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New Zealand Rail 2021

Building a resilient and reliable rail system

22-23 November 2021 | Hilton, Auckland

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overview

The ARA’s New Zealand Rail 2021 will take place at the Hilton Auckland on the 22 and 23rd November 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:

  • The KiwiRail Transformation: Our Vision – Nation Building for Future Generations
  • Update on Rail Policy, Planning and Funding in New Zealand
  • CRLL Project Update
  • Transforming rail to address the growing expectations of customers
  • Developing the business case for light rail in Auckland
  • INDUSTRY PANEL- Leading people
  • PANEL DISCUSSION| Innovation & technology: The future of rail safety
  • A NZ perspective on the role of urban mobility in tackling climate change
  • The design journey to building greener railways
  • Ruakura Superhub – Maximising rail and the changing dynamics of the upper North Island supply chain
  • Co-making the future of mobility: The Hyperloop

speakers

Hon Michael Wood

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

Greg Miller

Group Chief Executive, KiwiRail

Nicole Rosie

Chief Executive, Waka Kotahi NZTA

Dr Sean Sweeney

Chief Executive Officer, City Rail Link Limited

Danny Broad

Chair, Australasian Railway Association

Caroline Wilkie

CEO, Australasian Railway Association

Leigh Auton

Board Chair, Auckland Light Rail

Bryn Gandy

Deputy Chief Executive, System Strategy & Investment, Te Manatū Waka 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

Peter Lensink

Managing Director, 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

Stewart 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

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

Dave Christie

Supply Chain Strategy Director, Tainui Group Holdings

Chris Joblin

Chief Executive, Tainui Group Holdings

John Skilton

Programme Director Future Rail Systems, KiwiRail

Megan Drayton

Foundation Manager, TrackSAFE NZ

Mark Lambert

Executive General Manager Integrated Networks, Auckland Transport

Neysa Arland

Rail Operations Specialist – CRL, Transdev & ARA Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB) Member

Reuben Araroa

General Manager Operations – Upper North Island, KiwiRail

Matthew Sullivan

Wellington Regional Manager, John Holland

Natalie Currey

General Manager - Supply Chains, Australasian Railway Association

Jess van Slooten

Manager - Safety & Assurance, Transdev Auckland

Gini Welch

Senior Manager, Safer Rail, Regulatory Services Group, Waka Kotahi NZTA

Fraser Whineray

Chief Operating Officer, Fonterra

Raphaelle Guerineau

Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Mobility Australia and New Zealand

Greg Pollock

Chief Officer and Managing Director, Transdev New Zealand

Simon Bourke

General Manager – Policy & Government Relations, Australasian Railway Association

Rebecca Hollet

Rail Client Leader / Principal, Infrastructure Advisory, Aurecon, Auckland

Mark Crowle

Operations Manager, New Zealand / P2P Project Director, John Holland

agenda

8:00 am

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:45 am

Admin and safety briefing

Session Chair: Neysa Arland, Rail Operations Specialist – CRL, Transdev & ARA Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB) Member

8:50 am

Pōwhiri (Welcome)

9:00 am

ARA Welcome address

Caroline Wilkie, CEO, Australasian Railway Association

9:10 am

The KiwiRail transformation: Our vision - Nation building for future generations

Greg Miller, Group Chief Executive, KiwiRail

9:40 am

Update on rail policy, planning and funding in New Zealand

Bryn Gandy, Deputy Chief Executive, System Strategy & Investment, Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport

10:10 am

CRLL project update

Dr Sean Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer, City Rail Link Limited

10:40 am

Networking, stretch & refreshment break

PEOPLE

Chair: Neysa Arland, Rail Operations Specialist – CRL, Transdev & ARA Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB) Member

11:10 am

Railway Technical Society of Australasia-Growing and developing New Zealand’s railway engineering workforce- Ideas from Scandinavia

Simon Wood, Principal, Larswood Consulting

Michael Than, Rail and Transit Engineering Services, Lead, WSP

11:40 am

INDUSTRY PANEL - Leading people

Peter Lensink, Managing Director, Transdev

Danny Broad, Chair, Australasian Railway Association

Nicole Rosie, Chief Executive, Waka Kotahi NZTA

Reuben Araroa, General Manager Operations – Upper North Island, KiwiRail

Mark Lambert, Executive General Manager Integrated Networks, Auckland Transport

Mark Crowle, Operations Manager, New Zealand / P2P Project Director, John Holland

Moderator: Peter Lensink, Managing Director, Transdev

12:30 pm

Networking & lunch break

SAFETY

Chair: Simon Wood, Principal, Larswood Consulting

1:20 pm

CASE STUDY | Machine control and avoidance on Trentham to Upper Hutt Double Tracking

Cameron Hyndman, Digital Engineering Manager - Infrastructure Projects, Downer NZ Ltd

1:50 pm

AUSTRALIAN CASE STUDY | Recent Australian Developments in Improving Track Worker Safety

Tony Crosby, General Manager Services, 4Tel Pty Ltd

Stewart Haycock, Project Manager – Operations Services, ARTC

2:20 pm

CASE STUDY | Raising the bar on rail safety

Tanuj Juneja, Project Manager, McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd

2:55 pm

Safety through culture and leadership

Matthew Sullivan, Wellington Regional Manager, John Holland

3:20 pm

Networking & refreshment break

3:35 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | Innovation & technology: The future of rail safety

Simon Bourke, General Manager – Policy & Government Relations, Australasian Railway Association

Jesse Baker, General Manager, Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board

Jess van Slooten, Manager - Safety & Assurance, Transdev Auckland

John Skilton, Programme Director Future Rail Systems, KiwiRail

Gini Welch, Senior Manager, Safer Rail, Regulatory Services Group, Waka Kotahi NZTA

Moderated by: Russell McMullan, General Manager Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link Ltd

4:20 pm

CLOSING ADDRESS | Co-making the future of mobility: The Hyperloop

Nick Ross, Creative Director, Teague

4:50 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

Commencing pre-dinner drinks at 6pm

Join us to celebrate the announcement of the winners of the Next Generation Conference Scholarships and the TrackSAFE NZ Award for Safety Leadership.

MC: Ruby Tui is the 2019 World Rugby Female Sevens Player of the Year, a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold medalist and a dedicated mental health and wellbeing advocate.

6:30 pm

Enjoy this chance to network, collaborate and be inspired in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. You can book an individual seat or table of 10 separately.

8:00 am

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:55 am

Admin and safety briefing

Session Chair: Greg Pollock, Chief Officer and Managing Director, Transdev New Zealand

9:00 am

Opening remarks

Danny Broad, Chair, Australasian Railway Association

9:10 am

OPENING ADDRESS | Waka Kotahi’s role in creating a resilient and reliable rail system

Kane Patena, Director of Land Transport, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

9:40 am

Developing the business case for light rail in Auckland

Leigh Auton, Board Chair, Auckland Light Rail

10:10 am

Topic TBA

Raphaelle Guerineau, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Mobility Australia and New Zealand

10:30 am

Networking, stretch & refreshment break

SUSTAINABILITY

Session Chair: Neysa Arland, Rail Operations Specialist – CRL, Transdev & ARA Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB) Member

11:00 am

A NZ perspective on the role of urban mobility in tackling climate change

Dr Deborah Hume, Establishment Manager Multimodal & Innovation, Waka Kotahi NZTA

11:30 am

The sustainability impacts and strategic implications of rail investment

Greg Pollock, Chief Officer and Managing Director, Transdev New Zealand

12:00 pm

Net zero rail target

Michael Nolan, Climate Change Risk and Resilience – Capability Lead ANZ, Aurecon

12:30 pm

The design journey to building greener railways

Mark Lusis, Associate Principal, Arup

1:00 pm

Networking & lunch break

FREIGHT

1:50 pm

Fonterra industry update

Fraser Whineray, Chief Operating Officer, Fonterra

2:20 pm

Ruakura Superhub – Maximising rail and the changing dynamics of the upper North Island supply chain

Chris Joblin, Chief Executive, Tainui Group Holdings

Dave Christie, Supply Chain Strategy Director, Tainui Group Holdings

2:50 pm

Shifting freight onto rail

Tony Peglas, Technical Director, Aurecon, Brisbane

Rebecca Hollet, Rail Client Leader / Principal, Infrastructure Advisory, Aurecon, Auckland

3:20 pm

Networking & refreshment break

INFRASTRUCTURE

3:35 pm

Wiri to Quay Park and Papakura to Pukekohe Projects – Supporting KiwiRail to meet passenger and freight demands on the Auckland rail network

Melissa Merlo, Senior Design Manager, Jacobs

Darryl Wong, Engineering Design Manager, KiwiRail

DIGITISATION & NEW TECHNOLOGY

4:05 pm

Using machine learning to optimise asset management in rail

Jaya Negi, Graduate Rail Engineer, Arup

4:35 pm

End of conference

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $1695+Tax
Virtual Pass - NZ basedNZD $995+Tax
Virtual Pass - AU basedNZD $995+Tax
Virtual Pass - International(non NZ & AU)NZD $995
Extras Price
Dinner (Standard) - Single Ticket NZD $160+Tax
Dinner (ARA Members) - Single Ticket NZD $128+Tax
Dinner - Table of 10 (Standard) NZD $1600+Tax
Dinner - Table of 10 (ARA Members) NZD $1280+Tax
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $1356+Tax
Virtual Pass - NZ basedNZD $795+Tax
Virtual Pass - AU basedNZD $795+Tax
Virtual Pass - International(non NZ & AU)NZD $795
Extras Price
Dinner (Standard) - Single Ticket NZD $160+Tax
Dinner (ARA Members) - Single Ticket NZD $128+Tax
Dinner - Table of 10 (Standard) NZD $1600+Tax
Dinner - Table of 10 (ARA Members) NZD $1280+Tax
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $847.50+Tax
Extras Price
Dinner (Standard) - Single Ticket NZD $160+Tax
Dinner (ARA Members) - Single Ticket NZD $128+Tax
Dinner - Table of 10 (Standard) NZD $1600+Tax
Dinner - Table of 10 (ARA Members) NZD $1280+Tax
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $678+Tax
Extras Price
Dinner (Standard) - Single Ticket NZD $160+Tax
Dinner (ARA Members) - Single Ticket NZD $128+Tax
Dinner - Table of 10 (Standard) NZD $1600+Tax
Dinner - Table of 10 (ARA Members) NZD $1280+Tax

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 23 November 2021.

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

Is your organisation is an ARA Member? Check here

Site Tours

Wednesday November 24th, 13:00-15:00

The site tours are now at capacity. To join the waitlist, email info@informa.com.au for availability.

CITY RAIL LINK

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

• The CRL is a 3.45km twin-tunnel underground rail link up to 42 metres below the Auckland city centre.
• It will transform the downtown Britomart Station into a two-way through-station that better connects the Auckland rail network.
• It allows the rail network to at least double rail capacity.

Building CRL in the middle of a built-up city is no small task and the specific location of the tour will be finalized in the shortly.


Wiri Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) Maintenance & Stabling Facility Depot – Transdev & Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport procured electric trains to meet the latest developments in railway technology and provide a reliable, comfortable and energy efficient mode of transport across the Auckland Railway Network. Delegates will enjoy a guided tour of the purpose-built facility comprising a maintenance building, rail track sidings, stabling area for 28 trains, a train wash, offices to house maintenance staff and train operators and a visit to the simulator.

Site tours will be running concurrently

Lead Partner Profile

John Holland is up for the challenge of transforming lives.

From humble beginnings more than 70 years ago, John Holland has been driving positive change in Australasia, and is now one of the region’s leading integrated infrastructure, rail and building companies.
Our integrated service offering includes design, construction, operations and maintenance across the rail, building and infrastructure sectors.

But just as important as our capabilities are our values. We think deeply about what we do and how it affects communities. By pushing boundaries and innovating, we gain trust through our actions – whatever the project, we’re in it for the long, long term.
Our expert rail team in New Zealand work collaboratively with our customers to add value beyond the design and construction phase of a project, investing in training and development for local people, and working with the community to create a positive and lasting legacy.

Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural New Zealand Rail Next Generation Conference Scholarships!

Lucy Cammell, Civil Engineer, Aurecon
Mandy Huo, Mechanical Engineer, Beca
Jordan (Ka Ho) LIU, Graduate Engineer, MTR Australia
Brendan Lobo, Civil Engineer, Aurecon
Jude Manuel, Signaller, Metro Trains Melbourne
Liam McIntyre, Civil Engineer, Aurecon
Wendy Nam, Civil Engineer, Beca
Jaya Negi, Graduate Engineer, Arup
Mary Quigg, Account Executive, Wellington Regional Council
Sean Yung, Surveyor, Vitruvius Ltd

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, extended access to the event online networking platform and will be presented with a certificate of acknowledgement at the conference dinner.

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.

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CONFERENCE DINNER

22 November 2021

Proudly sponsored by

We are delighted to introduce Ruby Tui as the MC of our highly anticipated NZ Rail Conference dinner. Ruby Tui is the 2019 World Rugby Female Sevens Player of the Year, a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold medalist and a dedicated mental health and wellbeing advocate. Ruby is using her platform and positive energy to make a difference in New Zealand and around the world. Off the field, she is a regular commentator for SKY TV, ambassador for the Headfirst initiative and Women’s Refuge Westport, and is passionate about healthy environments for Kiwi kids and speaking up about mental health within the sporting community.

Ruby joins us thanks to our dinner sponsor Downer, whose 2019 agreement with New Zealand Rugby saw it become the first organisation to partner with the Māori All Blacks as well as the Black Ferns and Black Ferns Sevens women’s teams.

The dinner is always a highlight of NZ Rail, so secure your place today to avoid missing out.

when & where

22 - 23 Nov 2021

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION RATE
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 21-22 November 2021 2021 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until 19 November 2021, unless sold out prior.

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

contact

Still have a question?

Kate Twentyman
Senior Conference Director
Kate.Twentyman@informa.com.au

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
+61 406 530 043
Sarah.Ingram@informa.com

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