Thanks, Pukerua Bay
THE ROAD TRANSPORT FORUM has made a $1000 donation to the Pukerua Bay School as a thankyou for the support that the local community gave to truckies trapped there by highway closures in October.
“With hundreds of drivers trapped for 16 hours, the Pukerua Bay community took it upon themselves to look after them,” says RTA area executive Sandy Walker,who presented the donation with local operator John Anderson of LG Anderson Transport.
“e locals really stepped up and we’ve heard nothing but praise from our drivers for what the Pukerua Bay residents, school and businesses did to keep them comfortable.
“We’ve received reports of people paying for pizzas out of their own pocket to give to drivers, local shops and residents oering refreshments, and barbeques being red up to feed everyone.e good folk at Capital Journeys were also on hand all day and provided port-a-loos for everyone stranded.”
RTF chairman Neil Reid says that the Pukerua Bay support “once again proves that New Zealanders understand what an important role truck drivers play in our communities, and are appreciative of the challenging job they do.”
e donation, he adds, “is a mere token of our industry’s gratitude.” He says that the NZ Transport Agency also deserves praise for doing its best to keep operators informed during the enforced parkup.
RTF representative John Anderson presents a cheque to Pukerua Bay School deputy principal Andrew Wooster as students and Capital Jour neys’ Darren Varcoe (left) and the RTA’s Sandy Walker look on