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New Zealand Rail

Building a resilient and reliable rail system

29-30 November 2023 | Hilton Auckland

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Building on the positive energy and record attendance of last year’s event, we’re delighted to announce that the 12th annual New Zealand Rail Conference will return to the Hilton Auckland on 29-30 November 2023, bigger than ever.

Following the results of New Zealand’s General Election in October, this two-day conference and exhibition is not to be missed.

What role will rail play in the election?

How might this impact the pipeline of rail projects planned and underway?

New Zealand Rail 2023 will bring together key industry and Government stakeholders, suppliers and customers to network and collaborate on the innovation, technical expertise and investment needed to ensure a reliable, resilient and sustainable future for rail in New Zealand.

Mark your calendars today and join us in November for the latest updates on existing and future rail projects, rail rebuild and resilience in light of recent extreme weather events, rail decarbonisation including electrification for freight and passenger rail, and much more.


Peter Reidy

Chief Executive Officer, KiwiRail

Dr Sean Sweeney

CEO, City Rail Link Ltd

Nicole Rosie

Chief Executive Officer, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Kara Oldhouser

Director Sustainability, Amtrak

Raphaelle Guerineau

Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Mobility Australia and New Zealand

Megan Drayton

Foundation Manager, TrackSAFE Foundation NZ

Peter Lensink

Chief Operating Officer, Transdev Australia & New Zealand

Dr Deborah Hume

National Manager Multimodal & Innovation, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Stacey van der Putten

Executive General Manager, Public Transport Services & Safety, Auckland Transport

Neysa Arland

Rail Operations Specialist – CRL, Auckland One Rail

Dave Christie

Supply Chain Strategy Director, Tainui Group Holdings

Sandi Robertson

Director – New Zealand, Systra ANZ

Ulf Larsson

Technical Director, Rail & Transit, WSP New Zealand

Tracey Ryan

Managing Director, Aurecon & Chair, Infrastructure New Zealand & Co-Chair, Construction Sector Accord

Jack Donaghy

Digital Innovation Leader -T&I Digital and Innovation NZ, Beca Limited

Russell McMullan

General Manager Assurance and Integration, CRL

Samantha Gain

Group Manager, Metlink

Sacha Montgomery

Executive General Manager Zero Harm Delivery, KiwiRail

Neil Cook

Deputy Director Land of Transport, Waka Kotahi

Dan ‘Chuck’ Norris

General Manager Critical Risk, Fonterra

Stephen Shaddock

Alliance General Manager - North Western Program Alliance, John Holland

Rhys Hayward

Client-Side Project Lead for LNIRIM, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Barry Fryer

Manager, Rail Assets, Metlink, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Anthony Blom

General Manager Assets, Auckland One Rail

Daniel Headifen

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

David Gordon

Chief Capital Planning and Asset Development Officer, KiwiRail

Gwyneth MacLeod

Head of Network Strategy and Investment, KiwiRail

Caroline Wilkie

Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association

Mark Lambert

Executive General Manager Integrated Networks, Auckland Transport

Gabriella Solti

Principal Consultant - Safety Assurance, AtkinsRéalis

Nathan Stribley

Director, Urbis

Raymond Yuen

CEO – Australian Business, MTR

Christian Messelyn

Group Manager Public Transport Development, Auckland Transport

Simonne Eldridge

Executive Leader - Clients + Brands, Tonkin + Taylor

Martin Udale

Service Line Lead, Strategic Property, frequency

Katarzyna Jurkiewicz

Principal, Grimshaw

Marian Willberg

Manager Freight and Supply Chain Policy, Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport

Aaron Rodrigues

Principal Transport Planner, Auckland Transport

Welcome Reception

NEW TO 2023 | NZ Rail Welcome Reception: 28 November 2023

Join us at the Hilton Auckland’s Bellini Bar to get to know NZ Rail participants before the official two-day program gets underway. Sitting at the end of Princess Wharf, the Welcome Reception on the 28 November will let you enjoy the views across the Waitematā Harbour and Auckland CBD as you reconnect with colleagues and clients in a relaxed atmosphere.

When: 5.30-7.00pm
Where: Bellini Bar, Hilton Auckland
Dress Code: Smart casual
Open to: Exclusive to all speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and registered conference delegates. The cost is included in your registration pass but RSVP’s at the time of booking are essential.

NZ Rail Welcome Reception opportunity is currently available please contact if you are interested.


The NZ Rail Conference dinner takes place on the evening of the 30 November at the Hilton Auckland. Join us for this unique networking function includes pre-dinner drinks from 6:30pm, presentation of the TrackSAFE Foundation NZ Award for Safety Leadership as well as the presentation to the winners of the Next Generation Conference Scholarships. This event will sell out so be sure to book your place!

NZ Rail Dinner Sponsorship opportunity is currently available please contact if you are interested.

*Dinner table of 10 – must be booked in conjunction with registered delegates.

David Letele is the founder of BBM Buttabean Motivation. Prepare to be captivated as he shares his extraordinary journey of success and the invaluable lessons he learned from embracing failure.

As a remarkable individual and passionate community leader from South Auckland, he tirelessly advocates for families in need, making a profound impact on the lives of many. His dedication and commitment serve as a true inspiration for all.

Dave’s unconventional start in life has enabled him to think of different ways to achieve success, and to embrace failure as a teacher. His willingness to be vulnerable and to ask for help shows his strength as a leader, and as a human being. His relentless positivity to change lives has made a difference to thousands of people across New Zealand, and he’s just getting warmed up.

Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Congratulations to the winners of the Next Generation Conference Scholarship for New Zealand Rail 2023.

Proudly sponsored by

Florika Patel, Civil Engineer, Aurecon
Luke McAnulty, Civil Engineer, Aurecon
Gabriella D’Agata, Graduate Engineer, Systra ANZ
Brandan Misa, Graduate Engineer, KiwiRail
Benjamin Love, Junior Planner, Railize Ltd
Effie Hong, Graduate Engineer, Systra ANZ
Jamie Ravela, Graduate Engineer, KiwiRail
Will Penrose, Technical Sales Engineer, Vossloh Cogifer Australia
Ryan Anderson, Civil Engineer, Beca

We’re delighted to be supporting the winners’ professional development and sharing their innovative ideas on how to disrupt or bring greater awareness of the benefits of rail.


  • Complimentary attendance to the Welcome Reception
  • Complimentary attendance to the Two-Day NZ Rail Conference
  • Certificates of acknowledgement – to be presented at the Conference Dinner

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.

Hear from:

Jaco Vorster, Technical Principal – Track Lead, WSP
Amy Baars, Group Manager Talent & Capability, KiwiRail
Ben Ryder, Rail & Mass Transit Practice Leader, Aurecon
Cara Berghan, Systems Engineer, WSP
Matt McKenzie, Talent Acquisition Lead, Mott MacDonald
Brad Jones, Auckland Business Leader, Vitruvius


Held alongside the 2023 NZ Rail Conference, the forum will take place during the NZ Rail Exhibition Networking Drinks at the Hilton Auckland on the evening of 29 November 2023. 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.

With New Zealand’s rail industry embarking on an exciting period of growth, there has never been a better time to build a career in rail. The forum will discuss the role young professionals will play in shaping this transformative period to build a long-term future for the industry and the people that work within it.

Where: Hilton Auckland, 147 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, NZ
When: Registration from 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start

Sponsors Corporate Profile

Beca is one of Asia Pacific’s largest independent advisory, design and engineering consultancies. After a century of operation, we have grown from a family-owned business to one of the most progressive, client-centric professional services consultancies in our region. Motivated by our purpose to make every day better and our values-driven culture, we deliver transformational solutions and are focused on the challenges and opportunities of sustainability, alongside our clients and communities.

As a leader in intelligent transport solutions for more than 175 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio. Its core areas include rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, a comprehensive software portfolio, turnkey systems as well as related services. With digital products and solutions, Siemens Mobility is enabling mobility operators worldwide to make infrastructure intelligent, increase value sustainably over the entire lifecycle, enhance passenger experience and guarantee availability. We have been in Australia & New Zealand for more than 150 years, employs over 600 people from 41 different nationalities with offices in all major capital cities and manufacturing sites in Melbourne and Perth. Siemens aims to be the first major industrial company to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030 and a partner in Australia’s first carbon neutral rail infrastructure project.

Event Images

Below is a slide show of images from the 2022 New Zealand Rail conference.

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



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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

29 - 30 Nov 2023

Hilton Auckland
147 Quay Street, Auckland CBD,
Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 978 2000

Secure your accommodation at the Hilton Auckland with a 15% discount* off the best available flexible rate for the 28th – 30th November 2023.
To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability, book early to avoid disappointment.


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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Sarah Ingram
+61 406 530 043


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Kate Twentyman
Senior Conference Director


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Paul O’Connor
+61 2 9080 4336

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