The Motor Trade Association (MTA) will be holding its first national conference in several years later this week where a series of speakers will voice their concerns on the transformation of the automotive industry in New Zealand.
Transport Minister, Michael Wood, will open the conference, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland on Friday, 14 October.
MTA chief executive, Ian Pike, says MTA members will appreciate the Minister’s comments on a range of issues facing the automotive industry.
“The labour shortage, immigration settings, the Clean Car Programme, and cultivating the next generation of automotive workers are all high in our members’ minds,” Pike says.
“We hope the Minister will address these issues, and more, in his opening remarks.”
The conference is being held as the automotive industry evolves from using traditional fossil fuels to include more sustainable technologies.
“While we broadly support the Government’s climate goals, we don’t agree with everything they’re doing,” Pike says.
“For instance, the lack of clarity around the upcoming Clean Car Standard, which is looming up large, is a concern to many members.
“We’ve urged that it be delayed by three months, and we’re interested in what the Minister has to say about that.”
MTA President Bob Boniface will outline MTA’s strategic direction for the next five years, which includes adopting sustainability practices and principles, attracting young New Zealanders to the industry and ensuring financial growth for members.
Speakers for the day include Louise Aitken, Toyota NZ partner, Circular and Climate Innovation Executive, as well as Gilbert Enoka, All Blacks Mental Skills Coach, Bernard Hickey, economic commentator, and Sacha Coburn, creative business consultant and entrepreneur.
The conference begins at 8.45am. For further details or to attend, please contact Roslyn on 027 264 2794 or [email protected].