Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Female Train Driver First For South Island

2 November 2006


Female Train Driver First For South Island

Raquel Doreen who originally comes from Feilding, but now resides in Christchurch has become the South Islands first female Express Freight Locomotive Engineer.

You don’t need to look far to see how Raquel developed an interest in trains as she is following in the footsteps of her father who was a shunter working in the Manawatu area.

Raquel first started with Toll Rail in 2004 and after six months working in the Middleton Yard she then attended the Woburn Training Centre in Wellington.

Her on the job training has seen Raquel operating express freight and unit coal trains over the Main South Line, Midland Line and Main North Line.

The completion by Raquel of her certificate as a Locomotive Engineer means that there is now double the number of female freight train drivers in the country as previously there was just one other, Jessica Gage who is based at Te Rapa near Hamilton.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 




Barfoot & Thompson: Auckland Rental Prices Inch Up Again, But Upward Trend Could Ease In Coming Months

Data from nearly 16,000 rental properties managed by real estate agency Barfoot & Thompson shows Auckland’s average weekly rent rose by $6.12 (or 1 percent) during the second quarter... More>>

ComCom: Draft Report Says Regulatory System Favours Established Building Products
The Commerce Commission’s draft report into competition in the residential building supplies industry has identified two main factors negatively impacting competition... More>>

Statistics: Annual Wage Inflation Rises To 3.4 Percent
Wage inflation, measured by the labour cost index (LCI), was 3.4 percent in the year ended June 2022, while average ordinary time hourly earnings rose 6.4 percent, Stats NZ said today... More>>

ALSO:



Heartland: Retirees Facing Pressure From Higher Cost Of Living And Increasing Debt In Retirement

Heartland has seen a significant increase in Reverse Mortgages being used to repay debt. Among the most affected by the increasing living costs are retirees, many of whom are trying to get by on NZ Super alone... More>>


APEC: Region’s Growth To Slow Amid Uncertainties And Crises
Economic growth in the APEC region is expected to slow this year amid soaring inflation, a protracted war in Ukraine and heightened uncertainties, on top of the continuing impact of the pandemic and virus mutations that are draining resources, according to a new report by the APEC Policy Support Unit... More>>


Financial Markets Authority: Survey Sheds Light On New Zealanders’ Experiences With Financial Sector
Most New Zealanders are confident in their ability to make financial decisions, but only one-fifth say they are in a secure financial position... More>>