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New Zealand Rail

Rail: Driving sustainable and inclusive growth

14-15 June 2018 | Pullman Hotel Auckland

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


The ARA’s New Zealand Rail 2018 will take place at the Pullman Hotel Auckland on the 14 and 15 June 2018.

The economic value of rail to New Zealand was recently calculated to be approximately $1.47b to $1.54b per annum. With New Zealand’s transport sector preparing for a period of rapid technological change, it is very important to understand the drivers of sustainable and inclusive growth and rail’s role in a connected transport future. This year’s ARA New Zealand Rail conference will bring together key industry and government stakeholders, customers, researchers and suppliers to discuss the economic, social and environmental benefits and future opportunities of rail in connecting transport, people, goods and services.

Featuring keynotes, case studies from Australia and New Zealand, interactive panel sessions and the Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition, topics to be addressed include:

  • New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social sustainability
  • Transport and rail policy, planning and investment updates
  • Mode neutral integrated transport solutions
  • Regional growth and development
  • Urban development and transport solutions for liveable communities
  • Metro rail
  • Passenger rail
  • Skills for the future
  • Women and diversity in rail
  • Role of new and emerging technologies
  • Customer priorities and perspectives
  • Tourism rail




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ARA Networking Dinner

Supported by KiwiRail, the ARA’s Industry Dinner will be held at the Pullman Auckland from 18:30 on the evening of the 14 June.

Celebrate the announcement of of the winner of the NZ Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition and TrackSAFE NZ Award for Safety Leadership.

We are also delighted to have Sam Johnson, one of New Zealand’s most inspiring young citizens, sharing his relentless energy about the future of social connection at the dinner. Sam became a household name when he started what has become New Zealand’s largest volunteer movement – the internationally acclaimed Student Volunteer Army – after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes. The movement has 3000 tertiary members and most recently 29,000 primary school members across 976 schools. Sam’s day job is as Head of Community for Mycare – after they acquired his started up social enterprise in late 2017. Mycare, the airbnb of homecare, takes the Student Volunteer Army to the next level by recreating community models of homework care and support.

Photo: Sam Johnson

Enjoy this chance to network and collaborate in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Dinner is separately bookable. See pricing

Pitching Competition

Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition

Do you have an idea that could dramatically enhance rail in New Zealand? Are you a young professional 30 years or under?

Submit your concept for an opportunity to be flown to Auckland to pitch your idea to today’s rail leaders. Young railway professionals of all disciplines are invited to submit a 400-600word abstract detailing your idea.

Read more about the pitching competition here


Hon Phil Twyford

Minister of Transport

Hon Phil Goff

Mayor of Auckland

Danny Broad

Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association

Chris Money

Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, EY

Peter Reidy

CEO, KiwiRail

Robert Brodnax

Director, Transport Access Delivery, NZ Transport Agency Board

Jenny Chetwynd

General Manager Strategy, Policy and Planning, NZ Transport Agency

Bryn Gandy

Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy & Investment, Ministry of Transport

John Fullerton


Ken Shirley

Chief Executive, Road Transport Forum

Derek Nind

Chief Executive, CentrePort

Reinhold Goeschl

General Manager Supply Chain, Ports of Auckland

Brendan Miller

General Manager, Supply Chain Development, Fonterra

Chris Meale

Project Director City Rail Link, Auckland Transport

Julian Vella

Asia Pacific Head of Infrastructure, KPMG

Michel Ladrak

Managing Director, Transdev Auckland

Andrew Lezala

Managing Director, Metro Trains Australia

Sarah Sinclair

Partner - Construction and Infrastructure, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Natalie McClew

Infrastructure Advisory, EY

Howard Collins OBE

Chief Executive, Sydney Trains

Ruth Venter

Inaugural Winner, Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition

Anna Squire

Australasia Rail Business Leader, Arup

Katie McMahon

Group General Manager, Zero Harm, KiwiRail

Gary Seabury

General Manager, John Holland

Nicholas Bell

Field Asset Engineer, KiwiRail

Kevin Zhao

Graduate Solutions Engineer, Siemens Ltd Australia

Roselle O’Brien

IoT Project Manager, Downer

Peter Cho

Business Support Analyst, KiwiRail

Alexander van der Voorn

Planning and Performance Coordinator, Transdev Auckland

Bill Laidlow

Rail Engineering Consultant

Phil O’Connell

Programme Delivery Manager, Operations Group, KiwiRail

Jarrod Colville

Locomotive Engineer Team Leader, KiwiRail

Simon Wood

Associate Director, AECOM

Marinus La Rooij

Principal Consultant Transport, AECOM

Cherie Lee

Value Engineering Manager, Level Crossing Authority, Victorian Government

Ben Ryder

Associate, Aurecon & Bobby Fischer, Principal Project Manager, City Rail Link Project

Karl Bridges

Managing Director, HFEx Ltd

Soren Low

National Manager, Service Delivery, KiwiRail

Derek Jackson

Sales & Business Development Manager, Bombardier Transportation

Shane Ellison

Chief Operating Officer NSW & QLD, Deputy Business Development Director, Transdev

John Williamson

Interim Chief Executive, CRL Ltd

René Lalande

CEO, Transdev Australasia

Martin McMullan

Director of Connected Journeys, NZ Transport Agency

Jeanine Benson

South Island Network Services Manager, KiwiRail

Kate Bowman

Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary, Pacific National

Ah-leen Rayner

Head of Tourism & Marketing, KiwiRail

Belinda de Zwart

People and Culture Manager,North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery

Evan Jensen

Chairman, Nga Kaitiaki o te Ara Whanake (Downer Maori Leadership Advisory Board)

Leah Waymark

Chief Corporate Relations and Business Development Officer, Metro Trains Australia

Ian Quarrie

General Manager Operations, Transport and Technology, UGL

Bev Driscoll

Principal Adviser, Ministry of Transport

Mick Spiers

VP Asia Pacific, RCS Thales

Carol-Anne Nelson

COO, V/Line

when & where

14 - 15 Jun 2018

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

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


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