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Capital Retaining Walls / Pile Driving & Retaining Walls in Newtown


Primary contact
Bill Cathie

Postal address
PO Box 7413
Wellington South
Wellington 6242

  • 100%
    "We had two significant slips in the banks around two sides of our house. Bill quoted a really reasonable price to fix them. The work has been completed to a high standard. The workmen we’re efficient and reliable. We are really thrilled to have this issue solved. Highly recommended. "
    Rating by: Jessica Craig  |  Rating posted: 17th Sep, 2019  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Sep, 2019
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Jessica Craig17th Sep, 2019More details…
  • 100%
    "I contacted several retaining wall companies for advice and a quote, and Bill Cathie from Capital Retaining Walls was the only one to get back to me. He arranged a time to come and look at the work and emailed me a very reasonable quote immediately after visiting. We talked on the phone about the problem, and he let me know up front that if they hit problems along the way, it might cost more than the estimated cost. Because it was a small job, he said he'd be able to fit it in around larger jobs and gave me a date he would possibly start. Several weeks before that date, he phoned to say he could start right away. The work was done to a very high standard - I'm really thrilled with the result. Bill was in regular phone contact to check on some decisions that needed to be made along the way. The crew finished the work quickly and cleaned up meticulously. I highly recommend Capital Retaining Walls. They know their stuff, and keep you informed along the way. Thank you Bill and Crew!"
    Rating by: Anne  |  Rating posted: 9th Aug, 2018  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Aug, 2018
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Anne9th Aug, 2018More details…
  • 88%
    "We had a challenging project (poor access, no digger operation possible, poor weather, all 13 holes dug by hand - many with a kango hammer)....but, I highly recommend this business....

    One disclaimer: Due to their existing work, there was a bit of a time lag between "quoting" and "construction"... but the end result went some way to offsetting this.

    ~ Bill stayed engaged with us from the start to the end
    ~ Bill created our best solution, quoted the job and then, thankfully, billed us in line with his quote

    ~ Other so called retaining wall experts saw the access issues and either didn't have the courage to quote or didn't follow up or didn't return our many calls...obviously too hard for them or preferred the easy money!

    ~ Steve, Ben and Brent did the actual work and were an absolute pleasure to work with. They never moaned once and frequently worked in the rain.

    ~ They went beyond what they were required to do and kept us in the loop the entire way

    ~ A special thanks to Steve for putting up with my questions and assisting with my "maintenance education"

    If you are looking for a team of guys who can be trusted to provide a solution when it comes to retaining walls - including cleaning up after they have finished, then I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this firm for any type of retaining walls - most especially the challenging ones.

    Rating by: Steve  |  Rating posted: 26th Jun, 2018  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Jun, 2018
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 50%  |  Value: 100%
    Steve26th Jun, 2018More details…
  • 98%
    "Great job and a great experience with Capital Retaining Walls. Bill kept us up to date with progress and regularly visited at weekends to keep us informed of next steps. His team always tidied up at the end of each day so there was no mess. Recommended."
    Rating by: Steve   |  Rating posted: 7th Apr, 2018  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Apr, 2018
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 100%
    Steve 7th Apr, 2018More details…
  • 100%
    "Very good to deal with, excellent communication and quality work - would recommend"
    Rating by: Jeremy  |  Rating posted: 14th Feb, 2018  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Dec, 2017
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Jeremy14th Feb, 2018More details…
  • 100%
    "Excellent work. Friendly, competent neat and tidy, obviously know their stuff!"
    Rating by: Phil  |  Rating posted: 21st Mar, 2017  |  Contact: Phillip Thomas  |  Job date: Jul, 2015
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Phil21st Mar, 2017More details…
  • 90%
    "My retaining wall fell in July this year and as I look up from my Newlands property I can see Woodridge above.
    My concern was with all the heavy rain we had been experiencing more of the bank would fall.Mainly the central part had fallen but logic says that the sides might go too as some parts were tilting outwards and the wall is close to 40 feet long and very high.
    I decided to call a retaining wall company and contacted one that had a great website.
    I looked at the website several times but unfortunately did not see at all the guy who owned it.

    After some grovelling he did come up to take a look at the damage, told me what was wrong, but it really did not take many brain cells to tell me the upright/s had rotted and broken thus the fall.

    I was not really reassured when he indicated that he could not say when the rest of the bank would fall as it had been there for some time.

    So okay...but 'When can you come to fix it,,??'.

    'Maybe in a few days' was the reply.

    Well the few days turned to weeks and I was very cynical about tradesmen not turning up as at one stage I phoned 15 of them to repair my conservatory and not one came to do the job, right at the time [before Chch] when I understood builders were looking for work.

    Seems some have the tools but they only pick them up for select jobs so looking for work seemed to be only jobs that suited them.

    I got tired of waiting so hit the internet again and somehow found No Cowboys and a company with not a lot of web pics but 7 good references.

    They were called Capital Retaining Walls.

    I put in my name and email and received a reply that night.

    This also happened with the other company so I was still apprehensive.

    But within a few days I received another message saying they would be up in about 3 days around 10.00am.

    Three days later at 10.00am there was the rumble of a truck and 5 guys came up my 15 steps with Kango hanmers and long steel shovels over their shoulders.

    The head honcho Bill Cathie gave instructions whilst they were setting up their all important hot water jug and in minutes go to work on moving the broken fence and at my wife's request cut down my favourite trees with the beutiful red leaves [Robina..??] plus a couple of other sturdy shrubs that she thought would get in their way.

    Bill had planned on using 4 solid round poles concreted into the ground but I suggested we go somewhat further along the wall to prevent future falls, so we ended up with 9 .

    It was no easy task making the holes as the old timber and concrete had to be taken out and this took ages with two men on the job with the vibrating Kango.

    By the end of the second day the posts were ready to be placed and then the horizontal pieces were fitted.

    Early on the third day the last post was set in and the men began to clean up the mess.

    Cleaning up became another meaning as one man was so fastidious that he used what looked like a small hand brush to sweep the dried clay away in case 'it turned muddy'.

    Bill had given me a quote for the job and although he used more posts than originally planned the final cost did not double plus in proportion.

    That was a relief...!!

    His men worked well so they were presented initially with a couple of bottles of wine whilst they had their break and after the job was done I served them deep-fried potato wedges and fresh pineapple chunks as my token of thanks.

    In between bites they had a bit of a flloor show of this 78 year old doing a Bruce Lee act.

    I have to say that this is the second version of my review of Bill Cathie and his men as I think the first one might have been over doing the gratitude...and I think Bill wanted it toned down a bit.

    I told him to keep the glossy version and I'll do another which is this.

    Thanks for showing as you promised Bill and Co and for the sturdy job.

    Above all I can see your men have a respect for you as the Head Honcho probably because you do care for them.

    And that is a rare thing to see in these days where bosses squeeze everything out of their staff in the name of economy and efficiency.

    I do recommend Bill and crew highly.


    Stan Chun


    30 October, 2014.
    Rating by: STAN CHUN  |  Rating posted: 30th Sep, 2014  |  Contact: BILL CATHIE-CAPITAL RETAINING WALLS  |  Job date: Sep, 2014
    Communication: 90%  |  Quality: 90%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 90%
    STAN CHUN30th Sep, 2014More details…
  • 95%
    "Thank you Capital Retaining Walls. A pleasure to do business with you Bill. Delivered as quoted. No fuss. Cleaned everything up afterwards. Excellent communications throughout. I couldn't ask for me. No hesitation recommending this company."
    Rating by: Geoff  |  Rating posted: 15th Feb, 2014  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Feb, 2014
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 90%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 90%
    Geoff15th Feb, 2014More details…
  • 95%
    "Great job, friendly staff, good price. Only thing I could recommend is that the use of e-mail would be helpful in my situation, for communication. Recommend."
    Rating by: Lincoln  |  Rating posted: 31st Jan, 2013  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Jan, 2012
    Communication: 80%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Lincoln31st Jan, 2013More details…
  • 75%
    "Capital retaining walls gave us a reasonable quote and although they took a bit of time getting to us explained why there was a delay. The reason was legitimate and they kept us informed. The work itself was done at a good pace and they tidied up after themselves. The job looked good. "
    Rating by: Christine  |  Rating posted: 28th Jun, 2012  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Jun, 2012
    Communication: 80%  |  Quality: 80%  |  Reliability: 50%  |  Value: 90%
    Christine28th Jun, 2012More details…
  • 100%
    "Recently we got a retaining wall and fence erected by Capital Retaining walls. Bill Cathie and his boys did a great job. We recommend them to anyone wanting to build a retaining wallo and fence.

    From Shirely and Allen"

    Rating by: Shirley  |  Rating posted: 17th Jun, 2012  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Jun, 2012
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Shirley17th Jun, 2012More details…
  • 100%
    "Bill was great to deal with and so were his workers. They worked like trojans and did a fantastic job under difficult circumstances. We really appreciated their professionalism. I am happy to recommend them. "
    Rating by: Steve Plowman  |  Rating posted: 7th Dec, 2010  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Sep, 2010
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Steve Plowman7th Dec, 2010More details…
  • 100%
    "This firm is exemplary in their customer relations, with excellent quality of workmanship, communication and timeliness. They are unfailingly pleasant and helpful to deal with and I recommend them very highly.

    A most impressive job, carried out in the most user-friendly way possible."

    Rating by: Andrea  |  Rating posted: 20th Oct, 2008  |  Contact: Bill Cathie  |  Job date: Oct, 2008
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Andrea20th Oct, 2008More details…
  • 100%
    "I found this company really great to deal with. Good price, friendly workmen, and job completed well within sechedule even with all the rain. Workmen there till 5pm and when i suggested it was raining and they should go home and get dry, was told "we work till 5pm", and they did."
    Rating by: Tina  |  Rating posted: 11th Aug, 2008  |  Contact: BHill Cathie  |  Job date: Aug, 2008
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Tina11th Aug, 2008More details…

Primary contact
Bill Cathie

Phone number

This week/ASAP

Physical address

Postal address
PO Box 7413
Wellington South
Wellington 6242

About us
Established with over 30 years experience, you know we will have your job done right first time.
All our work is guarranteed.

What we do
• Cribwalls
• Timber and Concrete
• Post and Plank Walls
• Half Round Walls
• Concrete and Block Walls
• Concrete Paths
• Slabs
• Driveways
• Timber Decks

Categories we service
Pile Driving & Retaining Walls, Foundation / Repiling Contractors, Driveways , Crib Walling

Areas we service
Wellington Region, Wellington City, Titahi Bay, Ranui Heights, Porirua East, Porirua Central, Porirua Area, Kapiti Coast Area, Hutt Valley Area

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