Budget 2017 will invest $548 million of new capital funding to maintain and upgrade New Zealand’s rail network, supporting freight movement, exporters, tourism and public transport, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. $450 million of that funding will be invested in KiwiRail over the next two financial years.

Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley has welcomed a new school curriculum resource developed to help teach safety around trucks. The curriculum resource was developed by NZTA with input from the RTA and is designed to provide learning activities that have as their basis the practical setting of truck safety.

Following on from the integration of Moller Johnson Limited and McCurdy Engineering Limited into McCurdy Trucks, a new website is now up and running.

Uber started with the simple idea of pressing a button and getting a ride, and now it’s moving into the trucking industry, aiming to empower truck drivers and small trucking companies to run and grow their business.


Born and raised in Australia, Dean Lever tried hard not to follow in his Dad’s trucking footsteps and joined the Navy, but in 1989 he realised where his roots lay and spent the next 13 years on interstate work driving tippers carting metal. Making his way over the ditch to the top of the South Island 14 years ago, he landed himself a job as a fork-hoist driver for TNL in Blenheim.

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The Slingos have had Mack trucks working in their operation in one form or another for more than 50 years and have recently taken delivery of a new 685hp Super-Liner coupled to an mDRIVE transmission with the new HD option.

Complete Siteworks Company Ltd have recently added a second Mack Super-Liner to their ever-growing fleet of eyecatching, head-turning, showstopping trucks, so it’s only fitting we feature both as this month’s Top Trucks.

The launch of a new Kenworth model is a major event for the transport industry. Kenworth has the ability to create new models without sacrificing tradition, and New Zealand Trucking was at the launch to find out if the T610 lives up to the marketing line of ‘Our best truck yet’.

As well as being the birthplace of Ernest Rutherford, Brightwater in the Tasman region of the South Island is home to AC Palmer & Sons, a well-respected family transport operation that’s just taken its long history of serving the district to a new level with the addition of a magnificent Kenworth K200.