17 June 2019 8:08AM

KiwiRail has completed the restoration of the Napier to Wairoa rail line and is now in the final stages of preparing to run trains to get the district’s logs to market.

10 June 2019 1:01PM

A potential rail hub near Dannevirke could take 200,000 tonnes of logs of the regions roads, KiwiRail Deputy Chief Executive Todd Moyle says.

06 June 2019 5:05PM

Collaboration is key to the successful development of a new Regional Freight Hub near Palmerston North, KiwiRail Deputy Chief Executive Todd Moyle says.

30 May 2019 5:05PM

The Government’s substantial investment through Budget 2019 builds a solid foundation for the future of rail in New Zealand, KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says.

08 May 2019 1:01PM

KiwiRail has welcomed today’s Zero Carbon Bill announcement, and is ready to play its part in reducing New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

03 May 2019 1:01PM

The KiwiRail Board has today announced changes to its Board and senior management team, with former Chairman Greg Miller to take up the role of Group Chief Executive Officer as the company prepares for a major phase of growth.

29 November 2018 1:01PM

The Government’s $40m investment in the award-winning TranzAlpine scenic train will bring thousands more tourists onto the West Coast each year, creating jobs and enabling other tourism ventures, KiwiRail Acting Chief Executive Todd Moyle says.

23 November 2018 1:01PM

KiwiRail is launching its first premium tourism service with a $40 million investment from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, which will put new carriages onto the award-winning Coastal Pacific scenic journey.

23 November 2018 9:09AM

Passengers will travel again today on the rail line between Picton and Christchurch - the first time since it was devastated by the Kaikoura earthquake two years ago.

30 October 2018 1:01PM

The Government’s commitment to fund the refurbishment of KiwiRail’s ageing electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk line will provide additional capacity as rail continues its freight growth, KiwiRail Acting Chief Executive Todd Moyle says.

18 September 2018 12:12PM

New Zealanders are being urged to show their support for the exceptional work done to restore the road and rail networks following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, by voting for the project in a prestigious international award.

17 September 2018 12:12PM

KiwiRail has launched a new policy that will deliver safe outcomes and be fair to farmers  and others with private crossings Group General Manager Investment, Planning and Risk David Gordon says.

27 August 2018 1:01PM

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union and KiwiRail have today signed a landmark pay deal which will see a flat rate of higher pay applied across all 2319 of its members, rather than the usual percentage increase for workers.

24 August 2018 2:02PM

KiwiRail has posted a strong result.

20 July 2018 1:01PM

A feasibility study for a new West Coast tourism service highlights rail’s ability to drive economic growth in the regions, KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.

22 June 2018 4:04PM

Trains will begin running the full distance on the line from Napier to Wairoa for the first time in six years next week.

22 June 2018 2:02PM

The dedication of KiwiRail staff in building the rail network from Bluff to Ashburton connecting  New Zealand communities has been honoured with a 2.5m long carving in Dunedin.

06 June 2018 8:08AM

Trains are moving again on the Napier to Wairoa line for the first time in six years in an important milestone in the re-opening of the line.

01 June 2018 2:02PM

Trains will be moving again on the Napier to Wairoa line for the first time in six years next Wednesday.

01 June 2018 1:01PM

KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy has welcomed the Government’s decision to investigate the potential for upgrading and expanding rail north of Auckland.

21 May 2018 4:04PM

Work to improve services for Wellington commuters passed an important milestone today with the signing of a $49 million contract to replace the overhead line system that supplies power to Metlink’s commuter trains on the Hutt Line.

03 May 2018 9:09AM

KiwiRail and the wider team responsible for the limited reopening of the rail line between Blenheim and Christchurch just nine months after the Kaikoura earthquake, have won a prestigious Australasian rail award.

01 May 2018 8:08AM

The project to re-open the Wairoa-Napier rail line takes a significant step forward today  with track gangs beginning work on the line.

06 March 2018 9:09AM

Rail freight services on the Main North Line between Picton and Christchurch resumed overnight following completion of work to repair damage caused by former Cyclone Gita, says KiwiRail Group General Manager Todd Moyle.

26 February 2018 9:09AM

Work will begin on the reinstatement of the Napier to Wairoa rail line today, just two days after the Government announced its funding through the Provincial Growth Fund for the project.

23 February 2018 12:12PM

KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says today’s announcements of new projects in the  Provincial Growth Fund are a strong signal of the Government’s confidence in rail’s ability to drive regional economic growth for New Zealand.

22 February 2018 5:05PM

KiwiRail is working alongside NZTA as quickly as possible to re-open the rail line and State Highway between Blenheim and Christchurch after it was hit by the sting of Cyclone Gita.

21 February 2018 8:08AM

KiwiRail is reaping the benefits of an innovative growth strategy for its forestry business designed to make the best use of its wagon fleet.

20 February 2018 12:12PM

KiwiRail has posted a positive half year result with an operating surplus  (1) 39% ahead of the previous year, despite a challenging six months.

14 November 2017 8:08AM

The 12 months since a 7.8 earthquake struck near Kaikoura devastating the Main North Line railway have been enormously challenging, but a year on it is pleasing to see progress made, delivering some respite for residents and truck drivers, KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.

01 November 2017 2:02PM

One of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences, KiwiRail’s iconic TranzAlpine train journey, marked 30 years of operation today with celebrations in Christchurch and Greymouth.

30 October 2017 12:12PM

Freight operations on the Main North Line between Blenheim and Christchurch are set to resume tonight, says KiwiRail Group General Manager Network Services Todd Moyle.

10 August 2017 2:02PM

KiwiRail is giving the public a taste of what it’s like to be a train driver this Rail Safety Week, with its locomotive simulator set to make a rare appearance outside Parliament for the campaign’s launch on Monday 14 August.

08 August 2017 11:11AM

Today’s welding of the line, linking up the railway between Picton and Christchurch is a huge milestone nine months after the November 14 earthquake and a credit to the more than 1500 people involved in the project KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.

31 July 2017 4:04PM

A plaque honouring the courage of railway man Corporal Leslie Andrew has been unveiled today at Wellington Railway Station by KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy, The Rail Heritage Trust and Corporal Willie Apiata VC.

11 July 2017 11:11AM

Sailings of the Interislander ferries have been cancelled from Wednesday night because of predicted severe weather in Cook Strait, with up to 7-metre-high waves forecast through till Friday morning.

13 June 2017 1:01PM

All Wednesday sailings of the Interislander ferries have been cancelled because of predicted severe weather in Cook Strait, with 7.5 metre high waves expected.

02 June 2017 1:01PM

KiwiRail and Tracksafe NZ are warning Auckland motorists to take more care as the number of vehicles hitting protective barrier arms at level crossings surges.

01 June 2017 10:10AM

A collaborative initiative to reduce hot works injuries saw KiwiRail win the Engagement category of the 2017 New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards in Auckland last night.

30 May 2017 1:01PM

Trains will be running north of Claverley towards Kaikoura on the Main North Line for the first time since the earthquake from tomorrow.

25 May 2017 9:09PM

The Government’s two year commitment of $450 million in capital funding announced today will ensure the reliability initiatives of the past two years continue to drive productivity and commercial outcomes for KiwiRail and its customers, KiwiRail Chairman Trevor Janes says.

25 May 2017 8:08PM

KiwiRail brought in a 132-tyre transporter to tackle the huge job of moving two locomotives that were stranded by the Kaikoura earthquake.

17 May 2017 6:06PM

KiwiRail has moved to secure the future of the Cook Strait link by purchasing the Interislander ferry Kaitaki, the largest domestic passenger ferry operating in New Zealand. The ship had previously been leased.

11 May 2017 3:03PM

Speed is coming before beauty as KiwiRail forges ahead with its reconstruction of the Main North Line.

11 May 2017 10:10AM

Some of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences have been united under one brand, The Great Journeys of New Zealand.

The new name brings together four iconic New Zealand journeys that showcase the country’s diverse places and people:

• The Northern Explorer train service, which runs through the heart of the North Island via the Central Plateau’s three volcanic peaks
• The Interislander Cook Strait ferry service between the North and South Islands, taking in the picturesque Marlborough Sounds
• The TranzAlpine scenic railway, which traverses farmland, forests and the spectacular Southern Alps from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea
• And the Coastal Pacific train journey along the east coast of the South Island, flanked by the Kaikoura Ranges on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other (a service temporarily on hold while earthquake damage to the rail track is repaired).

All four internationally-acclaimed experiences, which together carry more than one million passengers a year, are owned and operated by New Zealand’s national rail operator KiwiRail.

13 April 2017 12:12PM

On Sunday 7 May 2017 a special memorial event will be held at Tangiwai to honour the heroism of Locomotive Engineer First Class Charles Parker and Locomotive Fireman Lance Redman, whose selfless actions saved 134 lives during the Tangiwai disaster.

13 April 2017 11:11AM

KiwiRail and NCTIR have reconnected the Main North Line between Christchurch and Ferniehurst so that massive work trains can help finish the repair.

27 March 2017 11:11AM

21 December 2016 3:03PM

The Government has announced an alliance between KiwiRail and NZTA that will work to reinstate the coastal rail and road route north of Kaikoura. Here is Minister of Transport Simon Bridges' press release: 

21 December 2016 11:11AM

KiwiRail will improve its reliability and efficiency for customers by employing an all-diesel fleet on the North Island Main Trunk line, KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.

30 November 2016 1:01PM

KiwiRail are looking for volunteers to join staff from KiwiRail and Hutt City Council as they spring clean the Melling Railway Line in Lower Hutt between 9.00am – 2.00pm on Saturday 10 December.

28 November 2016 12:12PM

KiwiRail has entered the coastal shipping freight market with a new NZ Connect service.

22 November 2016 5:05PM

KiwiRail is reminding the public to stay well clear of all railway tracks, tunnels and bridges following reports that people have been accessing and trespassing on railway land between Picton and Christchurch.

18 November 2016 4:04PM

KiwiRail to provide fast, direct freight connections to ports so sea lanes can take the strain, easing pressure on damaged roads.

16 November 2016 8:08AM

KiwiRail’s ferries the Kaitaki and Kaiarahi are now back to over 75% capacity on the Cook Strait and hope to be running full operations by the end of the week. 

15 November 2016 6:06AM

KiwiRail advises all Wellington passenger services are back up and running today following yesterday’s earthquake.

14 November 2016 7:07AM

Media Release

14 November 2016

KiwiRail services are suspended following today’s earthquake.

KiwiRail advises that all trains on the North Island Main Trunk line (NIMT) south of Palmerston North and in the South Island have been cancelled until further notice due to today’s earthquake.

Further updates will be available throughout the morning. Please be advised commuter services in Auckland and Wellington are managed by TransDev and Metlink respectively. TransDev can be contacted on 09 969 7777 and Metlink can be contacted on 0800 801 700.

Ferry sailings have been cancelled until a full assessment can be made of the terminals in Wellington and Picton. There have been no injuries reported.

A full assessment is unlikely to be undertaken until daylight hours. The Kaiarahi is currently standing off Picton and the Kaitaki and Aratere are at anchor in Wellington Harbour.

Alex Beedell

027 406 7345

KiwiRail Communications


14 November 2016 6:06AM

To our valued customers,

As you will be aware the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the South Island this morning has caused damage to many parts of New Zealand.

Our rail and ferry services are currently suspended from Palmerston North to Christchurch while assessments are being made.

We believe there could be extensive damage to the rail network south of Picton, though we will have a clearer picture of that as the morning progresses.

The Port Authorities are currently working with our staff on facilities at Wellington and Picton ferry terminals. Damage was suffered to the linkspan at Wellington but we are at this stage still assessing the extent of that.

Please be assured that our staff are working to ensure our services are back up and running for our customers as quickly as possible. Like many of you, we are also working to ensure our staff and their families are safe and to assist them where we can.

Thank you all for your patience and support in this very difficult time for the country. We will continue to update you throughout the day, today.

Warmest regards,

Peter Reidy.

28 October 2016 1:01PM

Click here for the slides that were shared at KiwiRail’s Annual Public Meeting in Wellington on 27 October 2016.

26 August 2016 4:04PM

  • 33% reduction in injury frequency rate
  • 11% growth in Import/Export freight revenue
  • 10% growth in tourism revenue
  • Operating surplus ¹ , before $10m significant items, $86m 
  • $27m savings from productivity initiatives
  • 9% improvement in operating cashflow

15 August 2016 9:09AM

KiwiRail has won a prestigious award for its energy-saving efforts with its locomotives.

15 August 2016 9:09AM

KiwiRail is taking a step forward in its relationship with CRRC that will see the Chinese rolling stock manufacturer take a bigger role in ensuring the successful performance of the locomotives it is supplying to New Zealand.

15 August 2016 7:07AM

A new campaign aimed at reminding people to stay alert and cross carefully at railway level crossings is being launched by Transport Minister Hon Simon Bridges at the Wellington Railway Station on Monday morning.

05 August 2016 10:10AM

KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy has signed an agreement with CRRC for the purchase of 15 DL class locomotives.

19 May 2016 2:02PM

The successful electrification and re-signalling of the Auckland urban rail network which has helped transform public transport in New Zealand’s largest city has won a prestigious Australasian award. 

27 April 2016 6:06AM

KiwiRail is today releasing the Commercial Review it undertook in 2014 and that has helped shape the company’s current focus on improving its productivity and competitiveness. 

14 April 2016 9:09AM

KiwiRail has improved the ongoing training and performance of staff on the bridge of all Interislander ferries since the 2011 Monte Stello incident, Interislander Operations General Manager Mark Thompson says.

29 February 2016 3:03PM

KiwiRail today announced an operating surplus[1] of $27m for the six months ended 31 December 2015 compared to $35m achieved in the same period the previous year.

27 January 2016 2:02PM

KiwiRail is inviting wannabe train drivers to experience the driver’s seat and to learn more about rail safety.

18 June 2015 5:05PM

Trucks that strike rail bridges create a significant risk for rail passengers and staff, as well as exposing drivers and their companies to the cost of repairs, and KiwiRail’s message is always check your height before you drive under a bridge.

27 May 2014 9:09AM

KiwiRail confirms that there has been an incident involving a train at Melling Station this morning. 

11 February 2014 10:10AM

KiwiRail and the NZ Police are alarmed at a spate of near collisions between motorists and trains at level crossings around the country and are urging drivers to obey level crossing warnings and exercise patience at level crossings. 

10 February 2014 10:10AM

Interislander’s Aratere ferry is due to depart Wellington for drydock repairs in Singapore tomorrow (Saturday 8 February). Following the break of Aratere’s propeller shaft on 5 November last year, the ship will be going to the Keppel Yard to have a new starboard shaft installed. While in drydock, the ship’s port shaft will be inspected and, if appropriate, also replaced. 

16 December 2013 12:12PM

KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ are warning people to use their Train Brain and not take risks around railway lines this holiday period.

08 November 2013 12:12PM

KiwiRail’s Chairman, Mr John Spencer, today announced that Mr Peter Reidy will join the organisation as Chief Executive, effective 10th February 2014.

29 October 2013 10:10AM

Over the last three years, KiwiRail has increased revenue by over 25 percent, with freight revenue growing by over $100 million in the same period, Chairman John Spencer said today at KiwiRail's Annual Public Meeting in Christchurch.

23 October 2013 10:10AM

An independent investigation into anonymous allegations of infrastructure contracting irregularities by KiwiRail has found no evidence to support the claims.

30 August 2013 10:10AM

Due to continued growth from the freight business KiwiRail is pleased to report that it has slightly exceeded its forecast result achieving an operating surplus of just over $108 million, compared to the expected range of $104 to $107 million. Revenue increased by $12 million to $727 million, with freight revenue of $467 million a $10 million increase on the previous year.

16 August 2013 4:04PM

KiwiRail is advising Tranz Metro passengers that, following this afternoon’s magnitude 6.2 earthquake, all Wellington commuter lines are closed while track inspections are undertaken to check for any damage to the rail. The Wellington Railway Station is also closed.

12 August 2013 8:08AM

People are being urged not to be a “dur brain” by trespassing on train tracks as part of an innovative new campaign for this year’s Rail Safety Week.

07 June 2013 8:08AM

The Chairman of KiwiRail, Mr John Spencer, and the Board have announced they will not be renewing KiwiRail Chief Executive (CE), Mr Jim Quinn’s, five year contract when it expires in February 2014.

30 May 2013 2:02PM

KiwiRail’s innovations to prevent falls have won the the Kensington Swan Best Initiative to Address a Safety Hazard category in last night’s New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.

09 May 2013 10:10AM

KiwiRail has today released the report on its investigation into the accident in which a young woman was critically injured when a train hit her wheel chair after it became stuck at the Morningside pedestrian level crossing.

28 February 2013 1:01PM

KiwiRail is pleased to report an increase in both revenue and operating surplus over the last six months. This result is primarily due to the continued growth in the core freight business which achieved a revenue result of over $238 million, an improvement of almost eight percent from the previous half year. Overall business revenue increased by four percent to almost $363 million and the operating surplus result of almost $47 million was a 7.6 percent increase.

08 January 2013 2:02PM

KiwiRail is urging Ngaruawahia residents to help keep their young people safe this summer and stop them jumping off the rail bridge over the Waikato river.

20 December 2012 4:04PM

“The fatal collision near Woodville yesterday is a personal tragedy and a reminder to road users and pedestrians to take extra care at level crossings,”  says KiwiRail Chief Executive, Jim Quinn.

19 December 2012 11:11AM

KiwiRail and the Chris Cairns Foundation are warning people to take care around railway lines this holiday period in light of recent statistics showing that people are continuing to take unnecessary risks around the railway.

15 November 2012 1:01PM

The future of Hillside Workshops in Dunedin has been resolved after an extensive national and international search was undertaken for potential purchasers for the site. Unfortunately that process did not result in any purchaser for the entire Hillside business.

01 November 2012 2:02PM

KiwiRail announced today the entry into a bulk fuel supply contract with Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited for the supply of diesel and associated services to KiwiRail.

26 October 2012 1:01PM

KiwiRail has recorded a 25% growth in freight revenue in just two years, Chairman John Spencer said today at KiwiRail’s Annual Public Meeting.

29 August 2012 10:10AM

KiwiRail’s progress towards becoming a sustainable business is well underway reporting revenue growth of 7.2% or almost $50 million. This includes strong revenue growth from the freight business of 15%, or approximately $60 million, and an increase in their EBITDA of 14%.

31 July 2012 3:03PM

New locomotives and wagons are becoming the new workhorses on the network and has KiwiRail strongly placed to meet  customer requirements.

27 June 2012 11:11AM

At KiwiRail’s Annual Public Meeting in November 2011, we outlined our intention to make a change to the Balance Sheet that would reflect a standard commercial valuation approach.

19 June 2012 8:08AM

Wellington commuters were treated to muffins and cake as they passed through Wellington Railway Station this morning to mark the building’s 75th birthday. The Minister of Transport, Gerry Brownlee, also paid the building a visit to join in the birthday celebrations.

02 March 2012 4:04PM

Due to the severe weather warning issued by the Met Service we have made the decision to cancel scheduled Interislander sailings after the 6.25pm sailing from Wellington to Picton this evening.

29 February 2012 11:11AM

KiwiRail’s core business of rail freight has experienced an 11 percent increase in revenue to over $220 million contributing to an overall business revenue increase of over five percent for the half year. The stand-out performer for freight was the Import Export (IMEX) division which recorded an increase in volume of 16 percent and a revenue increase of over 12 percent to over $61 million.

01 February 2012 11:11AM

The Crusaders squad are travelling on KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth today, two days before their pre-season match with the Highlanders.