Harry Otene

In Just Truckn Around, September 20201 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 22, 2020

Faye Lougher first spotted Harry Otene‘s immaculate 2018 Kenworth T900 in Levin prior to the first lockdown and it‘s taken her until now to catch up with him again. Harry and wife Tinka had travelled from Wellington and were stopped in Shannon on their way to Palmerston North and ultimately Auckland. A truck driver for 30 years, Harry said he got into driving the same way many others did, by following his father‘s path. His work takes him all over the place and Harry obviously enjoys driving. “It‘s easy, it‘s what I know,” he said. Harry is contracted to STL Linehaul, and the T900 with an 18-speed manual was carrying a load of scrap metal this time. When asked if he had any concerns with the industry today, Harry said “not really”. “It is what it is. When they change the law you have got to abide by it. You just do your job, you can‘t do anybody else‘s.” Caught without her list of vexing questions, Faye ran a few past Harry so he could make his choice. “I‘m a beer drinking, rugby loving, steak and cheese pie eater,” was his response.

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