GISBORNE TRUCK SHOW – Return from the East

In Hino, Kenworth, DAF, Volvo, Mack, February 20203 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMarch 24, 2020

There was no shortage of people or trucks at the first truck show to be held in Gisborne for over a decade.


Photo: The Gisborne show received an outstanding amount of support from local operators, with 140 trucks turning out.

Put together by local truckers Peter De Denne, Kani Waititi and Gerry Storey, the event received an outstanding level of support from local transport operators, industry suppliers and members of both the Northern Classic Commercials and the NZ Military Vehicle clubs. On a cloudless East Coast day late in 2019, 140 trucks lined up around the perimeter of Farmers Air Showgrounds Park, while the infield played host to a number of transport-related stalls, food vendors and live music. More than 1000 people attended the event and the show winners were chosen by way of public vote. Barry Caulfield‘s ‘Memphis Mafia‘ Mack Super Liner won first place honours, while McIndoe Logging‘s Kenworth T909 was runner-up.

Thanks to the generosity of those who attended, $6000 was raised for Gizzy School Lunches (GSL), a charitable trust providing subsidised lunches for children attending local schools. Cherith Evans, manager of GSL, wished to express the organisation‘s heartfelt thanks. “For the huge effort in putting the show together by the organisers and sponsors and to our amazing community for coming out to support it. “The truck drivers/owners and businesses who brought their trucks along and the pride they have in their industry was definitely on show. GSL was incredibly humbled.”


Photo: A trio of Europeans from the Matawhero Transport fleet.


Photo: Winner of the public vote went to ‘Memphis Mafia‘, Barry Caulfield‘s Mack Super Liner.


Photo: Public vote runner-up, McIndoe Logging Limited‘s T909 Kenworth.


Photo: Eastland Machinery Movers‘ fleet of transporters.


Photo: The Kiwi Tyres stand is flanked by a couple of local heavyweights


Photo: Gisborne Hiabs showed a variety of Volvos set up with truck mounted cranes and recovery equipment.

Faces of the Gisborne Truck Show

Truck shows aren‘t just about the trucks, they‘re also about the faces of trucking.

Photo: Gaine and Danielle Carrington, Farmers Transport.


Photo: Chris ‘Picket‘ Black, Pacific Haulage.


Photo: Justin Martin, Gisborne Hiabs.


Photo: Errol Tuhi, McIndoe Logging.


Photo: Cherith Evans of Gisborne School Lunches and one of the show organisers,
Peter De Denne, at the end of a successful day.


Photo: ‘The next generation‘ Kahn, Maea and Massey Henderson,
Maskhamae Trucking, Williams & Wilshier.


Photo: Eru Wharehinga, McKay Cartage.


Photo: Kieran McCarthy, BBL Contracting.