Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand


There may have been no immediate action from the government following the election – New Zealand’s MMP electoral system means it takes a little while for the exact make-up of the new government to be announced – however, in the meantime, Transporting New Zealand has been flat out working on issues that affect our members.

We’re very much looking forward to working together with the new government to get cracking on fixing the transport problems our members have been telling us that impact them the most.

In the months prior to the election, we developed the Election Platform 2023 showing our   position on key transport areas. We also had one-on-one meet...

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Transport, especially roading, has become a hot political issue this election – just as we predicted it would. That’s a positive for our industry. However, it’s a shame we have to keep pointing out to government that having a resilient transport network is vital for communities and the wider economy – and having such a network requires investment.

Already, we have seen an array of political promises on transport projects, and we will evaluate them in more depth as the election approaches. Two questions to bear in mind are: Are the proposed projects what we really need or are vital details missing? And: Who will pay for them?

Government Policy Statemen...

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“Almost all OECD countries and all industries are experiencing labour force shortages; they will get worse and immigration won’t fix the problem.” This was the blunt message delivered to the road transport industry at last year’s Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand Conference by Director of Predictive Performance and recruitment expert, Andy Foy.

Every transport business that has had to recruit drivers in recent times knows how true Andy’s statement is, which is why we, as an industry, need to invest more to grow our own drivers and solve our long-term workforce issues. 

It is widely acknowledged that the Government’s reluctance to loosen immigratio...

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The Road Ahead Conference held at the end of September was not only the first conference for our members since 2019 but also marked the one-year anniversary of the merger of RTANZ into the Road Transport Forum to form Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand. 

Unfortunately, National Road Carriers and the NZ Trucking Association (OCANZ) decided that the desire to form one management structure to advocate on behalf of the industry was not for them and went in their own direction. Despite this there has been considerable progress in the past year to rationalise and make better use of our resources and provide better advocacy and support for our members.


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Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand members will by now be familiar with Cameron Bagrie’s style of economic analysis. Bagrie is a trusted voice amongst the endless noise of economic and political commentators, which is why over a number of years we have trusted him to provide sound advice to our industry. 

At the recent Road Ahead Conference in Invercargill Bagrie provided some typically hard-headed analysis of the state of the economy, where it is heading and the type of environment our businesses will be operating in. 

After a long period of market resilience, the old laws of economics are back in play, he told the Conference. If you print a ...

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