Indian Ride-Hailing Company Ola Takes On Uber In New Zealand


Ola is planning to launch in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch in the next few weeks.

Rideshare company Ola is looking for drivers from Tuesday and hopes to begin taking passengers in two to three weeks time, depending on driver interest. The company claims it has more than 125 million users taking as many as 1 billion rides annually.

The India-based company, founded in 2011, already operates in India, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

NZ country manager Brian Dewil said kiwis had too little choice when it came to ride-shares.

“I’m excited to build the local team and business in New Zealand and provide a healthy contribution to the nation’s local transport infrastructure.”

Chief executive Bhavish Aggarwal said the company sees “a real opportunity in New Zealand to provide a fair alternative” for both customers and drivers.

He said the company had invested in understanding New Zealand customers and how to meet their transport needs.


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