Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand


COVID-19 has taught businesses the world over the need for an open mind and agility…

And it’s clear that while many things will be forced to change, things are already returning to the way they were on the employment front for our industry.

New Zealand has a chronic shortage of workers. Partly this is because of the indefinitely closed border and aggressive immigration settings. 

However, there are also other factors at play, says Te ara ki tua Road to success coordinator Fiona McDonagh: “Younger workers have a different set of expectations than what many of us are used to. Younger people entering the job market have different expectations from their parents – m...

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand News - September 2021

The lack of charging facilities and support infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles – in particular electric trucks – in New Zealand. 

So I was pleased to see a battery-swapping station gain Government and industry support as part of the push to find solutions to heavy transport emissions.

The concept is pretty exciting: Etruck’s director Ross Linton plans to import a semi-robotic gantry from China that will be able to lift out and replace a two-and-a-half-tonne truck battery while you wait. 

This will not only result in electric trucks being able to keep running with minimal downtime, but also allow the batteries ...

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand News - September 2021

Time is running out to register and organise your trip to The Road Ahead – 2021 Transporting New Zealand Conference in Invercargill on September 25 and 26. 

“Registration will remain open right until the last minute as we understand how difficult the COVID-19 environment makes planning ahead,” says RTF’s Nick Leggett. 

“The disruption caused by recent weather events and local disasters is also making life challenging for the industry so we want to give everyone the best opportunity possible to attend.

“We can guarantee those who make it to Invercargill will get great value from the diverse lineup of speakers and events we have organised. Like the rest of th...

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand News - September 2021

Incredibly disappointed is the only way to describe how I feel about the Government’s recent announcement on the fate of roading projects in the

New Zealand Upgrade Programme.

Firstly, the good news is that the 24 kilometre highway from Otaki to north of Levin, costing around $817million, will be built as planned. Wellington’s Melling Interchange will also go ahead at a higher cost – now estimated at $420m, having been costed at $258m just a year ago.

The bad news from a road transport point of view is that the Mill Road project in Auckland will not go ahead – due to reprioritisation and concern over future transport emissions. 

This again proves the Gover...

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand News - August 2021

Firstly, let me say how excited I am by the rebranding of the Road Transport Forum into Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand.

Replacing the tired RTF brand with Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand is about conveying what the industry does for the public and business in NZ – transporting their goods, to their door, when they need them; or their food, medicines and other essentials to the stores they shop at, so it is always there when they want it.

You can read more about our new brand on Page 43 – as well as how it fits with where I see that the country needs to head to overcome this pandemic.

Taking a look at other recent events that will impact our industr...

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand News - October 2021

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