Gisborne’s Transport veteran Trevor Jukes is as established in the East Coast town as the Kaiti Hill itself and some would say just as stoic. With his family’s business ME Jukes and Son Ltd about to celebrate its centenary, we managed to grab a moment or two to listen to his stories - for which there are many.

 

Recognised as a life member of the Carriers Association, Trevor Jukes has quite literally seen it all. A time served engineer and ex-Military officer, Trevor is a hand’s on leader that is always on the hunt for work. From simple fetch and carrying to recycling and much much more and it’s his problem solving, waste minimisation and ‘can do’ mentality that he continues to share with both his staff and the Gisborne community.

 

He believes in ‘making drivers not buying them’ and helps train enthusiastic youngsters from the ground up both within his business and others, he helps out and raises funds for the local Emergency services, showcases his range of classic trucks and cars at local events and his team are even assisting in the restoration of a classic locomotive.

 

Added to this, Trevor is always up for a laugh from his ‘sandpit of life’ and has a portfolio of yarns that would keep you enthralled forever. He loves what he does and it shows.

 

So what of that OBE? Well Trevor has a story about that (of course). Over a cuppa with long time friend and Carrier mentor Stan Williamson some years ago, Stan says “Oh I got my OBE!”. “I didn’t see that in the magazine” replied Trevor, “You won’t” was the comeback from Stan - “It’s Over Bloody Eighty.” They laughed.

 

“I thought about Stan the other day, and I figured I might as well stick around to me OBE and drive a truck like Stan.” We hope you do, Trevor.

 

Posted on Thursday 8th August 2019

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