News: Contractor faces loss after truck stolen

c7219ea998cc8b5c01520dcd8e2e6d49e5f954b6_620x311xxThieves have stolen a truck used for building power lines from a Martinborough contracting firm, which now faces the loss of contracts worth $100,000.

Poltech Power Works owner Gray Carter, was alerted to the theft of the truck on Sunday according to the Wairarapa Times-Age.

Carter told the Wairarapa Times-Age he was gutted when he learnt of the theft. Continue reading “Contractor faces loss after truck stolen” »

News: Man critically injured after being caught up in recycling truck

600-2011-11-29_0903xxA 20-year-old Wellington man remains in a critical condition in hospital after he was caught up in a rubbish truck yesterday while managing the collection of glass recycling in Thorndon.

Wellington City Council confirmed to NZME that the injured man had been driving the EnviroWaste Truck and that it will be doing a thorough investigation into the accident.

“At this stage we don’t know what exactly has happened,” says a council spokesman. “Our concerns are with the driver and we hope he’s alright.” Continue reading “Man critically injured after being caught up in recycling truck” »

News: Tatonka Isuzu tow truck gets behind kiwi kids

tatonka-barb-dave-fullxxDavid Milina and Barb Cooper’s Isuzu tow truck, known as Tatonka, isn’t just a Monday-to-Friday workhorse for their Sustainable Landscapes business.

It’s also a fundraiser for disabled and disadvantaged Kiwi kids, and it’s joining the 25th annual Variety Trillian Bash which fires up on March 7 in New Plymouth, calls in at Tatonka sponsors in the Waikato and Tauranga, and finishes at Ellerslie, Auckland, on March 14.

Tatonka’s the only truck on the Bash among the cavalcade of mainly retired fire engines and classic cars. Continue reading “Tatonka Isuzu tow truck gets behind kiwi kids” »

News: Hilux kicks Ranger off top spot in February


The Toyota Hilux has regained its position as the top selling commercial vehicle in February 2015 kicking the Ford Ranger into second position.

The Toyota Hilux took a 15% market share (427 units) followed by the Ford Ranger with 14% (381 units) and the Nissan Navara with 9% market share (266 units).

Pick-ups/chassis-cabs accounted for 20% of sales in the market last month. Continue reading “Hilux kicks Ranger off top spot in February” »

News: Strong demand for Industrial developments says Goodman

M20---Ingram-Micro-yard---0211xxGoodman (NZ) Limited has announced more new development projects, including two industrial facilities at Highbrook business park to accommodate strong customer demand.

The new commercial and industrial facilities, which have a total project cost of $28.0 million, will add 11,140 square metres of rental area to the Trust’s investment portfolio at Highbrook.

The new industrial developments include a design build facility for tool specialist Machinery House, an existing Highbrook customer whose business growth has necessitated a doubling of its floor space to 4,600 square metres. Continue reading “Strong demand for Industrial developments says Goodman” »

News: Union calls for port and maritime safety inquiry

GalleryImage015The Maritime union is continuing its call for a national inquiry into port and maritime safety.

New figures released by Government agency Maritime New Zealand show there have been 130 non-fatal health and safety incidents, and three deaths aboard ships at port from 2011 to October 2014.

The figures, combined with those of WorkSafe which were released last year, show an unacceptable level of harm in the industry, says Maritime union national secretary Joe Fleetwood. Continue reading “Union calls for port and maritime safety inquiry” »

News: Increased revenue but lower profit for KiwiRail

Log-Train-(480x260xxFor the six months to 31 December 2014, KiwiRail is reporting total revenue earnings of $366.6 million. This was an increase of $1.1 million over the comparable period in 2013, despite a challenging market environment, particularly in bulk freight.

The company’s EBITDA profit for the first six months of the 2014/15 financial year was $35.1 million – $2.2 million less than the 2013 figure.

KiwiRail chairman John Spencer says the period presented some challenges for KiwiRail, in the bulk freight (primarily coal and milk) and forestry segments, with global pricing for coal, timber and dairy products all being at low points of the economic cycle, compared to the same period in the previous year. !

News: Charges laid over dramatic truck crash


A Cambridge man has been charged with dangerous driving following a spectacular crash near Auckland’s Spaghetti junction on February 15.

Police told NZME that the 47-year old man will appear in the Auckland District Court on Friday March 6.

The Volvo FM truck and trailer unit crashed through a barrier on the southern motorway and plunged at least 15 metres down a bank before coming to rest on the highway below. The crash saw diesel and powdered fertiliser spill across the road as the truck came to a halt. Continue reading “Charges laid over dramatic truck crash” »

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