News: Wellington to get ‘smart motorway’

wellington-interchangeWellington’s motorway is set to get a section that will be ‘smart’.

Wellington highway manager Rod James says the ‘smart motorway’ project between Ngauranga and Aotea Quay combines two elements: physical construction works, and introducing a smart, modern approach to peak traffic management.

And while commuters will face some slower speeds on short sections while the project is being built, they can look forward to an easier, more free-flowing experience when the project is finished. Continue reading “Wellington to get ‘smart motorway’” »

News: Truck rides boost St John coffers by $10k

image004The Order of St John in Waimarino has received a $10,000 boost for its much needed health shuttle bus thanks to the local branch of the Road Transport Association.

Two “Ride in a Truck” days held in Raetihi and Wanganui raised funds for community groups such as the Order of St John reports the Wanganui Chronicle.

According to Hooker Pacific central regional manager Blaine Pritchard there were eight trucks involved and around 2000 passengers who paid $2 for a ride. Continue reading “Truck rides boost St John coffers by $10k” »

NQN: Monster truck smashes Guinness speed record


Raminator, a monster truck sponsored by Fiat Chrysler’s Ram Truck brand, has broken the “fastest monster truck” speed record previously recorded by the Guinness world records organisation in Austin, Texas.

The Raminator hit a new record speed of 159.48 kph on December 15, at the Circuit of the America’s in Austin, breaking the previous record of 155.78 kph, and enabling it and driver Mark Hall to secure the Guinness World Records title.

The Ram-sponsored monster truck lineup includes the 2014 Monster truck nationals champion Raminator and Rammunition, sponsored since 2002 which are owned and operated by the Hall Brothers racing team based in Illinois. Continue reading “Monster truck smashes Guinness speed record” »

Driven: Ford Ranger Wildtrak longterm test

2014 Ranger Wildtrak 4x4 front 3:4

This time last year the Auto Media Group office was lucky enough to have Holden’s plug-in Volt in residence for a couple of months. Our longterm(ish) car this summer is a little more market-relevant. Continue reading “Ford Ranger Wildtrak longterm test” »

News: Revenue and profits up for many in the Top 200

tanker1Revenue and profits were up for many New Zealand companies involved in energy, logistics, automotive, construction, agriculture and forestry sectors in this years 2014 Deloitte Top 200 list.

Dairy giant Fonterra was number one on the Deloitte Top 200 with a revenue of $22.5 billion an increase of 19.5%, while Fletcher Building at number two saw a 1.3% decrease in revenue to $8,427 billion.

Fonterra however saw a whopping 75.7% decrease in net profit after tax (NPAT) to $179 million while Fletcher Building had a small increase of 4.2% in NPAT to $351 million. Continue reading “Revenue and profits up for many in the Top 200” »

News: Government allocates $38.7 billion for local roads

desert-road-img4The Government policy statement on land transport (GPS 2015) released today, will provide $38.7 billion in funding for local roads which make up more than 88% of the country’s road network.

Issued by the Minister of Transport, the statement outlines more than $3 billion allocated each year for the next decade towards the maintenance and renewal of local and regional roads, which represents an increase of $1 billion over the first three years.

The investment in land transport will help local government to address current and future demand for roading infrastructure while supporting the growth of regional New Zealand by providing better access to markets. Continue reading “Government allocates $38.7 billion for local roads” »

News: Airport road gets final clearance for take off

20140512-kirkbride-road-intersection-img4Five years after initial designs were developed to separate SH20A from local traffic at the intersection of Kirkbride Road, contracts have now been signed off by NZTA and the MHX Alliance to get the project under way,

The MHX Kirkbride Alliance, comprising NZ Transport Agency, Fletcher Construction, Beca, and Higgins Contractors are now tasked with finalising the design and gearing up for construction in the New Year.

The Agency’s decision to award the contract to the MHX Kirkbride Alliance is due to its previous work on the Manukau Harbour Crossing and a demonstrated track record in delivering projects on time and on budget. Continue reading “Airport road gets final clearance for take off” »

News: Dorchester confirms name drop

turnersDorchester Pacific has confirmed what had been long suggested – that it will take on the Turners name now it has acquired the auctions business.

Turners has now been delisted, but the name will return to the NZX when Dorchester renames itself on February 1 next year.

“It doesn’t make sense to maintain two listed companies, so we had a decision to make,” says Dorchester chief executive and director Paul Byrnes. Continue reading “Dorchester confirms name drop” »

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