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Rail in New Zealand

For more than 150 years, rail in New Zealand has connected communities, delivered goods and people around the country and showcased our spectacular scenery to the world.

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Vision and Purpose

Our purpose 'Stronger Connections, Better New Zealand' speaks to connected people, networks, journeys, experiences and ways of working that move KiwiRail, the transport sector and New Zealand forward.

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Value of Rail

The total value of rail in New Zealand is estimated to be $1.7 - $2.14 billion each year, from just four areas – reduced congestion in our cities; reduced carbon emissions; improved road safety including injuries and fatalities and lower road maintenance costs for taxpayers.

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Our People

KiwiRail is one of New Zealand’s largest employers with proud KiwiRail staff operating in more than 50 towns and cities across the country.

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KiwiRail plays a critical role in New Zealand’s transport system and in the health of the economy, our communities and the natural environment.

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Through the rapidly changing world of technology, KiwiRail is pioneering its digital journey and seeking out new ways of thinking that help us grow.

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With more than 3,400 people in our KiwiRail team nationwide and a rail and ferry network that connects 50 towns and cities up and down the country, we’re in neighbourhoods right across New Zealand – and we want to play our part to support them.

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From its early beginnings in the mid-19th century, to the present day, rail has connected people and places and helped grow our economy.

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Te Kupenga Mahi

Te Kupenga Mahi strives to share Māori cultural, social and economic aspirations with the wider community by consultation in good faith, common sense and with dignity under the concept of true partnership.

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