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Right time, right place for Tania

27 Sep 2019

Right time, right place for Tania


It was a case of right place, right time for Tania Coleman one year ago when she found out that Gisborne traffic management company ProTraffic was looking for new people. 

Looking for a change from working part-time at a local pub and kohanga, Tania was soon working full-time as a stop/go traffic controller. 

Fast-forward one year, with multiple training certificates, courses and promotions, Tania is now a site traffic management supervisor (STMS) and one of ProTraffic’s fast-moving employees.

“I love being out and about, making our people safe, and ProTraffic has invested so much in me.  I’ve been allowed to work up the ladder and this job means everything to me and my whānau.

“This summer I have the chance to be based in my hometown Tokomaru Bay and be close to my whānau. This means so much to me.”

Tania’s story is like that of many others who have recently entered the roading industry and quickly moved up as a result of the increase in investment from the Provincial Growth Fund into our road network.

In the last twelve months, ProTraffic has almost doubled in size, up to 30 staff from 18 this time last year and six the year before.

Managing director of ProTraffic, Kurt Allan, says the increase in spend from the Provincial Growth Fund has provided ProTraffic the confidence to continue to grow their business and their people.

“We have been able to confidently take on more staff and invest more time and resources into training and development. We are now able to provide pathways for staff who want to make a career in the traffic management industry.”