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New Zealand Rail 2021

Building a resilient and reliable rail system

2 – 3 September 2021 | Hilton, Auckland

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The ARA’s New Zealand Rail 2021 will take place at the Hilton Auckland on the 2 and 3 September 2021.

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 2021 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 2021 builds on the great energy and enthusiasm of the record attendance of recent conferences which provided updates, outcomes and ambitious plans for the future of rail in New Zealand.

A new policy framework and record investment is building a solid future for rail in New Zealand to be more reliable, resilient and sustainable than ever. The New Zealand government will invest NZ$54 billion in land transport in the next decade.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Rail’s role in an integrated transport system
  • Delivering sustainable infrastructure: Social, environmental and financial sustainability
  • Decarbonisation and reduced transport emissions
  • Funding rail infrastructure and public transport
  • Meeting passenger and freight customer demands
  • Supporting regional connectivity
  • Urban economic development
  • Digitisation and new technology
  • Safety
  • Workforce diversity, engagement and wellness



Submit your application to present at the NZ Rail Conference

Apply now to share your practical insights and expertise, provide industry updates and showcase research, technology and collaboration to advance rail in New Zealand.

Applications close on Friday 21 May so submit your application today to ensure you do not miss out!


If you would like to recommend a speaker or topic please email


Hon Michael Wood

Minister of Transport, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety and MP for Mt Roskill

Greg Miller

CEO, KiwiRail

Nicole Rosie

Chief Executive, Waka Kotahi NZTA

Dr Sean Sweeney

Chief Executive Officer, City Rail Link Limited

Leigh Auton

Board Chair, Auckland Light Rail

Bryn Gandy

Deputy Chief Executive, Ministry of Transport

Dr Deborah Hume

Establishment Manager Multimodal & Innovation, Waka Kotahi NZTA

Kane Patena

Director of Land Transport, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Kate Holtmeier

GM Customer Experience, Transdev Auckland

Greg Pollock

Chief Officer, Transdev

Simon Wood

Principal, Larswood Consulting

Jaya Negi

Graduate Rail Engineer, Arup

Darryl Wong

Engineering Design Manager, KiwiRail

Melissa Merlo

Senior Design Manager, Jacobs

Michael Than

Rail and Transit Engineering Services, Lead, WSP

Russell McMullan

General Manager Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link Ltd

Tony Crosby

General Manager Services, 4Tel Pty Ltd

Stuart Haycock

Project Manager – Operations Services, ARTC

Jesse Baker

General Manager, Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board

Tanuj Juneja

Project Manager, McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd

Cameron Hyndman

Digital Engineering Manager - Infrastructure Projects, Downer NZ Ltd

Peter Lensink

Managing Director, Transdev

Dietricht Bredenkamp

Technical Director, Transport, Aurecon, Auckland

Tony Peglas

Technical Director, Aurecon, Brisbane

Mark Lusis

Associate Principal, Arup

Michael Nolan

Climate Change Risk and Resilience – Capability Lead ANZ, Aurecon

Nick Ross

Creative Director, Teague


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $1695
Virtual PassNZD $995
Dinner - Table of 10NZD $1600
Extras Price
Dinner (Standard) - Single Ticket NZD $160
Dinner (ARA Members) - Single Ticket NZD $128
Dinner - Table of 10 (Standard) NZD $1600
Dinner - Table of 10 (ARA Members) NZD $1280
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $1356
Virtual PassNZD $795
Dinner - Table of 10NZD $1280
Extras Price
Dinner (Standard) - Single Ticket NZD $160
Dinner (ARA Members) - Single Ticket NZD $128
Dinner - Table of 10 (Standard) NZD $1600
Dinner - Table of 10 (ARA Members) NZD $1280
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $847.50
Extras Price
Dinner (Standard) - Single Ticket NZD $160
Dinner (ARA Members) - Single Ticket NZD $128
Dinner - Table of 10 (Standard) NZD $1600
Dinner - Table of 10 (ARA Members) NZD $1280
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $678
Extras Price
Dinner (Standard) - Single Ticket NZD $160
Dinner (ARA Members) - Single Ticket NZD $128
Dinner - Table of 10 (Standard) NZD $1600
Dinner - Table of 10 (ARA Members) NZD $1280

Young Professionals rate (Under 35)*
ARA Members & Non-Members

The ARA is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to young rail professionals, aged 35 years old and under on 19 June 2019, to attend this year’s ARA NZ Rail conference.

*Eligibility for young rail professionals rate: Aged 35 years old and under on 2 October 2021.

Note: You will be required to provide ID on the day of the event.


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Next Generation Conference Scholarships

We are delighted to be supporting the winners’ professional development and sharing their innovative ideas on how to market and promote the rail industry in a positive and impactful way, as well as educating the broader community’s perception of the benefits of rail.

Winners will receive:

  • Complimentary attendance to the New Zealand Rail conference and dinner, including an exclusive pre-event networking breakfast and extended access to the event online networking platform.
  • The opportunity to display ‘winning ideas’ as posters in the exhibition
  • Certificates of acknowledgement at the conference dinner

Eligibility: Recent graduates and young railway professionals
Open to all recent graduates and young railway professionals who are 30 years or under (as at 8 June 2021)

Entries open: 18 May 2021
Competition deadline: 9 July 2021
Winners announced: 14 July 2021
Networking breakfast for winners: 2 September 2021
Certificates presented at the Conference Dinner: 2 September 2021


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.


when & where

02 - 03 Sep 2021

We have secured the ARA NZ Rail Conference accommodation rate from NZD $240* per room per night, room only, for conference attendees at the Hilton Auckland for the nights of the 1-2 September 2021 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until Friday 30th August 2021, unless sold out prior.

Hilton Auckland
Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street
Auckland 1010 New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 978 2000


Still have a question?

Kate Twentyman
Senior Conference Director

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
+61 406 530 043

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