Our History

Welcome to Pioneer Group

Welcome to the Pioneer Group – A family-owned and operated business with more than 60 years of experience. Established in 1964, David Strachan developed a general engineering business repairing farm equipment and providing a service to local industry. David’s son Graham continued to develop Pioneer Engineering using his skills as a qualified fitter & turner to branch into manufacturing and provide general and specialist engineering services to a wider range of customers. Graham’s sons, Arne & Peter joined the business. By this time in addition to general, precision and hydraulic engineering, Pioneer Group was engaged in abrasive blasting and painting and had developed a reputation for high-quality workmanship and innovative approach to customer requirements.

Today Pioneer Group are market leaders in the New Zealand waste & recycling industry. Specialising in equipment used in the reduction and processing of recyclable and non -recyclable waste, our comprehensive range of waste handling and recycling equipment includes Vertical Balers, Bin Presses, Polystyrene Compactors, Horizontal Balers, Auto-tie Balers, Portable, Static, and Screw compactors, and material recovery facility equipment.

This range is constantly growing to meet the ever-changing needs of the market. This is backed up by our wealth of knowledge and skills gained only by experience and our commitment to high-quality workmanship.


“To provide innovative environmental equipment for organisations wanting to effectively manage their waste.”


Pioneer Group’s mission is to “help New Zealanders to recycle and preserve a clean environment, by reducing the volume of landfill waste.

How we do it:

Our machines and products help improve the efficiency and profitability of your establishment and also reduce your carbon footprint.


At Pioneer Group we encourage each other to aim high always. We are an ambitious team who refuse to let others steal our dreams, and strive to reach and exceed all expectations.

Work Hard:

Working Hard is a strong value within the Pioneer team. We believe we can achieve anything we set our minds to, by not only aiming high, but being prepared to apply ourselves and work hard to reach our goals together as a team.

Be Kind:

Here at Pioneer Group, we appreciate everyone within the team, building a positive and energetic atmosphere within the business. We value our staff and acknowledge each other’s strengths and positive attributes, creating an environment where everyone is an accountable member of the team.

No Excuses:

Everyone as Pioneer Group is responsible for their actions, success and failure. We all strive to find the best outcomes in all situations, with customer satisfaction being one of our greatest attainments.

Innovation engineered by knowledge.