2024 CONFIRMED SESSIONS

The following is a list of conference sessions confirmed to-date. This will be added to until the release of the full programme:

 

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

The roading network is at the core of the new government’s priorities around improving our infrastructure. We need to move ahead as a country that is connected both in urban centres and in the regions with a fit-for-purpose and high functioning transport network. To this end the government has announced thirteen new RONS projects and allocated additional funding to road maintenance and improvements.  

  • funding and financing. Modernising the Crown’s finance governance to allow for more private funding  
  • reducing congestion in high-growth areas which will help to reduce emissions 
  • local government funding  opportunities 
  • reducing waste around time and resources spent on broader outcomes  
  • RONS update  

Hon Simeon BrownMinister for Transport, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Auckland  

 

LEADERS’ PANEL: LOOKING TO NEXT YEAR’S WORK PROGRAMME  

What is the next step for industry under the new government?  

With a new government in place and a strong focus on roading infrastructure, how will the next three years look for the roading industry? Priorities and investment have shifted but what does this mean for councils and contractors and is ‘doing more with less’ still happening or is it more about finding efficiencies and doing what can be done.  

  • unpacking the NLTP  
  • paring back broader outcomes, or finding better efficiencies?  
  • alternative financing and investment models  
  • lowering compliance costs  
  • current state of the consenting and fast-track consenting processes  

Panelists:
Dean Kimpton – Auckland Transport   
Murray Robertson – Downer  
Peter Wiles – WSP  
additional panelists to be confirmed 

Facilitator:
Adrienne Miller – UDINZ 

 

CHANGES TO STATE HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE   

The new Integrated Delivery Model for state highway maintenance is set to be rolled out early 2025. Significant changes are afoot with a focus on efficiencies and a closer working relationship with local communities.

  • how the IDM works and what this means for your organisation – contractor, consultancy, local government, supplier
  • moving towards a new approach to Temporary Traffic Management
  • 24-hour pothole repair
  • efficiencies gained through road closures for major maintenance and repairs (case study – Central Waikato)

Andrew Clarknational manager maintenance & operations, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi 

 

DRIVING MORE VALUE OUT OF YOUR ROAD MAINTENANCE CONTRACT: HIGGINS

Higgins is one of the large full-service roading contractors in New Zealand providing roading maintenance and construction, asphalt products, and the importation and supply of bitumen. It is part of the Fletcher Building group.  

New general manager Andrew McRae returns from a long stint in Australia and provides an update on the group and its key priorities moving ahead, and advice around what road owners can do to better leverage their investment.  

  • creating downward price pressure through operational efficiency  
  • trends we’re seeing in procurement and advice for models that work  
  • how we leverage and sub in local contractors  
  • benefits of vertical integration in the Fletcher Group – aggregates, cement, concrete  
  • bitumen supply and asphalt production capacities across Higgins  

 Andrew McRaegeneral manager, Higgins   

 

PROCUREMENT UPDATE: NZ TRANSPORT AGENCY WAKA KOTAHI  

The national transport agency is overhauling procurement across its roading spend under the new Infrastructure Procurement Strategy and Integrated Delivery Model. This will see the incumbent NOC model for state highway maintenance procurement replaced and a more system-wide and regionalised approach. There will be impacts and opportunities for local government, contractors and consultants.   

Alison Murrayhead of procurement, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi 

 

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER: HOW DO WE FIX OUR LOCAL ROADS? 

A comparison to the Australian situation, based on 20 years of data, followed by recommendations to government in New Zealand on how to fix local roads and give communities the roads they need. More funding is important but the sustainable, long-term solution lies in better asset management.  

Jacqui Hansen - senior asset management advisor, IPWEA   

 

UPDATE ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT  

Where is government procurement heading and how will the new government procurement rules impact the roading sector and what does the new framework look like?   

  • what were our key drivers for change?  
  • new procurement behaviours being encouraged  
  • how will agile, faster procurement be supported by the new framework?  

Laurence Pidcockgeneral manager NZ Government Procurement, MBIE 

 

REDUCING MATERIALS COSTS: ALTERNATIVES TO THE M/4 SPEC  

It is a common misconception that you need to use the M/4 gravel specification in all instances. In fact, this can lead to increased costs carting expensive virgin aggregates all over the country. So what are the other options?   

  • overseas developments relevant to New Zealand  
  • alternatives to M/4   
  • incorporating local materials into your specs  
  • sustainability considerations  
  • New Zealand case studies of alternatives & how they’ve performed to date  

Bryan Pidwerbeskytechnical director – pavements, Fulton Hogan 

 

CHANGES TO NZ STEEL’S HIGH-STRENGTH MELTER SLAG AGGREGATES, AND HOW TO ACCESS  

NZ Steel’s melter slag aggregate (GMA) is a high-performance synthetic aggregate used to provide skid resistance on road surfaces. NZTA currently underwrites 60% of the supply of GMA. With the commissioning of a new electric arc furnace at Glenbrook this product offering is set to be expanded.  

  • changes going forwards  
  • pricing   
  • how to source it  
  • GMA’s unique properties   

Colin Morganaggregates manager, NZ Steel  

 

DOES SUSTAINABILITY MEAN HIGHER COST? 

When assessing the viability of transport projects the various desired outcomes can sometimes seem in conflict. This can lead to significant trade-offs. 

Stiffer, smoother roads cost more upfront but deliver lower risk, lower maintenance assets. They also provide significant sustainability benefits. Higher upfront carbon emissions can reduce project life emissions significantly. 

In this presentation Mark will discuss the relationship between the economic viability and sustainability of common NZ pavement treatments, looking at areas of alignment and trade off, and how they can contribute to the bigger economic and sustainability picture. 

Mark Cruden director, Meyer Cruden Engineering 

 

PANEL DISCUSSION: ROAD USERS  

The heavy vehicle and public transport sectors are important stakeholders in the roading network. Changes are afoot in this area in terms of user-pays models, electrification and changing modes of transport, and vehicle weights. In this panel we take a look at:  

  • current fleet trends  
  • changes in average trip distances and routes and the impact of technology  
  • driver behaviour  
  • roads/regions we avoid and our wishlist for the network   

Panelists:
Delaney Myers – Bus and Coach Association
Andrew McGill – Auckland Transport

Panelists under invitation 

Facilitator:
Dom Kalasih – Transporting NZ  

 

PANEL DISCUSSION: FUNDING ALTERNATIVES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT PROJECTS 

Much has been said recently about alternative funding models for infrastructure and it will be interesting to see where the Government lands later this year with signalled changes to the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act. By the time of the conference, policy should also be in place around city and regional deals. In this panel we take a look at the opportunities and considerations for councils when it comes to roading projects. 

  • PPPs – when to use, when to avoid   
  • overseas best practice   
  • financing considerations for councils including credit ratings and financing costs 
  • tolls and congestion charging   
  • potential funding partners – iwi investment arms   
  • off-balance sheet debt options   
  • city and regional deals for roading   
  • correct project valuation and building in future maintenance costs upfront at time of financing   
  • ‘build, own, operate, transfer’ equity finance schemes, and value capture to generate additional revenue   

Panelists: 

Andrea Reeves – Wellington City Council
Ian Purdy – ACC
Stuart Cross – Morrison Low 

Panelists under invitation 

Facilitator:
Craig Rice – PwC

 

PANEL DISCUSSION: PRIORITISING ROADING BUDGETS AND THE ROLE OF INNOVATION   

This panel discussion canvases different councils around how they make the roading dollar go further.   

  • low-cost maintenance techniques and materials   
  • chipseal alternatives   
  • raising your drainage spend to combat changing weather patterns and protect your network   
  • understanding different asset classes and what they cost, lifecycles and how to maintain   
  • decision-making optimisation around asset management   
  • hot cutback bitumen vs emulsion   

Panelists:
Attinder Singh – Waikato District Council
Hamish Featonby – Tararua District Council
panelists under invitation 

Facilitator:
Richard Parsons - Beca
 

CASE STUDY: EXTENDING YOUR ROAD LIFE. WHEN TO USE REJUVENATORS AND WHEN TO LET A ROAD GO  

The key to using rejuvenation products is knowing when to apply them. If applied at the right time you can add 5-10 years to your road life and achieve considerable cost savings over the lifecycle of your road.  

  • what products and processes are involved in rejuvenation  
  • when to ‘let a road go’ vs fix it  

Steve Guycity streets maintenance manager, Christchurch City Council  

 

NZTA KEYNOTE ADDRESS: STATE OF PLAY AND OUR NEW DIRECTION   

Nicole Rosiechief executive officer, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi 

 

AT PROJECT ROADMAP 2025-2027   

Murray Burtdirector infrastructure & place, Auckland Transport 

 

NTRO INTELLIGENT PAVEMENT ASSESSMENT VEHICLE (iPAVE) AND DATA REFORM: CHANGING THE WAY WE COLLECT, PROCESS, AND REPORT ASSET CONDITION DATA THROUGH NEXT-GENERATION TECHNOLOGY

Johan Cronje principal technology leader, National Transport Research Organisation

 

MAJOR PROJECT WORK TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2025   

Mark Kinvignational manager infrastructure delivery, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi 

 

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS: 

MANUFACTURED SAND AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO NATURAL SAND  

Natural sand is getting harder to access, particularly from rivers and the seabed. Manufactured sand will be part of the solution however has challenges in terms of capital investment, historical costs of natural sand, consumer resistance and the fact that good aggregate rock is used to produce sand. This discussion will pursue the issues and potential solutions to increasing supply of manufactured sand in New Zealand, particularly for roading structures.  

Wayne Scottchief executive, AQA  

 

WHAT DOES A WORTHWHILE EPD LOOK LIKE TO A ROADING AUTHORITY?     

The roading materials sector is stepping up on life-cycle assessments (LCA) including Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). Join this Round Table to gain an understanding of LCAs and EPDs related to gravel and sand, concrete, limestone, cement and other roading materials.  

Bernie Nappdirector, Prospect Consulting 

 

HARNESSING ADVANCED TRANSPORT DATA SOURCES: INSIGHTS FROM HAMILTON

Hamilton City Council will share its experiences with some of the latest transport data sources. The presentation will cover telemetry data from providers such as Near, ERoad, TomTom, and CompassIoT, alongside video analytics for safety assessments from AMAG and Vivacity, drone surveys by Urban Connection, and mid-block multi-mode surveys by Opito.

Additionally, you’ll hear about their recent trial of over 15 different traffic counting technologies to see if there is a viable alternative to traditional pneumatic tube surveys.

This session will provide practical insights into these data sources and how they are being used to improve transport operations and planning in Hamilton.

John Kinghorn – transport systems engineer, Hamilton City Council   

 

2024 CONFERENCE THEMES

Leadership and government strategy

  • Waka Kotahi direction and overall government policy around roading
  • government funding and financing options
  • iwi investment and partnering in roading
  • network design
  • regulation

Procurement

  • contract models
  • social procurement
  • standards and consistency
  • sustainability responsibilities – contractor or owner
  • the role of consultants and contractors
  • understanding and overcoming constraints in procurement processes

Network future-proofing

  • designing your roading network to withstand changes in climate
  • water-proofing and drainage considerations
  • re-sealing techniques
  • the question around managed retreat

Technology

  • future technologies around road construction and maintenance
  • international developments in roading technology
  • asphalt and bitumen plant technology
  • pavement design technologies
  • R & D

Materials

  • near sourcing
  • aggregate supply and specification
  • the supply of bitumen and asphalt
  • recycled materials

Smart Traffic Signal Technologies and Control Centres

  • developments in new signals technologies
  • wireless systems around cameras and radars
  • traffic monitoring and use of data

 

To view the 2023 programme click here.