Te­hau Spark


WAIT­ING at Robert’s Point on Bruny Is­land to catch the Eubalena back to Ket­ter­ing re­cently, we were de­lighted when a cou­ple of trucks from Adrian Ben­nett, of Out­back Truck­ers fame, rolled up to catch the same ferry.

Well hap­pily Te­hau Spark from Mid­dle­ton, though orig­i­nally from Gis­borne in New Zealand, found time for a cou­ple of words and a photo when he got out of Adrian’s 1998 Fleet­liner tip­per, with an E6 454 Mack up front.

He and Adrian were on their way back to Ranelagh after spend­ing a day work­ing at Cloudy Bay, and he smil­ingly said “the boss is good, the truck is a good rig, and they are a great out­fit!”

Te­hau has been with them now for two years, and he says he en­joys the job, which is al­ways in­ter­est­ing and with a lot of va­ri­ety.

“We are usu­ally out in the bush, but we spent the day fix­ing up the road at Cloudy Bay to­day.”

“I have been in Aus­tralia now for 20 years, the last five or six of them here in Tas­ma­nia, and I am lov­ing it. Pre­vi­ously I was a fish­er­man, but I am en­joy­ing work­ing out in the bush, and now I am hop­ing I will be on a com­ing episode of

Out­back Truck­ers,” he said. We asked him how he spent his time off, and he said he en­joyed spend­ing time with the fam­ily, and still en­joys go­ing out do­ing some fish­ing.

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