News: Mobile labs trucked in on-the-fly

qffsdsThe arrival of two newly fitted-out mobile laboratories which can be delivered swiftly to site by truck, will make fruit fly diagnosis and detection easier for the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

Previous facilities were cramped and took too long to become fully operational, whereas the new labs are designed to be picked up by a truck and then delivered and plugged into field headquarters power and water systems.

This means the MPI can have a laboratory function up and running with a day of starting a response to a possible fruit fly outbreak. Continue reading “Mobile labs trucked in on-the-fly” »

News: World’s largest vibration truck in Christchurch

A University of Canterbury engineer, who has used the world’s largest vibration truck (TRex) for seismic analysis on the land occupied by Lyttelton port of Christchurch, is a finalist in the young New Zealand ‘engineer of the year’ awards.

Dr Brendon Bradley is a research leader in earthquake engineering, including the analysis of earthquake-induced ground motions during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Bradley has tested soil conditions beneath Christchurch and their influence on the earthquakes with the specialist TRex vibration truck. Continue reading “World’s largest vibration truck in Christchurch” »

News: Turners national truck and machinery auction

12306500aaAnother Turners online national truck and machinery auction will commence on Monday December 1 from 6pm.

Some of Turners picks for the new auction week include the following vehicles:

  • 1994 Toyota Toyoace G15 1500KG flatdeck

Continue reading “Turners national truck and machinery auction” »

News: Trades and technical vacancies increase

03Demand for technicians and trades workers has increased, and the Otago/Southland region has recorded the biggest annual increase in skilled vacancies in the year to October reports the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The latest jobs online report released by MBIE says the number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations.

While vacancies for skilled jobs dropped slightly by 0.2% in October 2014, compared to the previous month, all vacancies increased by 0.6% over the month. Continue reading “Trades and technical vacancies increase” »

News: Changes to SH 1 Warkworth intersection

image002Changes are being made to the layout of the SH1 Hill Street intersection in Warkworth as work progresses to improve safety and traffic flow.

The right turn from SH1 into Hill Street will be permanently closed on Monday 1 December.

Removing one movement from the traffic light sequence will give more ‘green time’ to other, more frequent movements at the intersection and improve efficiency. The removal will also provide the space needed for work crews to widen the southbound approach to the intersection. Continue reading “Changes to SH 1 Warkworth intersection” »

News: Diesel fleet downsize raises THL profits

luxurious-motorhomeTourism Holdings Limited (THL), the biggest diesel campervan rental company in Australia and New Zealand, says its annual profit may rise as much as 44% on increased sales and lower costs.

THL is downsizing its fleet, after buying its local rivals United Campervans and KEA Campers in 2011 to reduce total campervan numbers and improve margins.

Currently the company operates in New Zealand and Australia under the Kea, Maui, Mighty Camper, Britz, Motek, and United Vehicle rentals brands. Continue reading “Diesel fleet downsize raises THL profits” »

News: New $2m facility an investment in the West Coast

Screen-Shot-2014-11-27-at-10.43.04-amTai Poutini Polytechnic is set to start work in the new year on a $2 million purpose-built trades training facility in Greymouth – with automotive trades a key component.

Plans for the new 480 square metre, two storey Tainui Street building were approved this week by the polytechnic council, confirming the multi-million dollar investment in West Coast training facilities.

The new facility will include a three-bay workshop, offices and classroom space. It follows construction of a new engineering workshop at the Polytechnic’s Westport campus, which is due to open after Christmas. Continue reading “New $2m facility an investment in the West Coast” »

News: China flights to double with Beijing a possibility

b7474fairchinaThe current air service agreement of 21 flights a week between New Zealand and China will double to 42 flights a week in the near future, and a new Auckland to Beijing service is a possibility, which will also increase export freight capacity.

The Ministry of Transport signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese representatives in Bali last week, which agrees to a doubling of capacity to 42 flights a week for each country.

Last week Air New Zealand and Air China also signed a statement of intent that will pave the way for a strategic alliance between the two carriers, and could see Air China operate a new Beijing to Auckland service in addition to Air New Zealand’s existing Auckland to Shanghai service. Continue reading “China flights to double with Beijing a possibility” »

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