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New Zealand Rail Summit fast approaching

New Zealand’s leading rail experts from industry and government will come together for the inaugural ARA New Zealand Rail Summit next month to discuss the latest research and innovations in the sector.

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) one-day event, held on July 4 in Auckland, will provide participants with the opportunity to learn the latest developments, initiatives and issues shaping the future of the New Zealand rail sector.

The Summit will be followed by the ARA Annual Rail Industry Dinner at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland.

The Summit will include presentations from the major rail operators in New Zealand and senior government representatives, with insights into project learnings and case studies, panel sessions on rail safety and regulation and innovation, and a sneak-peek into the ARA’s newest research report on the benefits of rail to the New Zealand economy.

Speakers so far confirmed for the conference, which is sponsored by Arup, include:

  • Alice Reis, Arup
  • Chris Money, EY
  • David Wood, Deputy Chief Executive, Investment and Monitoring, Ministry of Transport
  • Andre Lovatt, Chief Infrastructure Officer, KiwiRail
  • Stacey van der Putten, Director Public Transport and Active Modes, Auckland Transport
  • Gini Welch, National Manager Rail Safety Regulation, Waka Kotahi
  • Natalie Pelham, Chief Executive Officer, Office National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)
  • Megan Drayton, Foundation Manager, TrackSAFE NZ
  • Natalie Loughborough, Executive Director Rail, The National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO)

The panel session on the role of an integrated transport network, chaired by Samantha Gain, General Manager, Greater Wellington Council, will include panellists:

  • Peter Reidy, Chief Executive Officer, KiwiRail;
  • Ian Ladd, Managing Director, Transdev Wellington;
  • Martin Kearney, Chief Executive Officer, Auckland One Rail;
  • Nicole Rosie, Chief Executive, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi;
  • And Rob Giller, Manager Advocacy and Business Development, Bus and Coach Association NZ.

The panel on rail safety priorities for NZ and Australia, to be chaired by

Russell McMullan, General Manager Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link, will include:

  • Gini Welch, National Manager Rail Safety Regulation, Waka Kotahi;
  • Natalie Pelham, Chief Executive Officer, Office National Rail Safety Regulator;
  • James House, Regional Operations Manager, KiwiRail;
  • Steve Butcher, Executive General Manager Rail & Transport, John Holland;
  • And Lisa D’Oliveira, General Manager HSQESS, Auckland One Rail.

The panel on rail Innovation will be chaired by Rob Mayo, Head of Australia and New Zealand, UITP and include John Skilton, Programme Director: Future Rail Systems, KiwiRail, with more panellists to be announced soon.

To view the program and register for the ARA New Zealand Rail Summit go to the ARA website.

To register for the ARA Annual Rail Industry Dinner go to the event page.