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” »

Toyota Australia building Tonka-inspired Hilux concept

February 13th, 2017 by Robert Barry

Toyota Australia is creating a dream toy for grown-ups: a life-size Tonka truck based on a 2.8-litre Toyota Hilux SR5 4×4 Double Cab ute.

The Tonka-inspired Toyota HiLux monster truck is the brainchild of Toyota Australia’s in-house designers, and it will soon become a reality as a one-off, fully driveable concept car.

It will feature all-new underpinnings including custom suspension and large wheels and tyres. Continue reading “Toyota Australia building Tonka-inspired Hilux concept” »

SH3 Manawatu Gorge routine bridge maintenance

September 2nd, 2016 by Nerine Zoio

gorgeThe NZ Transport Agency advises that from Monday September 5 motorists travelling on State Highway 3, Manawatu Gorge, may experience short delays while routine bridge maintenance is carried out.

NZ Transport Agency highway manager Ross I’Anson says the agency has put in measures to minimise disruption as the gorge is an important route for people and freight.

He adds that due to the nature of the work it was not possible to do it at night. Continue reading “SH3 Manawatu Gorge routine bridge maintenance” »

Loose loads to be covered on Lyttelton Tunnel

August 31st, 2016 by Nerine Zoio

From tomorrow truck drivers will need to cover loose loads on Lyttelton Tunnel to reduce the amount of material polluting the tunnel.

This follows the earthquakes which caused a significant increase in the amount of tunnel dirt.

Up to eight tonnes of dirt and dust is cleaned out of the tunnel every month compared to 235kg a month before the 2011 quake. “Sweeping the tunnel has gone from once a month to three times a week,” says NZ Transport Agency maintenance contract manager Barry Stratton. Continue reading “Loose loads to be covered on Lyttelton Tunnel” »

A quarter century of continual development

August 22nd, 2016 by Robert Barry

This story first appeared in the August  issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

For more than 25 years the team at Jackson Enterprises has developed new engineering solutions for the rural transport market, when building new trailers or refurbishing older units.

Company owner and director Trevor Jackson says it took nearly a decade to prove the benefits of an aluminium chassis to the road transport market, inspite of the fact that it offers a better tare weight, and does not create issues with metal fatigue or rust.

“It took some years for us to find the limitations of using aluminium in transport trailer building, so it has been a journey of learning,” says Jackson. “But in applications where moisture is a factor, such as reefer trailers and hard siders, aluminium just shines.” Continue reading “A quarter century of continual development” »

Northland’s new state highway

August 1st, 2016 by Nerine Zoio
Simon Bridges

Simon Bridges

A new state highway has been created in Northland, creating a stronger link between the forestry industry and port, says transport minister Simon Bridges.

From today Te Pua Rd, Mangakahia Rd, Otaika Valley Rd and Loop Rd (North) will officially become State Highway 15, with the New Zealand Transport Agency taking over the operation and maintenance of the 96km of roads.

“These roads are an important link between Northland’s 50,000ha of forestry and its ability to move timber products offshore at the port,” says Bridges. Continue reading “Northland’s new state highway” »

Building apprentices put to the test.

June 21st, 2016 by Robert Barry

Shaun for Dates SpotlightMore than 164 apprentices from around New Zealand will compete in the 2016 Apprentice of the Year competition and a share of more than $100,000 worth of prizes.

Entry numbers for the 2016 Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year competition rose by 13% from 2015.

Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly says it reflects the high level of construction activity was happening around the country. Continue reading “Building apprentices put to the test.” »

May: Ranger dominates

June 2nd, 2016 by Richard Edwards

The Toyota Corolla regained its position as top passenger car in May – but the Ford Ranger topped the market with a huge tally.

The Corolla gained a 4% market share (323 units), followed by the Toyota RAV4 on 3% (249 units) and the Mazda CX-5 also on 3% (246 units).

The Ranger, which was beaten last month by the Toyota Hilux, bounced back with a 21% market share (755 units). Continue reading “May: Ranger dominates” »

TATP wins Fuwa K Hitch exclusive agency

February 15th, 2016 by Robert Barry

This story first appeared in the February issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

TATP wins PICTruck and Trailer Parts (TATP) has become New Zealand’s sole distribution and service agent for the Fuwa K Hitch brand.

Headquartered in Guangdong (China), Fuwa is known for its axles, fifth wheels, king pins, landing gear sets, ball races, and suspensions.

“The products hold significant market share positions in Asia and Australia and Fuwa is the largest global producer of axles, by volume, in the world”, says TATP general manager Scott Holt. Continue reading “TATP wins Fuwa K Hitch exclusive agency” »

Hollard takes on Aussies in Kiwi car, truck, insurance market

January 29th, 2016 by Max Pichon

Hollard_LogoSouth African-based insurer, Hollard Insurance, is planning to take on the Australian-owned vehicle and content insurers in the highly concentrated New Zealand retail market.

The Hollard Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the giant South African Hollard group, was incorporated at the end of 2015 with plans to shake up the market.

In Australia, Hollard competes with its ‘Real Insurance’ brand across a range of household insurances including car, bike and house, as well as personal insurances like income protection and life cover. Continue reading “Hollard takes on Aussies in Kiwi car, truck, insurance market” »

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