Second report released for Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy

The Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy working group that is undertaking a comprehensive review of New Zealand’s freight and logistics sector for the upper North Island has released its second interim report that provides some options and analysis.

Auckland mayor says more work needed on port strategy

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the second interim report released by the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy working group does not sufficiently consider the costs and benefits to Auckland of relocating its waterfront port.

Let’s Get Wellington Moving meets with industry on large projects

Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) met with more than 250 representatives of the professional services industry in Auckland and Wellington in mid-October to brief them on the large components of the $6.4 billion programme and LGWM’s upcoming business case work.

Marine electrification fund recipients announced

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has announced that low-emission marine transport projects will receive a boost to the tune of $800,000.

Mechanical muscle for Ferry Basin redevelopment

Auckland’s Downtown Waterfront programme is now in full swing with some serious mechanical muscle doing the heavy lifting in the Ferry Basin.

Main North Line restoration project wins major international award

Work by KiwiRail and its project partners in the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery alliance (NCTIR), to restore the railway line between Picton and Christchurch devastated by the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, has won a prestigious North American rail industry award.

National Road Carriers thanks NZ’s certifying engineers

National Road Carriers Association has offered up a huge vote of thanks to the country’s heavy vehicle specialist certifying engineers who make an outstanding contribution to the industry to keep NZ trucks and trailers safe on the road.

Record cruise season forecast for 2019/2020

The first week of October marked the beginning of a record-breaking summer cruise season, according to the New Zealand Cruise Association.

$3.5 million safety boost for key South Island freight route

A high-risk stretch of state highway in North Canterbury has had a $3.5 million safety boost, with new rumble strips, safety barriers, signage and bridge barrier upgrades now in place.

Customs processes and risk assesses a record 14.46 million international passengers

NZ Customs processed and risk assessed a record 14.46 million international passengers in the year to 30 June 2019 – an increase of 3.5% compared to the previous 12 months.

Exciting road ahead for Cohesio as Körber AG acquires a majority stake

International technology group Körber AG has strengthened its Business Area Logistics Systems division by acquiring a majority stake in Cohesio Group.

From vine to vessel

Container export of kiwifruit is a step closer for Gisborne’s leading packhouse NZ Fruits, now that it leases an Eastland Port cool store.

Crown secures 100% of the MHE market on Stewart Island

Crown has delivered a 3.5 tonne forklift to tourism operator Real Journeys at their Oban office on Stewart Island – a delivery that was fraught with logistical challenges and a contract requiring some ‘out of the box’ thinking for ongoing servicing and maintenance.

Logistics startups ready to take on the challenge of going global

Eleven promising startups from throughout New Zealand have graduated from the Sprint Global programme run by ecentre, the business incubator hosted at Massey University, with supply chain management and logistics startups featuring strongly.

Alpine Fault reality drives unified quake response – By Iain MacIntyre

New appreciation that a magnitude 8 earthquake recurs at roughly a 300-year frequency on the Alpine Fault – where the last rupture occurred in 1717 – has stimulated the rapid development of a collective South Island plan of response and resilience.

The death of diesel? – By Nigel Parry

Will decarbonisation of transport syphon the diesel from your tank any time soon? The government are gunning for us. The Zero Carbon Bill, along with other statements and initiatives, shows that they are expecting us to clean up our act.

The Forklift Games are coming

The Forklift Games, which are being organised by The Forklift Association (TFA), are bringing back the tradition of allowing forklift drivers from across the country to compete for the title of New Zealand’s best.

New laws to help drone use take flight – By Chris Dann

New Zealand is said to be a ‘world leader’ in the unmanned aircraft (drones) sector due to our good reputation as a safety regulator, our ‘open for business’ mentality and our risk-based regulatory regime. However, with the unique risks posed by drones, the frequent recent instances of recreational drones operating in contravention of civil aviation law, and the need for drones to be able to operate beyond the visual line of sight to deliver their full potential, our current laws may not be fit for purpose.

Grant Buckingham – “It’s the people side of things that keeps you awake at night”

Keen to find a full-time job so that he didn’t have to go back to school, Grant Buckingham applied for a wide range of jobs – and freight forwarding just happened to be the one that worked out. This is his story.