Road trumps rail to meet customer demands

The 2017-18 National Freight Demand Study was released, without fanfare, a couple of weeks ago. This is the first such study in five years and it’s a significant reminder of just how important road transport is to the New Zealand economy. It’s important to get it straight up front, New Zealand’s freight network works best … Read More


Lack of investment in roads will cost us all

We continue to see evidence of the importance of roads in New Zealand. We have a geographically challenging country and the way we all connect to one another is via roads – 93,000 kilometres of them. Last week, the 2017-18 National Freight Demand Study was released, showing road transport is the major mode of travel … Read More


Spend that cash

On Tuesday, the Government slapped itself on the back and congratulated itself on a massive $7.5 billion surplus – the biggest surplus since 2008 prior to the global financial crisis. This is against a backdrop of the lowest business confidence since just after that global financial crisis; a massive dive in rural confidence tagged to … Read More



Embracing the changing face of road transport

Last night on Newstalk ZB, when Heather du Plessis Allan was promoting her guest, a truck driver who won the EROAD Young Driver of the Year at this week’s NZ Road Transport Industry Awards, she said “and they are not going to be what you’d expect”. As she introduced the winner, she reiterated that she … Read More


Growing divide impacts mental health

There seems to be a divide growing in New Zealand and it is impacting the mental health and wellbeing of many. The Government ideology and the judgement that comes with that, leaves large chunks of society on the outer and subject to often quite confrontational aggression – both in person and on line. There seems … Read More


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