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This year’s conference theme, “Future Transport Direction in Aotearoa”, focused on the next 30 years of Aotearoa’s transport sector. Held on the 1st December 2021, 100 delegates attended in person at the James Cook Hotel, and over 70 more joined online.

We look forward to delivering another excellent conference in 2022, alongside our partners from Waka Kotahi, Civil Aviation Authority, and Maritime New Zealand.

Minister Wood’s Address

Hon Michael Wood is the MP for Mt Roskill, Minister for Transport, and Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety. He is also Deputy Leader of the House. This video speech was prepared to welcome delegates to the conference, announce the release of the Transport Evidence Base Strategy, and outline the government’s actions for transport.

Phil Blythe – Decarbonising Transport: the challenge from a UK perspective

Professor Phil Blythe, from Newcastle University's Department for Transport, has an academic focus on the development of intelligent transport systems. This covers the application to transport of information, communications, and computing technology. His presentation provided an international perspective on the challenges of decarbonising transport.  

Joanna Pohatu – Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi: Transport Emissions – Pathways to Net Zero by 2050

Joanna Pohatu, Te Manatū Waka Principal Adviser, contributes to the transport content for the all-of-government Emissions Reduction Plan (due May 2022) and the Carbon Offsetting Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). This presentation highlighted work on the Ministry’s green paper, Hīkina te Kohupara.


Kirstie Hewlett – Maritime transport: recovery into the future

Kirstie Hewlett was appointed Chief Executive and Director of Maritime New Zealand in May 2021. She shared her thoughts on what might be the future of Maritime transport in a Covid-19 world, covering impacts of disruption on the international supply chain and workforce availability.


Michelle Nordermeer – Measure, reduce, offset. The role of carbon offsetting in getting the transport sector to net zero by 2050

Michelle Nordermeer has 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry, with a degree in Aviation Management and a commercial pilot’s licence. Her presentation covered the work of CarbonClick, where she has been Chief Operating Officer since August 2020, and the role of carbon offsetting in fighting climate change.