Who we are

Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand. Nobody has more experience in the freight industry than we do.

Ia Ara Aotearoa is a national industry association representing 1,200 individual road freight transport companies (a combined fleet of 14,000 vehicles) that are committed to delivering all types of goods to ensure the comfort, health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, come what may. 

From courier companies and owner/drivers to large fleet operators and the companies that work alongside the freight transport industry, our representation is wide-ranging and responsive to the needs of our members.

Under the leadership of interim Chief Executive Dom Kalasih, we are passionate about providing support and development for the vital transport lifeblood of New Zealand industry.


What does Transporting New Zealand do?

  • Attract a sustainable workforce
  • Move food and all goods quickly, efficiently, safely and cost-effectively
  • Provide safety in the workplace and on the road
  • Comply with laws, rules, regulations and good practice

Our advocacy work across central and local government includes:

  • Responding to government initiatives affecting the industry
  • Going through the submissions process
  • Meeting with government officials
  • Appearing before Parliamentary select committees

From questions about regulations and legislation to discreet compliance advice, business management tips and legal assistance, we make sure the only thing our members need to worry about is getting on with business.

Our Heritage

We’re proud to trace our origins back to the 1920s where it all started with the Master Alliance Carriers Association and the New Zealand Road Transport Alliance, New Zealand’s two original industry organisations.

The Road Transport Forum New Zealand was established in 1997. In 2021, we changed our name to Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand to better reflect our brand and our voice, and the important contribution road transport makes to our country’s economy.