Mike Treloar passes
PACIFIC HAULAGE’S MIKE Treloar, one of the New Zealand log transport industry’s stalwarts and colourful characters, died last month.
Mike, who was 68, had a long history in trucking, starting when he left school and took up a diesel mechanic’s apprenticeship with Gough, Gough & Hamer.
He then spent some time in New Guinea and Australia, where he met his wife Nanette.
On returning to NZ, Mike worked for Graham Manson and in the early Eighties, they started TAM Haulage.
In 1985, Calvin Paddon joined them in starting Pacic Haulage in Gisborne.
eir initial four-truck eet has grown into the company’s current eet of 43 Kenworths.
Pacic Haulage co-owner Warwick Wilshier describes Mike as “a great man – and a cornerstone of the East Coast forestry industry.”
He was a strong supporter of the Road Transport Association, and highly respected in the local community.
When Pacic Haulage and Williams & Wilshier opened an impressive new Gisborne base in late 2016, Mayor Meng Foon commended and thanked the two companies for their proactive community input and support of the local workforce – and for working closely with the council and local businesses on the project.
He spoke of the positive impact the two businesses have on the region and thanked them for choosing “our town” to make it happen in.
Mike had a love of Kenworth trucks. In his words: “Is there any other brand?”
He leaves Nanette, their two daughters, Vikki and Tania, and four grandchildren.