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Family values still the foundation of Pinfolds Transport Pinfolds Transport has been a family run business for all of its 95 year history. A sense of family runs right through the business – from the Pinfold family members, to its drivers and admin staff, to the farmers who are its customers. The triangle around the P in the business’s logo was designed by Podge to represent the three generations of Pinfolds working within the company. It now has the added meaning of three generations owning and operating Pinfolds - Walter, Podge and now Steven. Walter started Pinfolds in 1920 with his brother-in-law Edgar Follow, who had sold his share to Walter by 1928. His wife Molly, who he had met in London and brought back on a troop ship in 1919, was very much a part of the business, with their son Alan (Podge) recalling in a Truck & Driver magazine interview in 2003 that “Mum ran the phones for the business.” Podge helped out from a young age, and when Podge and his wife June took over the business, their young family also used to lend a hand. “We all had a job each in the school holidays,” daughter Christine remembers. It’s part of the family folk law that they never had a holiday for 25 years. “Transport was our life,” Christine says. While Christine and sister Maureen each left home to join the New Zealand Air Force, their sister Alison and brother Steven stayed with the family business. Steve was a driver and then dispatcher while Alison first worked on the family dairy farm and then in financial administration for Pinfolds.
Pinfolds’ annual Christmas BBQs are famous amongst loyal farmers, agents, staff and suppliers. “It is their way of saying thanks every year. No one ever goes hungry with paua, crayfish, and every meat imaginable cooked on a spit by our staff, Karen Pinfold says. “It is a huge team effort with all staff involved that’s what makes it special.”
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She was later joined by Maureen. Christine also returned to work on one of the two farms the business used to own. At one stage Podge had three generations of family working for him, with grandsons Scott, Alan, Troy and Adam also employed part or full time.
One of everyone’s favourite memories is June providing the drivers with morning tea every day, brought across the paddock from the family home next door – scones, pikelets, sandwiches, muffins and currant loaf among the delicacies. It was a tradition June inherited from Molly who continued it for more than 57 years. Alison remembers that “all the workers would materialize around the same time.” Nowadays the drivers aren’t in and out of the depot like they used to be, as they are usually gone for the day, so they get odd morning teas with soup and bacon and egg pie as winter warmers. Family was Pinfolds Transport’s secret of success, Podge revealed to Truck & Driver magazine. “It’s nice to have the kids working with you. I think it’s pretty unique.” Steve says the same philosophy still exists today. “We’re still family oriented and that includes our staff. “We like our drivers to be home at nights with their wives and kids. We try not to have them away overnight from their families, where possible by using a roster system. “You have got to have employees that are happy, as they are the ones who meet the customers.” Many of staff have almost become family through their long service with Warren (Caddy) Cadwallader starting back in 1977 and Mike Rzoska in 1988. “They are more like family than employees,” Karen says. “Lots of former employees drop in when they are the Wairarapa. “Chuck Hausman, a driver who worked for Walter, still drops in and says hello to the family. He’s 88.”
Pinfolds Transport celebrates 95 years as part of the Wairarapa’s rural story Two weeks ago, Pinfolds Transport marked its 95th anniversary with a simple cutting of a cake and morning tea for all its staff and visitors as they popped in and out during the day. It was typical of the relaxed, family friendly manner which has been the hallmark of Pinfolds since it was founded by Walter Pinfold in 1920. Since then the Pinfold trucks and their distinctive livery in the colours derived from of the New Zealand flag, have been as much a part of the Wairarapa landscape as the rolling hills that Walter would drive to the coast over, with his young son Alan (Podge) as company and helper. When Walter took over
Shaws Carriers & Livery Stables, which had already been going 34 years, he inherited four or five horses, carts and rigs, as well as a stable in the middle of Carterton. A business that carted anything and everything. You can find out more about this fascinating history further inside this commemorative publication. Today Pinfolds is owned by Walter’s grandson Steven Pinfold and his wife Karen. The couple run a modern fleet, focusing solely on livestock cartage anywhere in the North Island. Like Walter and wife Molly, and Podge and his wife June, Steven and Karen have kept alive the Pinfolds philosophy of being a “family orientated business.”
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This includes their staff of 14, many of whom have been with Pinfolds one, two, three and in one case almost four decades. Getting livestock from A to B is only part of the job, Steve says. “We’re dedicated to providing a high quality service every step of the way so our loyal farmers know their stock is in good hands.” Steve and Karen would like to thank all the business’s past and present staff for being part of the Pinfolds story over the past 95 years. And a big THANK YOU to all their loyal customers, agents and suppliers for their support over the years.
Top Left: Third generation owners of Pinfolds Tranport Steve and Karen Pinfold. Top Right: When Karen and Steve took over Pinfolds Transport in 2008 they wanted to put our mark on the fleet without changing the fleet colours so they ran an in house competition, and with their drivers’ input and the expertise of the team at Rob Walkers Spray and Paint came up with the company’s new image. Karen wanted the PINFOLDS logo on the side of the truck and trailers. Above: Walter Pinfold with original horses and cart
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Officially, Pinfolds Transport marks its 95th anniversary this year – a remarkable achievement for any business. However, Podge Pinfold has always been adamant that Walter actually started the business in 1919 but the purchase wasn’t rubber stamped until 1920. The company now has official records showing the finalisation of the purchase on the 1st of May 1920, as discovered in articles in papers past.
Above: The newspaper sale of business notice from 1920 Top Right: Hay cartage
If one was to include the 34 years or so that Shaws Carriers & Livery Stables, the business Walter purchased, had already been operating it would mean
the origins of the business go all the way back to the mid-1880s. A whooping total of 135 years! Similarly, the Pinfold family’s involvement with farming goes back a full five generations. Walter’s grandparents were farmers in England before emigrating to New Zealand in 1875 and establishing a farm at Woodville, moving further south to farm at Ahiaruhe near Carterton in the early 1900s. Born in 1895, Walter grew up on the farm, returning to New Zealand in 1919 after serving with the New Zealand army during World War I. With his brother-in-law Edgar Follows, Walter purchased Shaws Carriers &
Livery Stables which was located at Cornwall Mews, High Street, Carterton, eventually shifting the depot to Rhodes Street. By 1928 Edgar had sold his share to Walter. The new business inherited four or five horses, cart rigs, and a stable, and carted a wide range of goods. The first truck Pinfolds bought was a Leyland with solid tyres, a four cylinder motor, and carbon lights. Walter had suffered serious gunshot wounds to his right leg during the Battle of the Somme. Then in 1920, not long after purchasing the business, he had a major accident with a horse and cart, hurting his bad leg, and spending six months in hospital.
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Top Left: Grain Carting Top Middle: Stock Movement Left: Carting clay drainage pipes Right: Carting Coal Far Right: Keith Young with pipes
The rest of his life he walked with a limp. In an article in Truck & Driver magazine in 2003, his son Alan- always better known as “Podge”, who was born in 1922 - recalled accompanying his father on trips to the Wairarapa coast, carting goods on dirt roads over the rolling hill country. “We’d leave at probably four or five in the morning and get back at seven at night. The truck could do maybe eight miles an hour. “Going out over some of the hills, when she started to get hot I’d run behind, carrying a big block of wood to put behind the back wheel. “We’d wait for the engine to cool down and then take off again.” Even years later when carting stock from the coast to the Waingawa Freezing Works at Masterton, the trip was a major exercise with the truck making the journey to the farms with a load of fertiliser or other product and sheep
crates in broken down form, Podge recalled. “It took six hours to get to the coast so you’d go out there in the afternoon, have a meal at the cook house and stay there the night. “Then you built the crates – bolted them together, two decks. You got back to town about four o’clock.”
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By the 1930s Walter had three small trucks. All the work remained local as it was illegal to transport goods more than 30 miles (48 kilometres) so even trips to Eketahuna were impossible.
I remember our phone number was 22 Carterton. If my father was down at the river shovelling metal by hand and there were a couple of jobs come in Mum would push bike down to the Waiohine Bridge to let him know.” Podge’s wife June got to know Walter and the Pinfold family in the late 1940s. She remembers Walter as a “very quiet and gentle” man who took after his parents. “A very patient man. Walter’s parents were a quiet family who got on with what they did.”
“Dad did a lot of local work, hay and stuff like that,” Podge recalled in Truck & Driver.
Walter met his wife Molly O’Driscoll when he was with the military police in London after being injured at the Somme. She was from Ireland, and when the couple went there with five year-old Alan, the family liked him so much they called him Podge which stuck with him for the remainder of his life. “It was supposed to be very highly regarded name in those days.”
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electrician after leaving school, joining the New Zealand Navy in 1941 and returning to Carterton in 1945. He finished his apprenticeship with the Wairarapa Electric Power Board, helping his father in his spare time, before joining the business full time in 1946 with his brother-in-law Doug Drury. The same year Podge took over the business in 1948 after Walter retired and the sudden passing of Doug. Around that time Pinfolds had four or five trucks at any one time – petrol driven Bedfords, Commers and Chevs. Walter carried on working for around 15 years after Podge joined, – “even though his legs were getting pretty sore [from the war wound],” Podge said in Truck & Trailer. “Even when he was getting on he’d still go and buy a Number 8 square mouth shovel – then he’d go and put another four inches on the front of it again. His shovel used to be that bloody long.”
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Walter was on the local Road Transport Association committee and keen on his rugby, playing for Gladstone before World War II. After the war he enjoyed watching rugby, following the race horses and like many a kiwi male of his generation drinking his flagons of beer. Walter passed away in 1965. Podge, too, was sports mad, playing representative schoolboy soccer before turning to rugby at high school. He played centre or wing for Carterton, and represented Wairarapa. In 1947 Podge played for the North Island team and made the All Black trials as a 25 year-old. Top Left: Derwyn Brown carting milk Top Right: Stock on the move from a coastal station Middle: Young Murray Browne Bottom: Old wooden sheep crate
He stopped playing rugby in 1950, then joined the Wairarapa Millhilians Golden Oldies rugby team in 1985, playing up to his death in 2008, and going
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among carriers, according to his obituary in TRUCK Journal.
Podge was also a keen competitive swimmer all his life, a life member of Carterton swimming club, and attended world championships, his children enjoying the sport with him.
“He always said that by working together the industry could solve most of the problems that it faced and achieve equitable outcomes for all the parties concerned.
A strong supporter of the Returned Services Association, Podge was one of the main negotiators for the planning and building of the Carterton Memorial Club (RSA), was on its committee for a number of years, and was a president and life member.
“He also believed that carriers should cooperate where possible to minimise empty running, thus increasing profitability for all.”
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As well as holding office on the Wairarapa branch over many years, Podge played an active part in the Carta region, particularly with issues that affected rural carriers. “Podge often reminded meetings that there are not too many issues that have not arisen and been solved at some other time over the years,” TRUCK Journal said.
The business evolves Pinfolds continued to grow after World War II, adding livestock cartage to its eclectic mix of work that included hay, silage cutting and carting, coal and metal, and milk, first by can and then by tanker. If the bodies of the trucks had to be altered for a specific job, Podge and his staff would do it themselves, with Podge’s engineering skills learned at school coming in handy. Pinfolds built all its own trailers and crates, and at one stage engineered is own system for swapping milk can trays. However, by the early 1970s tough certification regulations sounded the death knell for Pinfolds’ traditional DIY approach. The mid-1960s saw Podge purchase a dairy farm at Matarawa as a hedge against the transport business ever going bad, and this was managed by daughter Alison and her husband. He added a grazing block in Chester Road in 1990 where daughter Christine worked, the trucking business outliving both which were sold after Podges passing in 2008. By the early 1980s the depot at Rhodes Street had become too small and after a three year legal battle with the National Roads Board and Ministry of Works, a planning tribunal okayed the
relocation of transport activities to the present address at Clareville, on State Highway 2 just north of Carterton.
Like his father, Walter was a quietly spoken man, daughter Christine recalls.
The 10 hectare site accommodates the office, a big yard, 7500 square foot workshop, and paddocks.
“He never raised his voice but he got things the way he wanted them to be.”
The 150 kilometre limit on transporting goods by road was removed in the 1980s, and the company began concentrating on its core business of livestock cartage, till by 2002 it had ceased carting its only other commodity – beer - something Walter had carted way back in the early days. When Podge passed away in 2008 his son Steven took ownership with wife Karen. A mark of the esteem that Podge was held in by those who knew him was the attendance at his funeral which saw around 800 attend. A special feature was the use of the smallest Pinfolds feeder truck with crate removed to carry Podge’s wreath adorned coffin on its final journey from the Carterton RSA to the Clareville cemetery. This trip included the truck making a detour through the Pinfold Transport depot where the rest of the fleet were parked in the front paddock all in a row and groomed to gleaming condition.
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Daughter Alison says “He never blew his own trumpet. When he passed away a number of people sent letters saying how he had helped them in different ways that we never knew about. “It was quite amazing the number of people who said he had had a big influence in their life. Walter was the same,” June says. At one stage the business grew to around 20 trucks but under Steve and Karen’s management it has settled down to the present 10 trucks and seven trailers, with 14 staff. “We don’t want it to get any bigger,” Steve says. “We want to look after the farmers we have and keep the business family oriented with the loyal and experienced staff that we have.” TOP: Podges last trip around the yard MIDDLE LEFT: Podge in workshop at old Rhodes Street Depot MIDDLE RIGHT: Podge in his Golden Oldies uniform LEFT: Framed sketch present to Podge on his 50 yrs with RTA
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For this year’s ANZAC celebrations all of Pinfold Transport trucks were adorned with a poppy, reflecting the importance of the day to the business which has seen four generations of family members serve with New Zealand’s armed forces. Pinfold Transport’s strong military ties go back to founder Walter Pinfold who served with the New Zealand Army during World War I.
ABOVE: Walter Pinfold Top Right: Steve, June, Adam, Christine and Alison after the ANZAC Parade in Carterton
France, being shot in the right thigh on the Somme in September 1916. After recovering back in England, Walter joined the Military Police and it was while he was in London that Walter met his wife Molly O’Driscoll. She was a parlour maid, originally from Ireland, whose employers included Lord Byron of Chelsea.
The war was to have a profound impact on the direction of Walter’s life in many ways.
The couple were married in Saint Mary’s Church, Chelsea in July 1919 and then came back to New Zealand together on the same troop ship.
From a Woodville farming family, Walter served with the New Zealand Army in
Walter’s gunshot wound was a constant reminder of his time at the front, as it
was ulcerated and needed dressing for the rest of his life. However, he wouldn’t take a pension, saying there were a lot worse off than him. Reflecting his patriotism, from the 1930s Walter had all the Pinfold trucks painted in the colours of the New Zealand flag - red for the chassis, a dark blue body, with stylised white strips. Before World War II started, his son Podge was working as an apprentice electrician for the Wairarapa Electric Power Board, but he was keen to join the army, only to be disappointed when at 18 they considered him too young. So in 1941 he switched to the New
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personal assistant to the Air Vice Marshal. While serving Maureen met her husband Stuart Ingham, an avionics engineer, both serving there 20 years. There was always a bit of a banter between them as if they past each other on base - Stu would have to salute Maureen as she was of higher rank. Their daughter Aleshia has also recently joined the New Zealand Air Force. Karen and Steve’s son Adam has served six and half years as a Private with the New Zealand Army, and is currently based in Burnham serving in East Timor and the Solomon Islands. Adam was invited to be guest speaker at his old school Kuranui College where he gave a very moving speech on the relevance of ANZAC Day to the current generation. He spoke of comrades he knew that had been killed in the line of duty in both East Timor and Afghanistan and closed his speech with a very moving video in honour of the recent 10 fallen comrades. Ethan, another of Karen and Steve’s children, hopes to join the New Zealand Army when he finishes college at the end of this year.
Top Left: Podge Pinfold Top Right: Christine at the Carterton ANZAC Parade Above: Stuart, Adam and Maureen at this year’s Dawn Parade in Masterton
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Top: The Pinfolds fleet Middle Left: Heading over the Rimutaka Hill Road Middle: Caddy loading stock from a small block holder Middle Right: Our drivers work in all weather, here wind makes loading stock hard work Bottom Left: Travelling with the snow-capped Tararua’s in the back ground Bottom Middle: Travelling down Western Lake Road Bottom Right: Trucks have to be patient when stock is being moved on our open roads Top: Loading stock at the old Pinfold farm at Chester Road
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At Pinfolds we truly value our staff as they are a major player in our business. We may talk to our customers on the phone day to day but it is our drivers that the farmers see at his gate.
Started work for Pinfolds back in 1976 and is our longest serving employee clocking up nearly 39 years with the Company. In that time he has seen many changes within the industry. Caddy now drives the smaller of our feeder trucks and still manages to put in a full days work.
Better known as Toddy is our Mechanic at Pinfolds and there’s not much he can’t fix. Toddy started back in 1988 and has clocked up 27 years. He has seen many changes within the industry and changes in regulations.
Started in 1999 and has left a couple of times but returned and has clocked up nine years. His Dad Hugh McPhee started work when Doug Drury was involved in the business. Two of Mark’s Brothers also worked for Pinfolds – Craig McPhee and Glen McPhee. Glen now drives for Glen Oroua, a division of C R Grace and parks his truck in our yards.
So they are the forefront of our business and are a big part of representing the image of “Pinfolds”. All our staff are a part of “The Pinfolds Team” . They all have there own set of attributes that they bring to the fore and all work will together. They help each other out whether that be with loading or unloading stock to helping each other in finding directions. All our drivers have a wealth of experience in handling livestock and valuable knowledge of the area.
Started back in 1981 and has clocked up 34 years with the Company. There’s not many people or places Mike dosen’t know with his wealth of experience and knowledge.
Started back in 2004. He has been with the Company for nearly 11 years. He is a loyal worker with vast knowledge of the area and handling of stock. He likes to get the job done. Scott received the companies first Volvo that Steve and Karen bought.
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Started work for us back in 2011. An experienced livestock handler and driver, Greg is known around the yard for his love of curry, and is always ready to do the job. A gentle giant.
(Steve and Karen’s boy) stared working after school as a truck washer and now drives one of our feeder trucks.
Came to us when Farmers Transport left the area in 2014. As a previous owner driver and dispatcher for them he came to us with many years’ experience and knowledge of the area. Jayden (pictured) is always keen to go for a ride in the truck with Dad.
Also came to us from Farmers Transport in 2014 and has many years’ experience in the livestock industry.
Our Livestock Manager, works on a week-about roster system with Steve in organising the day’s work. That way everyone knows who they are dealing with on a daily basis. There is definitely lots of banter with Brent in the office. Having Brent in the office means if Steve and Karen take time off, they know the business is in good hands.
Has been with Pinfolds since 2009 and works in Admin. Ngaire is also very creative and creates most of our adverts. Ngaire works from Monday Wednesdays
the IIs our truck t k washer h and d washes h th trucks at the end of the day when the drivers have finished their days work. He does an excellent job as the drivers are very particular when it comes to their trucks
Started with us in 2012 and job shares with Ngaire in Administration. Donna makes sure everything is filed where it should be and keeps the office in order. Donna works from Wednesdays to Fridays.
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Caddy, Toddy and a Commer While it is the trucks that carry the livestock, it is the drivers who played a large part in making Pinfolds Transport a successful business, owners Steven and Karen Pinfold believe. As Karen points out, it is the drivers who deal directly with the farmers.
Caddy transports a range of animals in his truck, “sheep, cattle, pigs, the odd horse or goats – all animals.” He says you have to be patient with animals.
The longest serving driver is Warren (Caddy) Cadwallader who started back in 1976.
“It’s no good running round like an idiot. You will get hurt and upset the animals. They are worth too much and animal welfare is important at Pinfolds. It’s our livelihood.”
Caddy now drives the company’s smaller feeder truck; picking up livestock from smaller blocks where bigger trucks can’t go. He also looks after the local Clareville sale on Fridays.
Caddy remembers Podge as a good boss to work for. “He had things he wanted done and you did it that way or he would say something. He was not unreasonable.”
Caddy was 42 when he joined Pinfolds after milking cows on dairy farms.
The second longest serving member of the Pinfolds team is its in-house mechanic Graham Todd, better known as Toddy, who joined the business in 1988 after running his own garage in Carterton.
“I was sick of getting up at 4am in the morning. My heart wasn’t in it.” Now on the cusp of turning 79, Caddy plans to stay with Pinfolds “for as long as they want me.”
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Toddy continues to work on a part time basis, even though most of Pinfolds trucks are now on a maintenance plan with Truck Stops and CablePrice. He also looks after the yards and paddocks, feeding out to any stock being held in paddocks, as well as maintaining the truck wash and making sure everything runs smoothly. Collecting dust in a corner of Toddy’s cavernous workshop is arguably the oldest employee of Pinfolds Transport, typifying the dramatic changes that have taken place in cartage in the Wairarapa over the years. It’s a 5 tonne Commer truck from around 1954 that features an old two deck wooden sheep crate with wooden pens for keeping animals contained. People today find it hard to believe that animals were held by mere wood in the old days, Toddy says.The plan is to restore the truck to its former glory in the near future, he says.
Top: The early 1950s Commer truck waiting to be restored Above: Caddy in front of his feeder truck
Knowing how to work with animals a key part of drivers’ role One of the younger drivers at Pinfolds Transport is Chad Laird who has been with the business for the past nine years. Chad worked as a fencer when he left school, and tried his hand at building “but I always liked trucks and trailers.” Chad says he has tried other trucking firms but “I like it here because you get looked after. You are not just a number. It has still got its family touch from years ago.” Pinfolds only transports livestock which means drivers have to know how to work with animals, Chad says. “Everyone here is good at working with stock. You’ve got to enjoy working with stock to do this job - and working in all weather.”
Chad is an accredited stock handler with the NZ Livestock Assurance Programme, something all livestock drivers have to be, but experience is an important teacher too, he says. “You need to learn how to deal with stock - that takes time. You have got to be highly skilled. You either get it or you don’t.” One feature of the job that might surprise a lot of people is that it is actually very physical work, Chad says. “You are in and out of the truck multiple times in a day. It can take five or six hours to load a unit because you go to multiple places and stock can be very unpredictable.” Another aspect of the job many people would find surprising is that it involves a lot of brain work.
“There’s a lot of mental work involved, not just physical. There are quite complex arrangements of animals in the trucks as you go from farm to farm. You have to keep track of where every animal is in the truck.” Another of the younger drivers is Mark McPhee who has been with Pinfolds for nine years “on and off”. His father Hugh worked for Pinfolds in the 1960s and his brothers Glen and Craig in the 1990s. “Dad really enjoyed the job. I would go on rides with him.” One of the pleasures of the job, Mark says, is the ever changing views, and the day-to-day interactions with farmers.
Top: Mark McPhee Above: Chad Laird
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Pinfolds have a long history with the Golden Shears that goes back almost to the beginning of the competition, with Pinfold trucks carting the sheep in and out of the competition for over 40 years. Over that time, Pinfold’s drivers have gotten it down to a fine art, getting the stock delivered in time and with as little stress as possible for the shearers and sheep. Then carting them back once they have been through the competition. It is important that the stock that is shorn is cleared from the yards before the next truck arrives with the next lot of sheep to be shorn. Rain is the biggest challenge, as the sheep have to be completely dry for the competitors. To achieve this, Pinfolds designed custom-made covers to go over its trucks.
Giving back to the community important part of the Pinfolds philosophy As a strong family business, Pinfolds believes in supporting the local community. But they don’t only support local business. They are also avid sponsors of local sports teams, organisations, and fundraisers. Without consistent sponsorship from businesses like Pinfolds, some of these organisations wouldn’t be able to carry out the amazing work they do.
Pinfolds is proud to be annual sponsors of: • East Coast Rugby • Catwalk Trust • Life Flight Trust • Wairarapa Bush Rugby • Gladstone Rugby • Golden Shears • Te Wharau Dog Trials • Hinakura Dog Trial Club • Masterton Collie Club • IHC Calf Run
• Fernridge School Hunt • Cancer Society’s Daffodil Run Pinfolds have also contributed to organisations it believes share its values and need its support. They have donated to a range of local organisations including; Fortitude Thai Boxing, Kuranui College First 15 Rugby team, Greytown Cricket Club, Going Banana’s Show, Kids Day Out, Alfredton District Sports Club, Mauriceville School, and Wairarapa Masters Hockey.
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