More chip seal for dusty Northland roads

February 17th, 2017 by Robert Barry

The NZ Transport Agency is supporting Whangarei District Council to place chip seal onto an additional 2.5km of roads addressing health concerns caused by dust from logging industry traffic.

NZTA and Whangarei District Council will jointly fund extensions to existing sealed sections along an area of Wrights Rd/McCardle Rd which is affected by dust. Each will share the $1.3m cost of the work.

The additional sections, which total 2.5km, are near residential properties where dust is most likely to create a nuisance because of their close distance to the road. Continue reading “More chip seal for dusty Northland roads” »

Wi-Fi and onboard power for commuter buses

February 18th, 2015 by Robert Barry

Auckland’s Howick & Eastern Buses has received a $12 million investment in 15 new double deck buses from it’s parent company Souter Holdings.

The new Howick & Eastern commuter double deck buses are a similar style to those operated by sister company with onboard Wi-Fi, power points, and USB ports but not tables.

The new commuter buses are expected to be in service in the last quarter of 2015. Continue reading “Wi-Fi and onboard power for commuter buses” »

New Zealand economy ‘fastest growing’

December 18th, 2014 by Robert Barry

BE_BeehiveNew Zealand’s economy remains one of the fastest growing in the developed world according to Finance Minister Bill English.

Statistics New Zealand today reported gross domestic product expanded by 1.0% in the September quarter. This took annual growth – from the September quarter 2013 to the September quarter 2014 – to a revised 3.2%. This is the same as annual growth to June 2014 and equals the highest annual growth rate since September 2007. Average annual growth was 2.9 per cent.

“We are in the unusual but encouraging situation where we have solid economic growth, more employment and higher wages, but few pressures on inflation,” English says. “This suggests New Zealand’s economic growth potential before inflation sets in – essentially the speed limit of the economy – is higher than expected previously.” Continue reading “New Zealand economy ‘fastest growing’” »

RTF annual conference comes to Auckland in July

May 9th, 2014 by Robert Barry

rtfAuckland will host its first annual conference of the Road Transport Forum (RTF) on July 17th – 19th at the Pullman Hotel.

The conference theme is based around four P’s: people, policy, productivity and profits.

The people part addresses key industry challenges around recruitment, training and diversity while policy is seen as being salient with a September election looming. Continue reading “RTF annual conference comes to Auckland in July” »

Updated: Stolen Mainfreight tractor unit found with help of Twitter

March 27th, 2014 by Robert Barry


A Mainfreight tractor unit with the distinctive registration plate of STUEEZ was stolen earlier today and seen heading north from Auckland to Warkworth.

New Zealand’s premier global freight carrier live tweeted the theft with the hashtag #Stolen, and asked for the public to call the police immediately if anybody spotted the distinctive blue and white owner operated tractor unit, which was photographed on the Mainfreight yard being driven away by somebody other than Stuey.

A short time later, Mainfreight tweeted that the tractor was found, using the hashtag #caught. Continue reading “Updated: Stolen Mainfreight tractor unit found with help of Twitter” »