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The New Zealand Rail 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

New Zealand Rail Conference to focus on growth and resilience

With the theme of ‘Rail: Enabling NZ Growth and Resilience’, this year’s NZ Rail Conference will bring together senior executives to inform, inspire and strategise on the key challenges and opportunities facing the rail industry.


Taking place at the Pullman Hotel Auckland on 27 and 28 June, the conference will bring together top executives from across New Zealand and Australia. Together with the Australasian Railway Association and KiwiRail, organisers Informa Events have developed a thought-provoking agenda examining the most pertinent issues for both passenger and freight rail in New Zealand – one that will showcase industry collaboration and feature industry insights and technical case studies.

Speakers include senior management from KiwiRail, including CEO Peter Reidy, CFO Kate Jorgensen, and customer experience manager Neil Cole, plus key personnel from Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, the Australasian Railway Association and Fonterra.

The keynote presentation will be made by Frances Valintine, the founder of Tech Futures Lab, which was launched in 2016 to navigate the new world of technology-enabled businesses. An educator for over 20 years, Frances founded The Mind Lab by Unitec and was named one of the top three NZ Innovators of the Year at the 2017 New Zealander of the Year awards. She has also been awarded a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award. She will provide some guidance on harnessing the opportunity of technology and futureproofing the rail industry.

Pitch your idea

Young professionals aged 30 years or under, who are working with or within the New Zealand rail industry – including those working with government agencies, rail operators and construction, marketing, design, engineering, maintenance and manufacturing companies that consult, advise and/or work with the rail sector – are invited to pitch an idea that could dramatically enhance rail in New Zealand to the conference.

Event organisers say: “The rail industry continues to make significant contributions to New Zealand’s economic and social objectives. Reflecting this, we invite concepts that target any aspect of rail – technical and engineering, customer service, strategic business planning, marketing, and 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.”

Competition entrants should submit their concept – in the form of a 400-600 word abstract detailing their idea – for an opportunity to be flown to Auckland (from within New Zealand only) to pitch their idea to today’s rail leaders. Entries are open until 5pm Friday 5 May.

For further information on the competition and on the NZ Rail Conference, visit www.informa.com.au/event/new-zealand-rail/

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