Six inductees were welcomed to the Mobil Delvac 1 NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame at a gala dinner held at the spectacular Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill on Friday 13 November.
Among those honoured was the Hall of Fame’s first-ever woman inductee, southern woman Anita Dynes.
Dynes – originally from the South Otago town of Balclutha – is credited as being crucial to the development of Tapanui-based Dynes Transport. Throughout her five decades in the transport industry, working alongside husband Jim, her substantive work ethic, tenacity, and family values were pivotal in the company becoming an iconic industry fixture with interests in the dairy, forestry, and wine industries in addition to transport.
Rounding out the 2020 inductees are Graham Sheldrake (an integral figure in the formation of the Log Haulage Contractors Association), Jim Black (a leading figure in the country’s motor industry, in particular the tyre industry), Sir Jack Newman (instrumental in growing one of New Zealand’s largest road transport businesses, Newman Bros. Ltd), transport industry media figure Trevor Woolsten (founder of both NZ Trucking and NZ Truck & Driver magazines, among others), and Warwick Wilshire (whose long career in the log transport industry has culminated in chairing the Log Transport Safety Council for two decades).
The Mobil 1 Delvac NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame is the brainchild of HW Richardson Group directors Jocelyn and Scott O’Donnell. Jocelyn O’Donnell says the event honours outstanding contributions made to the New Zealand road transport industry.
“We are so proud to be able to celebrate the contributions of all of our inductees, and it is particularly pleasing to see a woman join the ranks for 2020,” she says. “The transport industry has long been a male-dominated field, but the contribution made by many women has been absolutely vital in growing and strengthening the New Zealand transport industry as a whole. We encourage all women involved in the industry to celebrate their successes, and encourage others within the industry to do so as well.
“There is no worthier woman to be the first recognised as a Hall of Fame inductee than Anita Dynes and we welcome her, not to mention our five other incredibly worthy recipients, to the Mobil 1 Delvac NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame honours list. All deserve acclaim and thanks for their care and enthusiasm for our industry. The Kiwi road transport industry would not be what it is today, were it not for the efforts of the men and women who dedicate their lives to strengthening our industry for the future.”
More than 350 people from around the country will attend the event. All proceeds from the Mobil 1 Delvac NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame, including a charity auction, are donated to the ProActive Drive Youth Driver Education Trust. Since the event began in 2012, the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame has contributed more than $250,000 to the charity.
The programme, which aims to make driving safer for young New Zealanders, is provided at no cost to teenagers who already hold a driver’s licence. It offers courses aimed at improving their driving skills, to ensure they are equipped in the event something unexpected happens while they are on the road. With courses combining theory and practical elements, it is also available to corporate drivers.
The NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame has quickly become an industry event not-to-be-missed. While COVID-19 forced organisers to delay the event, shifting it from 2 October, it remains well-supported by industry sponsors and is one of the only industry events set to take place in 2020 as a result of the pandemic.
There are many unsung heroes in our transport community. The Mobil Delvac 1 NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame recognises those who have made a significant contribution to our industry. If you know somebody whose contribution is worthy of being honoured, click here or contact your local RTANZ representative.