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Event Recap

The Ministry of Transport and its associated transport agencies succeeded in bringing together a wide range of stakeholders from across New Zealand’s transport sector in February 2013 for the New Zealand Transport Summit.

Engaging in forward-focused presentations, panel discussions and Q&A, the two-day Summit was filled with insights into major trends and issues affecting the efficiency of the transport sector, with a particular focus on ‘making the blue space work’:

- Global trends in world trade and New Zealand’s place in world trade
- Overcoming maritime and aviation barriers to international trade
- Transport as a driver of economic growth
- Developing effective global supply chains and examining user perspectives
- The future of technology and its impact on supply chains

We were privileged to hear from some global and local leaders in transport during our plenary keynotes, including:
• A Ministerial address from Hon Gerry Brownlee, who opened the Summit.
• Insights from Jose Viegas, recently appointed Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, who joined us during a whirlwind international trip to discuss developments in international transport and building relations internationally.
• The personable and controversy-driven presenter and panellist, Michael Deegan from Infrastructure Australia who spoke on investment and industry collaboration in transport infrastructure.
• An entertaining presentation from Andrew Parker, Emirates, looking at international aviation trends.
• Shamubeel Eaqub who provided a direct and insightful presentation on the force of new globalisation and other emerging trends impacting the future of transport.
• An insightful and action-driven summary to close the two days of discussions from Martin Matthews, Michael Deegan and Richard Laverty.

Evening function at Parliament
All attending the Summit were invited to enjoy networking drinks at Parliament after the first day, hosted by Beca. Delegates and speakers shared insights and thoughts on the topics covered that day, while enjoying the further opportunity to network and engage with peers.

Headlines from the event

Transport Summit looks at cost of exports - NewstalkZB

Strong line-up of speakers for NZ Transport Summit – Scoop

NZ Transport Summit will focus on economic growth – Ministry of Transport

SKM participating in NZ Transport Summit – Global SKM

Early bird registrations closing for NZ Transport Summit - Scoop

City Rail Link – not if but when – Auckland Transport Blog

Inner-city rail link delay ‘untenable’ – NZ Herald

About the summit

Conferenz is proud to be working alongside the Ministry of Transport and the associated Transport Agencies to create The New Zealand Transport Summit. This Summit will be the only sector endorsed transport conference and is a key opportunity for all stakeholders to collaborate and engage in leading New Zealand’s economic future.

Message from the Ministry of Transport

Martin Matthews

It is my pleasure, on behalf of Conferenz and my Chief Executive colleagues in the New Zealand Transport Agency, Maritime New Zealand, Civil Aviation Authority, Kiwirail, Transport Accident Investigation Commission and Airways, to welcome the wider transport sector to join us in Wellington on the 18th and 19th of February 2013 for a conference to examine key issues for New Zealand’s transport sector in driving economic growth.

We are delighted to work alongside Conferenz to create this conference and fully endorse it.

New Zealand’s position in the world is geographically remote – there is a great deal of ‘blue space’ between us and our export markets. An effective, integrated transport system that connects exporters to markets and enables the flow of people to and from New Zealand contributes to New Zealand’s economic growth and prosperity.

Can we overcome the challenge posed by all of that blue space? How do we create an integrated, connected transport system which optimises market opportunities for our trade and enterprise? The 2013 New Zealand Transport Summit will be a key forum to discuss these challenges and focus on meeting our future needs.

Martin Matthews, Chief Executive, Ministry of Transport

Reasons to attend

The Transport Sector Chief Executives Group have been resonant in defining the priority theme for the Summit being Transport Driving Economic Growth. Particular focus on “Making the Blue Space Work” will be explored including key topics on:

  • GrowthTransport as a driver of economic growth
  • GlobalNew Zealand's interconnected global transport system
  • TrendsNew Zealand's markets and future trends
  • TechHow technology and innovation will shape transport
  • FutureGrowing our transport infrastructure and labour to meet future needs
  • NextWhere to next?

Event Information

The New Zealand Transport Summit
Transport Driving Economic Growth: Making the blue space work

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18-19 February 2013

Te Papa Museum, Wellington

Te Papa Museum

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