Yesterday our member New Zealand Steel celebrated their 50 year anniversary. Forming an integral part of this country’s history for half a century.

The company was formed on 26 July, 1965; steel production began in 1968 and major expansions were completed in 1987, creating an integrated steel mill. Located in Glenbrook, South West of Auckland, NZ Steel sits on 1,400 hectares of farm land along the southern shores of the Manukau Harbour.

As it marks its 50th anniversary, New Zealand Steel reflects on its beginnings, celebrates its achievements and focuses on the future. The many activities scheduled throughout 2015 to celebrate this occasion involve both employees, past and present, and the wider community.

This includes participation and support of Metals Week 2015 – a week-long celebration of the NZ metals industry, of which NZ Steel is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor.

A highlight was The Giant Poppy Project at Auckland Museum, where 59,000 red COLORSTEEL® disks were placed by the public to create the world’s biggest poppy. Each disc represented a New Zealand soldier wounded or lost in WWI.

New Zealand Steel’s 50-year book, True Grit: the Success and Survival of New Zealand Steel will be launched in August. The aim of the commemorative book is to reflect on and celebrate our history; to pay respect to all New Zealand Steel employees; and to thank those who have supported our company throughout the past 50 years.

It acknowledges the many ways in which the Company has shaped the lives of countless people, directly or indirectly. Generations of families are connected to New Zealand Steel. In October an Open Day for families, friends and the wider community will see visitors transported to site via the Glenbrook steam train.

Planning is underway for a Waiuku Commemorative Golden Garden with ‘golden-coloured trees’ and a steel art piece crafted by Fred Graham, renowned local iwi artist. Strong relationships have enabled New Zealand Steel to grow and to provide security for many generations to date – and the company will continue to do so for generations to come.

NZ Steel respectfully acknowledges that the collective efforts, perseverance and professionalism of past and present employees have made New Zealand Steel what it is today.