Mike Treloar passes

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

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 Paci†c Haulage in Gis­borne.

ˆeir ini­tial four-truck Šeet has grown into the com­pany’s cur­rent Šeet of 43 Ken­worths.

Paci†c 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 Paci†c 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.


Mike Treloar

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