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New Zealand Rail

Building a resilient, reliable, and sustainable rail system

16-17 October 2024 | Aotea Centre, Auckland

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Early bird expires 23 August 2024


We are thrilled to share that the New Zealand Rail Conference 2024 will be held on the 16-17 October at an exciting new venue The Aotea Centre, Auckland.

The New Zealand Rail Conference continues to build in significance and is the key meeting place for the growing New Zealand rail industry.

The 2024 event will provide leading edge content, project and policy updates from key industry speakers, showcase the latest technology and innovation for the industry at the exhibition and facilitate quality networking opportunities to meet with established & new industry contacts.

Mark your calendars to join us in October!

Early bird tickets are now on sale. Book your spot by August 23rd to save $NZ400! A further discounted rate is available for young rail professionals 35 years old and under. See PRICING for eligibility criteria.

Welcoming 2024 Speakers

Hon Simeon Brown

MP for Pakuranga, Minister of Transport, Minister of Local Government, Minister for Energy and Minister for Auckland

Audrey Sonerson

Chief Executive, Ministry of Transport

Nicole Rosie

Chief Executive, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi

Peter Reidy

Chief Executive Officer, KiwiRail

Wayne Brown

Mayor of Auckland

Gini Welch

National Manager Rail Safety Regulation, Te Rōpu Waeture, New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi

Gwyneth MacLeod

Head of Network Strategy and Investment, KiwiRail

Chris Joblin

CEO, Tainui Group Holdings

Martin Kearney

Chief Executive Officer, Auckland One Rail

Dave Christie

Supply Chain Strategy Director, Tainui Group Holdings

Megan Drayton

Foundation Manager, TrackSAFE Foundation NZ

Neysa Arland

Rail Operations Specialist – CRL, Auckland One Rail

Stacey van der Putten

Director Public Transport & Active Modes, Auckland Transport

Peter Lensink

Chief Operating Officer, Transdev Australia & New Zealand

Samantha Gain

Group Manager, Metlink

Associate Professor Gemma Read

Director, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast

Russell McMullan

GM Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link New Zealand

Jared Thomas

Pou Whakahaere Hangarau - Whanonga Pūtaioa (Technical Principal – Behavioural Sciences), WSP New Zealand

Jerry Shearman

CEO, Central Economic Development Agency

Stephen Brunell

Programme Performance and Controls Director, City Rail Link

Rob Murdoch

Deputy Chief Executive, NIWA

Daniel Headifen

Chair, RTSA New Zealand & Programme Director – Hawkes Bay Cyclone Recovery, KiwiRail

Jon Knight

General Manager Metros, KiwiRail

Lisa D’Oliveira

General Manager HSQESS, Auckland One Rail

Murray Bruges

Director, The Helen Clark Foundation

Nigel Jones

General Manager Supply Chain and Planning, Alliance Group

Paul Cockerton

Lead Advisor, New Zealand Rail Safety Regulator, Te Rōpū Waeture, New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi

Gabriella Solti

Systems Assurance Manager, KiwiRail

Jaco Vorster

Track Technical Principal, WSP NZ Ltd

Gavin Panter

Chief Operating Officer, Auckland One Rail

Mick Spiers

Chief Operating Officer for Rail Infrastructure, Siemens Mobility AUNZ

Adele Wilson

Chief Customer and Growth Officer, KiwiRail

Paul Norman

Rail Construction Safety Case Manager, Link Alliance

André Lovatt

Chief Infrastructure Officer, KiwiRail

Will Marson

General Manager, Vadis Geomatics

Bobby Fischer

Program Director (Auckland Metro), KiwiRail


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $2595NZD $2195+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass - NZ basedNZD $1595NZD $1195+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass (International)NZD $1595NZD $1195 Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Extras Price
Dinner NZD $250+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 NZD $2500+GST
Streamly Access Pass NZD $295+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)NZD $1295NZD $1095+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass - NZ basedNZD $795NZD $595+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass (International)NZD $795NZD $595 Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Extras Price
Dinner NZD $250+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 NZD $2500+GST
Streamly Access Pass NZD $295+GST

Early bird expires 23 August 2024

Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 35)*
*Eligibility for young rail professionals rate: Aged 35 years old and under on 16 October 2024. Note: You will be required to provide ID on the day of the event.


17 October 2024 | Aotea Centre, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland | 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Commencing with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm, join us to relax and network with industry peers in a convivial atmosphere. The evening will provide the perfect opportunity to be informed and inspired.

This unique networking function includes presentation of the TrackSAFE Foundation NZ Award for Safety Leadership as well as the presentation to the winners of the Next Generation Conference Scholarships.
Attendees must register to attend the conference as well.

This event will sell out so be sure to book your place!

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The New Zealand Rail conference, exhibition and networking functions offer unparalleled opportunities to reach key industry stakeholders, senior decision-makers and customers from the ANZ region.

Don’t miss the opportunity to share your expertise and showcase your products, services and solutions at this established industry gathering.

Contact Sarah Ingram for a copy of the sponsorship & exhibition prospectus today!

Sarah Ingram
+61 406 530 043

Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Win 1 of 10 scholarships to attend the New Zealand Rail 2024 Conference & Dinner

Do you have an idea that could bring greater awareness to the benefits of the rail industry across NZ?

We are inviting all rail sector personnel aged 25 years and under to submit their innovative ideas on how to promote the NZ rail industry in an impactful way.

In 200-300 words, describe how you would market and promote the benefits of rail for the opportunity to win a scholarship to attend the 2024 New Zealand Rail conference and dinner.

Your idea may take inspiration from or could be applied to any discipline or field within the rail sector such as light rail, passenger rail, metro rail and trains, freight and heavy haul, new technology, customer service and sustainability and decarbonisation – in 200-300 words describe your idea or concept and how it could enhance or promote the benefits of rail.


  • Complimentary attendance to the New Zealand Rail Conference
  • Opportunity to network with industry representatives
  • Certificates of acknowledgement presented at the conference dinner
  • Professional profiles on the dedicated ‘Next Generation Hub’ on the event app


  • Competition open: 13 August 2024
  • Competition deadline: 6 September 2024
  • Winners announced: 24 September 2024
  • Certificates presented at the Conference Dinner: 17 October 2024

Open to all recent graduates and young railway professionals who are 25yrs or under (as at 16 October 2024). A maximum of 3 winners will be selected from the same organisation.

Entries close 6 September 2024

NZ Young Rail Professionals Forum

Diverse careers in rail

Do you want to create a diverse, rewarding and long-term career in rail?

Informa and the RTSA are hosting a NZ Young Rail Professionals Forum to find out how today’s industry leaders have achieved success as they share their tips on how to be a driving force in shaping the future of rail.

The forum is open and free for all young rail professionals aged 35 years and under. Attendees are required to register in advance.

Held alongside the 2024 NZ Rail Conference, the forum will take place during the NZ Rail Exhibition Networking Drinks at the Aotea Centre on the evening of 16 October 2024. Following the industry panel discussion focusing on diversity and pathways to rail careers, attendees will have the opportunity to join the Exhibition Networking Drinks function and exchange learnings and experiences with a diverse mix of industry representatives from across the Tasman.

The forum will discuss the role young professionals will play in shaping the New Zealand Rail industry and building a long-term future for rail and the people that work within it.

Where: Aotea Centre, Auckland, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
When: Registration from 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start

Event Images

Below is a slide show of images from the 2023 New Zealand Rail conference.

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



Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

16 - 17 Oct 2024

Aotea Centre, Auckland
50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD,
Auckland 1010, New Zealand


Still have a question?

General Information & Registration
Customer Service
+61 2 9080 4307

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Sarah Ingram
+61 406 530 043


Speaking Enquiries
Kate Twentyman
Senior Conference Director


Marketing & Media Enquiries
Paul O’Connor
+61 2 9080 4336

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