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Sustainability is central to our purpose of creating stronger connections for a better New Zealand.

KiwiRail plays a critical role in New Zealand’s transport system.

We are the kaitiaki (guardians) of the rail corridor, and with that comes a responsibility to care for and protect the health of the environment, our society and the economy.

Rail is a sustainable mode of transport with every tonne of freight carried by rail having 70 percent fewer carbon emissions than heavy road freight. Our trains take trucks off the road, reduce road maintenance costs, as well as congestion, fuel use, air pollutants and also improve safety outcomes with fewer injuries and fatalities on the roads.

Helping New Zealand grow

KiwiRail boosts regional economies increasing productivity and creating jobs through delivering goods to people and ports and bringing tourists to regional towns and cities.

Safety is our top priority for our people and the public. We are committed to getting everyone home safe and healthy every day, and preserving our environment for tomorrow.

KiwiRail is committed to partnering with others to realise opportunities for a sustainable future.


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Rail has a natural advantage as an energy efficient mode of transport, and generates 70% fewer emissions than heavy road freight transport.

Our Strategy

We have ambitious goals for how we can contribute to a better New Zealand and have identified where we can make a meaningful difference:

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KiwiRail is a leader in low emissions freight transport and supports New Zealand's transition to net zero carbon by 2050. We minimise our footprint and enhance quality.

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KiwiRail strives for operational excellence to meet customer needs and create long-term value for New Zealand. We help grow prosperity of New Zealand's economy.

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We want our people to return home safe and healthy every day and be engaged and empowered. KiwiRail strives to be a valued member of the community, wherever we operate.


A Sustainable Future with KiwiRail

A sustainable business contributes to a vibrant, clean economy that works for the planet, people, and profit over the long term.

Sustainability is at the heart of KiwiRail’s business because it: 

  • Acknowledges the importance of our strategic partners and stakeholders, guiding actions to meet their needs and build strong, enduring relationships.
  • Helps future proof our business by providing a long term view of risks and opportunities, informing smart investment and minimising business disruption.
  • Drives the efficient use of resources and guides responsible environmental stewardship.
  • Builds a trusted brand for our people and our future workforce.
  • Contributes to responsible economic development in takiwā (regional communities) bringing benefits to all New Zealanders.

Want to know more about sustainability at KiwiRail?