Our History

It all started back in 1973. The Russell family, led by Chris and Ken Russell, planted the seeds of what would grow over the next 50 years to become the successful civil construction business that it is today.

Russell Asphalt was established by the Russell brothers who successfully operated the business for the next 14 years until it was sold in 1987. The next venture saw the pair move into aggregate crushing and supply, earthmoving and eventually into sealing in the 2000s. The scale and capability of the company grew significantly between 1990 and 2003 which thrust the business into complex and sizable roading projects across Hawke’s Bay and the Central North Island. In 2004, Chris purchased the company to become the sole owner of Russell Roads.

In 2015, after years of building Hawke’s Bay roads, Chris Russell decided to advance the capabilities of the company by partnering with Robbie Gale, a fresh and dynamic local businessman. A concreter by trade, Robbie owned and developed multiple businesses from the age of 19. He is the epitome of a ‘self-made’ man, with a passion for people and has a relentless drive to build a sustainable organisation that provides a bright future for the people that work for him and his family.

Robbie’s business CPM Concrete had become the preferred supplier for local civil companies while dominating the Hawke’s Bay commercial and private concrete sector. He had worked as a supplier for Chris Russell’s Russell Roads and they had formed a strong professional relationship.

In 2015, Chris and Robbie took a leap of faith and merged CPM with Russell Roads. They diversified their civil offerings and combined their skills and experience to operate a highly successful full-service civil construction company. For the next three years, Robbie and Chris led the company through strong and rapid growth, they gained pre-qualification to perform work on national and state highways, secured a $12 million Safe Roads contract with Waka Kotahi (formerly NZTA) and built the award-winning Napier City Council Marine Parade project.

In November 2019, after a fruitful five-year partnership, Robbie and Michelle Gale bought the company. Together they had the vision to build a customer focussed and sustainable business that focuses on people and community while delivering high-quality projects and driving innovation in all aspects of the business.

Robbie and Michelle have overseen significant expansion of the business with the addition of an asphalt plant and quarries.

In mid 2022 they recruited experienced industry leader Gavin O’Connor as Chief Executive and in December 2023 Gavin and wife Katie have joined the Gale’s as directors and shareholders in a move to further grow the business.

The business also was renamed Tūpore Infrastructure to better reflect the business and it’s kaupapa of making lives and communities better.

Our Purpose

We set the benchmark for sustainability by profitably delivering quality solutions for our people and the planet. We actively remove barriers through innovation and creativity in the pursuit of the greater good for our whānau and the community in which we operate.

Our Vision

We guide our people to be the best version of themselves, to deliver the best solution for our customers.

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Our Values


Our Values lead our focus and how we operate. All policies, processes and procedures arise from these four value principles. As a sustainable business, we challenge industry and business norms to balance the needs of our people, planet and profit.

Our Promise

What we do
We take pride in our work to build quality solutions for our clients and stakeholders.

What we promise
To bring our best selves to work and in turn, apply this to our client’s needs.

What we stand for
Our values Whānau, Quality, Sustainability and Trust.

The Tūpore Infrastructure Difference

Beginning with our values, our sustainability agenda sets us apart.  As a locally owned and operated company our roots, and talented team have significant history in the local area and as such we aim to give back.

Eager to win the respect of our clients and community through quality work we put our trust into our team and lead them accordingly.  Following five years of strong growth, a new asphalt plant, vastly resourced quarry supplies and a market competitive construction team our focus is to set the standard for others.

As a privately-owned company, we enjoy the reality of socially responsible owners, hell-bent on being good to their workers and the community they serve.

Our Projects

What we do


Tūpore Infrastructure's services includes installation of utilities, earthworks, concrete works, roading and surfacing construction, pavement stabilisation and minor structures.

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We operate a quarrying division with four consented quarries across the greater Hawke’s Bay, with a proven track record of sourcing and producing high quality roading materials.

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We operate a modern and purpose built asphalt manufacturing facility, which uses our own quarry materials. This secure chain enables us to provide assurance of supply to our customers.

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Industrial / Commercial

Tūpore is your ideal construction partner to help you build your development project, from earthworks and excavation to drainage, concrete work, roading and more.

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