Nick’s Blog

Nick’s Blog


On your bike


On your bike, says this Government to New Zealanders. Whether it’s the billion-dollar bike bridge across the harbour in Auckland (let’s face it, it will be over budget, or more likely, never delivered) announced last week, or the Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) roadmap released this week, the message from the State is clear: you will … Read More

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Disaster shows the value of trucks and roads


Once again, this week we saw the lengths truck drivers will go to, to get essential goods where they need to go. Canterbury got to be the region of two halves when flooding compromised the Ashburton River-Hakatere Bridge, closing off State Highway 1 at Ashburton on Tuesday. The route was opened partially on Wednesday and … Read More

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Road safety left behind in Budget rail spend


In last week’s Budget 2021, the Government delivered $1.3 billion to rail, to build trains and boost freight capacity. I always like to take a bit of time to digest the annual Budget and have a good look at where the money is going. It takes time to get past the headlines – in 2020 … Read More

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A clear view of the road ahead


If you are not reading the tea leaves the Government are steeping then let me be clear, employers are facing some big challenges and our industry is going to have to make some changes. Government policies are focused on training New Zealanders for employment before migrants, vastly restricting the number and “skills” of migrants, and … Read More

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Fair Pay Agreements not that fair


In Wellington it’s termed the “Friday dump”, when the Government puts out a press release it doesn’t want too much media attention on. Friday is a bit of an outlier in the media cycle, even in this time of 24-7 news online. Last Friday (7 May), the Government put out such a press release, announcing one … Read More

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Rail plan robs Peter to pay Paul


The Government’s new plan to fund rail from the money we pay for roads is robbing Peter to pay Paul. Yesterday, with much fanfare, the Government released The New Zealand Rail Plan. The original plan was to release the document in August 2020, according to the Cabinet paper released with it, and: “The Rail Plan … Read More

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Team work makes the dream work


Collaboration is a bit of a buzz word, bandied around all too frequently. But I want to tell you a story about genuine collaboration between our industry and government. Yesterday, we launched our Te ara ki tua Road to success industry traineeship in Auckland. We were fortunate to be joined by Social Development and Employment … Read More

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Time to ditch emergency powers and get back to normal


This week, the Road Transport Forum (RTF) appeared before a Parliamentary Select Committee to talk about immigration. The Government wants to extend for another two years its emergency immigration law – the Immigration (Covid-19 Response) Amendment Bill – put in place in May 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic for one year. There … Read More

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Covid system flaws need to be fixed without a blame game


Each day seems to bring more confusion about New Zealand’s roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine, and the safety of our border given the lack of tracking of testing and vaccination for border workers. We can be forgiven for thinking it’s all being made up on the fly. As the biggest vaccination programme ever undertaken … Read More

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Slow driving not the safety solution


Truck drivers see it all out on the road every day. They see things they can prevent with quick action, or help with if they get there on time, but they also arrive first at accident scenes that leaving scarring memories. Driving in New Zealand is a dangerous pastime, as last weekend’s Easter road toll … Read More

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