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03/11/2017: Blessing ceremony for Fonterra tanker at NorthTec

Fonterra has officially handed over a decommissioned milk tanker to NorthTec in Whangarei, to be used for driver training.

NorthTec kaumātua, Hohepa Rudolph, welcomed officials from Fonterra, NorthTec, other stakeholders and students, and performed the blessing of the new “waka”, naming it Uruao,  “tail of the scorpion” after one of the first great ocean-going waka.

In return, NorthTec Chief Executive, Mark Ewen, presented Barry McColl, Fonterra’s National Transport and Logistics Manager, with a carved wooden paddle.

Darrin Rhodes, Fonterra’s Regional Transport Training Manager for the North Island, presented Mark Ewen with a model of the milk tanker and trailer unit, in acknowledgement of the new partnership.

RTANZ Area Executive Keith McGuire helped organise the handover.

 

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20/11/2017: Survey on level crossings

TrackSAFE NZ is looking for around 1000 truck drivers to sign up to participate in an online survey on level crossings.

The survey is part of a detailed study being undertaken as a collaborative project with NZTA, KiwiRail, and the RTF.

TrackSAFE Foundation NZ Manager Megan Drayton says this will be the first study in New Zealand that specifically takes into account the views of heavy vehicle operators.

“We really hope the insights we get will lead to improvements in safety for truck drivers as they drive over level crossings.”

Since 2010, there have been more than 23 collisions between trains and heavy vehicles. In October this year the driver of a Waste Management truck was killed in a collision with a train in the Bay of Plenty. There have been three other heavy vehicle collisions this year – south of Masterton, at Te Puke, and south of Invercargill.

All participants go into a draw for one of five $200 fuel vouchers.

For more information about the research please email tracksafe@tracksafe.co.nz or phone (04) 498 2010 or visit the TrackSAFE NZ website.

To register directly for the research email or phone Karen on 04 473 1066.