News: Government to seek new vehicle contracts

mbieThe government is set to update the contracts that guide where government departments and public bodies source their cars, trucks and other vehicles.

The current ‘All-of-Government’ arrangements end in June 2015.

Handling the process is the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s ‘Vehicle Centre of Enterprise’, who are working to release a Request For Proposal during November. Continue reading “Government to seek new vehicle contracts” »

News: Williams retired from AT board

CB051E45-D362-4CB0-B343-973B94A7EEE0A founding board member of Auckland Transport (AT), former New Zealand Labour Party president Mike Williams has been retired by rotation.

Williams was farewelled by the organisation during this months regular meeting.

AT chairman Dr Lester Levy says his background in governance, particularly in the transport sector, made Williams a valuable contributor to the successes AT has had since it was formed. Continue reading “Williams retired from AT board” »

News: Haast Pass to reopen 24/7

2514C1BE-D929-43E9-974E-5FC0706537C2For the first time since September 2013 trucks and tourist traffic will be able to flow through the Haast Pass 24/7 as works cease at the Diana Falls slip site on State Highway 6 next Thursday.

State Highway 6 has been closed at night through Haast Pass since a slip at the Diana Falls site on 10 September last year brought more than 40,000 cubic metres of rock and debris onto the highway.

It was the most significant slip on the West Coast highway network for many years and one of the most challenging according to NZTA. Continue reading “Haast Pass to reopen 24/7” »

News: Christchurch Western Corridor traffic may be delayed

30579E7E-0FC2-487A-9470-461E15D7BE15Transport operators and motorists are being warned of possible delays on State Highway 1 to the west of Christchurch this weekend as the asphalt top coat is laid on the third stage of the Western Corridor.

Masham and Carmen Roads, from Yaldhurst Road through to Waterloo Road, were opened to four lanes in mid-July, however, the laying of the asphalt top coat could not be done because temperatures were too cold at the time.

NZTA highway manager Colin Knaggs says If the weather permits, work will be completed on Saturday and Sunday, and this may cause some delays for motorists. Continue reading “Christchurch Western Corridor traffic may be delayed” »

News: Staffing issue forces boss onto workshop floor

5C546FDC-D205-431D-BF2D-90D0C01FB501The owner of a Horowhenua trailer manufacturing business has found himself working in his factory because lack of suitably-skilled staff means production can’t keep up with demand

Trayla Trailers owner Dave Hobbs currently employs two welders but needs another two, as well as two people to assemble trailers. Currently he does the assembly himself.

“Over the past few years, particularly through the economic recession, we’ve doubled our turnover, resulting in too much work for just myself and two staff.” Continue reading “Staffing issue forces boss onto workshop floor” »

News: Greville Road closure next weekend

354EBFAF-976B-40FF-B6A5-A43CCC7540A8The Greville Road interchange on Auckland’s Northern Motorway (State Highway 1), will close next Friday (7 November) from 9pm until 5am Monday (9 November).

The closure, which is the second of two as part of the Transport Agency’s Upper Harbour Highway to Greville Road Northbound three lane project – was postponed earlier this month because of the weather and re-scheduled for November.

The weekend restrictions are as follows: Continue reading “Greville Road closure next weekend” »

News: Charges proposed for Auckland’s motorways

Screen-Shot-2014-10-29-at-12.56.03-pmA charge of up to $2 a time to enter the Auckland motorway network has been proposed as a way of funding the development of the city’s transport network.

Options were released today by Auckland Council’s Independent Advisory board, with two suggestions put on the table to meet the $12 Billion funding gap over the next 30 years.

One is to fund rail and road expansion with rates and a regional fuel tax – a rates increase of around 1%, and an additional fuel tax of annually of 1.2 cents per litre, or; Continue reading “Charges proposed for Auckland’s motorways” »

News: Better credit rating for Marac

marac_1Heartland Bank, which trades in the asset finance market as Marac, has had its credit rating raised.

Fitch Ratings raised the lender’s long-term issuer default rating to BBB from BBB-minus, its short-term rating to F2 from F3 and its viability rating to bbb from bbb-minus.

The agency says the improvement was down to its focus on niche lending markets – such as vehicles, assets and other products – rather than residential mortgages. Continue reading “Better credit rating for Marac” »

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