Buckle up for The Road Ahead
28-29 September 2022

Tēnā koutou katoa!

Transporting New Zealand warmly invites you to join us at Invercargill’s Ascot Park Hotel to contemplate what’s ahead for transport operators. Our annual conference is an important networking opportunity where we celebrate and recognise the work of our industry in increasing the economic productivity of New Zealand.

The Transporting New Zealand Conference takes the theme of The Road Ahead, which will be a challenging road as the world looks to recover from the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The conference will focus on a changing workforce, sustainability and environmental requirements, future fuel sources, supply chain issues, and digital and other disruptors.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Click each speaker for their brief biography.
Please note that the speakers and programme are subject to change before the conference commences. 


Please note that the programme and speakers may be subject to change before the conference commences. 

Tuesday 27 September 2022

Ascot Park Hotel, Racecourse Road, Invercargill 
2.00pm – 6.30pm Registration desk open

Wednesday 28 September 2022

6.30am – 8.30am Registration desk open

7.30am Sector meetings over buffet breakfast
Livestock, Metro/Ports, Bulk/Linehaul, Forestry
8.45am Mihi whakatau
Cyril Gilroy, Kaumatua, Waihopai Runaka, Kai Tahu
8.50am Conference opening and welcome
Penny Simmonds, MP for Invercargill and Warwick Wilshier, chair, Transporting New Zealand
9.00am Keynote speaker – Sir Ian Taylor
10.00am Hon Michael Wood, Minister of Transport via Zoom
10.30am N3 morning tea
11.00am Nicole Rosie, chief executive, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
11.30am Digital disruption and the transport supply chain
Dave Ffowcs Williams, head of supply chain, Datacom
12.15pm Lunch
1.30pm Simeon Brown, Transport spokesperson, National Party MP
2.00pm Technology as the disruptor of transport
Chris Claridge, chief executive, Potatoes New Zealand
2.45pm Bridgestone afternoon tea

Regulatory Session facilitated by Dom Kalasih,

Waka Kotahi presentation – 10 mins
WorkSafe presentation – 10 mins
CVST presentation – 10 mins
Joint panel discussion with key messages to industry

4.15pm Be trailer safe campaign – Chris Rothery, people and performance manager, Inframax Construction Ltd
4.25pm “What is the cost of your missing workforce? – introducing the Growing the Transport and Freight Workforce Ecosystem Project”  – Jonathan Caseley, executive director, PERFORMX Aotearoa
5.30pm Conference breaks for day
6.00pm Teletrac Navman pre dinner drinks, Emberz bar
6.30pm – 10pm IVCS dinner – Southland theme with band
Thursday 29 September 2022
7.30am VINZ breakfast starts
8.00am Q and A with Joc O’Donnell, director, HWR Group
9.00am Overview of accident data and culture in the transport industry
Dr Rebbecca Lilley, senior research fellow, Otago University
Overview of Otago University accident research
Kelly McLuckie, consultant
Success Formula – Trends and data on trucking industry workforce engagement

What will power transport into the future – Facilitated by Sean Rooney

Liz Yeaman – Retyna (EV sector), Ryan McDonald – Hiringa, Nicolas Williams – Z Energy and Anthony Jones – HW Richardson

10.45am Allied Petroleum morning tea
11.15am Road to success – Facilitated by Fiona McDonagh
Presentation by Andy Foy on leveraging behavioural analytics to find the next generation of drivers followed by  Te ara ki tua Road to success session hearing from employees and operators
12.15am Z Energy lunch
1.15pm Road building and roading maintenance
Neil Walker, Waka Kotahi, national manager, Maintenance and Operations
2.00pm Economic update
Cameron Bagrie, principal, Bagrie Economics
2.45pm Cartels
David Chrystall,  Commerce Commission
3.30pm Afternoon tea

Update on NZ employment issues and changes to legislation

Amanda Douglas, partner, Wynn Williams

4.30pm Conference closing
Summary from Nick Leggett, chief executive, Transporting New Zealand
5.30pm Buses arrive to take delegates to Transport World
6.00pm – 6.30pm Bluebridge pre-dinner drinks at Transport World
6.45pm – 11.00pm Industry Awards Dinner

Partners Programme

Please note that the partners programme may be subject to change before the conference commences. 

The Stewart Island trip is dependent upon weather.

Day 1

7.00am Option to attend the sector meetings/breakfasts
8.30am Meet in reception to catch bus to Bluff ferry terminal
9.45am Depart Bluff on the Stewart Island ferry
10.45am Arrive in Oban
11.15am Tour around the island and lunch
3.15pm Board ferry
3.30pm Depart Oban on Stewart Island ferry
4.30pm Arrive in Bluff
5.00pm Arrive at Ascot Park Hotel

Day 2

7.00am Option to attend the breakfast
8.30am Meet in reception to catch bus to Seriously Good Chocolate Company
9.00am Seriously Good Chocolate Company Tour
10.30am Shopping in Invercargill CBD
1.00pm Lunch at Transport World
2.00pm Visit He Waka Tuia
3.00pm Walk in Queens Park
4.45pm Arrive at Ascot Park Hotel

Venue: Ascot Park Hotel

Cnr Tay Street & Racecourse Road


Ascot Park Hotel

Contact the Ascot Park Hotel  directly on 03 219 9076, 0800 272 687 or email at [email protected]  and use the promo ROAD270922 to access rooms at the negotiated rates.

The rates for the Ascot Hotel are:

Motels: $120.00
Superior Hotel: $170.00
Apartments & Deluxe: $190.00

The Langlands Hotel

Special Rates for Transporting New Zealand Conference delegates:

Superior Hotel Rooms: $205.00
Junior Suites: $245.00
Executive Suites: $275.00
Exec Corner Suites: $295.00

These rates are inclusive of GST, per room per night, for single or twin share occupancy and are specific to this conference being held in September 2022.


Contact Us

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 04 472 3877