Transformational Waterview Tunnel to open

Prime Minister Bill English and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the $1.4 billion Waterview Tunnel.

Taking truck safety into schools

The NZ Transport Agency and the Road Transport Forum have teamed up to take the ‘keep safe around trucks’ message into schools.

Auckland port’s big crane move

Ports of Auckland has successfully moved two 1100 tonne cranes to ready Fergusson Container Terminal for bigger ships and automation.

Surge in motorists risking their safety on level crossings

KiwiRail and Tracksafe NZ are warning Auckland motorists to take more care as the number of vehicles hitting protective barrier arms at level crossings surges.

New detector dogs bolster NZ and Fiji border security

Nine detector dog teams bound for Wellington, Auckland and Fiji have graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College’s Dog Training Centre.

Bonfiglioli NZ expansion gives customers enhanced logistics

Bonfiglioli is expanding its New Zealand branch with a 25% bigger warehouse, workshop and freight transitioning area as part of an overall plan to streamline logistics, optimise stock availability and better serve customer needs.

From the back office to the driver’s seat

In these days of driver shortages, PBT didn’t have to look far when recruiting for a new driver in Auckland – just as far as its dispatch office, in fact.

‘Ground-breaking’ mobility platform honoured by transport ministers

A UK-based start-up that provides unparalleled access to transport data for users, operators and planners in developing countries has won an international innovation award.

NZDF fine-tunes humanitarian assistance and disaster relief plans

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) recently sent a team to Niue to look at how it could support the Pacific island country in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Innovation a key feature at foodpro 2017

foodpro, Australasia’s iconic food manufacturing event, returns for its 50th year in July, and in what will be its largest show yet, an array of innovations for the industry will be on display.

New cruise ship berth to be built at Lyttelton

A new $56 million cruise ship berth will be built in Lyttelton, with the plans released by the Lyttelton Port Company on 1 May being welcomed by the Christchurch City Council.

‘Cross-fit’ initiative to prepare work-ready newcomers for logistics roles – By Walter Glass

In the Oct/Nov’16 edition of FTD, we talked about taking the classroom to the real world of the logistics and supply chain sector, and the task of aligning industry needs to school outputs. This article is an update on the situation and an outline of an initiative involving the Manawatu-Whanganui Central Economic Development Agency and lower North Island logistics businesses.

Attracting top talent – how to grow your employer brand –
By Daniel Wharakura

The transport and logistics industry has been growing rapidly in New Zealand over the last five to ten years, but the beginning of 2017 has seen one of the biggest booms in the industry yet, with a 29% increase in job vacancies in January 2017 alone.

Eastland Port invests in region’s economic growth

Forestry is a regional success story for Gisborne and the East Coast, and as a result Eastland Port needs moderate expansion to keep up, says general manager Andrew Gaddum.

Earthworks underway for Ruakura inland port

Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), the intergenerational investor for Waikato-Tainui, has commenced foundational earthworks for the first stage of its inland port at Ruakura.

Government to allocate $11 billion to new infrastructure

The government has announced it will allocate $11 billion in new capital infrastructure over the next four Budgets, in addition to funds already included in agency baselines – a move welcomed by the transport industry.

Pressure eats at South Island truckies– By Iain MacIntyre

A Herculean post-Kaikoura earthquake effort from New Zealand’s logistics sector has ensured vital supplies continue to move throughout the domestic supply chain with relatively little impact on consumers. But while supermarket shelves may remain stocked, handling the significantly elongated, variable and more hazardous Picton–Christchurch freight task in particular is taking its toll on South Island truck drivers – their stocks are reportedly reaching zero.

Bill Bamber – “You learn by drinking the milk”

Bill Bamber started work as a young man in the orchards of Hawke’s Bay, but a will to succeed, staying loyal to his home town and a wise move to gain a recognised qualification has resulted in a satisfying and successful career in transport. This is his story.