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Supply chain pressure adds to Christmas stress


It may not matter if you were naughty or nice this year – though the opportunities to be naughty would have been limited – as Santa may not be able to fulfill your Christmas present wishes. Even those well-organised people who have already started Christmas shopping, might find they can’t source the presents they want … Read More

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When no, means no


There are shades of outgoing US President Donald Trump’s behaviour in those behind the Vote Yes lobby to legalise recreational cannabis in New Zealand. Neither seem to be able to accept the outcome of democratic elections. Sure, the cannabis referendum result was close, but the No vote won the majority of 50.7%. Most parties, including … Read More

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New Minister of Transport, new opportunities


If you follow politics, either at home or internationally, the last few weeks have proven somewhat of a bonanza. The New Zealand election result – and to a lesser degree the US one – will have a far-reaching impact on our road transport industry. The brewing international impact of COVID-19 could materialise via economic shocks, … Read More

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New Zealand urgently needs to focus on supply chain


The global effects of Covid-19 are putting real pressure on the New Zealand supply chain, economist Cameron Bagrie told the road freight transport industry this week. Covid-19 meant no industry conference this year, so the Road Transport Forum invited Cameron to give us one of his popular industry updates via Zoom. There was good news … Read More

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An election like no other


Like the year 2020 generally, it felt like New Zealanders just wanted the election to be over and done with. That probably goes for the politicians too! A weariness had set in over recent weeks, possibly because most people felt the overall result was ‘baked in’ and a forgone conclusion. Most of us knew there … Read More

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Truck driver hero celebrated


It’s fair to say that 2020 has not been a great year for many people, with Covid-19 bringing fear, anxiety and lockdowns around the world. So, it’s good to know there are some local heroes out there focused on good works and keeping us safe. And after this annus horribilis, it was good to have … Read More

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Know what you are voting for in cannabis referendum


A week out from the general election the Road Transport Forum (RTF) has made its final plea for people to be informed before stepping into the ballot box to vote on the cannabis referendum. I spoke about some of the unintended consequences of legalising recreational cannabis for safety sensitive industries at a road freight transport … Read More

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Where’s the $1.4 billion for safer roads?


The new standing joke in the Road Transport Forum’s (RTF) office is that we will receive an email from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) saying, “Dear Nick, we have reduced the speed limit across all State Highways in New Zealand to 80km.” Of course, they wouldn’t be this direct because it would create massive … Read More

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Hold politicians’ feet to the flame on promises


It’s election season and the promises are rolling in. Whoever the public of New Zealand vote in to lead us for the next three years, they must demand delivery on those promises. We are facing the most difficult three years ahead in many of our lifetimes – except those who have lived through wars. Covid-19 … Read More

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Training the road to success


Covid-19 has changed the way we do business and given many people pause to think about the work they do. School leavers are looking at an uncertain future of work, and many of those who were in work have seen the industries they worked in disappear and their jobs go with it. Those in work … Read More

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