Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition

Do you have an idea that could dramatically enhance rail in New Zealand?

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.

As you are probably aware, the rail industry continues to make significant contributions to New Zealand’s social, economic and environmental objectives. Reflecting this, we invite concepts that target any aspect of rail – technical and engineering, customer service, strategic business planning, marketing, technological opportunities. If you have an idea that may increase rail’s safety, improve engineering or maintenance practices, better rail’s performance records or ultimately offer freight or passenger customers an improved service – we want to hear from you.

Submit your idea, large or small and contribute to New Zealand’s rail future.

Entries are open until 5pm AEST on Friday 13th April || SUBMIT APPLICATION



Entries must be 400-600 words and include a concept title, name/contact details, institution and qualification underway/completed (including completion date), the issue being addressed and the solution/idea proposed. Final presentations can include multi and/or mixed media.

Entries will be judged by the Organising Committee on the benefits the idea could provide, its quality and relevance. The Organising Committee’s decision is final. No feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.



*Flights to Auckland from within New Zealand only
**Young railway professionals. Open to all railway professionals who are 30 years or under.


Finalists will receive

Finalists will be announced in May 2018 and receive return economy airfares to Auckland from their hometown city to attend the ARA’s NZ Rail 2018, two night’s accommodation and complimentary attendance to the event, including the ARA Dinner. Finalists will be given 5-10 minutes to present their idea to rail CEO’s at the ARA’s NZ Rail 2018 Conference as part of the program on 14 June 2018. The winner will be announced at the ARA Dinner on the 14 June 2018.


The winner’s prize:

In addition to being awarded a speaking position on the program of the New Zealand Rail conference in 2019, the winner of the Young Professionals Pitching Competition will win a trip for two on-board the breathtaking TranzAlpine train.

TranzAlpine – The trip of a lifetime

Climb aboard one of the world’s most famous train journeys, between Christchurch and Greymouth. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. Descend through thick stands of native beech forest to your destination, Greymouth – a great base for exploring this unspoiled region with its mighty glaciers, wild rivers and famous Punakaiki pancake rocks.

The TranzAlpine runs daily throughout the year, departing Christchurch at 08:15 and returning at 18:05. It stops at Greymouth for 1hr, arriving at 12:45 and departing at 13:45.


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