A weekend of road transport news and views at the South Island Seminar

Come join us at our mid-winter South Island Seminar in Twizel on June 22.

The event, at the Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel, features a mix of talks, panel discussions and an industry award dinner.

It all starts with some networking drinks on the Friday night sponsored by Teletrac Navman and the Seminar begins on Saturday at 8.30am after an official welcome from Paul Rait and Shona Robertson, Dom Kalasih and Waitaki MP Miles Anderson. 

There are presentations on permitting and RUC, financial tips, ACC, insurance and legal updates. We have a sector group Q and A with members asking the hard hitting questions to the panel.

To round out the day hard-hitting economist Cam Bagrie will lay down the real state of the nation, and then it is time for some mixing, mingling, and talking great wisdom.

The weekend is free for Transporting New Zealand members, and $230 for non-members.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For information on sponsorship and general questions please contact Jenny Murray at:

jenny@transporting.nz or call (04) 471 8284.

2023 Speakers

Previously the general manager at Transporting New Zealand, Dom has a long history in road transport and in particular, the heavy freight side of the sector. He has worked at Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, at the Ministry of Transport as heavy vehicle safety advisor and was with Z Energy for more than a decade with several roles in areas including logistics, business development and health and safety. Dom’s voluntary roles include Immediate Past President of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers NZ, member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and board member and officer of the International Forum for Heavy Vehicle Transport & Technology. Dom’s broad understanding across heavy transport matters is demonstrated by his co-authoring and presenting papers internationally on matters including increased vehicle productivity, driver fatigue, fuel efficiency and performance-based standards. He is also a huge motorsports participant and fan, having raced in many categories and being the NZ Formula First (Vee) champion in 1992/93. He is currently MotorSport New Zealand’s Chief of Circuit Safety. For further information, contact Dom Kalasih, Interim chief executive, Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand, 027 441 4309.

Cameron is the Managing Director of Bagrie Economics, a boutique independent research firm.  He is also involved in a number other entities covering property, helping businesses navigate banking and investing in small to medium sized businesses  He was formerly the Chief Economist of ANZ and has also worked at the NZ Treasury.  He is on the board of Life Education NZ (yes, that’s Harold the giraffe), and is a strong supporter of making the teaching of financial skills compulsory in schools.  He resides in Wellington but still considers himself a mainlander, and supports the Highlanders. His approach to economics centres around reality over ideology.

Guy has over 25 years’ of senior Business Development experience across the Information Technology and Services Sector; the most recent 12 years in Vehicle and Asset Telematics. Super passionate about all things Safety related, it’s just good business practice.

Charlaine Barnfather has worked in a variety of HR leadership roles in NZ and overseas, and across many industries, including logistics.
She holds qualifications in HR management and communications, is a chartered member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand and has a private investigator’s licence.
She says she is rarely surprised at the novel and interesting ways employment issues can arise in workplaces, and she understands the saying: “If you’ve got people – you’ve often got problems!”

Ross Godkin  oversees a network of bitumen plants throughout New Zealand and his primary focus is on maintaining product quality standards and fostering secure and sustainable work environments.

Ross has valuable experience with renowned industry giants such as Du Pont, ICI, and Orica and he has been recognised for his dedication to sustainability, receiving the Sustainability Champion Runner-Up award at the 2012 New Zealand Sustainability Business Awards. Initiatives at the Mount Maunganui bitumen plant have set new industry benchmarks in sustainable manufacturing practices and in more recent times Ross has championed the Road Science Decarbonisation program.

Peter McKay is the manager of Revenue Compliance for Waka Kotahi NZTA and has been with the MoT and NZ Police.

Peter served in roles across the lower half of the North Island including AS operations manager for Road Policing. He retired from Police National HQ as an inspector in 2012, returning to government service as an investigator for Waka Kotahi in 2019.  For the last two years he has been  manager of the Revenue Compliance unit.

He lives in Tauranga with his wife and his blended family, has a commercial pilot’s licence and likes to keep (reasonably!) fit.

Gareth Balfour is general manager of CCS Logistics, a subsidiary of NZI.

In 2011 he gained an Advanced Drivers qualification in the UK from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and has volunteered as a tutor to coach drivers on defensive driving techniques using the UK Police Foundation’s Roadcraft system.

He returned to NZ in 2014 and joined the local volunteer fire brigade. As an emergency response driver, Gareth has seen first-hand the consequences of road accidents.

With qualifications in strategic management and leadership, and more than eight years’ experience working with New Zealand transport operators and professional drivers, Gareth is keen to help boost drivers’ skills to reduce road accidents and injuries.


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

Date Time Event
Friday 21 June 4.00pm - 6.30pm Registration
5.30pm - 6.30pm Teletrac Navman networking drinks
Saturday 22 June 7.45am Registration
8.30am Welcome – Regional presidents Region 4 and 5
8.40am Transporting New Zealand - Dom Kalasih
8.50am MP Miles Anderson
9.15am Road Science
9.45am RUC investigations/ permitting - Peter McKay and Eric Vanderplan, NZTA Waka Kotahi
10.15am ACC presentation: Recovery at Work presented by Adam Jennings
10.45am Bluebridge Morning Tea
11.15am Legal update from Wynn Williams
11.45pm Financial management - Malcolm Hollis, PwC
12.15pm Lunch
1.00pm Q and A: Waka Kotahi, CVST and Worksafe
2.00pm NZI presentation - Hamish Piercy
2.30pm EROAD - Solutions Update - John Collins
3.00pm Afternoon tea
3.30pm Sector Group Q and A and member questions
4.30pm Economic Update from Cam Bagrie - sponsored by Bridgestone
5.15pm Seminar finishes
6.00pm IVCS Drinks
6.30pm Dinner, Awards - EROAD Young Driver, Fruehauf Outstanding Contribution to Innovation, EROAD Outstanding Contribution to Health and Safety and VTNZ Supreme Contribution to New Zealand Road Transport Industry, speaker



Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

The Distinction are pleased to offer a preferred accommodation rate of $240 bed and breakfast for 2 pax in the room. Extra person cost $80 incl breakfast 

For bookings at the Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel please email the hotel at reservations@distinctiontwizel.co.nz or ring on 03 435 0869. Please advise them that you will be there for the Transporting New Zealand seminar.


Award Nominations

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Entries close at 5pm, Monday June 3, 2024.