Stephenson Transport is a family owned transport business which has been serving the rural community since 1936. The company is based in the Central Hawkes Bay town of Waipawa and it also has a busy depot in Irongate Road East in Hastings.
From these yards, the company serves clients based in Hawkes Bay and throughout the Lower North Island.
Currently the company has a fleet of 50 trucks of which 30 are livestock units. The company places the utmost importance on providing consistently good service which means being on time and making sure that all livestock, produce and freight are handled safely and correctly.
A BUSY APPLE SEASON
The company is proud of it’s long standing association with Mr Apple Limited which is one of New Zealand’s largest apple producer, based around it’s 6 orchards all of which are located in Central Hawkes Bay.
Our job is to transport bins of apples from the orchards at Tikokino to Mr Apple’s export packhouse at Waipawa and then into their cool stores in Hastings. Last year we transported in excess of 72,100 bins at the rate of around 1,200 bins per day. In order to meet the requirements of the contract, up to 14 trucks are leased for the season.
Our trucks travel over 2,580,00 kilometers per annum. Their busiest time is from October to March which includes the apple harvesting season in Hawkes Bay.
OVER 1 MILLION HEAD
During an average 12 month period, the company carries well over 1 million lambs, 600,000 other sheep and around 160,000 head of cattle. As the fleet expands, these numbers are growing at the rate of 11% per annum.
THE CHATHAM ISLANDS
Not many people realise that the closest port to the Chatham Islands is Napier. Because of this, livestock from the island is shipped to Napier either for sale through the Stortford Lodge Sale Yards or for slaughter and processing at meat works in Hastings. The company has recently picked up the contract to service the ship and this has added an interesting but rewarding challenge for our staff.
The ship visits Napier about every 2 weeks and can carry up to 2,500 head.
It takes 4 or 5 truck and trailer units to unload the ship taking about 4 hours to complete.