Driving Change 2022 Diversity champions

The programme is an initiative sponsored by Teletrac Navman and proudly supported by Transporting New Zealand and the Australian Transport Association to address what the industry recognises is a workforce that doesn’t accurately reflect the diversity of New Zealand and New Zealanders today.

Te ara ki tua Road to success Driving Change Diversity Programme brings a two-fold approach to creating a diverse and inclusive transport business. First, it showcases diversity stories to the transport industry and wider community. Honest life stories of participants promote a positive perception of the industry and encourage new entrants into the workforce. Second, through a dynamic network of like-minded individuals and a valuable package of professional development opportunities to build the right skills for participants, the programme teaches them how to embrace and celebrate a unique workforce.

David Smith, Chair of the ATA, says: “When done properly, diversity can be a game-changer in the professional world. It’s increasingly important for transport companies realise diversity as an asset that they should rely on and embrace. We’re pleased to partner with Teletrac Navman and Transporting New Zealand to launch a meaningful initiative to enact positive change in the industry.”

Megan Duncan, Director of Director of Global Marketing Operations, Teletrac Navman, has high hopes for this year’s cohort. “As the programme promotes diversity, it’s a joy to see a diverse group of participants. It shows that awareness is getting better and better with time, and there have been more transport companies trying to make genuine commitments to equal opportunities.”

Biographies of the program participants are below.

TE ARA KI TUA ROAD TO SUCCESS DRIVING CHANGE DIVERSITY PROGRAMME – sponsored by Teletrac Navman and proudly supported by Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand, NRC, NZ Trucking and the Australian Transport Association.

The Road to success Driving Change Diversity Programme is an initiative that will celebrate industry diversity, develop diversity champions, and improve industry image. The programme will showcase diversity champions to the trucking industry and wider community through programme participant stories and diversity training, promoting positive perception of industry and encouraging new entrants into the workforce.


Participants will:

  • Learn how to create change and facilitate diversity and in their workplace and community including:
    • The power of diversity in the workplace and trucking industry
    • How to become a diversity ambassador
    • How to change the perception of diversity within their workplace, the trucking industry and their community
  • Receive ongoing professional development to build skills to enact industry change
  • Be encouraged to become mentors to participants of the Te ara ki tua Road to Success scheme
  • Develop a strong professional network with like-minded individuals

The Programme is designed to minimise any interruption to participants work schedule.  We anticipate a 3-5 day time commitment across the duration of the Programme (12 months).  We will work with our team of champions to ensure that the Programme is flexible and adding value for each participant

Confimred programme requirements:

  • 1 hour intro webinar
  • Diversity Workshop (2 days) – held in Wellington at Transporting New Zealand head  office (August 2022)
  • Quarterly virtual cohort catch-up
  • Monthly mentoring check-ins with Road to success trainees – online as a group and in one-on-one phone calls (Champion to be matched with trainee/s)
  • Provide 2 articles on their experience with diversity in the workplace during the year – their own story and one that highlights area of culture change around diversity they have initiated in their workplace

Options that will be available to all Champions:

  • On-going professional development – available to all participants and will be a mix of online and in person training that includes issues such as: navigating difficult conversations/Presentation skills/Mentoring. These session will be available  throughout the year (scheduled to cause minimum disruption to worktime)

To be developed with our cohort of Champions:

  • Regular mentoring check-ins with Road to success trainees – online as a group and in one-on-one phone calls (Champion to be matched with trainee/s)
  • Attending events in their area that are hosted or supported by any of the Transport Associations  in New Zealand to promote Diversity and inclusion in the transport industry

To participate in the Road to success Driving Change Diversity Programme, applicants must:

  • Be of a diverse background or a diversity champion. Diverse backgrounds include age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, physical abilities and religious beliefs.
  • Be involved as an owner or employee in a trucking business
  • Be available to travel for programme workshops and other events
  • Complete the nomination form in full and provide a high-resolution head and shoulders photograph.
  • Be willing to undertake media activity, including photography and video