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Come experience the Road Transport Forum Conference: 24-25 September 2019

Early bird pricing is here: register now and save
up to $125 per person!

WELCOME

Tena koutou katoa!

This year’s Road Transport Forum Conference, organised by RTANZ Region 2 and CARTA, is about our industry’s central focus – and not just because we are gathering at the impressive Wairakei Resort near Taupo! There is awareness across the industry that now is the correct time to focus on the issues and topics that are of central concern to our livelihoods and the wellbeing of those we employ and do business with.

We know that if we are to prosper and grow NZ’s transport businesses that we must encourage a more diverse and better trained workforce. We must ensure the safety of all road users by modelling the best driving skills and ensuring our business practices are built around health and safety and the wellbeing of our people.

You are warmly invited to join us at Wairakei Resort on the 24th and 25th September to hear from a variety of interesting speakers and partake in discussions on how we can all work to ensure the future prosperity of the industry and those who work within it. The Conference is an important networking opportunity and we will also celebrate and recognise the work of our industry in increasing the economic productivity of New Zealand.

SPEAKERS

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

PROGRAMME

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

TUESDAY 24th SEPTEMBER:

7.00am  

Sector meetings over breakfast

  • Bulk/linehaul
  • Metro/Ports
  • Forestry
  • Livestock
9.00am  

Conference Opening

  • David Trewavas, Mayor of Taupo
  • Welcome from RTF Chair, Neil Reid and Derek Dumbar (Region 2 President)
9.30am  

Guest Speaker

  • TBC
10.45am  

Morning Tea

  • Sponsored by Tauranga Canvas
11.15am  

Session 1

  • Ministry of Transport CEO, Peter Mersi TBC

Session 2

  • PM/Deputy PM or Minister of Transport
12.30pm  

Lunch

  • Sponsored by ETL Ltd
1.30pm  

Session 3

  • Police/NZTA Compliance Panel – Chaired by Kerry Arnold
2.30pm  

Session 4 

  • Hon Paul Goldsmith – Opposition Spokesperson on Transport (T.B.C.)
3.00pm  

Afternoon Tea

  • Sponsored by Bridgestone
3.30pm  

Hon Shane Jones – Minister of Regional Economic Development and Infrastructure

  • How economic development agenda relates to roading connectivity
4.15pm  

Sector meetings report back

  • Open Forum
6.00pm   Drinks
6.45pm   Informal Dinner and entertainment

WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER:

7.30am  

7.30 am Breakfast with Tim Hurdle on public opinion on road transport

  • Sponsored by TBC
8.30am   Cameron Bagrie, Economist
9.45am  

Sharon Zolner, ANZ

  • The value of trucking to our economy and what its activities tell us about our progress
10.30am  

Morning Tea

  • Sponsored by Allied Petroleum
11.00am  

Workforce

  • Melanie Boyle – The future workforce now.
11.30pm  

Dale Williams ONZ

  • Young people don’t need to change, businesses do.
12.30pm   Lunch Sponsored by T.B.C
1.30pm   Health and Wellbeing with Dr Tom Mullholland
2.30pm  

Dr Lucia Kelleher

  • ‘Busy brain’
3.30pm  

Afternoon Tea

  • Sponsored by Cal Izusu
4.00pm  

Employment Law with Paul McKay

  • The latest in employment relations law
4.45pm –
5.45pm 

Business Insight Panel with Greg Pert and Deborah O’Brien

  • The makings of a successful Contemporary Road Transport Business and the changes you should be making
6.00pm   Drinks
7.00pm

Major Conference Dinner and Industry Awards

  • MC sponsored by Spiers Finance

VENUE: Wairakei Resort

640 Wairakei Rd
Taupo 3379
Phone: 07 374 9004

ACCOMMODATION

As well as the venue for the conference, Wairakei Resort Taupo is also offering competitive accommodation rates to RTF Conference attendees. To book, simply click here

PARTNERS PROGRAMME

TUESDAY 24th SEPTEMBER:

9.45am   Meet for morning tea and introductions
10.30am   Travel by bus to Acacia Bay on the shores of Lake Taupo. Here we will visit L’arte Café & Gallery, which is one of New Zealand’s most unique galleries and gardens. You will have time to enjoy the amazing garden and browse in the shop that sells  garden features, wall art, knick knacks etc. We will have lunch  in the café, with a wine tasting by The Merchant of Taupo.
2.30pm   Travel into Taupo CBD for a bit of retail therapy. We will return to Wairakei at approx 4.30pm, leaving you plenty of time to get glammed up for the conference dinner and awards evening.
6.00pm   Drinks
6.45pm   Dinner

WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER:

10.00am   Meet for morning tea
10.50am   Make our way to the Pavillion for a cooking demonstration by Katherine Froggatt from Coriander Lime Asian Cooking School. As part of Katherine’s cooking demonstration we will enjoy a tasting plate for lunch. You will receive recipes of today’s dishes to take away with you.
2.00pm  

Free to join the main conference, you may like to catch the second half of Dr Tom Mulhollan’s presentation on Health & Wellbeing or listen to Dr Lucia Kelleher speak about Busy Brain Syndrome.

OR you may like to book yourself a treatment at the Resorts Body Firm Spa (at own cost, would pay to pre-book)

6.00pm   Drinks
6.30pm   Conference dinner and awards

SPONSORS

Please support our wonderful sponsors:

Early bird pricing is only available for a limited time,
so register today!

CONTACT US

Email: craig@lhtgroup.co.nz
Phone: 027 651 6693