joined with 220 other trucks in the Mitre 10 Mega Ride in a Truck Day - a bi-annual event that helps raise funds for the Little Elms Charitable Trust, lent a hand at the Hawkes Bay Regional Excavator Operators Competition, exhibited at the Waikato A&P Show and visited Mangakahia Area and Waingaro Schools and the North Harbour Rugby team as part of their professional development training. November's activity page is an interesting quiz about making good choices. See the full November 2015 newsletter »
October 2015 (2.5 MB)
Mr Mac has been busy spreading the joy of reading again and has now achieved 795 Duffy assemblies. The team also supported the Mainfreight Cure Kids Truckshow, Father's Day at Kiwi North and even a couple of extra visits to Onerahi Primary and Totara Grove Primary schools. The winner of last month's competition is announced and there's a great activity page where you can colour in and create a Doug mask. See the full October 2015 newsletter »
August/September 2015 (7 MB)
This was a very special month for the team as Mr. Mac was surprised by winning the "Hometown Hero Award" from Breakfast TV and Kiwi Bacon for all of his work promoting education, safety and industry in the community. We also got more letters and artwork from you, got to visit Cambridge East Primary and run a practical hands on careers day at MOTAT. Mr. Mac was also chuffed to see Youth Into Industry graduate Jake Rouse receive the Employee of the Year at the Northland Institute of Quarry Awards evening. This month's activity page is also part colouring and part Before U Dig quiz competition - send your completed page by 30 September to go into the draw to win a prize! See the full August/September 2015 newsletter »
June/July 2015 (3 MB)
The team has clocked up lots of kilometres over the last couple of months with the National Fieldays in Hamilton, visits to schools in Cambridge, Sunnynook and Great Barrier Island. We also got to hear back from some of our past Youth Into Industry students to see how they are progressing in their apprenticeships. We're very proud of these great role models. This month's activity is page is a "Listen, Look and Learn" safety message and colouring page. See the full June/July 2015 newsletter »
April/May 2015 (4 MB)
The April/May newsletter has a ton of great articles and photos from our visits to the Fielding and Northland Field days, Duffy School visits (768 schools and many more to come!), and the "We Built This City" careers day at MOTAT. We also have some great letters and drawings Jake and Charlotte of Poukawa School. This month's activity is page is an ANZAC quiz. See the full April/May 2015 newsletter »
March 2015 (5.5 MB)
Over the last couple of months the team spent a lot of time at various shows around the country - Te Puke Show, Arapohue Show, and Northland Field Days. Check out the great photos from these events and also find out more about the Dragonfly Springs Wet Land Sanctuary. See the full March 2015 newsletter »
January & February 2015 (4.2 MB)
Mr Mac hopes that you all enjoyed your holidays and that you are all refreshed and ready for the great year of learning ahead of you in 2015. This month we have articles about the Kamo and Russell Christmas parades, we were also privileged to be involved in the celebrations that were part of the International Day of People with Disability and the Northland Regional Excavator Competition. Our big brother organisation, Youth Into Industry was also at the Whangarei Summer Show. See the full January and February 2015 newsletter »
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December 2014 (2.5 MB)
Catch up with Santa at the Russell Christmas activities in the Bay of Islands on December 24. Then over the Christmas break check out the great articles and photos about the teams visits to the Otaika Valley Truck Show, Wellsford Country Show, Canterbury A&P Show, The Hawke's Bay Show and school visits to the Ruakaka School Gala and the Whangarei Primary Wheels Day. See the full December 2014 newsletter »
November 2014 (2.5 MB)
Mr. Mac and the team have now done over 730 Duffy Role Model assemblies. We got some really great feedback from Totara Grove School complete with artwork and letters. The team were also at the Hawke's Bay Show, Riverslea School, Oturu School and more. See the full November 2014 newsletter »
October 2014 (2.5 MB)
Mr. Mac visits with students of all ages, from kids at Totara Grove School to adults at People Potential, to share his motivational message of safety, education and having fun! As of this month he's done over 700 Duffy Role Model assemblies. The team were also at the Free Day Out for Father's Day, and got to attend a big gathering of Kenworth trucks in Tauranga. See the full October 2014 newsletter »
September 2014 (3 MB)
Mr. Mac participated in the Whangarei Special Olympics Aquatic ribbon day and the following Trophies of Achievement event. We had fun at the NorthTec Future Trades Information Day. Book Day at Totara Grove School was another treat for us. The team at Wormald helped us make sure we're fire safe and we finish off with some math skills. See the full August 2014 newsletter »
August 2014 (2.5 MB)
Mr. Mac looked quite sharp in his suit while a guest speaker at the Quarry NZ conference and it looks like a bunch of our friends are doing bigger and better things as well with Truckstops opening a branch in Whangarei and our friends the Hogans opening an automotive parts store. Our message of safety and education is still the same and you can see how we do that in this month's newsletter. See the full August 2014 newsletter »
July 2014 (7 MB)
We always love going to the Mystery Creek Field Days. We get to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere, see the Waikato Regional Excavator Operator Competition and of course meet new and old friends like the team from Tai Poutini Digger School, Dylan, Morgan, Savanna and Te Radar. We also went to the Art and Craft Show at Parua Bay, Russell Bay's School Gala, and visited with Pokoru School's Young Farmers team. Congrats also to recent Youth Into Industry grad Jamie. Check out some of the mail we've received and also our word finder and colouring activity page. See the full July 2014 newsletter »
June 2014 (5 MB)
Wahoo! Our visit to Ruakaka School was the 700th Duffy school visit! Youth Into Industry's class of 2014 got off to a great start. We also had a fun day at MOTAT running a practical hands-on careers day for selected Year 11 - 13 students from around Auckland. Our mate, Logan was there to help and is a great example of making goals and working hard to achieve them. Kingston sent us some great artwork as well. See the full June 2014 newsletter »
May 2014 (2 MB)
The team enjoyed a big Duffy Books in Homes Road Trip all around Northland visting a number of schools including St. Francis Xavier, Glenbervie and Pokuru. We also celebrated Harvey Norman Whangarei's 11th birthday. We got some great mail from you and were also featured in some magazines along with our big brother organisation – Youth Into Industry. See the full May 2014 newsletter »
April 2014 (4 MB)
Mr Mac had a great time at the finals of the National Excavator Operator competition. We also had special visitor named Tyler who is undergoing treatment for leukemia. Other articles include Little Cutie reaching a milestone, a day with the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway, celebrating International Children's Day at the Pulse, two school visits, Leo's Shave for a Cure adventure and a spooky visit from a morepork. See the full April 2014 newsletter »
March 2014 (2.2 MB)
Last month we went to the action-packed powerboat festival at Lake Karapiro again as well as attending lots of other great events such as Grasslandz, Northland Field Days, Whangateau Fair and the Warkworth, Te Puke and Kataia A&P shows. See the full March 2014 newsletter »
Jan/Feb 2014 (2.6 MB)
Happy New Year! In our first newsletter for 2014 we have articles about our activities around the country including Christmas celebrations in Russell, the Student Challenge at the Whangarei Summer Show, visits to other summer shows around the country, Whangarei Primary Wheels Day, a scenic flight with the Central Hawkes Bay Aero Club and visits to Blomfield and Tai Poutini Digger Schools. See the full January/February 2014 newsletter »
December 2013 (2.3 MB)
Merry Christmas! We've collected some recent articles about our activities around the country including a visits to Flemington School, Ngatea Kindy, the Wairarapa Show, Waituna West School, Matamata Intermediate, and updates from Youth Into Industry and Little Cutie. We were even interviewed by the Seven Sharp crew who joined us on our visit to Opononi Area School. This month's activity page has a word finder, maze and a quiz. See the full December 2013 newsletter »
November 2013 (3 MB)
We have more great stories from our September Duffy Books in Schools visits. We also share the great story of our farewell visit to Kereone School. Last month we also participated in the Hawkes Bay Show and supported the Mitre 10 Mega Trucking for Child Cancer Ride in a Truck Day. As always, safety is one of our top messages and this month we hear about a road wash out, first aid skills and more. See the full November 2013 newsletter »
October 2013 (2 MB)
This month we focus on the school visits we do all around the country along with Duffy Books in Schools. We have lots of great photos and letters from our September visits. We also did some Infrastructure Introduction Days along with MOTAT and Tai Poutini Digger School for students from 7 different intermediate schools who are part of the Stand Tall Foundation Programme. See the full October 2013 newsletter »
September 2013 (2 MB)
We had a great day working with students from Dargaville Intermediate and the Kaipara Vintage Machinery Club, our Youth Into Industry students are progressing nicely through their work placements, Mr. Mac and Kerri-Ann got to lead the parade of trucks at the Te Matau A Pohe bridge opening and we got to prep for our upcoming Duffy Books in Homes assemblies with Whangarei Primary. See the full September 2013 newsletter »
August 2013 (5 MB)
Mr. Mac had a fun visit with the kids at Tikipunga Kindergarten. We also had some great articles written about us and our big brother organisation, Youth Into Industry. The team thanks Truck Stops for their great support over the years. We meet Patrick O'Brien - a trucker and biker who's compiled a book of poems and pictures. This month we have TWO activity sheets. See the full August 2013 newsletter »
July 2013 (3.5 MB)
Doug the Digger makes his seventh annual visit to the National Fieldays in Mystery Creek, Hamilton. While there he teamed up with Jacob from Meadowbank School to do some safety training, got to meet a great young inventor named Patrick from Matamata Intermediate, and also met up with Cody from Sunnynook school again who was motivated to have a go on the mini excavator. We also had some great newspaper articles written about us and our big brother organisation, Youth Into Industry. See the full July 2013 newsletter »
June 2013 (5 MB)
Doug the Digger featues in the Hamilton Press, the Opotiki News and the Whakatane Beacon after visiting schools in the area for Duffy Books in Homes. We also attended the Wheels of Fortune event and had lots of fun at the International Rally of Whangarei. Our big brother organisation,Youth into Industry, also kicked off for 2013 with an intensive induction week. On the Activity page help Doug set up his site safely. See the full June 2013 newsletter »
May 2013 (5.4 MB)
School is cool! Many schools around the North Island enjoyed a Duffy Books visit from Mr. Mac this month and we got to see how they are using the Doug the Digger Resources. We were invited to Harvey Norman Whangarei's 10th birthday party, the Kaipara Kai Festival and Rotorua Rigs & Rides. This month's activity page is a fill in the blanks "name the places" game. See the full May 2013 newsletter »
April 2013 (6 MB)
We tell you all about the national finals of the NZ Contractors' Excavator Operator competition, we also visited the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), had a go at the Northland Field Days and supported the North Haven Hospice' "People in the Park" day. There's also a shout out to our friends at Koraunui School who have posted some pictures of Mr. Mac's latest visit there, and we congratulate Youth Into Industry past pupils Reece and Ngaro. This month's activity page is about PPE - personal protective equipment. See the full April 2013 newsletter »
March 2013 (6 MB)
We were feeling the need for speed this month and spent some time at the Water Festival of Speed Tour watching some incredible powerboating on Lake Karapiro. The Roadshow also went to a number of other festivals, galas and A&P shows at Te Puke, Warkworth, Dargaville, Whangateau including an interesting one called "The Hell Hole of the Pacific" in Russell and a Steam Punk themed day at Kiwi North. See the full March 2013 newsletter »
February 2013 (5 MB)
We visit the Wetlands at Dragonfly Springs, show you more great photos from Christmas Eve in Russell, the Disability Day held by the Taiho Trust, congratulate our 2012 Youth Into Industry's "Top Dawgs", join at convoy at the Ride in Da Park day in Hamilton, report back from the last of 2012's NZ Contractor's Federation Excavator comps and show you Rangi's adventures at the Wellsford Country Day. See the full February 2013 newsletter »
January 2013 (4 MB)
Happy New Year from the Doug the Digger team. Over the past month we got stuck in at the Big Boys Toys show, ran a Student Challenge at the Whangarei Summer Show, were featured in a centrespread "Year That Was" article in the Northern Advocate, there's fan mail from you, a school holiday board game and more! See the full January 2013 newsletter »
December 2012 (5.2 MB)
Merry Christmas from the Doug the Digger team, lots of great photos from the Hawke's Bay Show and some regional NZ Contractors' Federation Excavator competitions, we meet Tony Hill - a young man that's keen to get into industry, a great activity page, and more! See the full December 2012 newsletter »
October 2012 (6.1 MB)
Mr. Mac has been as busy as ever, this time visiting the South Island with Duffys Books in Homes. There's more news about the work we've been doing with the Northland Rugby team, you get to see the video we made last month, also find out where the Doug the Digger Roadshow is appearing next in our calendar, another great activity page, and more! See the full October 2012 newsletter »
August 2012 (6 MB)
Mr. Mac and the team revisit the house where the first Doug the Digger book was set way back in 1998. We also find out a little bit more about our big brother organisation - Youth Into Industry, learn about the safe way to check before you dig and of course more great news articles and mail from you. This month's activity page is a test to see if you know your safety signs. See the full newsletter for more...
July 2012 (6 MB)
As always, Mr. Mac has been very busy visiting schools, exhibiting at Fieldays and launching the Youth Into Industry programme for 2012 and there's been lots of newspaper and magazine articles about it. We've also received more of your great letters and drawings. This month's activity page is a great make-it-yourself mask of Mr. Mac. See the full newsletter for more...
June 2012 (6.5 MB)
This month we catch up with Zev, Joshua, and Kyle and see some of the great skills they've learned since we last saw them. Mr. Mac has also been busy visiting all kinds of events like the Rotorua Rigs & Rides where he got to see other great trucks, motorbikes and hot rods. There's also an extended activity page where you can learn about the "3 Points of Contact" safety rule. See the full newsletter for more...
May 2012 (5 MB)
Mr. Mac. travelled over 2300 km and handed out nearly 12,000 books on his Duffy's Books visits last month and we also hear back from some of the people he visited in a new and expanded Feedback section of the newsletter. He also visited some school galas, the Wheels of Fortune, Crank Up Day, and other events. See more about these in May's newsletter as well as a new activity page. Download the full newsletter for more...
April 2012 (6.5 MB)
Mr. Mac. must have visited nearly every school in the lower North Island this month doing Duffy's Books visits. We don't know how he found time to be a judge at the National Excavator Comp finals or attend the Northland Field Days event as well as read your awesome emails, letters, and drawings. See more about these in April's newsletter as well as a new activity page and calendar. download the full newsletter for more...
March 2012 (6 MB)
We have some great pics and articles about the Regional Junior Excavator Competition in Te Puke, the Warkworth A&P Show, People in the Park Family Day, and another great activity page.
Also check out this month's a calendar so you can know where Mr. Mac and Doug will be over the next couple of weeks download the full newsletter for more...
February 2012 (6 MB)
We have some great pics of the annual Christmas event in Russell with Mr. Mac as Santa's helper, fun facts about Russell, the 2012 Model Engineering Convention, Whangarei Aquatic Centre's "Chillout" Holiday Programme and of course an activity page.
Also new this month is a calendar so you can know where Doug will be over the next couple of months download the full newsletter for more...
January 2012 (3.5 MB)
Happy New Year! In this month's newsletter we look back on the achievements of the year as well as looking forward to our goals for 2012. We pay tribute to a dear friend, Jock Caldwell. Mr. Mac continues his Duffy Books visits, this time to the Great Barrier Island. There's a great activity page as well. Check it out!...
December 2011 (6 MB)
Mr. Mac is very proud of his Youth Into Industry graduates who received their achievement awards from the Mayor of Whangarei Morris Cutforth. He was also busy at digger competitions all over NZ (anyone for a spot of blue tea?), visiting the Hawke's Bay A&P show and sharing his secrets of success with great digger fans like Luke and Lachlan. There's a great activity page as well. Check it out!...
November 2011 (5 MB)
We tiki tour aroundTaranaki visiting great places like Paparoa Primary. There's also stories and pics from Northland Health Camp, Duffy Books school visits, Victoria Park tunnel family open day and Octonber's winners are announced. There's a great activity page as well. Check it out!...
October 2011 (3.8 MB)
Mr. Mac has been very busy visiting the Cook Islands, Totara Grove School for his 500th Duffy Books assembly, the Epson Playcentre, and a Firth Family Open Day. Phew! This month's activity page also has a competition - BE IN TO WIN a signed Doug the Digger book!Check it out!...
September 2011 (3 MB)
How Doug the Digger was born, Whangarei Special Olympics annual prizegiving, Mr Mac. brushes up on his First Aid skills, Lions Club Whangarei Family Fun Day, A NEW colour-in page and more check it out!...
August 2011 (4 MB)
The Doug the Digger books that got this all started, Whangarei Special Olympics Mad Hatters Ball, Youth in Industry role model Elemoni, 2011 Russell Birdman event, A NEW colour-in page and more check it out!...
July 2011 (2.8MB)
Youth Into Industry teams up with Hirepool, fun times at the Field Days 2011, Faces of the Future, news articles, a maze, and more check it out!...
June 2011 (1.1MB)
Big Boys Toys on Display Open day at Three Kings Quarry, Auckland, We had an awesome day, Safety in Schools, and more check it out!...
May 2011 (1MB)
Big Boys Toys on Display at Hunua Quarry, Auckland, Open day at Three Kings Quarry, Auckland, Duffy Books in Homes- Read all about it!, and more check it out!...
April 2011 (1.8MB)
New Zealander of the Year Awards, Northland Field Days in Dargaville, Northland Family Fun Day Out, and more check it out!...
March 2011 (1.1MB)
Youth into Industry with Arahi, Regional Excavator Competition in Te Puke and Pukekohe, Quarry Gardens - of plants and people, and 'when I grow up' and more check it out!...
February 2011 (1.1MB)
A tribute to Edith, from the original "Claus Family", letters from Matamata Intermediate School, at the Kaikohe Agricultural show, at the Hawkes Bay show, and more check it out!...
January 2011 (1MB)
Christmas parade at Totara Grove, a visit to Avondale Primary School, and at the NZ Contractors' Federation, and more check it out!...
December 2010 (1.5MB)
Merry Christmas!!, Youth into Industry, The year that was, and more check it out!...
November 2010 (1.2MB)
Faces of the Future, Newspapers in Education, Kids Can Stand Tall, and more check it out!...
October 2010 (1.2MB)
Duffys Books in Homes, On the road again, Mr Macs Birthday - 31st Oct at Okara Park, Whangarei, and more check it out!...
September 2010 (847KB) Getting back to basic grass roots, Dragonfly Springs Wetland Sanctuary, The power of putting pen to paper, Who would believe it, Mr Mac is turning 50! and more check it out!...
August 2010 (1MB) A big Thank You to all who entered our Caltex sponsored competition, Dragonfly Springs Wetland Sanctuary, letters, artwork and photos received, Can you dig it?, and more check it out!...
July 2010 (933KB)
Grass Roots Stuff! The master in action. The NZ Contractors Federation National Operator of the Year 2010 winner, Brett Hollyman helping "Mr Mac" with the "Young Apprentices". Letters from Wellsford School, and more check it out!...
June 2010 (989KB)
Firth Primary and Hora Hora school enjoyed a recent visit by Doug the Digger. Working towards Unit Standards 6436. What is PPE? On a recent visit to Ohope Beach. School is cool! check it out!...
May 2010 (926KB)
Working towards Unit Standards, Getting back to basic grass roots, Kaipara Kids at the controls, check it out!...
April 2010 (709KB)
Big things start from little things, Doug the Digger Roadshow, Duffy books in homes, Checking in, checking out, check it out!...
March 2010 (758KB)
Faces of the Future - Michael Baty, Michaels words of wisdom, Look, Listen and Learn, Big toys for big boys and more...
February 2010 (755KB)
Over Christmas in Russell, children of different
nationalities enjoyed learning the skills to operate
“Little Cutie” the Goughs CAT digger and ...