New Zealand Freight Summit 2014


Being geographically distant, New Zealand’s economic development depends on the efficiency and competitiveness of its internal and international freight sector.

What’s the current demand picture for the freight industry and the future trends of the sector?

This is just one of the questions the New Zealand Freight Summit will answer in its 2014 edition.

Join the review of the current status of road, rail, air and sea freight and figure out the opportunities for future growth and efficiency improvement.


Learn more about:

  • The new edition of the National Freight Demand Study
  • Numbers and figures emerged from the last Freight Information Gathering System report
  • Status and expected improvements for national infrastructures
  • The Kiwi freight scenario by mode: road, rail, air, sea
  • Technologies to improve efficiency in freight movement management
  • Changes in the Competition Law affecting the sector
  • Most wanted skills for the sector


Featuring speakers from:

Ministry of Transport  »  NZTA  »  Air New Zealand  »  Maersk  »  Kotahi  »  NZ Airports Association  »  Pacifica Transport  »  Kiwirail  »  Auckland University  »  DTL  »  Lyttelton Port Company  »Christchurch International Airport  »  BlueScope Steel  »  GS1  »  New Zealand Defence Force  »  Port of Napier


Agenda: Day 1


Registration and coffee


Opening remarks from the Chair

Keith Robinson, Director, Acumen Services


The global scenario: The health and wealth of the freight sector

Some economists define 2010-2020 as the low growth decade. How the global crisis and the new demand generated by emerging markets are changing the freight industry balance?
• Looking at the global economic forecast
• How and where goods are moving
• Finding new profitable routes

Rod Oram, Business Journalist


Responding to today’s transport challenges and getting ahead of tomorrow’s

• transport and the government’s Business Growth Agenda
• the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding
• providing a freight information picture
• brief overview of the National Freight Demand Study 2014.

Martin Matthews, Chief Executive, Ministry of Transport


Morning break & refreshments


The National Freight Demand Study 2014

The session will cover the National Freight Demand Study 2014 in depth, including growth projections over the next 30 years.

Nick Brown, General Manager Aviation and Maritime, Ministry of Transport


Connecting New Zealand: the status of our infrastructure

Being geographically distant from our key markets, it’s crucial for New Zealand to develop an efficient transport network and allow the country to be competitive in its exports. The Ministry of Transport set the priorities for the decade 2012-2022. Where are we in the provision of transport infrastructure?
• Looking at strategic investments in land transport
• Reflecting on a better use of existing transport capacity
• Highlighting specific regional needs

Alastair Farr, Senior Adviser Funding and Infrastructure, Ministry of Transport


The impact of growth on productivity: Can inland hubs help?

Larger ports need to minimise costs and maximise operational productivity while increasing capacity. Inland hubs provide an alternative which may be significantly less expensive and more readily available in comparison to land reclamation or terminal equipment.
• Impact of container growth on port productivity
• The use of inland hubs and their impact on port productivity
• The opportunities for inland hubs in Christchurch

Nick Flack, Infrastructure Planner, Christchurch International Airport


Lunch break


Cutting costs and improving services: An oxymoron?

The right solution to achieve cost efficiency is not easy to find. Is there a way to achieve cost reductions without affecting the quality of the service?
• Dealing with container underutilisation
• Achieving fuel efficiency: where are we?
• Planning in advance to be efficient in the peak season

Willie van Heusden, President, CBAFF


Case Study – Optimising our domestic freight network through collaboration

DTL has a vision to establish a more efficient domestic freight network (road, rail, coastal and warehousing) to better manage the flow of freight around New Zealand.
• Data sharing to align transport needs
• Consolidating freight to better utilise assets
• Sharing the value to ensure sustainable outcomes for all parties

Scott Brownlee, CEO, DTL


Afternoon break & refreshments


Don’t be blind when moving goods

Visibility in supply chain and a common language among stakeholders is crucial to avoid delays, losses and inefficiencies. However, a lack of standardised practices and operator’s interoperability still affects the sector.
• Improving the automatic identification of items
• Avoiding waste of time: being sure of freight origin, content and destination
• Implementing a common communication system among operators

Gary Hartley, GM - Sector Development, GS1


Case Study - Moving freight during HADR (Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief)

Hear from the NZDF how they develop resilience throughout the supply chain to be prepared when it is necessary to move freight and personnel where it is required.
• Mitigating risks in the event of an emergency: what kind of freight could be moved
• Building and maintaining resiliency among stakeholders

Nicholas Cresswell, Officer Commanding Logistics Support Squadron Auckland, NZDF


Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks

Agenda: Day 2


Welcome back from the Chair


Rail Freight: The need to constantly improve transit time and reliability

Improving network performances especially on long distances has been a key driver of growth for Kiwirail. New investments are expected and rail links to and from inland and ports carry beneficial effects for the overall freight system.
• Meeting stakeholders expectations: investments and improvements expected
• Shortening the country: increasing long distance freight movement
• Improving connections between the North and South Island

Alan Piper, General Manager Sales, KiwiRail Freight
Aaron Temperton, General Manager Operations, KiwiRail Freight


Route to New Zealand - Our role in the international shipping map

Given that the 78% of Kiwi coastal TEU are moved on international ships, what is the role of New Zealand in an international context characterised by bigger ships and slow steaming?
• Dealing with rates, cost savings and profitability
• Maximising coastal shipping competitiveness
• Considering kiwi needs in the international shipping context

Chris Greenough, Chief Executive Officer, Kotahi Logistics LP


Morning break & refreshments


Panel Discussion - Looking higher: The current (and next) air freight scenario

• Looking at airfreight’s role in the domestic and international supply chain
• Considering growth opportunities for kiwi air freight
• Analysing the next key challenges for the industry

Kevin Ward, Chief Executive, NZ Airports Association
Rick Nelson, General Manager Cargo, Air New Zealand


Kiwi Roads: Moving more freight with fewer trucks

Hear from Marinus about what the government is doing to allow greater productivity and safety benefits for moving freight, with the consequent reduction in costs for operators and consumers.
• The plan for High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMV)
• Introduction of 50MAX and the benefits of network access
• Analysing the commercial, economic & safety benefits of HPMVs

Marinus La Rooij, Freight Portfolio Strategy Manager, NZ Transport Agency


CEOs Panel discussion – Ports: the New Zealand gateway

• Measuring the health status of our ports
• Comparing North and South Island’s ports requirements and perspective
• Responding to a big demand for bigger ships

Peter Davie, CEO, Lyttelton Port Company
Garth Cowie, CEO, Port of Napier
Gerard Morrison, Managing Director, Maersk Line
Steven Chapman, CEO, Pacifica Transport


Lunch break


We want you! Most wanted skills for freight industry

Hear from Penni how to deal with the significant workforce shortage in the logistics sector due to the ageing of current workers and a lack of turnover with younger employees.
• Identifying useful skills across all transport modes
• Dealing with a widespread difficulty in attracting new entrants
• Overseas recruitment: does it work in the long term?

Penni Hlaca, General Manager - Christchurch, Randstad


Transport Law update

The review will cover :
• Recent and imminent law changes
• Relevant case law

Barbara Versfelt, Special Counsel, Lowndes Jordan


International trade: Examining the incoming changes in Competition Law

The Cartel Bill will remove the current exemption on anti-competitive conduct for shipping companies. Within the transitional period there are several actions companies should take to get prepared and be compliant with the changes.
• Considering the impact of changes in the industry
• Looking at exceptions, clearances and penalties
• Get prepared: review and assessment of current arrangements

Alicia Murray, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson


Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference


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