After 30 years spent working for Northland’s flagship trucking company, United Carriers – looking after its loyal local customers – Doug Wilson hated it when big, Aussie-based corporate Toll took over.
He’d happily worked his way up from tyre fitter to dispatching and managing some divisions of the 220-strong fleet by the time the Toll Group bought the 65-year-old company outright, in 2008.
He tried to adapt to working under the new corporate regime, but sums up: “When Toll took over I thought ‘nah – not for me.’ Toll were only interested in big customers and none of the small ones.”
Within a year he quit – and established Northern Rural Haulage. It was a company founded on the basis of looking after the locals.
Even better than that – it would be run by a local, who knew the Northland farming ...
It seems perfectly understandable that, after 35 years behind the wheel, career truckie Kevin O’Brien last year took the opportunity to get out of a truck…and into the office.
Understandable….particularly since he’d been driving for the same company all that time – and he’d been carting logs into the same sawmill every working day.
Understandable….even more so because, for the past 14 years, he’d been the co-owner of the company. And the Hautapu Haulage fleet had grown to 10 trucks – a big number to be organising every day from behind the wheel of one of them.
So here we are now….and Kev’s in his happy place. Yep, back behind the wheel of one of the company’s Scanias – and loving it.
Because – logical, sensible, understandable though it may have been – the move into the of...
Say that you’d like to leave loving memories behind you when you’re gone from this world….and you’ll likely not find many who’d wish otherwise.
But saying it is one thing. Achieving that high ideal is a rare and special thing.
Well, Marlborough transport operator, the late Ian Higgins, achieved that...and so much more. That’s something that’s very evident in his living legacy – a trucking company like few others.
Renwick Transport is a place where irreverent banter melds seamlessly with obvious and heartfelt respect, where grief for a great man taken before his time lies very close to the surface – yet does little to muffle the peals of laughter that punctuate conversations….
And where the concept of family is not only spoken of but also lived out in all its rambunctious variety and tolerance.<...