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Border rethink required to meet skilled worker demand
Posted on 15-Jan-2021

Armed with the knowledge that managing Covid-19 in New Zealand is now a long-haul project, it is time for the Government to re-think its approach to the border. As possibly the last place on earth to get any kind of mass population vaccination coverage – we don’t even have a plan for that yet – we cannot have the level of border closure we’ve got indefinitely. Flexibility and clever thinking need to replace rigidity and rules that don’t always make sense. Appropriate levels of risk profiling need to be applied. I do not want to start a barrage f.. ...

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Welcome to 2021
Posted on 14-Jan-2021

Christmas / New Year have been and gone in a flash and I welcome you all back to work, well at least the ones that managed to get some time off. I would also like to thank all the hard-working operators, drivers, dispatch and loading staff that worked through and kept our country going while the rest of us got a holiday. As we all know our Christmas holidays would not have been anywhere near as enjoyable if trucks stopped and there was no fuel or the supermarket shelves were empty. This makes me look forward to the Truck Driver appreciation week coming up in February (22nd-28th) whe.. ...

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CEAC Wants Kiwirail's Future to be NZ Government Railways, Again Under Direct Ministerial Control - As It Was For 100yrs
Posted on 14-Jan-2021

Kiwirail’s future as a commercial state-owned enterprise (SOE) may be numbered in the wake of the impact of the Covid pandemic, a government document suggests. Ministers have asked the Treasury and the Ministry of Transport to consider Kiwirail’s “entity form”, a briefing paper released by Treasury on Tuesday Dec 15 2020 stated. The report states “Public benefit expectations and public funding of KiwiRail are increasing and so the SOE Act may not provide sufficient levers to achieve ministers’ ownership objectives for KiwiRail,” the department ad.. ...

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GM to Launch ‘Last mile’ EV Van
Posted on 14-Jan-2021

General Motors has announced a new business, BrightDrop, which will offer an ecosystem of electric first-to-last-mile products, software and services to empower delivery and logistics companies to move goods more efficiently. These BrightDrop solutions are designed to help businesses lower costs, maximize productivity, improve employee safety and freight security, and support overall sustainability efforts. "BrightDrop offers a smarter way to deliver goods and services," said Mary Barra GM Chairman and CEO. "We are building on our significant expertise in electrification, mobility applic.. ...

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Z Bio D biodiesel now available at the pump
Posted on 14-Jan-2021

Renewable transport energy in New Zealand is making progress, with biodiesel now on retail sale and approval granted for 85% ethanol blends in petrol, Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee said today. "From today Mobil becomes the first company in New Zealand to sell a biodiesel blend at the pump," he said. Mobil's B5 blend (5% biodiesel blended with ordinary mineral diesel) went on sale today on a trial basis in the Bay of Plenty region. The biodiesel in Mobil's B5 blend is sourced from tallow, a by-product of meat processing. "This trial provides another cho.. ...

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