Hokonui Rural Transport Ltd News Feed http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz Hokonui Rural Transport Ltd TOP TRUCK - SMOOTH AS WHISKY under the Hokonuishttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/9/TOP-TRUCK-SMOOTH-AS-WHISKY-under-the-Hokonuis<h3>Credit to NZ Trucking Magazine for the article<br /> <br /> TOP TRUCK - SMOOTH AS WHISKY under the Hokonuis</h3> <blockquote> <p>A livery synonymous with rural cartage in Southland has just put its second Scania on the road &ndash; this time HRT has gone big, safe, smart, and comfortable &ndash; the latter meaning for all the occupants!</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smooth as whisky with a punch to match pretty much sums up the latest acquisition for Gore&rsquo;s Hokonui Rural Transport (HRT). The company is known for having a mix of brands making up its 20-strong truck fleet. All the trucks are charged with servicing the rural sector in some way or other. This month&rsquo;s Top Truck is the second Scania in the company&rsquo;s colours, the first being a spreader. Managing director Adam Waghorn weighed up several things before getting the Scania across the line. Price, backup service and reliability are your main tick-box items on the list, but for Adam, driver comfort, safety, and the ability to get a low chassis height were just as important. Hokonui Rural Transport is a joint venture between Adam and the HWR group, so it&rsquo;s not easy getting something outside the normal into the fleets, but the safety features on the R620 fitted right in with what HWR requires, operator safety being high on the list of requirements.</p> <p><br /> <em>Photo:&nbsp;Thanks to tech, materials, craftsmanship, and pride from the likes of Transport Engineering Southland and Delta&nbsp;Stockcrates, trailers today are co-stars rather than bland &lsquo;ole mate out the back that simply carries the load.</em></p> <p>&ldquo;The tare isn&rsquo;t bad for a high roof sleeper cab Euro, coming in at just under 25 tonne. It weighs the same as the sleeper cab K200 Kenworth on the same work, with the lightweight leader being the Argosys at just under a tonne leaner than the other two,&rdquo; says Adam, who points out that the weight was a small price to pay for the driver comfort and safety. The Scania does have some additional stainless steel for extra eye appeal, and highly rated Steve Keast from Transport Engineering Southland Ltd (TES) in Invercargill has done his best to keep the weight down without skimping on the shiny stuff either. The beautifully built trailer and monocoque deck carry equally impressive Delta crates. All HRT crates are Delta units, as their workmanship is hard to fault. The step-decked trailer and crates were chosen to give the cattle more back room. In a region now teeming with dairy farms, carting cattle is a huge part of the business, and having the best options available to carry them is important. Scania invited transport operators throughout New Zealand to Geelong in Australia to test drive the Scania, and Adam was impressed with the standard spec and the new Opticruise GRSO905R 14-speed gearbox, with its increased shift speed over the previous version.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 620 V8 Euro 5 went to Cliff Mannington&rsquo;s Truck Signs in Tauranga where they worked their magic on the truck. From there it went to HRT, its new driver Adam English, and then straight onto milk cartage, common for new HWR Group trucks. After 70,000km in that work it was set up with its new crates and trailer. Adam English learnt the transport game the right way, and he says piloting the big Scandinavian is a pleasure. Coming out of high school at 17, he went to HRT washing out sheep crates before obtaining his class 2. He started doing flea (small truck) work around Eastern Southland, while still washing out crates, and then gained his class 4 and 5 licences. An FH 460 Volvo was the first big mount, followed by an FH 540 with I-Shift, then a new Freightliner Argosy with a 5-axle trailer in 2013. He ran that to 600,000km after six years before he went onto the new R620 V8. He&rsquo;s been with HRT for 10 years now and is happy to be there for another 10 years. For him, the Scania is the pinnacle. A bit of driver training from Scania&rsquo;s driver training supremo Chris Foot, and from there, he set the truck up to suit himself. &ldquo;Everything about this truck is just 10 times better than anything I&rsquo;ve driven. It&rsquo;s 10 times more comfortable, more powerful, has better retardation, and better fuel economy,&rdquo; he says. Adaptive Cruise Control makes life behind the wheel a dream, and at the end of the day he doesn&rsquo;t feel like dropping off to sleep on the couch after dinner. The R4100D retarder is one of the best when it comes to keeping the service brakes fresh.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The truck looks great on the outside and Adam is equally spoilt by the inside. He removed the carpet for a more user-friendly vinyl in the cab, which made sense for livestock work. Add in a great bed, plenty of room in the cab to stand up in, and no shortage of storage, and you can see why he is happy to spend as much time as possible in here. Adam operates the Opticruise AMT in the standard mode to get the best fuel economy, and is always looking for ways to get the most out of the engine. Little adjustments lead to big gains. Everything the Scania does seems effortless, and Adam is surrounded by some of the best safety features of any truck on the market. Adam Waghorn has specced the unit with Wabco TailGUARD just to make backing safer.</p> <p>The system stops the truck dead if it senses something in the way when backing. It also lessens any impact in its line of work, protecting the rear of the truck or trailer as well as the livestock ramps. The HRT Scania is a standout in a region swamped with standout gear. There is an attention to detail with the way this truck looks that is not lost on either of the Adams. The new generation Scanias are proving popular, and the Hokonui unit with its step deck trailer, a design style in vogue currently, is not only receiving fleeting glances, but also hands-on-hip nods of approval from those in the industry. It remains to be seen what Adam Waghorn purchases next. Only time will tell.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>FAST FACTS<br /> Engine: DC16 115 L01 V8<br /> Capacity: 16.4 litre<br /> Power/torque: 462kW (620hp), 3000Nm (2213lb/ft)<br /> Emissions: Euro 5 (SCR)<br /> Transmission: 14-speed Opticruise GRSO905R<br /> Clutch: K432 26 Automatic<br /> Retarder: Scania TMS R4100D 5-stage<br /> Rear Axle: Scania RBP662 with full lockup/load transfer<br /> Suspension: Front springs/rear air<br /> Extras: Dura-Bright wheels, lighting, stainless guard, Wabco TailGUARD</p>1599220800http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/9/TOP-TRUCK-SMOOTH-AS-WHISKY-under-the-Hokonuishttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz277TOP TRUCK - SMOOTH AS WHISKY under the Hokonuishttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/9/TOP-TRUCK-SMOOTH-AS-WHISKY-under-the-Hokonuis Proud to be an NZTA 5 Star Operatorhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/10/Proud-to-be-an-NZTA-5-Star-Operator<p>The Operator Rating System (ORS) is a system that aims to improve the safety of heavy vehicles on our roads, making journeys safer for all.</p> <p>It is one of the tools that the NZ Transport Agency and New Zealand Police use to identify potentially higher-risk operators for further investigation and assistance to improve their safety practices, and auditing and targeting purposes.</p> <p>The ORS provides an environment for willing compliance, encouraging transport operators to make their vehicles and driving practices as safe as possible, and to comply with their regulatory obligations that contribute to safety.<br /> Similar to a restaurant or hotel rating, the ORS scores range from between one and five stars, based on how you have been assessed in safety-related events over a given 24-month time frame.<br /> <br /> Click here to find out more about how ORS benefits our customers&nbsp;<a href="https://nzta.govt.nz/commercial-driving/operator-rating-system-ors/what-is-the-ors/">https://nzta.govt.nz/commercial-driving/operator-rating-system-ors/what-is-the-ors/</a></p>1567252800http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/10/Proud-to-be-an-NZTA-5-Star-Operatorhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nzProud to be an NZTA 5 Star Operatorhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/10/Proud-to-be-an-NZTA-5-Star-Operator BOLD... and a winnerhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/7/BOLD-and-a-winnerONE OF THE PRIMARY FUNCTIONS OF A TRUCKING fleet&rsquo;s colour scheme is to highlight the company&rsquo;s brand, and this is what the winner of the 2016/2017<br /> PPG Transport Imaging Awards achieves in style. On the road,<br /> the trucks of Southland&rsquo;s Hokonui Rural Transport are hard <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>to mistake. Even from the front, where many colour schemes</td> </tr> <tr> <td>can be anonymous, the yellow &lsquo;HRT&rsquo; and its bold under-flash</td> </tr> <tr> <td>make for instant recognition.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>And from the side there&rsquo;s no confusion at all, courtesy not</td> </tr> <tr> <td>only of the company logo repeated large on crate or body</td> </tr> <tr> <td>sides but also the ribbon-like yellow stripes that adorn the</td> </tr> <tr> <td>cabs. In contrast to the aerodynamic swoop of most side</td> </tr> <tr> <td>stripes, these are bold, geometric...and impossible to mistake.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tis characteristic gained across-the-board approval from</td> </tr> <tr> <td>the Awards voting panel, comprising PPG NZ&rsquo;s general</td> </tr> <tr> <td>manager Dave White and the company&rsquo;s commercial vehicle</td> </tr> <tr> <td>manager Mark Brearley, the Road Transport Forum&rsquo;s Mark</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ngatuere, Allied Publications managing director Trevor</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Woolston and NZ Truck &amp; Driver magazine editor Wayne</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Munro.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>As Mark Brearley put it in his judge&rsquo;s comments: &ldquo;Te bold</td> </tr> <tr> <td>yellow lines and logo make for a very clean looking scheme.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> I believe the new look HRT has the right blend of an old<br /> school look and a modern twist. Te yellow stripe really<br /> makes it stand out.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> His thoughts were echoed by Trevor Woolston: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s bright<br /> and stands out well,&rdquo; he commented.<br /> Dave White was impressed by the design&rsquo;s white, yellow<br /> and sea green primary colours: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a nice combination, and<br /> offers up a good looking livery.&rdquo; <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>For Wayne Munro, the fundamentals of the HRT scheme</td> </tr> <tr> <td>lie in its visual strength: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not the most beautiful livery,</td> </tr> <tr> <td>but certainly one of the most striking, with bold branding to</td> </tr> <tr> <td>the front and sides.&rdquo;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Te HRT scheme emerged a winner from the strong</td> </tr> <tr> <td>feld of monthly fnalists that have been featured over the</td> </tr> <tr> <td>past year, heading off Rorisons RMD and Switzers Valley</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Transport, who tied on the voting tally.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>HRT&rsquo;s manager, Adam Waghorn, credits Cliff</td> </tr> <tr> <td>McDermott from Invercargill&rsquo;s McDermott Signs with a</td> </tr> <tr> <td>lot of the inspiration for the current design, the result of an</td> </tr> <tr> <td>extensive makeover in 2013. Te company was formed in</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2001 when the rural part of Hokonui Haulage was split off,</td> </tr> <tr> <td>to become a member of the HWR Group, with Hokonui</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Haulage continuing as an independent entity. At the time</td> </tr> <tr> <td>HRT dropped the yellow chassis colour that&rsquo;s still a Hokonui</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Haulage trademark, but retained the three main colours</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> with white above and below a broad central blue-green band,<br /> and narrower yellow keylines. &lsquo;Hokonui Rural&rsquo; replaced the<br /> &lsquo;Hokonui&rsquo; across the front, in very similar lettering.<br /> Te 2013 redesign dropped the front Hokonui Rural<br /> name, leaving only the logo above, and made the yellow side<br /> stripes much more prominent, with sharply defned central<br /> flashes, plus a vertical arc at the back of the cabs encasing<br /> more of the green. Suddenly, the fleet had a unique and very<br /> distinctive identity.<br /> However, the boldness and comparative complexity of the<br /> design carries its challenges, admits Adam Waghorn: &ldquo;With<br /> each different truck model it needs quite a bit of work to<br /> get just right. With the Space Cab DAF CF85s we put on<br /> recently we were worried there might be too much green...<br /> but in the end I think we got it right.&rdquo;<br /> Te process with each new model is a collabarative one<br /> with Cliff McDermott, he explains: &ldquo;I do some doodling,<br /> Cliff comes up with a basic design, and we put the ideas<br /> together. Ten he marks it all out on tape on the truck, and<br /> we go down and have a look and a discussion. We fnd that<br /> hands-on approach gives you a really good idea of how it<br /> will look.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Bold doesn&rsquo;t mean the details are overlooked, either. Te<br /> trucks all carry discreet scrollwork and pinstriping, in the<br /> same grey colour used on the chassis.<br /> For all the cleverness and impact of the colour scheme&rsquo;s<br /> design, Adam reckons it would be wasted if the trucks<br /> weren&rsquo;t kept clean: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a credit to our staff. Tey take pride<br /> in keeping the trucks looking good. Tat&rsquo;s not easy with stock<br /> work, but they put in a real effort, and it shows.&rdquo;<br /> HRT&rsquo;s success in this year&rsquo;s Awards has many echoes of<br /> last year&rsquo;s winner, Ryal Bush Transport. Both are Southland<br /> frms, both owned in partnership with the HWR Group...<br /> and both fleets use McDermott Signs for their signwriting<br /> and the neighbouring Bob Christie Ltd for their painting.<br /> Proof of the adaptability of the HRT scheme can be<br /> seen in its successful application not only on three different<br /> highway cabover models currently in the fleet &ndash; Freightliner<br /> Argosy, DAF CF and Kenworth K200 &ndash; but also the<br /> company&rsquo;s Mercedes-Benz Axor sowers. With the sowers&rsquo;<br /> limited cab side space the stripes could have tipped the looks<br /> into caricature, but they work well.<br /> And given the range of brands already within the fleet,<br /> Adam&rsquo;s not ruling out having to go through the finetuning process again sometime soon if the<br /> next new truck is from another brand<br /> yet again.&nbsp;<br /> Courtesy of Truck and Driver1501502400http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/7/BOLD-and-a-winnerhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz254BOLD... and a winnerhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/7/BOLD-and-a-winner Long Service and End of Season Staff Functionhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/8/Long-Service-and-End-of-Season-Staff-FunctionGreat night on friday at our end of season staff function. We also had some long service awards to celebrate within the business congratulations to the recipients<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Paul Barbour 10 year service<br /> Barry Haugh 10 year service<br /> Bob Voigt 30 year service<br /> Wayne MacGregor 35 year service<br /> Allan Clarke 40 year service<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And Doug McDiarmid received recognition from the Road Transport Association for his outstanding contribution to the road transport industry for 50 years continued serviced.1499947200http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/8/Long-Service-and-End-of-Season-Staff-Functionhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz256Long Service and End of Season Staff Functionhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/8/Long-Service-and-End-of-Season-Staff-Function Young Gore truckie takes out top prizehttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/6/Young-Gore-truckie-takes-out-top-prizeMore than 18 hours of polishing and five cans of tyre shine is what you need to take out the title of King Rig, a young truckie has learned.<br /> <br /> Bradley Curtis, a 19-year-old truck driver for Hokonui Rural Transport, was named the winner of the King Rig competition during the Invercargill Truck Parade on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Curtis, who is in the process of achieving his heavy transport licenses, said he got just two hours sleep in the days leading up to the parade, having spent so much time getting the truck ready to put on show.<br /> <br /> &quot;It was just one of the ones in the fleet I kind of liked.&quot;<br /> <br /> He spent six hours polishing the stock crate, and about 12 hours on the eight truck wheels and 10 trailer wheels.<br /> <br /> Curtis also took out the title of Best Kenworth truck.<br /> <br /> The young truckie said he would encourage all young people to give truck driving a go.<br /> <br /> &quot;It&#39;s really cool. You get to see different parts of the country all the time. It&#39;s an honest living.&quot;<br /> <br /> Curtis&#39; manager Adam Waghorn said Curtis&#39; win was a great achievement for &quot;the young fella&quot;.<br /> <br /> Hokonui Rural Transport had &quot;picked&quot; Curtis up while he was studying at the Southern Institute of Technology, and offered him a fulltime job, Waghorn said.<br /> <br /> &quot;It&#39;s great to see the younger ones coming through. And he just takes so much pride in his gear.&quot;<br /> <br /> Invercargill Truck Parade organiser Mark Purdue said about 130 trucks were entered for judging in the competition, while about 150 trucks cruised through the city for the parade.<br /> <br /> Judging for the King Rig award was based on the presentation of the truck, including cleanliness, bling, and wow factor, Purdue said.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &quot;You look for the time an effort [the driver spent on it], how clean the interior is, whether the outside was clean and tidy, and if the exhaust is tidy and shiny.&quot;<br /> <br /> No stone was left by the judges, who would check under floor mats and sun visors for dust, he said.<br /> <br /> Purdue said Curtis was &quot;absolutely over the moon&quot; when he was named the winner.<br /> <br /> It was great to see a young driver taking pride in his vehicle, he said.<br /> <br /> The trucking industry was trying to show school-aged kids that driving was a viable career choice, Purdue said.<br /> <br /> &quot;It&#39;s not just being a truck driver, you could be a dispatcher, or an accountant for a company.<br /> <br /> &quot;The problem with the shortage of drivers in Southland ... is that it takes three years to get your HT [heavy traffic] licenses.&quot;<br /> <br /> Earlier in the weekend, 18 different companies offered up a truck each to take children for a ride.<br /> <br /> Purdue said more than 230 kids showed up, with one of the most popular choices a concrete truck.<br /> <br /> FULL RESULTS<br /> King Rig - Bradley Curtis, of Hokonui Rural Transport.<br /> Runner-up - Cole Frew, of Eden Haulage<br /> Best new truck<br /> Under 20,000kms - &#39;Dirty&#39;, of Switzer Valley Transport<br /> 20,000 - 100,000 kms - &#39;Big Al&#39;, of Central Southland Freight<br /> 100,000 - 300,000kms - Ken, of Toll<br /> 300,000 - 600,000kms - Colin Wallace, of Eden Haulage<br /> 600,000 - 1millionkms - Garreth, of Dixon Transport<br /> Best fleet - Eden Haulage<br /> Longest Distance Travelled &nbsp;- Vaughan Peart, of Brenics<br /> Shiniest Rims - James Moynihan, of Summerland Express<br /> Best&nbsp;<br /> Paint Job - Cole Frew, of Eden Haulage<br /> Working Truck - Nathan Bates, of Jim Bates Contracting<br /> Linehaul - Vaughan Peart, of Brenics<br /> Fuel Tanker - &#39;Nev&#39;, of Allied Petroleum<br /> Logger Truck - Phil Taylor, of Southern Transport<br /> Fertiliser Spreader Truck - Joseph Petch, of D T Kings<br /> Stock Truck - Brad Lloyd, of Murihiku Haulage<br /> Gravel Truck - Robbie Officer, of Ryal Bush Transport<br /> DAF - Steve, of Rohan Haulage<br /> Freightliner - Davey, of Northern Southland Transport<br /> Hino - Wayne Booth, of McNeill Distribution<br /> International - Scott Hutton, of Murihiku Haulage<br /> Isuzu - Jock Evans, of AZAP Couriers<br /> Iveco - &#39;Gibbo&#39;, of Central Southland Freight<br /> Kenworth - Bradley Curtis, of Hokonui Rural Transport<br /> Mack - Sam Howden, of McNeills Distribution<br /> MAN - Mark, of Kapuka Heenans<br /> Mercedes - Gary Smart, of Transport Services Southland<br /> Fuso - James Allison, of Southern Transport<br /> UD Truck - Daniel Kent, of D T Kings<br /> Scania - Mason Murphy, of Andrews Transport<br /> Volvo - Darryl Shand, of Freight Haulage<br /> Western Star - Ross Carlene, of Halls Refrigeration<br /> Other - Carlos, of Jim Bates Contracting<br /> Vintage - Tony, of Southern Transport<br /> <br /> Source - Hannah Mcleod, The Southland Times<br /> Photo - John Hawkins<br /> &nbsp;1477220400http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/6/Young-Gore-truckie-takes-out-top-prizehttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz241Young Gore truckie takes out top prizehttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/6/Young-Gore-truckie-takes-out-top-prize In Search of Perfectionhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/5/In-Search-of-PerfectionAs good as it looks the standout colour scheme&nbsp;of<br /> Southland&rsquo;s Hokonui Rural Transport could&nbsp;<br /> be considered something of a work in progress.<br /> Under regular revision, that is &ndash; as the company goes to&nbsp;<br /> great lengths to make sure each new make and/or model added&nbsp;<br /> to the Gore-based fleet looks &ldquo;perfect.&rdquo;<br /> It&rsquo;s a livery that was born of change &ndash; created after the&nbsp;<br /> company was formed following the two-way split of Hokonui&nbsp;<br /> Haulage in 2003.<br /> The new Hokonui Rural Transport retained the sea-green&nbsp;<br /> and white primary colours of the old company, but modified&nbsp;<br /> them into a new colour scheme, featuring a deeper band of&nbsp;<br /> green across the cab, a broad stripe running from the aero&nbsp;<br /> kit through the crates and yellow pinstriping highlights. The&nbsp;<br /> previous yellow chassis was also dropped in favour of dark grey.<br /> A distinctive HRT logo and Hokonui Rural signage was&nbsp;<br /> designed then &ndash; and has remained a constant in the 13 years&nbsp;<br /> since&hellip;.even through a change of the owners involved in the&nbsp;<br /> 50% partnership with the HW Richardson Group.<br /> But the livery did get a major makeover three years ago,&nbsp;<br /> with a modern &ndash; and much more prominent &ndash; restyling of the&nbsp;<br /> yellow striping on the side of truck cabs.&nbsp;<br /> Rather than the former, more traditional airflow-style&nbsp;<br /> striping, with its gentle curves, the new stripes are more&nbsp;<br /> sculpted, more ribbon-like&hellip;.almost like a loosened bow. And&nbsp;<br /> there&rsquo;s a sweeping, crescent-shaped sea-green section at the&nbsp;<br /> rear of the cab sides, framed by another yellow stripe.<br /> With extra grey and yellow pinstriping, there&rsquo;s a lot going&nbsp;<br /> on in the colour scheme &ndash; but it all comes together to provide&nbsp;<br /> a standout look to the Southland operation, which currently&nbsp;<br /> runs to 23 trucks, comprising livestock units, tippers and bulk&nbsp;<br /> fert groundspreaders.&nbsp;<br /> The latest addition to the fleet &ndash; a DAF CF85 which&nbsp;<br /> features as this month&rsquo;s poster truck and earns HRT a finalist&nbsp;<br /> spot in the annual PPG Transport Imaging Awards&ndash; has called&nbsp;<br /> for more fine-tuning, says HRT manager Adam Waghorn.<br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re forever trying to improve it (the colour scheme),&rdquo; he&nbsp;<br /> confirms.<br /> &ldquo;This DAF was quite a challenge &ndash; just to try and figure out&nbsp;<br /> a plan. We&rsquo;re quite lucky &ndash; we&rsquo;ve got a pretty good relationship&nbsp;<br /> with our signwriter, Cliff McDermott from McDermott Signs&nbsp;<br /> in Invercargill, so we&rsquo;ve spent a lot of time planning&hellip; and he&rsquo;s&nbsp;<br /> right on the money.&rdquo; The plan included painting two grille slats&nbsp;<br /> silver.<br /> The painting is done by Bob Christie Ltd: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s quite handy &ndash;&nbsp;<br /> they&rsquo;re right next door to each other.&rdquo;<br /> Waghorn admits that with the Space Cab DAF: &ldquo;We were&nbsp;<br /> worried for a start &ndash; because it&rsquo;s such a big cab &ndash; that we had&nbsp;<br /> too much green. But I think it&rsquo;s come out pretty good to be&nbsp;<br /> fair.&rdquo;<br /> In fact, on second thoughts, he upgrades that: &ldquo;No, we were&nbsp;<br /> rapt actually. It came out real good.&rdquo;<br /> A third new DAF is just being painted now and they&rsquo;ve&nbsp;<br /> agreed on more minor changes &ndash; making some of the grey&nbsp;<br /> pinstriping slightly darker &ldquo;to make it stand out a bit. It is quite&nbsp;<br /> hard to see until you&rsquo;re up quite close.&rdquo;<br /> The previous challenge before the DAFs was making the&nbsp;<br /> most of the livery on three new Mercedes-Benz Axor sowers&nbsp;<br /> added to the operation &ndash; the first of that model on the fleet.<br /> Last year, there were also two new Kenworth K200s that&nbsp;<br /> the livery had to be adjusted to suit: &ldquo;It took a bit &ndash; just to get&nbsp;<br /> it perfect.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> There is only one conventional on the fleet &ndash; a Freightliner&nbsp;<br /> Century Class. Its livery predates the revised striping in&nbsp;<br /> 2013, which was first applied to two new Freightliner Argosy&nbsp;<br /> livestock units.<br /> The look of the trucks, Waghorn confirms &ndash; unnecessarily,&nbsp;<br /> considering the painstaking work that&rsquo;s gone into each&nbsp;<br /> new make and model added to the fleet &ndash; is &ldquo;definitely very&nbsp;<br /> important. We like to try and have sharp-looking gear out on&nbsp;<br /> the road.&rdquo;<br /> And yes, HRT does get &ldquo;really good feedback&rdquo; on the look&nbsp;<br /> of its trucks &ndash; from the public, within the industry and from&nbsp;<br /> customers. People notice &ldquo;because we have been painting them&nbsp;<br /> a wee bit different since 2013.&rdquo;<br /> Rural transport is a tough line of work in terms of keeping&nbsp;<br /> trucks looking good: &ldquo;The guys might spend all day polishing&nbsp;<br /> them, and then they&rsquo;ll be down a gravel road the next day&hellip;&nbsp;<br /> It&rsquo;s a hard job to keep them clean.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> The realities of the rural work mean there&rsquo;s no hard and fast&nbsp;<br /> rule about when trucks have to be washed: &ldquo;Just when they can&nbsp;<br /> &ndash; you&rsquo;ve got to work within your time limits.&rdquo;<br /> But he&rsquo;s happy that they get the care and attention they&nbsp;<br /> deserve: &ldquo;We like to think our drivers take pride in their&nbsp;<br /> trucks. We all just like to have them look good out on the&nbsp;<br /> road.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <em>Courtesy of New Zealand Truck and Driver</em>1475233200http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/5/In-Search-of-Perfectionhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz239In Search of Perfectionhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/5/In-Search-of-Perfection New Stock Truckhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/4/New-Stock-TruckOur latest truck on the road is this new DAF CF85 Space Cab. Great to have it on display at the opening of transort repairs impressive new building in Gore<br /> <br /> Driver: Thomas Maclean1456398000http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/4/New-Stock-Truckhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz203New Stock Truckhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/4/New-Stock-Truck Imron Fleet Line Image Awardhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/1/Imron-Fleet-Line-Image-AwardSouthland boasts a host of rural carriers belonging to the HW Richardson Group and Hokonui Rural Transport (HRT) is certainly one of that group. This Gore based concern, is the rural side of the original Hokonui Haulage Ltd, had been running a bold metallic tourquise and yellow livery over a white base ever since the companys formation back in the 1990s. <br /> The livery was given a lift nearly two years ago with the adoption with the adoption of a striking new strip arrangement. The design created by Timaru signs and Graphix signwriter, Andrew Geddes certainly took the original plain look and gave it a revamp. The new style, formed off the original Freightliner stripes from when the first Argosy launched, has since been laid over the firms mixed fleet of vehicles.<br /> This unit was one of a pair of Freightliner Argosys which underwent the transformation from stock factory white to this stand out look at Elite Fleet Refinisher in Timaru where the tourquise was masked by Andrew and then sprayed on by the Elite team. From there the team at Timaru Signs added the yellow stripes and extra details which sets the truck off.<br /> This HRT Argosy is a fine example of how lifting a companys image can pay dividends. It is a fitting winner of this months Cromax Imron Fleetline award.<br /> <br /> Credit- Truck Journal<br /> Photos- Simon Vincent and Andrew Geddes1441022400http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/1/Imron-Fleet-Line-Image-Awardhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz187Imron Fleet Line Image Awardhttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/1/Imron-Fleet-Line-Image-Award Gore Kids Hub Truck Slidehttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/3/Gore-Kids-Hub-Truck-SlideA stock truck with more than a passing resemblance to a Gore firms livery is to take pride of place in the Gore Kids Hub public playground.<br /> Hokonui Rural Transport is to sponsor a stock truck which will be placed in the playground of the $1.7 million kids hub, and it will feature a slide, two steering wheels and plenty of space to play and for under 5-year-olds to use their imagination.<br /> The development is being driven by the Kids Hub Charitable Trust which comprises representatives from Gore Parents Centre, Gore Playcentre and Gore Toy Library.<br /> Trust member Bronnie Grant said the stock truck would cost $22,412 and HRT was contributing $6000 to go towards paying for the piece of the play equipment and $4000 worth of cartage of top soil for the site.<br /> Mrs Grant described the sponsorship deal as making a huge difference for the project.<br /> The Playground Centre in Wanganui was building the stock truck, which would be sign written and painted once it reached Gore, Mrs Grant said.<br /> Having the stock truck painted and sign written in Gore meant it would be identical to the much larger versions of the HRT&nbsp;trucks.<br /> The stock truck would have one side filled in, have two steering wheels in the cab, enabling more than one driver to take the wheel, a large slide and plenty of playing area which would appeal to children, she said.<br /> &quot;(The slide) is from the top deck, so that would be at least 1.5m off the ground,&quot; Mrs Grant said.<br /> Mrs Grant hoped the stock truck would be installed in the playground at the end of November.&nbsp; It would take two weeks for the surfacing of the area to be completed and the trust hoped the new facility would be ready for the Christmas holidays.<br /> Hokonui Suzuki is also sponsoring a piece of equipment, a quad bike, Mrs Grant said.<br /> The trust was looking for more businesses to sponsor individual pieces of equipment.<br /> &quot;It's a good opportunity to get their (businesses) name out there,&quot; she said.<br /> HRT&nbsp;manager Adam Waghorn was keen for the business to be involved in the kids hub project. &quot;It's going to be exciting to see it finished,&quot; Mr Waghorn said.<br /> The company had a focus on being involved in the community and the project fitted that philosophy, he said.<br /> <br /> Credit - The Ensign1439899200http://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/3/Gore-Kids-Hub-Truck-Slidehttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz189Gore Kids Hub Truck Slidehttp://www.hokonuirural.co.nz/news/3/Gore-Kids-Hub-Truck-Slide