Greg Miller has resigned as Group Chief Executive of KiwiRail, after recent and sustained allegations in the media which he has rejected.
KiwiRail Acting Chair Sue McCormack said the claims have been such a distraction that Miller has decided that it was in the best interest of him, his family and KiwiRail to step down.
“I have accepted his resignation and on behalf of the Board, I thank him for his service to KiwiRail as Chair and subsequently as Group Chief Executive during a time of growth and unprecedented Government support. The period included the revitalisation of rail in Northland, the re-opening of the Wairoa-Napier line, significant capital projects nationally, and the project to introduce two brand-new Interislander ferries,” she said.
Miller says he is proud to have led KiwiRail through a transformational period, including improved safety leadership.
“Historically the company has been under-resourced and, with Government support, I have been redressing that deficit. The workshop rebuild program, including planned wagon assembly at Hillside, and 67 new locomotives on order for the South Island, are all part of ensuring KiwiRail is on a strong footing for the future, and able to contribute to helping New Zealand reach its emissions reduction targets,” he said.
KiwiRail Deputy Chief Executive Todd Moyle has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive.
“The Board will also expect Mr Moyle, and the new Chief Executive once appointed, to work effectively with our union partners. With more than 70 per cent of our workforce unionised, our unions rank alongside our most important stakeholders. We need to work cooperatively with them to build a more reliable and resilient network that will attract more freight to rail and in doing so, help lower New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from transport,” McCormack said.