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Latest update on PCCs

The latest update from Autohub has been released on the progress of the berthing situation at Ports of Auckland.

Lake Taupo
The vessel arrived at Auckland on schedule last Saturday, April 21. The vessel is expected to berth April 30 and commence discharge.

Dream Jasmine
The vessel is due to arrive tomorrow April 25 and expected to berth May 5.

These extensive delays are caused by excessive cargo volumes arriving at Auckland during April resulting in lack of wharf space. This is also combined with the ongoing need for a high number of vessels requiring Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) inspection, fogging and further MPI inspections, followed by sample volumes to be discharged and heat treatments.

Vessels are losing up to 4 days in port following this process before normal discharge can commence.

As Armacup is the only shipping line following MPI’s recommendations, Lake Taupo will not require mandatory fogging in New Zealand.

All customers should have their import documentation and payment processes completed prior to vessels’ arrivals in order to allow all cargoes to be removed from the port as soon as possible after discharge.

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1 in 3 don’t wear seatbelts

New research has found that people in rural areas, driving for work and the elderly were some of the surprising groups found to be dying in road crashes when not wearing seatbelts.

The AA Research Foundation led a project in partnership with the Ministry of Transport, NZ Police, NZ Transport Agency and ACC to look in depth at 200 deaths where people were not buckled up, and also examine the offence history of people caught not wearing a seatbelt.

One of the major findings was that seatbelt deaths are not restricted to just one group.

“When we analysed the 200 deaths to understand the types of people involved, we found that along with the young, risky drivers that people might expect to feature, the other common groups were people in rural areas, people driving for work, the elderly and tourists,” says AA Research Manager Simon Douglas.

“The vast majority of people wear their seatbelt, yet up to 30 per cent of vehicle occupant deaths in recent years haven’t been buckled up. The research aimed to build a much greater understanding of who it was being involved in these crashes.”

Other key findings were:

  • On average over the last decade, 26 per cent of vehicle occupants who died in crashes were not wearing a seatbelt
  • 83.5 per cent of deaths where someone wasn’t wearing a seatbelt occurred on rural roads
  • 53.5 per cent of unrestrained deaths involved alcohol
  • 36.5 per cent of unrestrained deaths involved fatigue
  • 58 per cent of people caught by police not wearing a seatbelt have at least one previous seatbelt offence

The full research report is available online here

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VIA’s ANZAC day reminder

VIA, the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, has sent out a reminder that this Wednesday, 25 April, is Anzac Day.

By law, you are not permitted to trade before 1 pm.

You may trade from 1 pm onwards, but any staff you have working on that day must be paid at a minimum of time and a half, and receive a paid day off in lieu.

Read more details on public holiday trading hours and employee entitlements.

If you have any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email

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A call for law change

Law change is needed to ensure autonomous vehicles can be used legally on New Zealand roads, a major Law Foundation study has found.

Study author Michael Cameron says a complete overhaul of law and policy around driverless vehicles is required, with targeted reform needed more urgently.

“Certain types of driverless vehicles, such as the taxi fleets being deployed by General Motors next year, may not legally be allowed on New Zealand roads, regardless of how safe they are,” says Cameron.

“Law change to reduce this uncertainty is desirable soon if New Zealand wants to ensure the life-saving benefits of driverless technology are not needlessly delayed. Such change would help New Zealand become a leader in driverless technology, with all the economic benefits that would entail.

“As we have shown with rockets in the North Island and autonomous air taxis in the South, our country can contribute to the development of world-beating technology – but only if we have receptive laws.”

He says that despite recent publicity over the first pedestrian death involving a driverless vehicle, the safety of all road users will ultimately be improved by full adoption of the new technology.

“Many hope that driverless vehicles will eliminate traffic accidents, end congestion, spark economic growth and provide cheap and convenient mobility for all. But countries that want to fully realise these benefits, and avoid the pitfalls, will need to ensure their legal houses are in order,” he says.

Also, driverless vehicle manufacturers should prepare safety assessments for New Zealand, as they do in the United States, so our authorities can better utilise existing consumer protection and land transport rules to protect the public.

Click here to read the full report. 



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Autosure moves HQs

Last night, James Searle, General Manager at DPL Insurance and Todd Hunter, Chief Executive at Turners Automotive Group, officially opened Autosure’s new headquarters in the Warehouse Way, Northcote, a new open office suite overlooking Auckland Harbour.

James Searle, General Manager DPL Insurance and Todd Hunter, CEO of Turners Automotive Group at last night’s opening.

“We are delighted to be here,” said Searle. “We feel really privileged to be in this new place, the new home of Autosure, we are really looking forward to taking it further forward and growing the legacy.”

Autosure has been in the motor insurance industry for the last 14 years. With the move to larger offices, Autosure is well positioned for continued company growth.

“It is great to have all of our insurance team working out of this office,” said Hunter. “We have had a situation over the last 15 months, where we have had people in the city, people in Takapuna and lots of moving in between, so it is fantastic to have everyone here in a brand new fitted out office.”

One of the many other advantages of moving to new headquarters is the improvement in openness and accessibility.

“Communication between our teams is much easier, we feel very good about the environment we have set out here, and this should flow positively into the services and experience we can give people.”

Hunter also thanked the team for their cooperation and support during the move. 

“A lot of change has gone on here and everyone has accepted it positively and grasped the opportunity with both hands and that’s fantastic, it is all we can ask for.”

“We are very proud of our new home.”

Autosure is a provider of automotive-owner protection insurance policies for the New Zealand retail motor vehicle industry. Autosure was purchased by the Turners group in November 2016.

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ESC exemptions available

As advised in February, NZTA has acknowledged the disruption to vehicle imports due to the stink bug issue, and especially those affected by the latest ESC requirements.

VIA (Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association) are wanting to remind importers that exemptions from ESC requirements are available for used MA class vehicles (over 2000 cc) purchased in Japan on or before 26 February 2018.

Importers will need to provide evidence that their vehicles were purchased on or by this date. VIA will process applications for all importers.

Copies of an export certificate, bill of lading and a supplier’s invoice is needed for each vehicle.

Click here to read the NZTA’s Q&A on exemptions for stink bug delay.

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Zeanz announces termination

Zeanz Cloud Solutions have announced a termination date for their services, which could impact dealerships that use them for their online hosting services. 

The Tauranga based company, is a custom online application development for the automotive industry, and is used by some of the main players in the dealership sphere for managing sales, marketing, customer service and support. 

Zeanz will stop providing telephone support for clients on April 30. They will, however, continue to provide Hosting services until June 30th as they attempt to find alternative support options. Limited email support will be available until the 15th of June.

Zeanz is currently encouraging clients to find alternative online platforms and hosting solutions.

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Team Protecta reach Wanaka

Team Protecta from Protecta Insurance, who are driving a 6-cylinder 1996 Ford Fairmont, have made it to the South Island and have reached Wanaka for their rest day.

Team Protecta’s make-shift aerial

Prior to this, the team travelled through the quake-damaged Kaikoura, stopped in Christchurch and navigated through the windy roads of the West Coast, all without encountering any problems with their “banger.”

They’ve managed to update their banger throughout the course. While waiting to board the ferry, innovative crew member Carey installed a new aerial. “He’s done a mint job, looks damn near factory!” said the Team of his effort.

 “Today is the official rest day in Wanaka, we’ll use the time to get up to date with the chores such as giving the car a check over, catching up on emails, doing laundry etc,” said the Team on their facebook page.

The group of 15 set themselves the challenge of travelling from Auckland to Bluff in a convoy of cheap cars, each bought for $2000 or less, in order to raise funds for Hopeworks Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis NZ. 

The event runs over 13 days starting on the 10th April 2018 and finishing on the 22nd April 2018.

If you want to support Team Protecta, click here to donate. In 2016, they managed to raise over $10,000!

Getting ready to head off on Bangers to Bluff

Just about ready to go – a quick bit of background on Team Protecta, our banger, and Bangers to Bluff in general

Posted by Team Protecta on Monday, 9 April 2018

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Wasps on standby

Horticultural industry groups and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have applied for permission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release the samurai wasp as a biocontrol agent in the event stink bugs are found in New Zealand.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Council chairman Alan Pollard said an incursion would have disastrous consequences for horticulturists and their industries as well as everyday New Zealanders.

“The stink bug is one of the biggest biosecurity threats we face, and it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. The wasp provides an opportunity to be proactive in our approach and gives us another tool we can use to control the stink bug,” Pollard said to Stuff NZ.

“It feeds on over 300 plant species and can multiply and get to very high population numbers rapidly, destroying crops and gardens and even get into your home.

“In the UA and Europe where the invasive pest has become established, it has caused severe damage to the horticulture industries. It’s also invaded residents’ homes and become a real social nuisance.

“We’ve also seen growers overseas use high levels of insecticides as the primary way to control the stink bug. We believe the wasp will provide a targeted and self-sustaining control tool and provides growers with another option other than increasing insecticide sprays.”

In February, infestations were found in four container ships headed to New Zealand from Japan.

 A NZIER report estimated that gross domestic product would fall by between $1.8 billion and $3.6b by 2038 if it became established.


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First domestic V2G charger

UK firm, OVO Energy, has unveiled what the company is calling the world’s first widely available, domestic electric vehicle-to-grid charger.

With a 6kW charge and discharge power rating, this intelligent device has been designed to give drivers the option to discharge excess electricity from their cars back to the electricity grid, providing flexibility services and helping to supply energy at times of peak demand.

OVO CEO and Founder Stephen Fitzpatrick, said, “Today we’re launching the world’s first widely available vehicle-to-grid charger, helping to solve one of the biggest challenges facing the energy sector. We’re enabling thousands of EV batteries to help balance the grid in times of peak demand, more renewable energy to come onto the system, and households to reduce their electricity bills.”

Fitzpatrick added this new approach to energy was made possible by the “convergence of emerging technologies, applying intelligence, and years of working with customers to redesign the entire energy system.”

The 6kW OVO Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Charger offers drivers of certain electric vehicles the opportunity to discharge excess electricity from their cars back to the electric grid to help supply energy at times of peak demand. 

Using VCharge, this charger will also optimise vehicle charging to take advantage of cheaper electricity when it’s available. The OVO Vehicle-to-Grid Charger will be rolled out from summer 2018 for up to 1,000 Nissan electric vehicle owners as part of a two-year trial.

VCharge is a highly scalable system that remotely connects distributed flexible electrical devices and aggregates them into a virtual power plant.

This connected system reacts as a whole to changes in demand and supply, recognising strain and reacting within a second.

By intelligently managing both generation and demand in this way, the company states that VCharge could facilitate more renewable energy generation and supply without the need for costly infrastructure investment.  

Vector also introduced a two-way electric vehicle (EV) charger in New Zealand in July 2017.  

“With V2G technology, many homes could be powered by their EVs at peak time. Similarly, EVs will be releasing energy back to the grid to support grid demand while taking advantage of a higher peak energy buyback rate,” said Andre Botha, Chief Networks Officer.

According to Botha, Vector will be offering V2G to customers in the near future.


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Car carrier completes discharge

The latest update from Autohub has been released on the progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; the Courageous Ace, Primrose Ace, Glovis Caravel, Adria Ace, Palmela and Garnet Ace.

Courageous Ace
We are pleased to advise that the Courageous Ace has completed discharge at all New Zealand ports and has departed New Zealand.

Glovis Caravel
The Glovis Caravel inspections by MPI are progressing well, with final units’ heat treatment to be completed today (18th of April).

Cargo on the main decks has been discharged, cleared and released by MPI. MOL expects to have clearance for a full discharge once final units complete heat treatment.

Subject to yard space on Ports of Auckland MOL will look to discharge 2 decks (approx. 400 cars) of cargo for MPI to complete their deck surveillance requirements.

Based on space availability at Ports of Auckland, Glovis Caravel should be completely discharged by the 22nd of April.

Discharge delays
Due to discharge delays in Auckland from lack of yard space and the planned strike action in Lyttelton, MOL regrets to advise that the Glovis Caravel will be travelling to Lyttelton or Nelson.

All Nelson cargo ex the Glovis Caravel will tranship in Auckland to the Adria Ace.
All Lyttelton cargo ex the Glovis Caravel will tranship in Auckland to the Palmela.

To date, there has been no change to planned strike action by the RMTU in Lyttelton. Strike action in Lyttelton will start the 20th of April ending midnight on the 24th of April and then from the 26th of April ending midnight on the 29th of April.

Please find below updated schedule (all schedules are subject to MPI inspections process, berth and yard availability):

*Subject to berth availability due to congestion
**tranship AKL to the Valiant Ace V.49


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