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ESC exemptions available

As advised in February, NZTA has acknowledged the disruption to vehicle imports due to the stink bug issue, and especially those affected by the latest ESC requirements.

VIA (Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association) are wanting to remind importers that exemptions from ESC requirements are available for used MA class vehicles (over 2000 cc) purchased in Japan on or before 26 February 2018.

Importers will need to provide evidence that their vehicles were purchased on or by this date. VIA will process applications for all importers.

Copies of an export certificate, bill of lading and a supplier’s invoice is needed for each vehicle.

Click here to read the NZTA’s Q&A on exemptions for stink bug delay.

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Zeanz announces termination

Zeanz Cloud Solutions have announced a termination date for their services, which could impact dealerships that use them for their online hosting services. 

The Tauranga based company, is a custom online application development for the automotive industry, and is used by some of the main players in the dealership sphere for managing sales, marketing, customer service and support. 

Zeanz will stop providing telephone support for clients on April 30. They will, however, continue to provide Hosting services until June 30th as they attempt to find alternative support options. Limited email support will be available until the 15th of June.

Zeanz is currently encouraging clients to find alternative online platforms and hosting solutions.

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Team Protecta reach Wanaka

Team Protecta from Protecta Insurance, who are driving a 6-cylinder 1996 Ford Fairmont, have made it to the South Island and have reached Wanaka for their rest day.

Team Protecta’s make-shift aerial

Prior to this, the team travelled through the quake-damaged Kaikoura, stopped in Christchurch and navigated through the windy roads of the West Coast, all without encountering any problems with their “banger.”

They’ve managed to update their banger throughout the course. While waiting to board the ferry, innovative crew member Carey installed a new aerial. “He’s done a mint job, looks damn near factory!” said the Team of his effort.

 “Today is the official rest day in Wanaka, we’ll use the time to get up to date with the chores such as giving the car a check over, catching up on emails, doing laundry etc,” says the Team.

The group of 15 set themselves the challenge of travelling from Auckland to Bluff in a convoy of cheap cars, each bought for $2000 or less, in order to raise funds for Hopeworks Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis NZ. 

The event runs over 13 days starting on the 10th April 2018 and finishing on the 22nd April 2018.

If you want to support Team Protecta, click here to donate. In 2016, they managed to raise over $10,000!

Getting ready to head off on Bangers to Bluff

Just about ready to go – a quick bit of background on Team Protecta, our banger, and Bangers to Bluff in general

Posted by Team Protecta on Monday, 9 April 2018

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Wasps on standby

Horticultural industry groups and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have applied for permission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release the samurai wasp as a biocontrol agent in the event stink bugs are found in New Zealand.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Council chairman Alan Pollard said an incursion would have disastrous consequences for horticulturists and their industries as well as everyday New Zealanders.

“The stink bug is one of the biggest biosecurity threats we face, and it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. The wasp provides an opportunity to be proactive in our approach and gives us another tool we can use to control the stink bug,” Pollard said to Stuff NZ.

“It feeds on over 300 plant species and can multiply and get to very high population numbers rapidly, destroying crops and gardens and even get into your home.

“In the UA and Europe where the invasive pest has become established, it has caused severe damage to the horticulture industries. It’s also invaded residents’ homes and become a real social nuisance.

“We’ve also seen growers overseas use high levels of insecticides as the primary way to control the stink bug. We believe the wasp will provide a targeted and self-sustaining control tool and provides growers with another option other than increasing insecticide sprays.”

In February, infestations were found in four container ships headed to New Zealand from Japan.

 A NZIER report estimated that gross domestic product would fall by between $1.8 billion and $3.6b by 2038 if it became established.


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First domestic V2G charger

UK firm, OVO Energy, has unveiled what the company is calling the world’s first widely available, domestic electric vehicle-to-grid charger.

With a 6kW charge and discharge power rating, this intelligent device has been designed to give drivers the option to discharge excess electricity from their cars back to the electricity grid, providing flexibility services and helping to supply energy at times of peak demand.

OVO CEO and Founder Stephen Fitzpatrick, said, “Today we’re launching the world’s first widely available vehicle-to-grid charger, helping to solve one of the biggest challenges facing the energy sector. We’re enabling thousands of EV batteries to help balance the grid in times of peak demand, more renewable energy to come onto the system, and households to reduce their electricity bills.”

Fitzpatrick added this new approach to energy was made possible by the “convergence of emerging technologies, applying intelligence, and years of working with customers to redesign the entire energy system.”

The 6kW OVO Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Charger offers drivers of certain electric vehicles the opportunity to discharge excess electricity from their cars back to the electric grid to help supply energy at times of peak demand. 

Using VCharge, this charger will also optimise vehicle charging to take advantage of cheaper electricity when it’s available. The OVO Vehicle-to-Grid Charger will be rolled out from summer 2018 for up to 1,000 Nissan electric vehicle owners as part of a two-year trial.

VCharge is a highly scalable system that remotely connects distributed flexible electrical devices and aggregates them into a virtual power plant.

This connected system reacts as a whole to changes in demand and supply, recognising strain and reacting within a second.

By intelligently managing both generation and demand in this way, the company states that VCharge could facilitate more renewable energy generation and supply without the need for costly infrastructure investment.  

Vector also introduced a two-way electric vehicle (EV) charger in New Zealand in July 2017.  

“With V2G technology, many homes could be powered by their EVs at peak time. Similarly, EVs will be releasing energy back to the grid to support grid demand while taking advantage of a higher peak energy buyback rate,” said Andre Botha, Chief Networks Officer.

According to Botha, Vector will be offering V2G to customers in the near future.


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Courageous Ace completes discharge

The latest update from Autohub has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; the Courageous Ace, Primrose Ace, Glovis Caravel, Adria Ace, Palmela and Garnet Ace.

Courageous Ace
We are pleased to advise that the Courageous Ace has completed discharge at all New Zealand ports and has departed New Zealand.

Glovis Caravel
The Glovis Caravel inspections by MPI are progressing well, with final units’ heat treatment to be completed today (18th of April).

Cargo on the main decks has been discharged, cleared and released by MPI. MOL expect to have clearance for a full discharge once final units complete heat treatment.

Subject to yard space on Ports of Auckland MOL will look to discharge 2 decks (approx. 400 cars) of cargo for MPI to complete their deck surveillance requirements.

Based on space availability at Ports of Auckland, Glovis Caravel should be completely discharged by the 22nd of April.

Discharge delays
Due to discharge delays in Auckland from lack of yard space and the planned strike action in Lyttelton, MOL regret to advise that the Glovis Caravel will travelling to Lyttelton or Nelson.

All Nelson cargo ex the Glovis Caravel will tranship in Auckland to the Adria Ace.
All Lyttelton cargo ex the Glovis Caravel will tranship in Auckland to the Palmela.

To date there has been no change to planned strike action by the RMTU in Lyttelton. Strike action in Lyttelton will start the 20th of April ending midnight on the 24th of April and then from the 26th of April ending midnight on the 29th of April.

Please find below updated schedule (all schedules are subject to MPI inspections process, berth and yard availability):

*Subject to berth availability due to congestion
**tranship AKL to the Valiant Ace V.49


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EV selection set to take off

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

New electric vehicles (EVs) will hit the market at a rapid pace over the next two years, not-for-profit group Drive Electric says.

That is because the push towards electrifying the world’s vehicle fleet is gathering momentum, with many countries setting deadlines of between 2030 and 2040 to end the sale of new internal combustion engine cars.

Drive Electric board member Dean Sheed says original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been pouring money into electric and autonomous vehicles in order to keep up with the deadlines.

“There’s some big paradigm shifts happening in the world. Everyone is investing serious levels of money in EVs and autonomous drive.

Dean Sheed, Drive Electric board member

“Because different brands have their own unique development pathways, you will get critical mass in late 2018 and throughout 2019. Then the number of models on offer starts to get really significant.”

However, converting the fleet will take time, Sheed, who is also Audi New Zealand general manager, says.

“2.3 per cent of the 100,000 new cars in 2017 were hybrids or EVs.

“We are on the way, which is great, but we need a bigger share of EVs coming into the country as new and used. “Then you’ll see consumer behaviour change.”

On a global scale, Sheed says the move to petrol vehicles may actually go up in the short term as diesel falls out of favour in places like Europe, because of the current focus on harmful emissions, like NOx.

“Moving from diesel to petrol will probably see CO2 increase. It’s going to get a lot of people concerned about CO2 in the shorter term until the move to EVs. “At some point internal combustion engines will come down as EVs take over and become the demand focus.

“Many countries in the world have CO2 targets to meet with taxation effects. EVs are the solution to get there.” Unlike many other countries, New Zealand is in an enviable position to adopt EVs, with 85 per cent renewable energy.

“New Zealand is one of the four or five countries globally in terms of cleanest producing electricity. “The world has to get off electricity generated by coal.” In the next five to ten years, the increasing percentage of EVs will become available in both plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) and battery electric (BEV) forms.

“Ultimately BEVs will take over and we will all be in fully electric vehicles, with increasing levels of autonomous drive.”

There could be more incentives put in place to get New Zealanders into EVs more quickly, Sheed says.

“If the Government wants to see more fleets adopt EVs, it needs to have some levers to pull to make them more attractive for businesses.” Ideas like lowering fringe benefit tax on EVs through Drive Electric’s Project Switch is one potential way to do that.

“The more adoption of EVs by big companies the better. After three years, fleet cars go back to the consumer as ex-lease vehicles.”

New Zealanders’ love of SUVs and utes is also a challenge that has to be met, Sheed says. While there are some electric SUVs on the way, the same can’t be said for utes.

“You need to have an electric offering in all vehicle segments.”

Getting the infrastructure in place is also important to sell the EV message, Sheed says. “Rapid chargers need to go sub 30 minutes and then sub 15 minutes for a full charge. We need massive chargers that can dump high volumes of current in quickly.

“It’s about having enough of them at the right capacity. Infrastructure needs to be built up at the same time as the fleet.”

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Congestion causes delays

Congestion at Port’s of Auckland is at its worst in years, resulting in delays in vessel discharging. The ability of the compliance centres and storage facilities to handle this huge influx of vehicles will also have a bearing on how quickly cars can be delivered and the port cleared.

Glovis Caravel

The Glovis Caravel arrived New Zealand on April 9.

As the Courageous Ace  was still undergoing the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) deck inspections, Ports of Auckland (POAL) and MPI would not allow the Glovis Caravel to berth on original berth window of April 10.

Now the Courageous Ace has departed, the Glovis Caravel has now berthed.

The Glovis Caravel will be fogged and start MPI clearing on arrival.

Subject to MPI inspection requirements and possible delays due to yard space congestion, complete discharge of the vessel is estimated between the dates of April 24 and 28. 

Glovis Caravel V.16A
Auckland Auckland 12th– 24th/28th Apr
Wellington Tauranga 25th /29th Apr
Lyttelton Wellington 27th Apr/1st May
Nelson Lyttelton 28th Apr/2nd of May
Lyttelton Nelson 29th Apr/3rd of May
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Airbag recall responsibilities for traders

If you are a potential supplier of affected vehicles subject to the compulsory recall, it is important that you are aware of the recall order requirements, and what it means for you and your business.

From 31 May 2018, no vehicle fitted a Takata alpha-type airbag inflator may be sold in trade without having been reworked, including trade-ins.

The current most up-to-date lists of vehicles subject to the recall are available on the Government’s RightCar website:

Vehicles under mandatory recall (Takata alpha-type inflator)
Vehicles still under wider (voluntary) recall (other types of Takata inflator)

Please note: the current wider voluntary recall on other types of Takata airbag inflators may be made compulsory in the future.

VIA is currently negotiating with the MIA and NZ’s new vehicle distributors, on behalf of NZ’s used vehicle industry as a whole, on how to execute the reworking of vehicles already in service, and what the terms of this will be.

In cases where a used imported vehicle has been on-sold one or more times, the importer (as recorded by NZTA) is currently identified under NZ law as the “manufacturer” immediately responsible for ensuring that all recall requirements for the vehicle are met.

VIA will be clarifying these terms in relation to consolidated freight services, which bring in vehicles on behalf of multiple individual importers.

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VIA releases latest update on Takata recall

A technician holds a recalled Takata airbag inflator.

From 31 May onwards, vehicles with alpha-type airbags that have not been reworked will be “prohibited imports” and subject to seizure by New Zealand Customs.

Importers are urged to complete due diligence when purchasing in Japan and other source markets, to ensure that all recalls have been closed out prior to de-registration.

The inspection agencies are now working on systems to identify vehicles subject to recall, and which have been reworked, before they are certified for export.

According to VIA, it is likely that NZTA will soon require the inspection agencies to enforce section 6.4 of the Land Transport Rule Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 as now covering safety-related recalls.

The rule states, in part, that: “A vehicle may be certified … only if a vehicle inspector or inspecting organisation has identified the vehicle and has determined, on reasonable grounds, that it is safe to be operated … [taking into account] additional relevant information of which the inspector is aware …. about the vehicle issued by a manufacturer, modifier, repairer or other relevant person.”

Click here for the full text of section 6.4.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email

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Courageous Ace heads to Wellington

The latest update has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; the Courageous Ace, the Cougar Ace and the Euro Spirit. 

The Courageous Ace is currently heading towards Wellington with the estimated arrival time of April 14. The vessel will then travel to Lyttelton and then Nelson. 

The vessel is also carrying vehicles from the Cougar Ace and the Euro Spirit (Nelson only). 

The updated schedule is as follows:

The Courageous Ace 
Wellington – April 14
Lyttelton – April 15
Nelson – April 16. 
Lyttelton Port Strikes

The Rail and Marine Transport Union (RMTU) have announced strike action in Lyttelton starting April 20 and ending midnight on April 24. 

Lyttelton Port Company have further advised that the RMTU have issued additional strike notice from April 26 ending midnight on April 29.

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