Kapiti Landmark Disappears


4th May 2009

flat-deckThe Car Haulaways’ drivers who have given loyal service over many years at the Paekakariki depot have seen the yard slowly wither over the past few weeks.

Finally only three cars were left — and then there were none.

One of the veteran drivers, Graeme Trask, has had the unenviable task of transferring the last three cars to the new amalgamated yard at Porirua.

Car Haulaways announced a series of job cuts — and the closing of the Paekakariki yard — some time ago, citing the economic crisis as the reason.

tony-cookeThere was no closing ceremony. But one long-serving driver, Tony Cooke (pictured), says he thinks the company should have acknowledged in some way the firm’s long history at Paekakariki.

He says: “There is a lot of history that has just been put aside.

“It’s very sad to see no recognition of all those years during which the company was formed and grew up.”

Our sources tell us many other drivers feel the same way, but recognise that changes had to come.

Car Haulaways started operations in the area in the 1960’s, when they were based on the site of the former BP service station at Paekakariki.

In the early 1970’s, they moved 2 kms north to the site next to SH1, where operations have just ended.

All this occurred because recently the company decided to restructure: They amalgamated the Paekakariki operations with another part of the company (Auckland Vehicle Deliveries) which is based at Porirua.

The company has also bought land at Churton Park, and plans eventually to move to that site.

The general manager of the Car Distribution Group, Mike Tibbs, says no plans have been made yet about the future of the Paekakariki site.