News: Kiwifruit recovery boosts trucking firm’s growth

12100510476_05550258fdThe recovery of the Kiwifruit industry has helped one privately-held Bay of Plenty trucking company to expand its operations.

According to the Bay of Plenty Times, Omokoroa General Carriers, which has a fleet of 32 trucks, is looking to expand its warehouse storage operations.

Co-owners and brothers John and Brent Leek told the Bay of Plenty Times that they have diversified into storage services. Continue reading “Kiwifruit recovery boosts trucking firm’s growth” »

News: Souter Holdings appoints new chief executive

Sheryll Otway

Sheryll Otway has appointed Auckland-based Sheryll Otway as its new chief executive officer, replacing interim appointee Geoff Norman, who will now focus on his role as ceo of Wellington-based urban transport and charter company Mana Coaches.

Otway is the current general manager of urban coach transport operator and Souter Holdings company, Howick & Eastern Buses, a role she has held for more than three years.

Souter Holdings NZ chairman, Bill Rae says that Otway will now lead both companies. Continue reading “Souter Holdings appoints new chief executive” »

News: Treating employees as contractors disappointing: ERA


The Employment Relations authority says a national trend for employers to treat employees as contractors to avoid keeping records, making payments to the IRD and paying minimum wage and holiday entitlements is disappointing.

It has ordered wage arrears be paid to workers and imposed a penalty on a Christchurch construction company for failing to provide the minimum wage and keep accurate employment records.

Verney Construction Limited was investigated by the Labour Inspectorate last year after receiving a complaint from two employees involved in the Christchurch rebuild. Continue reading “Treating employees as contractors disappointing: ERA” »

News: Safety first for Wellington airport extension


Hawkins Construction has been appointed the main contractor for the $58 million extension of Wellington airport and it says that integral to the 18 month construction period is a safety campaign that will go “above and beyond” what would normally be expected on a work site.

The campaign, fronted by Jamie Fitzgerald from Intrepid NZ and First Crossings, centres around safety being put first and that workers should observe and look out for their colleagues on the work site. Hawkins Construction and the Airport says each have collaborated on the campaign and what being a “safety wingman” is all about.

At the launch of the extension this week, Airport infrastructure GM Geoff Eban invited senior representatives from all organisations involved in the construction to sign a safety pledge that will be placed on the wall of the safety headquarters at the worksite. Continue reading “Safety first for Wellington airport extension” »

News: Not just a bus but also a power supply


Hino Motors Limited and its parent company Toyota Motor Corporation have begun trialling a new fuel cell bus in Toyota City, Japan ,to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of the technology in public transport.

The verification testing is being conducted with Toyota City as part of a public fuel cell bus road trial, and emergency external power supply testing scheme, which is being promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Hino developed the vehicle with Toyota using the Toyota fuel cell system from the Mirai fuel cell vehicle. Continue reading “Not just a bus but also a power supply” »

News: ‘Record demand’ for used trucks and equipment


Turners Auctions says it has been experiencing record demand for trucks and equipment, and the market is likely to continue to surge with two large liquidation sales planned.

The company says not only is the Christchurch rebuild pushing remains, but locals are having to compete with businesses in Australia, the Pacific Islands and Asia are also competing for the same assets.

In February, Turners is facilitating two multimillion dollar auctions for businesses which have gone into receivership or liquidation in recent months. Continue reading “‘Record demand’ for used trucks and equipment” »

News: Watch out for ‘summer ice’ on the roads

congestion-south-warkworth-84With rain forecast in many parts of the country after an extended run of hot summer days, the NZ Transport Agency is urging drivers to be aware of potentially dangerous ‘summer ice’ on the roads.

“We all know that snow, ice and heavy rain can make the roads slippery and dangerous, but after a long period of hot, dry weather like we’ve just had, even light rain can make road surfaces slippery, with the potential for serious crashes if drivers don’t adjust to the conditions,” says Transport Agency chief safety adviser Colin Brodie.

Brodie says that light rain forecast in many parts of the country could create unusual and potentially dangerous driving conditions known as ‘summer ice’. Continue reading “Watch out for ‘summer ice’ on the roads” »

News: Shift for Turners Tauranga


Turners is shifting its Tauranga branch – but remaining in the Mount Maunganui Area.

The brand will be moving just a couple of kilometres, from 101 Hewletts Road to 26 Hull Road.

The existing branch will be closed from 5.30pm Thursday, February 5. On Monday, February 9, at 8am the branch will open at the new site. Continue reading “Shift for Turners Tauranga” »

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