Big changes for transport organisations

Regional associations National Road Carriers and NZ Trucking Association will no longer be represented by Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand


Nick Leggett

The former Road Transport Forum, Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand (Transporting New Zealand) has announced changes to its structure, with chief executive Nick Leggett saying the regional associations National Road Carriers (NRC), based in Auckland, and NZ Trucking Association, based in Christchurch, will no longer be represented by the national organisation.

"NRC and NZ Trucking are part of one organisation—Owner Carriers Association of New Zealand (OCANZ)—which held four spots on the Transporting New Zealand board. These board positions have relinquished as part of OCANZ’s desire to go its own way," says Nick.

In a joint press release issued by the NRC and NZ Trucking Association in response to the announcement, the two groups say an untenable proposal was put to the associations to merge and create one centralised industry body based in Wellington.

After consideration, representative board members from both NRC and NZ Trucking believed that such a structure would not be in the best interests of their members and would dilute the grassroots understanding of industry issues and the provision of services.

"We expect an interim board will be set up to determine the details of our future direction, and we remain committed to getting the best possible results for the road freight transport industry, which faces many challenges right now, and in the months and years ahead as New Zealand grapples with both COVID-19 and disruption in the global supply chain," says Nick.

There’s no word on how any of the organisations will be financially affected by the new organisational structure.

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