Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand


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

Back in February, Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand released a report on behalf of the road transport industry that effectively buried the myth that rail can be a serious competitor to road transport across New Zealand’s freight network.

The report, Road and rail – delivering for New Zealand, which includes contributions from economists David Greig and Dave Heatley, is not intended to be a self-serving anti-rail hit-job, rather it is a rational evidence-based look at the true value of rail freight to New Zealand. 

Transporting New Zealand fully supports investment in rail where it makes sense and it must be acknowledged that the road freight transport industry ...

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand News - April 2022

“How do we make the waka go faster?” was a phrase that used to be heard a lot when the relationship between Government and the economy was front-of-mind, with Government ministers and senior officials.

Basically, it emphasised how Government through regulatory or policy means could help the business sector be more productive and therefore, help grow the economy to benefit more people.

Unfortunately, ‘how do we make the waka go faster?’, has gone the way of the moa and is now totally extinct. In fact, the mere utterance of it from a senior public servant would probably elicit a stern ‘please explain’ from their political masters in the beehive.

Private sector success ...

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand News - March 2022

The Christmas holiday period is always a great chance to reflect on the year that’s been: Its highs, lows, successes and challenges. 

The COVID-19 Delta rollercoaster ride was, for many individuals, families and businesses, an extremely tough time and has placed significant strain on our economy, our mental wellness and our communities. 

Vaccine mandates and various restrictions now divide the country and we have seen some pretty ugly protests as such measures have been implemented.

For Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand, 2021 also presented a year of significant change. Not only did we change our name and our brand to better reflect the modern face o...

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand News - February 2022

I can’t begin to imagine how dispirited the thousands of Kiwis trying to return home are right now. 

The new online lobby the Government set up is a joke – the excitement of being allowed to enter the ‘lobby,’ where you queue for a spot in MIQ, is shot to pieces when you realise you are then allocated a number – and your chance of actually getting a spot is about the same as winning the lottery.

Along with all the returning Kiwis needing a place in MIQ are those who travel internationally for work, essential workers who are needed to plug gaps in our job market – such as truck drivers and seasonal workers – and all the others who need or want to come to New Zealand.

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand News - November 2021

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