Buckle up for The Road Ahead: Now Postponed until 2022

Tēnā koutou katoa!

The Road Transport Forum 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.

Speakers include Transport Minister Michael Wood and National Party leader Judith Collins; representatives from WorkSafe, Waka Kotahi and NZ Police; and inspirational speakers from inside and outside the industry to challenge and motivate new thinking.

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. 

Friday 24 September 2021 – Postponed until 2022

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

Saturday 25 September 2021

6.30am – 8.30am Registration desk open


Sector meetings over buffet breakfast


8.45am Mihi whakatau – Cyril Gilroy, Kaumatua, Waihopai Runaka, Kai Tahu

Conference opening and welcome

Penny Simmonds, MP for Invercargill and
Greg Pert, chair, Road Transport Forum

9.15am Keynote speaker
Alexia Hilbertidou – Social entrepreneur and founder of
GirlBoss New Zealand
9.50am Greg Murphy, V8 supercar driver – the importance of driving skills training sponsored by Fruehauf NZ Ltd
10.20am Morning tea
11.00am Hon Michael Wood, Minister of Transport
11.30am Nicole Rosie, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, chief executive officer
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Hon Judith Collins, Leader of National Party
1.30pm Dave Ffowcs Williams, Datacom, head of supply chain – Digital disruption and the transport supply chain
2.15pm Chris Claridge, Potatoes New Zealand, chief executive – technology as the disruptor of transport
2.45pm Bridgestone afternoon tea
3.15pm Kerry Arnold/Dom Kalasih
Regulatory Session
Waka Kotahi presentation – 10 mins
WorkSafe presentation – 10 mins
CVST presentation – 10 mins
Joint panel discussion with key messages to industry
4.15pm Sector meeting presentations to conference
5.15pm Conference breaks for day
6.00pm Teletrac Navman pre dinner drinks Emberz bar
6.30pm-10pm IVCS dinner – Southland theme with band

Sunday 26 September 2021

7.30am VINZ breakfast starts
8.00am Breakfast speaker Tony Laker – How the Hell did that Happen
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
9.45am What will power transport into the future – Facilitated by Sean Rooney
Liz Yeaman – Retyna (EV sector)
Ryan McDonald – Hiringa
Nicolas Williams – Z Energy
10.45am Allied Petroleum morning tea
11.15am Keynote speaker
Dallas Seymour and co presenter on Tokona te Raki – Maori Futures Collective
11.45am Road to success – Facilitated by Fiona McDonagh
Presentation Te ara ki tua Road to success
Session hearing from employees and operators
12.30pm Lunch

Iain McGlinchy, principal advisor, demand management and revenue team, Ministry of Transport – Update on admin policy changes and discussion on possible changes to the RUC Act.

Bruce O’Brien, assistant commissioner, New Zealand Police – Police perspective on road safety.

2.30pm Cameron Bagrie, principal Bagrie Economics – Economic update
3.15pm Rail report presentation
3.30pm Afternoon Tea
4.00pm Paul Mackay, manager, Employment Relations Policy, Business NZ – Update on NZ employment issues and changes to legislation
4.45pm Conference closing – Summary from Nick Leggett, chief executive, Road Transport Forum
6.00pm-6.30pm Strait Shipping pre-dinner drinks at Bill Richardson 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. 

Partners may choose option One or Two. Someone will contact you to find out what trip you would prefer.
The Stewart Island trip is also dependent upon weather.

Day 1 — Option One

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 1 — Option Two

7.00am Option to attend the sector meetings/breakfasts
9.30am Depart Invercargill for Riverton – 30min
10.00am Visit Te Hikoi Museum
11.00am Check out the local craft shops and galleries along the main street.
12.30pm Lunch at the Aparima Restaurant & Bar
2.00pm Make way to Gemstone Beach where you can find real Gems
3.15pm Afternoon Tea at Orepuki Beach Café
4.00pm Depart Orepuki for Invercargill
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

Go to the Ascot Park Hotel website and use the promo ROAD0921 to access rooms at the negotiated rates or contact the hotel directly on 03 219 9076, 0800 272 687 or email at ascot@ilt.co.nz

The rates for the Ascot Hotel are:

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

Other Accommodation

The following are all 3-5km from the Ascot Park Hotel. Please be sure to quote the reservation code (if applicable) to secure the below prices.

Property Reservation Code Contact details Rates Address
Kelvin Hotel 3664 0800 802 829
$155 Classic room
$165 Premium room
20 Kelvin Street
Homestead Villa Motel ROAD0921 0800 488 588
$150 1 bedroom unit Cnr Dee & Avenal Streets
74 Avenal Street
Balmoral Lodge Motel 45059 0800 225 667
$130 Studio
$140 1 bedroom unit
265 Tay Street
Turnbull Thomson Park
Quest Invercargill n/a 03 211 3966
See the Quest website
See the Quest website 10 Dee Street


Contact Us

Email: forum@rtf.nz
Phone: 04 472 3877