News: New VDAM rule taking effect

New measurements for heavy vehicles in the vehicle dimension and mass (VDAM) rule 2016 comes into force from February 1, 2017, and therefore, an industry association is warning its membership of the need to be aware of the changes and implications of this.

Malcolm Yorston, the technical manager, for the Imported Motor Vehicles Industry Association (IMVIA), says it’s important that wholesalers and dealers are familiar with modifications allowed under the new VDAM rule, and can meet the certifying requirements now that the revised rule is in effect.

Yorston points out that updated information is freely available on the NZ Transport Agency web page ‘VDAM: What you need to know’ and throughout the NZTA website. Continue reading “New VDAM rule taking effect” »

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News: Truck fire creating delays at SH1 Warkworth

The NZ Transport Agency is advising all motorists to expect long delays on State Highway 1 south of Warkworth for much of today.

Lanes are blocked due to a truck fire and traffic is being managed through a Stop/Go system.

It’s expected it will take most of the day to remove the truck’s load and clear the scene. Continue reading “Truck fire creating delays at SH1 Warkworth” »

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News: Bapcor compulsorily acquiring remaining Hellaby shares

Bapcor now controls 92.7% of Hellaby shares as a result of acceptances for its takeover offer, and it will now begin compulsorily acquiring the rest under the provisions of the NZ Takeovers Code.

The current Bapcor takeover offer to remaining Hellaby Holdings shareholders expires on February 7, 2017.

Bapcor will despatch to the remaining Hellaby shareholders who have not accepted the offer, a letter incorporating the required compulsory acquisition notice and instrument of transfer on February 8. Continue reading “Bapcor compulsorily acquiring remaining Hellaby shares” »

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News: Labour force growing but unemployment rate rises

The unemployment rate increased to 5.2% in the December 2016 quarter (up from 4.9% in the previous quarter) while employment and the labour force continued to grow, says Statistics New Zealand.

The retail trade, accommodation, and food services industry was the largest contributor to job growth in the latest quarter.

This result was followed closely by the construction and the professional services industries. Continue reading “Labour force growing but unemployment rate rises” »

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News: Farmlands chooses Toyota in preference to Ford

Rural supplies co-operative Farmlands is entering into an exclusive collaboration with Toyota New Zealand, which gives it’s shareholders a better deal on new vehicle purchases.

As part of the initial four-year deal, Toyota is also the exclusive supplier of fleet vehicles to the Farmlands Co-operative.

Farmlands current purchasing relationship with Ford New Zealand will conclude on February 28 according to its communications and government affairs manager Tom Clancy. Continue reading “Farmlands chooses Toyota in preference to Ford” »

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News: Neilson Street improvements welcomed by NRC truck drivers

Members of the National Road Carriers Inc. (NRC) are reacting positively to the demolition of the Neilson Street bridge which NZTA is replacing with a new and lower road.

NRC chief executive officer David Aitken says these changes have improved the sight lines for road transport drivers and allows extra space for safe turning.

“The connection between Neilson Street and Onehunga Wharf Road is now working much more efficiently with our members currently noticing better traffic flows,” says Aitken. Continue reading “Neilson Street improvements welcomed by NRC truck drivers” »

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News: Declining imports and exports means little deficit change

The decline in December 2016 imports and exports means New Zealand’s monthly trade deficit was little changed from the previous corresponding period.

According to BusinessDesk, New Zealand had a $41 million trade deficit in December 2016, compared with a $42 million deficit in December 2015.

The deficit is less than the $98 million anticipated by economists, according to a consensus forecast reports BusinessDesk. Continue reading “Declining imports and exports means little deficit change” »

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News: Infrastructure engineering shortage driving UK talent search

A shortage of engineering and science professionals needed for infrastructure projects in New Zealand, Australia and Asia-Pacific is driving a UK-based talent search by NZ civil and environmental consultancy Tonkin and Taylor.

Tonkin and Taylor’s engineering services leader Richard Hancy, says the shortage of engineering and science professionals needs to be addressed to meet a “perfect storm”.

Hancy says the public and private sectors are driving the boom ahead, with the New Zealand Government alone earmarking $NZ50 billion for large-scale infrastructure projects over the next ten years. Continue reading “Infrastructure engineering shortage driving UK talent search” »

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News: Transport costs push up CPI

The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in the December quarter, with transport costs a key contributor to the increase.

Statistics New Zealand figures show petrol prices rose 4.1 percent, while road passenger transport prices jumped 11 percent, due to seasonally higher prices for hire cars.

Prices for new cars saw a 3.1 percent rise, due to lower levels of discounting. Continue reading “Transport costs push up CPI” »

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News: Hellaby wants agreeable outcome from collective negotiation

The head of Hellaby Automotive says his company is committing to a mutually agreeable outcome over a collective agreement under negotiation with the union representing its workers.

Distribution centre workers at Hellaby owned car parts supplier Brake and Transmission (BNT) walked off the job yesterday.

The First Union claims it the second time in as many months and that the company continues postponing negotiations. Continue reading “Hellaby wants agreeable outcome from collective negotiation” »

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