The Association was formed in 1996, bringing together AMIDNZ, the new vehicle importers association, with the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association, the association of assemblers of completely knocked down (CKD) vehicles. In January 2007 the Motor Industry Association amalgamated with the Motorcycle Distributors Association.
The Association is an Incorporated Society which is governed by a Council, plus two specialist groups; a Heavy Vehicle Group and a Motorcycle Group. Each member of the Association is represented by their Chief Executive Officer or permanent New Zealand representative. The Chairs of the Heavy Vehicle and Motorcycle Committees are also appointed to Council.
The Council meets about 4 times a year. All Council meetings are held in Auckland.
The current President of the MIA is Mr Andy Sinclair (above), General Manager, Hyundai Motors NZ.
The Chair of the MIA Heavy Vehicle Group is Maarten Durent (above), Chief Executive Officer of Southpac Trucks.
The Acting Chair of the MIA Motorcycle Group is Simon Meade, GM of Motorcycle / ATV / Marine Marketing, Suzuki NZ.
The Chief Executive Officer, MIA Secretary and Treasurer is David Crawford (above).
The Association's office is located in Lower Hutt and administers the day to day operations of the organisation.
David Crawford was appointed CEO of the MIA in February 2013 following more than 20 years in Government, holding senior management positions in several Government departments, including the Ministry of Transport. In that role he was General Manager Land Transport Safety.
He is supported by two part time positions, Leo Mortimer who is the Principal Technical Adviser and from 1 May 2019 Debra Harrington who is the Principal PR/Comms adviser.
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