If you know someone who is constantly outdoors and in danger of breaking or drowning their mobile phone, the rugged Cat S60 smartphone from Caterpillar Inc. is worth a closer look.

Ensuring that their millions of customers can get what they want is critical to Foodstuffs North Island, and equally important is the ability to transport products efficiently and economically. To achieve this, Foodstuffs has partnered with JDA Software, Inc. to deploy JDA Transportation Management across its transportation business.

An important step toward a new two-lane bridge across the Clutha River on State Highway 8 at Beaumont in Otago has been marked with the awarding of a design contract, says NZ Transport Agency projects team manager Simon Underwood. The existing 134 year-old single-lane bridge, one of the oldest on the highway network and a critical link on SH8 between Milton and Roxburgh in Central Otago, is nearing the end of its economic life.

Efforts to ease the driver shortage in the road transport industry have attracted significant numbers of female students to a Commercial Road Transport Programme being held at Manukau Institute of Technology. The course, the first of its kind at MIT, aims to have students graduating with learner’s class 4 driving licenses. Similar courses are already running at Toi Ohomai Polytechnic at Tauranga; North Tec, Whangarei; Eastern Institute of Technology at Gisborne; Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua and Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill. National Road Carriers Association is encouraging its members to support CRT courses as well as attract under 25-year-olds to the industry.


Roy Boothey ’s association with Volvo trucks began 36 years ago when he first sat behind the wheel of a Volvo F86 on a farm in the Williams area of the Western Australian wheat belt. After 20 years on the farm, Roy joined the Derek Murray team in 2001 and has stayed there ever since. During this time he has progressed up through the big banger range of Volvos from the 520, to a 610, a 580, right up to his current 600, which was the first new generation FH to join the fleet.

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‘Cans’ are the go-to for the bulk of freight moved around the globe. The Port of Rotterdam is the gateway to continental Europe. From old it has been of great importance to the economy, but the more so since the first container shipments began in the mid-1960s. The method of packing goods in a steel box conquered the world and in 1966 this led to the start of the Europe Container Terminals (ECT) in Rotterdam.

Ohingaiti’s once again on the trucking map. It’s now home to Charm’s B&B & Truck Stop Diner After Charmaine (Charm) Dupre bought the old Ohingaiti pub last year she quickly set about getting it back in shape and turning it into Charm’s B&B & Truck Stop Diner. Charm had been farming for eight years in Wanganui with her husband, but when he died three years ago she found it difficult finding work there.

By the mid-1920s the purchase of vehicles sourced from Britain is plain to see. A Leyland truck advertisement in the 20 May 1921 edition of The Evening Post listing local users of the brand said the P. & T. had 17. The advert said: “Leylands are of true British quality and reliability

Central Machine Hire Ltd is a long-standing locally owned Central Otago company that started back in 1973 with one bulldozer, working around the region on local high country farms. Excavators were added to cover an increasing workload that included the Cardrona Ski Field road, ongoing construction work between Hawea and Makarora on SH6 (Haast road), and the Tarras irrigation scheme. A 1974 R-Model Mack was also purchased from North Otago Road Metals of Oamaru to tow a transporter.