Nick’s Blog

Nick’s Blog


Port move makes no sense


Anyone who has been to Rotterdam in the Netherlands will know it is a port city that embraces both its rich history, and its future as Europe’s largest sea port. Real estate with a view of the port is prized. Government has always considered the enormous economic might of the port in making decisions about … Read More

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Evidence base means better buy-in for change


It’s good when government officials listen to industry. It means better policy and greater buy-in, if people feel they have some control over their own destiny. It’s also good when policy, law, rules and regulations are shaped by robust evidence – it makes for credibility. So, the Road Transport Forum (RTF) is working with Waka … Read More

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Water policy will hurt us all


A strong New Zealand economy relies on a healthy primary sector. If the farmers and growers who produce our food and related primary products are doing well, that positively impacts the whole economy. That includes those in the road freight business of moving those goods around New Zealand and to ports and airports for export, … Read More

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Wellingtonians mere pawns in Government games


I know that most of the country isn’t really that interested in what happens in the capital, but please indulge me for this one blog. As somebody who lives and is passionate about the Wellington region, it makes me irate to see Wellingtonians and their transport issues become pawns in this Government’s ideological games. It … Read More

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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

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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

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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

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Diversity the key to future proofing our workforce


I hear a lot about a shortage of drivers in the road freight industry and the Road Transport Forum is looking to nail down where those shortages are, and what future projections are, so we can work on a sustainable workforce. We also want to ensure our industry’s workforce is ready for whatever the future … Read More

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Road builders in la-la land


I am once again, disappointed – and dismayed – to find Wellington policy makers driving ahead with significant changes to critical infrastructure without fully understanding user needs. This week, I found out that at this late stage of the Manawatū Tararua Highway build – the Manawatū Gorge replacement – the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) … Read More

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Rhetoric rather than action on fuel costs


Last week, we saw the Prime Minister accusing petrol companies of fleecing New Zealanders. She came out all guns blazing, but then said those of us being fleeced will just have to wait for a solution. The report she was so incensed about was after all, just a draft. She will have to wait for … Read More

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