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Exploring examples of Demand Responsive Transport


In this free webinar, we’ll explore the emerging solution of Demand-Responsive Transport, making public transport more customer centric and accessible and decarbonising transport emissions.

This is webinar hosted by ITSNZ a member-based organisation that promotes better transport solutions, making transport safer, more efficient and sustainable.
Join us to hear how New Zealand fleet operators in the Public and Community Transport sectors are applying a data-driven approach to decarbonise transport, enhance their offering and apply demand-responsive transport technology to service their passengers.


Michael Weyna (Senior Planner, On-Demand @Auckland Transport)
Michael Weyna has worked in urban innovation and transportation for 15 years. At Auckland Transport, he leads the design and integration of on-demand solutions into Public Transport network. Responding to the changing mobility needs, Michael focuses on improving access and connectivity, whilst encouraging a mode shift away from private cars.

Rachel Hopkins (Head of Living Well Communities @Arvida Group)
Arvida is a retirement and aged care company listed on the NZX. Rachel is responsible for the national rollout of Arvida Good Friends – services to support older New Zealanders live well in their own homes – including Good Friends Go, powered by Liftango. Rachel has always been involved in start-ups, angel investing and connecting people to create new solutions to old problems. Her eclectic career has included owning her own business in Sydney, working for the world’s largest law firm in London and three years with The Icehouse business incubator in Auckland. She is an independent director of PledgeMe, a New Zealand-owned crowdfunding platform.

Troy O’Dea (Operations Manager @Howick and Eastern (part of Transdev Australasia))
Troy has over a decade of experience in Operations and manages a team of over 220 staff and a fleet of 168 vehicles which includes contracted, commercial, charter and Ministry of Education transportation services. In addition to his daily duties as a Senior Manager for Howick and Eastern, Troy was instrumental in the implementation and ongoing training and management of the MyMobigo On-Demand Shuttle service in Half Moon Bay.

Trystan Eeles (COO & Co-Founder @Liftango)
Trystan Eeles is Co-Founder and COO of Liftango, a leading provider of demand-responsive transport technology systems around the globe. Trystan is the proud holder of a master’s degree in engineering (which is unused to this day), he has over a decade of experience in management consulting and is a lifelong transport nerd. He is proud of his label as the non-technical co-founder but is lucky enough to hide this fact by knowing a few buzzwords and having an incredibly strong technical team around him.

Helen Fitt (Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Environment, Society and Design @Lincoln University)
(Webinar host) Helen is currently a postdoctoral fellow working at Lincoln University and a Director of ITSNZ. Her key projects include exploring the current and potential use of electric vehicles in regional tourism, and trials of shared transport solutions. Previous work at the University of Canterbury included a project exploring the implications of automated vehicles for older people and ageing populations, and a project exploring the emerging use of electric scooters. In conference presentations, Helen always aims to combine research rigour with humour and entertainment.


11:00 am