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Mobile Health Clinic Handed over to Cook Is Ministry of Health



A successful four-way partnership involving Tranzit and well-known Wairarapa Rotary Masterton South came to a happy conclusion in Rarotonga in August 2021 with reassurance that the mobile health unit donated to the Cook Islands Ministry of Health in June 2018 is being well used and maintained.

Our Managing Director Paul Snelgrove and former President of Rotary Masterton South, Dr Rob Irwin were part of a small contingent who flew to the Cook Islands prior to New Zealand’s Alert Level 4 lockdown, to check on the condition, usage and future of the mobile medical health unit, three years after they delivered it to the Cook Islands Ministry of Health.

The pair were part of a major project that began in 2016 and saw an old Tranzit bus refitted with specialised medical equipment and repurposed to be used as a mobile health unit servicing communities in Rarotonga. The project received financial support from Rotary Clubs in District 9940 and Charitable Trusts while the Rotary Foundation gave the project the green light. In June 2018 it was handed over to the Cook Islands Ministry of Health in a colourful ceremony.

Since that time, the mobile health unit has served a necessary role in ensuring the health of people living in Rarotonga. It has improved the existing public health service around the island with its improved patient privacy and up to date equipment. Then, during the Rarotonga Covid-19 lockdown, it was located on the tarmac at the International Airport and used to screen and/or treat passengers displaying Covid symptoms on entry into the country. Today, it is still required to meet all international flights from New Zealand.

Secretary of Health for Rarotonga, Bob Williams, confirmed the mobile unit had been working well and they would like the service to continue. “It’s well utilised to support clinics around the Island,” he said. “We are grateful and thankful for a bus like that”.

Following a series of special meetings, the bus was officially signed over to the Ministry of Health who has allocated budget for a full-time driver for the bus. 

Paul said he was thrilled to be part of such a special project that will ensure the people of Rarotonga continue to have access to medical support. He was also pleased with the condition of the ex-Tranzit bus and happy to hear that four of the original bus drivers trained by Tranzit, still drive the mobile unit.

“While we were there, we visited the workshop and checked out the bus and found it to be in very good condition. Minor body work is required due to salt air exposure but that will be completed in stages,” said Paul. “We were also told 96% of the population are now Covid-vaccinated putting Rarotonga in a strong position for the future.”

Dr Irwin said it was a pleasing and constructive visit to Rarotonga with the New Zealand visitors reassured that the mobile health unit is serving a necessary role.

Tranzit: Electrifying Public Transport – Part One

Tranzit has been at the forefront of bus electrification in New Zealand since 2014.

“Our company has been around for almost 100-years, and I want to make sure it is around for my grandkids, so choosing a sustainable future for our bus fleet is very important to me,” says Managing Director Paul Snelgrove.

The family-owned and operated transport and tourism company, successfully partnered with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to submit a joint application to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund. This led to the development and build of New Zealand’s first commercially operated 100 per cent battery-powered electric bus in 2017. Called EV1, it now shuttles AUT students between their North-City and South-City Campuses.

Today, Tranzit operates 11 more EV buses – 10 double deck electric buses (EVDD) in Wellington as part of the Metlink public transport network as well as one single deck EV bus in Palmerston North. Tranzit will also incrementally add a further 31 EVDDs to the Wellington network over the next few years.

It’s current fleet of EVDDs operated by Tranzurban, part of The Tranzit Group, in Wellington travel more than 2,000km a day saving about 1,300 litres of diesel and 3.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions daily. They can be charged at the country’s fastest 450kW charger located in Island Bay or at Tranzit’s Rongotai depot which offers a combined capacity of 300kw or at Tranzit’s Grenada depot which has a combined capacity of 1080kw. Soon, they will be able to be charged on another 450kW charger installed at the Wellington Interchange. Amazingly, on the fast charger, buses can be charged from 20 per cent to fully charged in only 12-15 minutes! More importantly, they offer a smooth and quiet journey for passengers and our drivers.

Tranzit also sets itself apart from other bus operators by helping to build New Zealand’s electric bus capability, working with Tauranga’s Kiwi Bus Builders to build the buses using parts sourced from New Zealand as well as from leading global suppliers in China and Europe.

Electrifying buses has both environmental and social benefits, but also helps Regional Councils, Tranzit’s customers, decrease their region’s carbon emissions and align with new Government policy.

In 2020 Tranzurban Wellington was recognised for its commitment to electric bus technology when it won the Green Gold Award at the 2020 Wellington Gold Awards, an annual celebration of the Capital City’s business community. Well done team!

– You can read more about this in our Tranzit: Electrifying Public Transport – Part Two.

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Wings over Wairarapa 2021

Tranzit are logistics experts

Transporting 5000 primary and secondary school students from multiple locations across the Wairarapa to Hood Aerodrome in Masterton and back in one day seems like a daunting task. But for Tranzit Coachlines Wairarapa, exceptional planning and great communication ensured a seamless execution on the day.

In February 2021, Tranzit transported students aged 5 years to 16 years from all around the Wairarapa to attend the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Schools’ Day, which was part of the biennial Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival. Having used learnings from the 2019 air show, Tranzit began planning using their in house logistics experts and provided an onsite control centre that coordinated all 110 bus movements each way as well as oversaw a full team of over 30 drivers.

In addition, the wider Tranzit Group team, including members of the finance, payroll and marketing teams, volunteered their time to help load and unload passengers. Superior internal and external communications helped ensure everyone involved knew what was happening and when, while a special surprise and delight element saw Greytown Primary School’s senior school collected in an electric double deck bus and taken to the aerodrome. 

After a busy day on site, made even more exciting with the air display overhead, all passengers were carefully loaded onto the buses which were offsite by 2.57pm – three minutes earlier than the promised final departure time.

The result saw tired, happy and inspired students, teachers and parents all safely delivered home while Tranzit’s Wings Over Wairarapa partners were thrilled with the outcome. Tranzit received much positive feedback on our ability to deliver and on our customer service.

Graham Brown, Deputy Principal of Gladstone Primary School wrote:

 Dear Jenna, Trudy and your teams

Just a quick note to say how appreciative we are for all your organisation for the Wings Over Wairarapa this year. The buses organisation was amazing and I would like you to pass on to whoever else needs to hear it as I was, and so were many others, impressed with how smoothly it ran.

Thanks again for a great event, as in the end it's our students that benefit from all the hard work you guys put in to produce a fun day for them.

Kind regards

Graham Brown

I just want to say thank you for the service we received on this trip – everything went really smoothly and the drivers were all great characters! We’ll definitely like to use Tranzit again for a similar group trip this time next year. PERFORMANCE ENTERTAINMENT