ROBERT MONK TRANSPORT HISTORY
Robert Monk, with the support of his wife Marlina, took the first big step and became an owner driver for Eastland Haulage.
Opotiki Refrigerated Produce was formed.
This year saw Robert purchase his vehicle from Eastland Haulage, which was the starting point of his growth.
The decision was made to change the name of his company to Robert Monk Transport Limited. Two more truck and trailer units were also purchased this year bringing the fleet count to three.
Robert Monk Transport Limited has expanded to 15 units with new depots in Te Puke, Katikati and Auckland.
Local opposition Opotiki Transport was purchased which boosted the fleet to 50 vehicles, now including livestock cartage, bulk haulage and fertiliser spreading.
Robert Monk Transport Limited became the first company to cart kiwifruit from coolstore to shipside directly for the packhouses of Opotiki.
With the purchase of Coulters Transport this year, RMT’s Katikati and Te Puke depots were closed to move into a more centralised depot in Mount Maunganui.
A purpose built warehouse was built on Aviation Ave, Mount Maunganui.
Robert Monk Transport was placed into receivership.
The company was released from the receivers after paying back all creditors, both secured and unsecured.
Company restructure started with closing of the Auckland depot.
Livestock division was sold to Farmers Transport so RMT could refocus on its core activities being general freight, container cartage and bulk haulage.
Three trucks were lost in a large electrical fire in the Opotiki yard. Mount Maunganui was moved to a new purpose built depot on Aerodrome Road.
New Zealand introduced the 50MAX permit allowing transport operators to carry increased payloads on parts of the network.
Land was purchased and premises built to spec on Hocking Street, which is where RMT is still currently based. Another purchase was also made this year where RMT acquired the agricultural ground spreading business back.
Robert Monk Transport currently stands with a fleet of 39 trucks, 16 of these holding the 50MAX permits and three depots in Mount Maunganui, Opotiki and Gisborne.