Our Partners

TrackSAFE NZ is charitable trust that relies solely on sponsorship and donations.


KiwiRail is the major sponsor of TrackSAFE NZ.  A state owned enterprise, KiwiRail operates freight trains, the Interisland ferries and the Scenic Journeys long distance passenger train services.

The company is responsible for maintaining 4,000 kms of rail corridor, bridges, tunnels, viaducts, overhead wires, signals and level crossings.  It is also responsible for moving all the trains throughout the country through the National Train Control Centre in Wellington.   The KiwiRail engineering team provides mechanical services to the freight and passenger businesses, and to Auckland Transport through the freight team. KiwiRail also builds, maintains and refurbishes rollingstock used on the network, including locomotives, wagons and passenger carriages.

KiwiRail works positively and sometimes jointly with TrackSAFE NZ on rail safety related issues and awareness raising campaigns, including the annual Rail Safety Week.  CEO Peter Reidy joined TrackSAFE NZ as Chairman in February 2014.

New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency’s role is to improve New Zealand’s land transport system, which includes responsibility for regulating the New Zealand railway.  It does this by administering the Railways Act 2005, licensing the organisations that control and use rail networks and monitoring accidents and incidents.

The Agency is also responsible for promoting safety on and around New Zealand's rail transport networks. This covers aspects ranging from safe driving behaviours around level crossings to discouraging people from trespassing on tracks.

In October 2013 the NZ Transport Agency became a sponsor of TrackSAFE NZ. TrackSAFE NZ and the Network User Behaviour Team at the NZ Transport Agency have worked collaboratively for a number of years promoting curriculum based rail safety education in New Zealand primary schools.

Transdev Auckland

Transdev Auckland operates the Auckland passenger rail network on behalf of Auckland Transport.  The company is part of the global Transdev group that operates in 20 countries and employs around 86,000 people. Transdev is one of the largest private transport operators in the world.

The Auckland train network carries more than 11 million passengers per annum, is serviced by more than 550 Transdev staff, and operates more than 2,100 services each week. TrackSAFE NZ has worked together with Transdev Auckland for a number of years.

In October 2013 Transdev became a sponsor of TrackSAFE NZ.  Managing Director Martin Kearney is an active member of the Board of Directors.

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Safety Leadership Award Announced

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rail industry safety expert Robert (Bob) Lupton was today announced as the inaugural winner of the TrackSAFE NZ Safety Leadership Award. 

The award was established late last year to recognise significant leadership in railway safety in New Zealand.

Chairman of TrackSAFE NZ Peter Reidy says Mr Lupton received the award for his outstanding contribution to safety over his 32 year career in New Zealand and overseas.

“Mr Lupton’s continued contribution has appreciably influenced rail safety in New Zealand across a number of organisations,” Mr Reidy says.  “He has an outstanding reputation for providing sound advice and growing and supporting those around him and is fully deserving of this special award.”

Mr Lupton has worked in a number of roles in the rail industry throughout his career, most recently as the Rail Systems Safety and Assurance Manager for the City Rail Link project.   

In that role he provided leadership, mentoring and guidance to the City Rail Link safety assurance and construction safety teams.

Among Mr Lupton’s many achievements are leading the development of the Britomart Safety Management System and responsibility for safety management during the transition to Auckland’s electrified network.  This included crashworthiness risk assessments for the new Auckland electric rolling stock.

Mr Lupton is an executive member of the New Zealand National Rail System Standards Executive committee, and continues to provide expert rail safety advice to the City Rail Link one of New Zealand's largest transport projects.

The award was presented today to Mr Lupton at Auckland Transport offices, in front of industry representatives.  Read more

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