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12 - 15 August 2007

TRAFINZ in association with Land Transport New Zealand are thrilled to announce that the annual Trafinz Conference is going to be the best yet. With an interesting line up of local and international speakers aimed at targeting a wider audience, this is going to be the conference of the year.


As flights into Taupo can be limiting don’t forget you could fly into Rotorua and hire a rental car – you may find this a much cheaper option.


Since the late 1800’s, people have come from all over the world to experience the beauty of Taupo, New Zealand and to stay at the Wairakei Resort. For over a hundred years guests have enjoyed Wairakei Resort style, comfort, awe-inspiring scenery and the finest cuisine of the day.

Today, Wairakei Resort is the largest international 4-star resort in the central North Island. Just 10 minutes north of the Lake Taupo township and surrounded by a wonderful variety of recreation and adventure activities.

Two stunning outdoor swimming pools beckon. Six large spa pools provide luxurious relaxation at day’s end. The Pavilion and Fairways Restaurants delight every sense. There are two bars offering a choice of setting to suit your social style. Visit the spacious, fully-equipped gymnasium, squash court, tennis courts and sauna to energise body and mind. Play a round on their 9-hole golf course, nestled in lush ever-green surrounds. Of course you could also rest in the manicured gardens, or spoil yourself with a divine beauty and body treatment.


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How to get from the airport

Wairakei Resort is a 10 minute drive from Taupo CBD, and about 20 minutes from the airport.

Below are companies you can use and an indication of costs to get from the airport to the resort.

Taupo Taxis: 07 378 5100
To/From Airport: 4 people $38.00 plus $1.00 per person for additional people travelling in a van.
To/From Town Centre: 4 people $19.00 plus $1.00 per person for additional people travelling in a van

Airport shuttle (Top Cab): 07 378 9250
Spoke with a lady on the road. The normal fare to/from the airport is approximately $40 each way.


There are a wide variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets. These are as follows:

20 x Standard Rooms - $115.00 incl GST - Sold Out
These rooms consist of one double and one single
bed, bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities.More Info:    Executive Double Room





34 x Deluxe Double Rooms - $135.00 incl GST - Sold Out
These rooms consist of two double beds, bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities.

Studio Room, Wairakei Resort, Accommodation, Taupo, Taupo






5 x Studio Rooms - $135.00 incl GST - Sold Out
These rooms consist of one king bed and a double pull out couch, bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities. .

More Info:    Executive King Room





40 x Standard King rooms - $146.00 incl GST - Sold Out
These rooms consist of one king bed, bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning

33 x Executive Double Rooms  - $146.00 incl GST
These rooms consist of two double beds, air conditioning, bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities.

15 x Executive King Rooms -$146.00 incl GST - Sold Out
These rooms consist of one king bed (can be split into two singles if required), air conditioning, bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities.

4 x Executive King Rooms with wheelchair facility bathrooms -$146.00 incl GST - Sold Out
These rooms consist of one king bed (can be split into two singles if required), air conditioning, bathroom, with wheelchair facility, and tea and coffee making facilities

15 x Executive Villas-$200.00 incl GST
The Executive Villa has a separate bedroom with a king size bed and ensuite. An adjoining open plan area encompasses a fully equipped kitchen, dining table, and lounge area with a double pull out couch and single divan bed (with pull out trundler).  This rate is based on up to four adults or two adults and two children.

2 x Executive Junior Suite - $182.00 incl GST - Sold Out
One separate bedroom with a king bed.  Room opens up to a lounge & dining area with tea/coffee making facilities.  Full bathroom facilities.

6 x Executive King Spa Room - $193.00 incl GST - Sold Out
One king bed, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and bathroom with double spa bath.  Can interconnect with a lounge consisting of a fold down double couch, kitchenette and dining area for an extra charge to make this an Executive King Suite.

1 x Rangatira Suite - $400.00 incl GST - Sold Out
The Presidential Suite has one master bedroom with a king bed and separate ensuite.  It also has a second bedroom upstairs with a splittable king bed and ensuite, downstairs encompasses a dining and living area with guest bathroom.

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Check in: 2.00pm
Check out: 10.00am

Block Bookings

The conference has secured a block booking at the hotel. Rooms will be allocated on a first-in basis until Friday, 13 July 2007, as long as there are rooms available. After that date, all unallocated rooms will be released and no guarantee can be made that rooms will be available.

Bookings should be made either as part of the online registration process or on the registration form and faxed to 03 3520197 or posted to the Conference Organiser, Glenda Harding, Harding Consultants Ltd, PO Box 5512, Christchurch.

Deposit and Payment Options

Booked accommodation must be guaranteed with a deposit of at least one night’s accommodation. If you prefer to prepay all your accommodation by cheque or direct credit then you need to contact us via email.

Should you require charge back facilities you need to arrange this direct with the hotel, as this is a commercial contract between your organisation and the hotel.  This is not something we are able to organise.  If you wish to does this please send a separate email with your charge back code.

On check-out, your accommodation costs can be settled with cash, eftpos or a credit card.

Accommodation Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your accommodation after Friday, 13 July 2007, you may be charged a cancellation fee levied by the hotel.

Please advise Harding Consultants of any change to a reservation, rather than contacting the hotel itself

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The theme is “Sustainability – Just doing it”

Sustainability affects us all in the way we carry out our day to day living. As we all know our daily lives are being affected by increased demand on transport, in particular cars and trucks.

Trafinz is promoting a change in the way things are done and the greater benefits that can be achieved, and in doing so would like to recognise the great work that is underway in the public, private and commercial sectors' around NZ, and bench mark this with best practice overseas

Please download the draft programme here


John is an experienced and professional MC.  He is a trained journalist with a marketing degree and has work experience in New Zealand and overseas in marketing, sales, PR and events ... a very unique combination that can add some real value – he offers three opportunities in one; an MC, speaker and entertainer!  He has an in depth understanding of the requirements of marketing activity and its fit with communications and media relations work so essential for successful business today.  He looks forward to working with everyone to ensure a seamless delivery of the conference programme, whilst at the same time having lots of fun with everyone.

Key Note Presenters

Paul Henderson, European Project Manager, London European Partnership for Transport, London, UK

Paul Henderson has been working in the field of travel demand management for over six years, firstly in a local authority in south east London and subsequently running a regional partnership for Transport for London.  This work has primarily been in the field of safe and sustainable transport, including school and workplace travel plans, promoting sustainable travel options and developing urban transport policy. He currently runs the London European Partnership for Transport – a local government partnership representing London boroughs in Europe in the area of sustainable transport.

Paul also manages three EU projects on sustainable transport – PIMMS (Partner Initiatives for the development of Mobility Management Services), ASTUTE (Advancing Sustainable Transport in Urban areas to promote energy efficiency) and COMMERCE (Creating Optimal Mobility Measures to Enable Reduced Commuter Emissions) – in partnership with nearly 20 cities and regions from across Europe.

He established the EUROCITIES Mobility Forum Policy Working Group on Road Safety, being Chair from 2004 - 2006, and serves on the EUROCITIES Mobility Forum Management Committee. He is on the International Programme Committee for ECOMM (European Conference On Mobility Management), represents the UK on the Board of EPOMM (European Platform on Mobility Management) and manages the UK coordination for European Mobility Week. In addition to this he is Secretary of the National TravelWise Association and is a co-opted Director on the Board of ACT (the Association of Commuter Transport).


Kevin Luten, UrbanTrans ANZ, Melbourne, Australia

Mr. Luten is the Director of UrbanTrans ANZ, a transport consultancy based in Melbourne, Australia.

He is an urban planner specialising in transport efficiency solutions, including integrated transport planning, transport demand management strategies, and organisational development for transport-oriented public-private partnerships. He has collaborated with business, land development, government, and non-profit clients on projects in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

He serves as the Editor of the North American publication TDM Review, and is on the Board of Directors of the Transportation Demand Management Institute.

Developing the Future: Transport efficiency and sustainable development This session will examine linkages between transport and land use, with a focus on the transport efficiency strategies that are increasingly critical to supporting sustainable growth. Mr. Luten will present international case studies where innovative approaches benefit all stakeholders, from land developers to area travellers.


The Honourable Paul Lucas Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Paul Lucas is the Minister for Transport and Main Roads in the Queensland State Government.  Mr Lucas was appointed to Transport and Main Roads following the 2004 State Election, which saw the return of the Beattie Labor Government for a third three year term.  During the Government’s second term in office, Mr Lucas was Minister for Innovation and Information Economy, with Ministerial responsibility for Energy.

Mr Lucas, 45, was a solicitor prior to entering Parliament, has Bachelor degrees in Economics and in Law and a Master of Business Administration.

He was elected to the Queensland Parliament in October 1996 as the Member for Lytton, an electorate which covers several bayside suburbs in Brisbane's east.

His portfolio covers the transport system that includes infrastructure for roads, railways, air and sea ports as well as operations and services for industry and the community.  These include passenger transport, freight, registration, licensing, information, safety and management.

Mr Lucas’ priorities include fostering travel safety, encouraging the use of public transport, and meeting the transport-planning needs of Australia’s fastest-growing state.

Mr Lucas’ personal interests include music, reading and refereeing kids football matches.  He has three sons and a daughter.

Registration Fees


GST Exclusive

GST Inclusive

Early Bird






Life Member



Early Bird Registration is available up to and including 6 July 2007.  After this standard rates apply.

Registration Form

For the first time on-line registration will be available.  All major credit cards are accepted on a secure encrypted site and include Mastercard, Visa, Amex and Diners Club.

Click here to register on-line

Click here to download a pdf of the registration form if you prefer.

Click here to download a MS Word format of the registration form if you prefer.

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Cancellation Policy

Should you be unable to attend once you have registered, you may reassign your registration to another person. Please note you must advise the Conference Secretariat on 03-352-5598 or email

Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing. Cancellations made on or before Friday 3 August 2007 will be refunded less 30% to cover administration costs. No refunds will be given after this date.

If you cancel your accommodation after Wednesday, 13 July 2007, you may be charged a cancellation fee levied by the hotel as per the on line registration form.

Social Programme

Sunday night

Buses depart from Wairakei Resort at 4.15pm for Huka Prawn Park.  Enjoy a range of activities from a fascinating tour of the world’s only geothermally heated prawn farm, hand feed the baby prawns or spend some time doing “Hook-a-prawn” fishing or “killer prawn” golf.  Of course you might just want to take a leisurely stroll along the riverside nature walkway, and then sit by the open fire, enjoying tastings of prawns and in addition to this take in the magnificent views of the Waikato river.


As an optional extra you are invited to take a thrilling jet boat ride up to the magnificent Huka falls.  This is available at the significantly reduced price of $70.00 + GST.

The conference will then be formally opened by the Mayor, Clayton Stent.

This will be followed by a beautiful meal, with generous servings of prawns, amongst other delicious items on the menu.

Cost: Inclusive for delegates
Partners:  $90.00 incl GST


Conference Dinner – Monday 13 August 2007

No need to travel very far for this dinner, as it will be hosted at the hotel.  Get ready for a Caribbean Carnival, where the entertainment will thrill and delight you. 

Get out your brightest shirts and dressed and come dressed ready for the Caribbean.

Cost:  Inclusive for delegates
Partners: $135.00 incl GST

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Taupo Race Track – Tuesday 14 August 2007

At 10.30am buses take delegates to the race track where 10 lucky people will get the opportunity to drive a formula challenge racing car, a distant dream for many.  All delegates who have registered by the end of June will go into a draw for 2 lucky people.  The other 8 will be drawn at various intervals for other activities.  Stay tuned.

Climb in the cockpit and experience the magic normally reserved for seasoned professionals

Witness the awesome acceleration as you ease on the power

Marvel at the handling as you take the most amazing drive of your life.

Formula Challenge is an approved MotoSport and whatever your skill level, the cars can be driven by novices in complete safety.

Defensive Driving demonstrations will take place, Ruben RSB – how was he integrated into the school curriculum will be presented and there will be other exciting activities


Cost: Inclusive for delegates
Partners: $84.38 incl GST

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Partners Programme

Sally van Beek looks forward to being your Tour Guide again. Please be aware that this programme is subject to change. 

Monday 13 August 2007

At 10.00am depart for Orakei Korako, the hidden valley, an unspoilt geothermal wonderland, one of nature’s true gifts.  Cross the Waikato river and explore another world of gushing geysers, boiling mud pools and some of the larges silica terraces in the world.

“Orakei Korako is possibly the best thermal area left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world”   …. Lonely Planet Guide.



After lunch you spend time on Lake Taupo on “The Junk” – this is an absolute beauty and we have chartered it especially for you.  You will sup on cuppacinos, or lattes – whatever your choice)

Return to the hotel around 5.00pm

Cost: $84.38 incl GST.  This day is valued at $100.00 per person, so don’t miss out.


Tuesday 14 August 2007



At 10.00am you depart for Kitenui Deer Park, where you hop on board a farm vehicle and enjoy a tour which incorporates quite a fascinating range of animals – from zebras to patting tame red deer.  Also visit the beautiful garden, an art studio with unique black & white paintings and amazing sculptures and the mighty antler room.  This is a very difficult experience to explain and when I say it is no ordinary farm tour, it isn’t.  I guess you just have to trust the judgement of Sally and I when we say you really don’t want to miss this one. 

After enjoying lunch at the quaint restaurant, depart for the Huka Falls river cruise and cruise up the mighty Waikato river where, amongst other things, you will enjoy an awesome view of Huka Falls.

Return to the hotel by 5.00pm.

Cost: $84.38 incl GST.  This day is valued at $145.00 per person, so don’t miss out.



Sponsors and Exhibitors

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, click here to download the sponsorship document.

Click here to download the floor plan of the exhibition area


HMI Technologies

Host Authority:

Taupo District Council

Principal Authorities:

Hamilton City Council
Land Transport New Zealand


NZ Police




Auckland Regional
Transport Authority



Avery Dennison


Fulton Hogan


Highways Systems Ltd


Honda New Zealand Ltd

PioNeerZ Safety

Transit NZ


Tenix Solutions
Berkley Consulting Group

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Contact Details

Glenda Harding
Harding Consultants Ltd
PO Box 5512
Phone: +64 3 352 5598
Fax: +64 3 352 0197
Mobile: +64 27 436 3083

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Winners of the racing car driving are:

1) Belinda Matheson from Rodney District Council.
2) Gillian Archer from Northland Road Safety Trust

There will be lots of other opportunities at the conference to win a drive in the cars – there are 8 more positions to be gained.








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