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


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 in the central North Island at the 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.


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 are subject to change before the conference commences. 


2.30pm – 7pm: Registration desk open
5.00pm – 6.30pm: Meet and greet session


6.30am to
Registration desk open

Sector meetings over breakfast – Sponsored by Risgon Insurance Brokerage

  • Livestock
  • Metro/ports
  • Bulk/Linehaul
  • Forestry
8:45am Pōwhiri

Conference opening and welcome

  • Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas and Road Transport Forum Chair Neil Reid and
    Road Transport Forum CE Nick Leggett

Keynote speaker – Sponsored by Carter’s Tyre Service

Craig Membrey – Australian trucking operator and Beyond Blue Ambassador

10.30am   Morning Tea – Sponsored by Tauranga Canvas

Hon Phil Twyford Minister of Transport

  • The Government’s transport agenda

Ministry of Transport CEO, Peter Mersi

  • Future of Transport Strategy
12.30pm   Lunch – Sponsored by Sinotruk

Compliance Panel (CVST, NZTA, WorkSafe)

  • Chaired by RTF Manager Technical & Roading Kerry Arnold
2.30pm   Chris Bishop National Party spokesperson on Transport
3.00pm   Afternoon Tea – Sponsored by Bridgestone
3.30pm –
Sector meeting report backs
4.30pm –
Wrap-up by RTF chief executive Nick Leggett and Chair Neil Reid
6.00pm   Drinks
6.45pm   Informal dinner — Sponsored by CrediFlex Hawke’s Bay and Head Offices



Cameron Bagrie – Sponsored by Finance New Zealand

  • The economy has clocked up the miles, though is showing signs of lower revs as firms tap on the
    brakes. Cameron will look under the New Zealand economy’s chassis and give his verdict on how
    much horsepower we can expect.

Paul Mackay, Business NZ

  • Employment law-where to next?
10.30am   Morning Tea – Sponsored by Allied Petroleum
11.00am   Melanie Boyle — The future workforce

Margaret Kouvelis, CEO of Talent Central

  • Young people don’t need to change, businesses do.
12.30pm   Lunch – Sponsored by Delta Stock Crates, UDC New Zealand’s Finance Company
1.00pm Hon Shane Jones – Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructure
How the Government’s economic development agenda relates to transport connectivity

Dr Tom Mulholland – Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz New Zealand

  • Maintaining health and wellbeing

Dr Lucia Kelleher – Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz New Zealand

  • ‘Busy brain’
3.30pm Afternoon Tea – Sponsored by CAL Isuzu
4.00pm –

Conference wrap-up

  • RTF chief executive Nick Leggett
6.00pm   Drinks – Sponsored by StraitNZ
6.30pm NZ Road Transport Industry Awards Gala Dinner – Sponsored by Southpac, Patchell Group,
Transfleet Trailers, Cummins

VENUE: Wairakei Resort

640 Wairakei Rd
Taupo 3379
Phone: 07 374 9004


The Wairakei Resort Taupo is now booked out. For accommodation we recommend Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo


Wairakei 23rd – 25th September


5.00pm – 6.30pm: Meet and greet session


7.00am Option to attend the sector meetings/breakfasts
9.45am   This morning we meet in the Geyser House Bar of the Wairakei Resort for morning tea.  This is always a great time to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. We will give you a rundown of the programme for the next two days.

We will travel by bus to L’Arte Café. Voted lonely Planet’s No1 café pick for the Central North Island and one of the top 10 places to visit in New Zealand. The café and gallery are both set in a magical art filled garden, complete with an outside mosaic living room. We will have lunch here today, with time to browse the garden, gallery and shop.

To compliment your lunch, The Merchant of Taupo will do a wine tasting. The Merchant of Taupo is the largest wine and gourmet food store in the Central North Island. You can visit them later in the day during our stop in Taupo , if you wish.

After lunch we will drop you into the Taupo CBD for some well-deserved retail therapy. We will return to Wairakei around 4.45pm.

6.00pm Drinks
6.45pm   Informal Dinner


10.30am   This morning we will share morning tea with the delegates in the Conference room foyer.

We will make our way to the Heritage Room to meet Katherine Froggatt-Ong. Katherine is the owner of Coriander Lime Asian Cooking School. Today she will take us on a journey through the essential ingredients and equipment for Asian Cooking, some of you may like to don and apron and help out. This will be an interactive experience where Katherine will demonstrate a number of dishes. We will enjoy a light lunch, tasting plate of the demonstrated dishes. You will all get a copy of the recipes to take home.


Our last session today will consist of a presentation by Sue Arthur, founder of Over The Moon Dairy Company. What began as a passion project and a small team in 2007 has become one of the local area’s most loved and recognised brands. Making New Zealand’s widest range of specialty cheeses from four different type of milk, Over the Moon’s products are on the menu in many top restaurants and found in quality delicatessens all over the country – including its own welcoming factory tasting room in Putaruru and its flagship store in Cambridge. Sue will bring some gourmet cheese platters, we will add the wine, and then hold onto those glasses as we have a comedy session with Mr Ben Hurley. Yes we have stolen him from the main conference to come and entertain you all.

Ben Hurley was head boy at Hawera High School and hoped to become a lawyer until he became hooked on comedy instead. He is a regular on TV3’s 7 Days and a previous winner of the Billy T Award and The Fred Award.

We will finish around 3.30pm and you will have plenty of time to get yourselves glammed up for the drinks and dinner tonight OR if you wish to book a treatment (at your own expense) at the resorts Body Firm Spa 073780873 it would pay to prebook

6.00pm   Drinks
6.30pm   NZ Road Transport Industry Awards Gala Dinner


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