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New Zealand Rail

Stronger Connections: A Better New Zealand

19 – 20 June 2019 | Pullman Hotel Auckland

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ARA member & Young Rail Professionals rates available // See pricing below


The ARA’s New Zealand Rail 2019 will take place at the Pullman Hotel Auckland on the 19 and 20 June 2019.

The economic value of rail to New Zealand was recently calculated to be approximately $1.47b to $1.54b per annum. Building on the Government’s commitment to rail, the ARA’s New Zealand Rail 2019 will drive growth by focusing on the ‘how to’ by bringing together key industry and government stakeholders, customers, researchers and suppliers to network and exchange best practice on the innovation, collaboration, technical expertise and investment needed to advance these planning priorities and future opportunities for rail in New Zealand.

New Zealand Rail 2019 builds on the great energy and enthusiasm of the record attendance of the 2018 conference which provided updates, outcomes and ambitious plans for the future of rail in New Zealand.

SITE TOUR: City Rail Link Project
Delegates will enjoy a guided walking tour of Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) – the largest infrastructure project ever to be undertaken in New Zealand.

*This site tour is now at capacity. Register to be placed on the waitlist should positions become available on the day. Bring along your closed walking shoes.

Event Images

Below is a slide show of images from the 2019 New Zealand Rail conference.

To view all images across the two day event, view our Flickr album.



The ARA New Zealand Rail conference will feature a boutique exhibition, providing a unique opportunity for a limited number of companies to showcase products or services relevant to the planning, development, operations and maintenance of rail in New Zealand. The 2018 event attracted over 240 delegates – don’t miss the opportunity network with senior government representatives and key decision-makers from the Australasian rail industry. For a copy of the sponsorship & exhibition prospectus and floorplan, please email Sarah Ingram or call +61 411 499 131.

Pitching Competition


Congratulations to the 2019 Finalists

  • Changing the ways in which New Zealand railways are assessed in regard to sustainability
    – Kaylarnee Meleisa-Murray, Graduate Rail Engineer, Arup
  • Multi-cell Monolithic Box Culverts
    – Andrew Roberts, Project Engineer, ARTC Inland Rail
  • Building a cost-effective light-rail system – Lessons learnt from the UK
    – Emma Parry, Associate, Frequency

The 2019 Pitching Competition will take place on the 19 June and following the scores from our industry judges and voting from the audience via the official event app, the winner announced at the ARA New Zealand Rail Dinner later that evening.

Finalists will receive

Finalists will be announced in May 2019 and receive return economy airfares to Auckland from their hometown city to attend the ARA’s NZ Rail 2019, two night’s accommodation and complimentary attendance to the event, including the ARA Dinner. Finalists will be given 5-10 minutes to present their idea to rail CEO’s at the ARA’s NZ Rail 2019 Conference as part of the program on 19 June 2019. The winner will be announced at the ARA Dinner on 19 June 2019.

In addition to being awarded a speaking position on the program of the New Zealand Rail Conference in 2020, the winner of the Young Professionals Pitching Competition will win a trip for two on-board the breathtaking TranzAlpine train.

TranzAlpine – The journey of a lifetime

Climb aboard one of the world’s most famous train journeys, between Christchurch and Greymouth.

Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. Descend through thick stands of native beech forest to your destination, Greymouth – a great base for exploring this unspoiled region with its mighty glaciers, wild rivers and famous Punakaiki pancake rocks.

The TranzAlpine runs daily throughout the year, departing Christchurch at 08:15 and returning at 18:05. It stops at Greymouth for 1hr, arriving at 12:45 and departing at 13:45.

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Conference Dinner

Proudly sponsored by Downer, the Conference Dinner will be held at the Pullman Auckland from 18:45 on the evening of 19 June. Join us to celebrate the announcement of the winner of the NZ Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition and the TrackSAFE NZ Award for Safety Leadership.

We are also delighted to have Dr Paul Wood share his powerful story of transformation.

Enjoy this chance to network, collaborate and be inspired in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

ARA Young Rail Professionals Forum 2019 - Auckland

18 June 2019
6pm – 8pm | Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) Conference Centre

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and KiwiRail invite young professionals who work in rail and their managers, as well as those interested in pursuing a career in rail to attend the Young Rail Professionals Forum to be held in Auckland on Wednesday, 18 June 2019.

The Forum is an invaluable opportunity to network, participate in discussions and gain knowledge from invited industry panellists.

This is a free event.

For further information and to register visit

ARA New Zealand Next Generation Panel

Rail makes significant contributions to New Zealand’s social, economic and environmental objectives and now is the time to review and assess the future of rail from the perspective of the next generation of industry leaders.

To showcase the ideas, priorities, projects, career opportunities and training needs of the future, we are delighted to launch a new format at this year’s conference – the ARA New Zealand Next Generation Panel.

Panelists will receive

  • 5-10 minutes each to present their priorities to industry leaders from across the Tasman as part of the ARA’s NZ Rail 2019 Conference
  • Complimentary attendance to the two-day conference, including VIP attendance at the ARA Dinner
  • An exclusive ‘Next Generation’ networking breakfast on the morning of the 19 June 2019

Application to join this Next Generation Panel is through a formal Expression of Interest process.

To Apply

This program is open to all rail professionals, aged 35 years or under, from ANY area of the business.

To apply, answer to the following statements in 250-500 (max) words (combined):

  • My vision for the future of rail is…
  • I would like to participate on the ARA New Zealand Next Generation Panel because…


Forward your answers to by AEST 5pm on 24 May 2019.


  • Nominations open: 11 April 2019
  • Deadline for nominations: 24 May 2019
  • Panelists announced: 10 June 2019
  • Next Generation Panel at ARA New Zealand Rail: 19 June 2019


Selection Criteria

Nominations will be considered according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated involvement in/commitment to the rail industry
  • Detail of ideas and priorities for the rail industry

when & where

19 - 20 Jun 2019

Pullman Hotel Auckland
Corner Waterloo Quadrant  & Princes Street
Phone: +64 9 353 1000

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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Tina Karas
General Manager
+61 2 9080 4408

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
+61 406 530 043

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