Thanks, Pukerua Bay

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

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 o™er­ing 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.

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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

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