-- Being a bus operator at NZ Bus is a more rewarding and fulfilling career than most
Just ask Aucklander Damien Buckley, who was a passenger on Metrolink’s 274 service, as it was driven on the wrong side of the road at a cyclist on Mt Eden Rd. "I yelled, 'what are you doing?' really loud but [the driver] didn't look back at me; he was too busy trying to kill the guy," Buckley said.
You, too, can enjoy the rewards of a fulfilling career at Metrolink. Become a Bus Operator.
Being a bus operator at NZ Bus is a more rewarding and fulfilling career than most.
Bus operators have important roles in our business. Once you leave the depot, you are in sole charge of your day and the bus. You are also the day-to-day face of NZ Bus in our communities.
Your interaction with our customers means you can be social, helpful and understanding - every moment of every day is an opportunity to make a positive difference.
Becoming a bus operator with NZ Bus gives you the opportunity to develop professionally as we provide full training.
And here’s what Metrolink looks for:
What we look for
Our bus operators are everyday people. They enjoy working with our customers, love to drive and at the end of the day, take pride in knowing they have done a great job.
Being a great bus operator is about being able to communicate clearly in English (both written and oral), dealing confidently and accurately with money and caring about keeping people safe.
Fully appreciating the gravity of his driver’s actions and the embarrassing contradiction of Metrolink’s most preferred driver traits, company general manager Jon Calder acted swiftly, counselling the driver “in line with company policy”.
What a relief for Metrolink customers, cyclists, and road users.
Yes indeed. Like the special breed of military enthusiasts who gravitate to commercial building rooftops to wile away time training the telescopic sights of their sniper rifles on passing pedestrians, swift counselling puts them back on the straight and narrow, permanently stifling the powerful urge to kill.
But maybe we should give Metrolink’s "company policy" counselling more credit.
Perhaps it involves instant dismissal.
Speaking of cyclist killers, repeat drunk-driving grandmother Alison Mary Downer, who ran down and killed popular schoolteacher and new dad Frank van Kampen, has been freed from prison after serving just 12 months.
No doubt adding to her misery and continued torment is the provision that forbids her entry to two shopping centres - the location of which has been withheld - "unless for the purposes of attending rehabilitative treatment, counselling, Quaker meetings or medical appointments".
No, she wouldn’t want to miss a Quaker meeting and the chance to surround herself with people testifying to their faith in their actions and the way they live their lives