Top Truck May 2017 - Bulldog Warriors

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Together these two Super-Liners look very staunch, and catch the eye from any angle or position.

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.

Many would say a 685hp Mack Super-Liner looks tough already, but add in a custom-made grille and airbrushing on the bonnet, and this truck, along with its stablemate, really do create a showpiece for Auckland-based Complete Siteworks Company Ltd.

Company owner Pera Te Amo was introduced to the transport industry through his dad, who worked for Direct Transport back in the day, operating out of Taneatua. As Pera says, “It’s been in the blood ever since”.

Pera comes from a large family of 14, made up of 11 boys and three girls. The siblings lost their mother to cancer 35 years ago and honouring his mother and her memory has been the driving force for Pera, always striving to get ahead and do
well.

Pera completed an apprenticeship at Ken Wenman in Palmerston North, and then worked at Central Freightlines, where he was swiftly given a lesson in timber cartage from brothers Victor and Tu Nikora, along with the Mack man himself, Lindsay Taylor. By this time Pera had also been introduced to earthmoving through machine owners and operators Ray and Brian Roil. Pera also cited civil engineer Cliff Irwin as being someone always willing to share knowledge and help him, contributing hugely to who he is today.

Complete Siteworks Company Ltd is ‘steered’ day-to-day by Pera’s youngest brother Huia, with help from his little sister Rangimarie and two brothers, Thomas and Russell. This has allowed Pera to realise a lifelong achievement by attending school and gaining his civil and structural engineering degree. 

Prior to buying the two Super-Liners Pera acquired an old John Pinel E9 Mack Ultra Liner that was reworked by Mack supremo Colin Hooper and turned into an 8-wheeler transporter. So when Pera needed to add a couple of trucks to his fleet at short notice, Motor Truck Distributors supplied the first 685hp Mack Super-Liner tipper in the country fitted with an integrated sleeper, and this truck was recently joined by the second identical unit.

Before the Mack Super-Liners hit the road they each had a custom grille fabricated and fitted by Hamilton Sheck from Mills-Tui. Each grille includes tribal names that represent Pera’s and his parents’ iwi affiliation (Tuhoe/Ngati Porou), and Pera’s wife and her parents (Tainui).

The other standout feature on both trucks is the airbrushing work applied by Warren Houston from Rotorua. Each of the Macks have New Zealand Warrior players airbrushed on both sides of their bonnet, which represents the passion both Pera and his family share for the team and the game of rugby league as a whole.

Airbrushing
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck airbrushing on the driver's side.

John, Hamilton and Jeff from Mills-Tui in Rotorua have worked tirelessly on both trucks, missing nothing out, right down to the last flashing light – of which there are plenty. Pera is extremely happy to be associated with the team at Motor Truck Distributors. “Mike and Murray have been awesome to deal with, they’re really passionate about the product they sell,” Pera says.

Along with the 685hp MP10 engines, both Macks run a Maxi-Shift mDRIVE transmission, which complements the Auckland traffic mayhem nicely as they cart mainly aggregate and waste to landfills from Complete Siteworks Company Ltd projects. The trucks will shift south to Wellington this year, so keep your eyes peeled for the Bulldog Warriors in the nation’s capital.

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