Southland woman first to be inducted into NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame

2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Anita Dynes.


2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Anita Dynes.

Anita Dynes is the first woman to be inducted in the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame for 2020.

Dynes, originally from 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 dairy, forestry and wine industries in addition to transport.

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Six inductees were welcomed into the Mobil 1 Delvac NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame after a function at the Bill Richardson Transport World on Friday evening.

The event is the brainchild of HW Richardson Group directors Jocelyn and Scott O'Donnell.

Jocelyn O'Donnell said 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 said.

"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 women 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 ... all deserve acclaim and thanks for their care and enthusiasm for our industry."

The 2020 inductees are:

Anita Dynes:

Dynes was brought up on a farm at Rongahere, south Otago. She married in 1969 and moved to Tapanui, where her husband Jim, and his twin brother John, had bought a 5-truck general carrying transport business from Jim Cooper a few months earlier.

The decade of the 1970s was a hectic time for this inductee, with three children born and two more general transport businesses purchased.

In 1976, Dynes won the contract to cart a new product of woodchips from five sawmills in Otago to Port Chalmers and later Bluff.

In 1977, John moved north to run T D Haulage, a chip carting business they purchased. Two years later they split ownership, John with T D Haulage and Jim and Anita with Dynes Transport (Tapanui) Ltd.

The business grew extensively during the 1980s with additional log and timber cartage.

The management of cashflow was essential and was a critical part of Dynes' role.

The term "superwoman" comes to mind as Dynes' capabilities were put to the test when Jim was ill with cancer. Her daily activities included driving Jim the four-hour round trip to Dunedin for treatment every day, running the transport, sorting the three kids and helping with lambing beat on a now increased additional neighbours farm.

During the mid-90s a new Tapanui depot was purchased, with a bigger yard, and the opportunity to move from the shoebox home office to the depot to accommodate additional staff.

During the next 15 years, multiple businesses were purchased and contracts won, including work with the Edendale dairy factory.

In 2017 Dynes, Jim and Peter sold 50 per cent of the Dynes Group to the HWR Group.

2020 Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Graham Sheldrake.


2020 Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Graham Sheldrake.

Graham Sheldrake:

Sheldrake was born in the seaside village of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, England, and at the age of 2 emigrated with his family to New Zealand.

He attended Tokoroa High School and later joined his father as a diesel mechanic at NZ Forest Products Kinleith.

He married Jillian in 1978 and went back overseas to England. Trucks were starting to become important in his life and whilst overseas he made inquiries into log cartage back in Tokoroa.

He applied for a contract with NZFP and was successful, and purchased his first truck.

In 1986, NZFP divested itself of its fleet of loggers and contracted out all of the cartage which enabled Sheldrake to expand his fleet.

The formation of the Log Haulage Contractors Association came as a result of Sheldrake's encouragement for operators to band together to get lower fuel and insurance prices and have one voice when negotiating favourable discounts with various suppliers. He has been the driving force behind this organisation since its formation.

In 1994, he joined No 2 Region NZRTA, completing a term as president, prior to becoming the owner driver director on the RTF Board from 1998 to 2005.

From 2005 to 2009 he was vice-president of the New Zealand RTA Region 2, acting president in 2009 and president until 2012.

He has also been a member of the Log Truck Safety Council since its formation in 1997.

In 2004, Sheldrake was invited to join Dynes Holdings Ltd, Rotorua Forest Haulage Ltd and Honeycombe Log Transport to form Timber Logistics Ltd to cart Red Stag Timber.

2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Jim Black.


2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Jim Black.

Jim Black:

Jim Black grew up in Dunedin and married Ann in 1968, and they have two sons Stuart and Aaron.

He attended Tainui Primary School before going to King Edward Technical College. When he left school as a 15-year-old, he started as work as a warehouse boy at Sargood Son & Ewing.

He become an apprentice motor mechanic in 1961 with Volkswagen Motors and after nine years he joined Kew Services.

When it was sold he moved to Holland and Bell.

His career in the tyre industry started when he joined Firestone Tyre Service as a wheel alignment and underbody mechanic working his way to service manager and ended up Otago manager for 14 years.

While he had stints as a taxi driver and working as a new car salesman he missed the tyre industry.

In 1982 he joined Bandag as area manager Otago and Southland, and bought the business in 1992.

General Tyres Ltd was born in September 1992. This is now managed by his son Stuart.

In 1996 Black joined Alan and Ian Neumann, from Ashburton, and purchased the Bandag Retread Factory in Christchurch. They co-own eight of the Tyre General Stores in the South Island.

In 1999, Black bought a Mag & Turbo Franchise in Dunedin that is managed by his son Aaron.

As of 2020, Black remains managing director of Mag & Turbo Dunedin and continues to be active in running the business.

2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Sir Jack Newman.


2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Sir Jack Newman.

Sir Jack Newman:

Sir Jack Newman was instrumental in growing one of New Zealand's largest road transport businesses, Newman Bros Ltd.

His father, Tom Newman, and uncle Harry, started Newman Bros in 1879 when they drove their first Royal Mail coach between Foxhill and Murchison.

The first motor vehicle was purchased in 1911 and little did they know this would be the start of a nationwide fleet of buses, campervans, rental cars, trucks and major tourism businesses.

Sir Newman became a director in 1927 and managing director by 1930 at the age of 28.

Primarily Nelson-based, the coach services started in the South Island and were extended to the lower North Island and eventually throughout New Zealand.

He founded Transport (Nelson) Ltd in 1938 with 12 shareholders. He was chairman until his retirement in 1980 and was then honorary president.

Sir Newman was known for his entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm, generosity and the instinctive concern for the welfare of others.

He married Myrtle Thomas in 1926 and they had four daughters: Anne, April, Josephine and Jillian.

He was knighted in 1977 for services to the travel industry, commerce and the community.

He retired in 1980 enjoying his retirement in Nelson and died in 1996.

2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Trevor Woolston.


2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Trevor Woolston.

Trevor Woolston:

Woolston was born into trucking with his extended family having a lifelong involvement in the New Zealand trucking industry.

He first drove a truck aged 14 and by age 18 was being paid to drive.

In 1982 the opportunity arose to purchase a 1974 Mack R Model from Dibbie Brothers in Te Awamutu. Woolston along with Barry Stamp, Alf Quaife, Derek Smith and Geoff Dibbie formed the co-op Dibbie Independent Transport.

In March 1985 he started his own magazine and NZ Trucking Magazine hit the shelves.

In 1989, he ran the first national road transport exhibition at Mystery Creek with more than 23,000 visitors from across the country.

Also in 1989 he started truck racing in New Zealand with Caltex New Zealand Truck Grand Prix held at Pukekohe raceway.

In 1999 Tony Freidlander, ceo of the Road Transport Forum asked Woolston to take over running its monthly newsletter.

Woolston pitched the idea of starting an official magazine of the forum and NZ Truck and Driver magazine was born.

Woolston, with his wife Sue, have run Allied Publications since then including Equipment Guide magazine, Truck Body & Trailer magazine and NZ Logger magazine.

2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Warwick Wilshier.


2020 New Zealand Road Transport Hall of Fame inductee Warwick Wilshier.

Warwick Wilshier:

Warwick Wilshier was born and brought up in Otorohanga by family immersed in the timber industry.

However, he was more interested in the delivery trucks.

This lead him to a mechanical apprenticeship at Statecraft Waipa Mill and then to buy an existing unit carting into the Waipa Mill - a highly sought after contract in those days.

He has been an owner and operator in his own right since 1982, stepping into fleet ownership in 1984 and then multiple fleet ownership from 1989 operating in both the North and South Islands.

He has been the chairman of the Log Safety Transport Council for 20 years.

He has made an outstanding contribution to transport safety including things like Static Roll Threshold, Share the Road, Sleep Apnoea testing and Fit for the Road.

He received recognition from the Institute of Road Transport Engineers of New Zealand with the presentation of the Outstanding Industry Achievement Award for service to Log Truck Safety.


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