Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand


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.

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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...

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The road freight industry joins other key economic sectors in wanting to keep the country moving, and can’t see any justification for the Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) proposal for a pedestrian crossing on the State Highway 1 route to and from Wellington airport.

“Stopping traffic on such a vital route to make life easier for a handful of people who might want to cross this road where they don’t need to is a ludicrous idea,” says Transporting New Zealand chief executive Nick Leggett. 

“This will significantly disadvantage the 35,000 vehicles, commuters, travellers and businesses that use this road every day”

“Cobham Drive is our main state highway and the o...

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“Out with the old and in with the new,”is how chief executive Nick Leggett describes the rebranding of the industry’s leading advocacy organsation – from the Road Transport Forum to Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand.

“In 2019, we did extensive research on what road freight transport means to NZers and how they view the service the industry provides, the vehicles we use and the people involved in freight and logistics,” says Leggett. 

“Encouragingly, NZers have a generally favourable view of trucks and understand their critical role in the economy.

“We feel Transporting New Zealand far better reflects how people perceive our industry, the fact that road tr...

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The road transport industry is often characterised by the vehicles that the public see out on the road, but the reality is that what makes this industry tick is the people.

We all know companies and employees who go the extra mile to provide great service to their customers and who are the first to step up when others need help.

“These companies are often the ones that never have to advertise for new staff because people are lining up to work there,” says Road Transport Forum chief executive Nick Leggett. 

“Different staff at different levels tend to lead by example and this means great results for the whole organisation.

“Now is the time for these outstan...

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