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New Zealand Rail 2017

Rail: Enabling New Zealand’s Growth and Resilience

27-28 June 2017 | Pullman Hotel Auckland

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ARA Member Rate available - See Pricing Below
Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate at no cost


New Zealand Rail 2017 will take place at the Pullman Hotel Auckland on the 27th and 28th June 2017.

With the central theme of Rail: Enabling New Zealand’s Growth and Resilience, the conference will bring together top executives from across New Zealand and Australia to explore key challenges and opportunities facing the rail industry in New Zealand.

PLUS – Keynote presentation from:
Frances Valintine, Founder, Tech Futures Lab

An educator for over 20 years, Frances founded The Mind Lab by Unitec, developed to empower students, teachers and principals with skills for today’s world. In 2016 Frances launched Tech Futures Lab to navigate the new world of technology enabled businesses. Frances was named one of the top 3 NZ Innovators of the Year at the 2017 NZ of the Year awards and last year, was named one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World by EdTech International, UK and was also awarded a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award. In 2015 Frances was awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation) and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education).

Frances will provide some guidance on harnessing the opportunity of technology and futureproofing the rail industry.

As the New Zealand industry focuses their attention on building an integrated transport network, we were delighted to offer a forum to knowledge share and discuss how this can be made a reality.

Missed New Zealand Rail 2016?
You can view and download the presentation here



Site Tour

(approximately 3 hours including travel time)

CAF has a long-term maintenance contract for the 57 EMUs delivered to Auckland Transport. The maintenance operations are performed in the Wiri Depot, built for that purpose and inaugurated in 2013. The tour will include a visit of the depot and a description of day to day and heavy maintenance activities performed on the trains.

14:50 | Conference completion
15:00 | Board bus to Wiri
15:50 | Arrive at Wiri and start tour
16:55 | Board CAF bus to Manukau station
17:05 | Catch Auckland Transports EMU back to Britomart
17:55 | Arrive at Britomart train station

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


Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition – Finalists Announced

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the New Zealand Rail Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition. After a rife amount of submissions, the judging panel are pleased to announce the following as finalists:

  • Revolutionising Electrical Isolation – The Remote Isolation System – James Donovan, Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Triple Track and Express Metro Services – Chee Hoe Chan, Siemens
  • Human Factors and Streamlining Safe Working Practices on the Controlled Network – Andrew James, Transdev Auckland
  • Implementing a Risk-based HSE Reporting Framework – Ruth Venter, KiwiRail
  • Strategic Rail Inspections and Asset Condition Monitoring Using Drones – Adrian Pacheco, Metro Trains Melbourne


Networking Dinner – Tuesday 27th June

We are delighted to be hosting the ARA’s Industry Dinner at the Pullman Hotel Auckland from 18:30 on the evening of 27 June. Celebrate the announcement of the winner of the inaugural NZ Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition and enjoy this chance to network, collaborate with clients and hold discussions in the relaxed and convivial atmosphere. We are excited to also announce our after-dinner speaker, Dr David Warburton.

Dinner is separately bookable. Single seats or tables of ten can be booked through the registration page on the conference website.


Bob Herbert AM

Chair, Australasian Railway Association

Peter Reidy

CEO, KiwiRail

Andrew Lezala

Managing Director, Metro Trains Australia

Chris Meale

Project Director City Rail Link, Auckland Transport

Chris Foord

General Manager Global Supply Chain Development, Fonterra

Reinhold Goeschl

General Manager Supply Chain, Ports of Auckland

John Fullerton


Alan Piper

Group General Manager: Sales & Commercial, KiwiRail

Todd Moyle

Group General Manager Network Services, KiwiRail

Danny Broad

Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association

Megan Drayton

Foundation Manager, TrackSAFE NZ

Howard Collins OBE

CEO, Sydney Trains

David Warburton

Chief Executive, Auckland Transport

Pedro Pellon

Director, CAF

Neal Mumford

Principal | Australasia Rail Business Leader, Arup

David Stuart-Smith

Technical Director, Arup

Richard Hattaway

Project Manager, KiwiRail

Jeanine Benson

South Island Network Services Manager, KiwiRail

Philip Purdy

O&M Project Director, Keolis Downer

Neil Cole

Customer Experience Manager, KiwiRail

Shane Hingst

ANZ Rail Digital Commercial Leader, GE Transportation

Andrew Strother

Digital Sales Account Manager, GE Transportation

Martin Donohoe

Associate Principal | Light Rail Specialist & Systems Engineering, Arup

Mark Cairns

CEO, Port of Tauranga

John Rae

Chair, National Infrastructure Advisory Board

Rene Lalande

Chief Executive Officer, Transdev Australasia

Brent Lancaster

General Manager PMO (Project Management Office), Infrastructure & Assets, KiwiRail

Thomas Pang

Senior Rail Engineer, Aurecon NZ Limited

Sean McElroy

General Manager, ConSlab

Steve Boshier

Asset Integration Manager, City Rail Link, Auckland Transport

Eddie Cook

Project Engineer Level Crossings, KiwiRail

Chris Ballantyne

Principal Advisor Rail Safety, NZ Transport Agency

Carl Mills

Manager Operations Development, KiwiRail

Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore

Auckland Council

Frances Valintine

Founder, Tech Futures Lab

Alan Bannister

Managing Director, Transdev Australasia

Senior Representative, Keolis Downer

Kate Jorgensen

CFO, KiwiRail

when & where

27 - 28 Jun 2017

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

Please contact the Pullman Hotel Auckland direct for accommodation rates.


Still have a question?

Lisa Hedlund
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4058

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4432

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