to Resilience and Adaptability in 2017

This year the road transport industry once again proved its resilience in some extremely challenging circumstances.

The closure of State Highway One through Kaikoura has made the transport task through the upper South Island extremely difficult, yet the adaptability and flexibility of our industry has made sure the freight has always got through.

Floods, cyclones and slips have served up further natural challenges, while workforce shortages, price fluctuations and increasing traffic congestion are long-term issues that we are all working hard to overcome. Add to these the increasing importance of environmental sustainability and new technologies and the adaptability of our sector will be critical to New Zealand’s economic success in the decades to come.

The 2017 Road Transport Forum Annual Conference is an opportunity to explore the importance of resilience and adaptability as our industry looks to the future. How can we adapt to protect ourselves from adverse natural events and economic challenges and what will be our priorities as we strive to meet New Zealand’s growing freight task?



Economist Bernard Hickey, Z Energy CEO Mike Bennetts and Abbie Reynolds of the Sustainable Business Council will provide delegates with thought-provoking views on the road ahead for our industry, the broader transport sector and the economy.

Immigration New Zealand will help us decode the government’s current policy settings, while the Sector Workforce Engagement Programme will brief us on progress to address the driver shortage issue. Once again, the government’s policy, regulation and compliance arms will present delegates with the opportunity to examine their role in our industry.

The 2017 New Zealand Truck Driving Champions that will run alongside the Conference is an opportunity to watch some of New Zealand’s top drivers in action. The Conference will also be a great social occasion with a networking BBQ and the prestigious Road Transport Industry Awards Dinner.


Claudelands Arena
Corner of Brooklyn Road and Heaphy Terrace
Hamilton 3214

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