Thankyou, thankyou…thankyou

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

TRUCK­ING OP­ER­A­TORS AND IN­DUS­TRY or­gan­i­sa­tions joined in cel­e­bra­tions around the coun­try of New Zealand’s rst

in Septem­ber.

e day, or­gan­ised by pub­lisher Al­lied Pub­li­ca­tions, was pro­moted as a way of say­ing thanks to the coun­try’s truck driv­ers – who play a crit­i­cal part in the coun­try’s econ­omy.

Ap­pre­ci­a­tion sta­tions at truck stops and hubs around NZ were buzzing with lots of truck­ies oered free coees, bar­be­cued sausages, gift packs…and praise.

truck­ing and forestry in­dus­try groups and in­di­vid­ual com­pa­nies em­braced the con­cept and staged their own events.

“ ere were a lot of happy driv­ers out there,” says David Aitken, CEO of Na­tional Road Car­ri­ers: “We handed out over 100 sausages in one morn­ing.

“Most of the truck­ies ask where the dona­tion box is – they think we’re fundrais­ing! We say ‘no – to­day’s for you!”

e Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion put on food and drink for driv­ers at the Can­ter­bury A&P show­grounds, with sup­port from ASB As­set Fi­nance.

RTA Can­ter­bury rep Si­mon Car­son says that there was a great turnout: “We had about 80 driv­ers show up and put on some food and drink for them.

“ e re­sponse was re­ally good – some of the re­ac­tions were price­less: ey couldn’t be­lieve some­thing like this was be­ing done just for them.”

Keith McGuire, Auck­land, North Waikato and ames Val­ley RTA area ex­ec­u­tive and Kevin O’Hara from the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Safety Team were based in Kevin’s usual spot in Huntly: “Driv­ers who called in were very happy to come and have a chat for a few min­utes and each left with a bag of good­ies do­nated from road safety part­ners,” says McGuire.

e East­land Wood Coun­cil put on a big do for log truck driv­ers in the Gis­borne/Wairoa area. Says CEO Kim Hol­land: “Driv­ers play an in­te­gral part in keep­ing our econ­omy mov­ing – from the food on your ta­bles, the fuel in your ve­hi­cle, prod­ucts to mar­ket, to the logs for pro­cess­ing.

“ ey do an amaz­ing job, with long hours on the road and of­ten a thank­less task – so this week It was a chance to say thanks to the men and women who drive our trucks!”

Among the road trans­port op­er­a­tors who got be­hind the Week was Ti­maru-based Hilton Haulage, which spent the week cel­e­brat­ing its driv­ers with daily ac­tiv­i­ties day, in­clud­ing free health check­ups, bar­be­cues and free fruit hand­outs.

“We de­cided to make a big deal about be­cause our busi­ness is all about our peo­ple,” says Al­lie McGrath, Hilton’s chief peo­ple oŸcer.

“We do our best to pro­vide the best work­ing en­vi­ron­ment that we can. How­ever, driv­ing of­ten in­volves long hours, reg­u­lar changes to the plan and time away from fam­ily – so we wanted to recog­nise that and say thankyou.” Hilton driv­ers were also en­tered in a draw to win a trip to next year’s


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