Freight Futures 2030

Driving long-term success & sustainability

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Peter Sherwin, Partner, Grant Thornton
Opening Address: New Zealand’s Freight System and the Future of Rail

Delivering on the potential of rail in our national transport system needs input and collaboration from all players across the logistics and supply chain industries.

New investment in rail, coupled with a drive towards emissions reduction and a zero carbon economy, are set to transform freight solutions across New Zealand:

  • Short and long term objectives to achieve a truly multi modal transport shift
  • A drive to reduce emissions
  • Collaboratively working with Government and industry
  • National and regional opportunities for growth and development.
Erin Wynne, Director Rail Transformation, Ministry of Transport - Te Manatu Waka
E-Commerce and multi-modal transport - is NZ’s regulatory system fit for purpose?
  • An overview of the current legislation governing carriage of goods
  • Issues raised by commercial and technological developments
  • The Rotterdam Rules – should NZ become a signatory?
Simon Cartwright, Partner – Transport and Trade, Hesketh Henry
Morning break
Making hubs work for you – an inspection of leading multi-modal hubs
  • Location, location, location – building on existing networks and transport lines to guarantee the biggest impact on turnarounds and freight traffic
  • Joining the dots – utilising careful logistics planning to ensure smoother transfers between distant hubs
  • Jack of all trades, master of none – understanding the local terrain to know when to limit the number of transport options
Blair Morris, General Manager Ruakura, Tainui Group Holdings
Panel: Future freight hubs – multi-modal freight reducing logistics and supply chain waste
  • Growing pains – lessons learnt so far in building future hubs and the key challenges overcome
  • How multi-modal hubs will enable growth and development for New Zealand businesses and the economy
  • Which technology options will best suit the NZ freight and logistics environment?
  • What plans are already in the pipeline and how companies can better prepare for them
Murray King, Director, Murray King & Francis Small Consultancy Ltd
Blair Morris, General Manager Ruakura, Tainui Group Holdings
Alan Piper, GGM Sales & Commercial, KiwiRail
Allyson Wood, Senior Lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology
Lunch break
Rebuilding cost effectiveness and business sustainability

Limited labour availability and increasingly higher costs compounded by a highly competitive market is not a sure-fire recipe for long-term success. How can the sector adapt or transform?

  • Understanding the causes of current industry-wide pressures and concerns
  • Escaping the rush to the bottom and increasing margins
  • Identifying key success factors, maximising efficiency and improving overall business sustainability
Peter Sherwin, Partner, Grant Thornton
Going the distance – how technology is changing the way we move heavy freight
  • Making the most of transport and warehousing advancements to enable more effective material handling
  • Utilising technology to streamline and optimise customs clearance procedures
  • Getting cargo from A to B quickly and efficiently without compromising on quality
Allyson Wood, Senior Lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology
Sven Andersson, Student - International Logistics Management, Manukau Institute of Technology
Afternoon break
Carbon Neutral Freight - building resilience through sustainability in New Zealand’s freight environment
  • Using carbon measurement and mitigation to optimise the freight system and future proof the industry
  • Leveraging your supply chain to manage business risk and liability
Dr Ann Smith, Chief Executive, Enviro-Mark Solutions
Nic Bishop, Sustainability Manager, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Tom Kelly, Manager – Environmental Initiatives, The Warehouse Group
Keynote address: The “Art” of Movement – From factory to foxhole

From New Zealand to the world and vice versa, the New Zealand Defence force has successfully transported people, cargo and freight, at time on its own and at times in partnership with valued commercial partners.  ‘People’, ‘pieces’, ‘parts’, and ‘packages’ and ‘parcels’ are the daily diet of the Defence Force’s movements and freight ecosystem - be that for humanitarian aid, disaster relief or combat operations at home or in far flung and at times inhospitable places.  The closing address will focus on the daily realities of New Zealand Defence Force operations beginning with its operations in Timor Leste in 1999 through the 2000s and into the future where short notice and extreme time and environmental constraints prevail.

Brig. (Ret.) Charles Lott, Chief – Joint Defence Services, New Zealand Defence Force
Summary remarks from the Chair and networking drinks
Peter Sherwin, Partner, Grant Thornton
Welcome back from the Chair
Peter Sherwin, Partner, Grant Thornton
Mechanisms for addressing industry-wide recruitment and retention concerns

All too often, all it takes to find that long sort after spark of inspiration is to approach a problem with a different set of eyes.

  • Working with different sectors and industries to overcome the challenge of attracting the right kind of applicant
  • Rebranding or retargeting – how each these can play a role in improving trends
Tania Williams, GM Engineering Leadership, Engineering New Zealand
Culture as a competitive advantage: The transformational role of workplace culture in a rapidly-changing world

Join Napier Port as they explore the lanes they took to address their recruitment and retention concerns through the use of positive culture change.

  • Understanding workplace culture as a disruptive force
  • Showcasing how a people first approach helped Napier Port build a resilient and agile culture
Viv Bull, GM Culture and Community, Napier Port
Morning break
Going green – decarbonisation efforts within the industry
  • An inspection of future fuel options available for road, rail, air and sea freight
  • How and why decarbonisation requires more than just a change in fuel type
  • Real world examples of how industry-wide carbon reduction initiatives have improved business outcomes
Liz Yeaman, Managing Director, Retyna Consulting Ltd
The right tech for the right job – a look at industry best use for HFC and BEV

Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) and Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) technology is no longer just for small vehicles. The technology of both has advanced to the stage where they can both aid in the cost-effective decarbonisation of the freight industry.       

  • Exploring the best usage for each technology type and why they will co-exist
  • Real life examples of how both technologies are being implemented within the freight industry
Dan Kahn, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Hiringa Energy
Lunch break
Structuring freight networks to better withstand disruptions
  • How recent disasters have forced improvements in contingency planning and encouraged resilience in local freight networks and supply chains
  • Better connecting New Zealand to global networks to minimise disruptions during local and global disasters
Jon Adams, Executive General Manager, Toll New Zealand
AI in logistics

Artificial intelligence is not just theory restricted to the lab anymore. It's real and being applied in the NZ trucking marketplace now. You can't afford to ignore AI but there are important considerations.

  • Why AI - theory to practice?
  • When is AI a good fit?
  • AI and the workforce
Gavin Young, Solution Consulting, TNX
Afternoon break
Sustainable supply chains evolving to meet changing consumer needs
  • Ensuring environmental sustainability across the supply chain
  • Structuring your supply chain in a manner that is sustainable, cost competitive and doesn’t impact on company values
  • Exploring ways to maintain customer choice and sustainability in terms of delivery options
Chris Foord, Chief Logistics & Fulfilment Officer, The Warehouse Group
Closing address: Turning freight dreams into freight reality
  • What targets should the New Zealand freight environment focus on first to encourage uptake of emission reduction practices and improve long-term sustainability
  • Finding common ground on which methods and best practices to follow to ensure smoother supply chain and logistics flow
  • The practicalities and challenges of implementing advances in technology into the New Zealand transport environment
Todd Moyle, Chief Operations Officer, KiwiRail
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
Peter Sherwin, Partner, Grant Thornton
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