Open consultations and campaigns ¶
- Inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand - The New Zealand government parliamentary Transport and Infrastructure Committee, has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand.
Greg O’Connor, the Chair of the committee, said “We hope interested New Zealanders will take the time to have their say and help us better understand inter-regional passenger rail and its future in New Zealand.”
The committee welcomes your comments and ideas on the topic and is looking forward to learning what the future of passenger rail could look like for New Zealand.
Please make a submission
Submissions close 6th October 2022
- Connecting Communities 2030 Initiative is the creation of a sustainable environmentally friendly national passenger transport network connecting communities across Aotearoa New Zealand.
For information, visit Connecting Communities 2030 Initiative
- Save our Trains is petitioning the government and Kiwirail to commit to maintaining existing intercity passenger rail services and asking for a comprehensive national strategy for future passenger rail services built around concerns for climate action, accessibility and economic development.
For information, visit Save our Trains
To sign the petition
- Vote Climate is a campaign asking local government candidates to support and promote more affordable, frequent urban public transport and investing into regional and inter-regional passenger train and bus services to make travel between cities, towns and regions easier and safer and easier active travel modes.
For further information, visit Vote Climate
- Trains for Climate - Every decision we make today must set us on track to creating a stable climate. fast, frequent, low-carbon transport is crucial to providing our communities with choices for climate-friendly alternatives to using the car. Add your name to our open letter urging the Minister of Finance Grant Robertson to save our passenger trains between Wellington, the Wairarapa and the Manawatū.
Add your name to the open letter
- Aotearoa Collective for Public Transport Equity is currently petitioning the government for free public transport for under 25s, community service card holders, and tertiary students.
To sign the petition
Get involved ¶
Use public transport
Make submissions requesting better, environmentally friendly, public transport
Talk to your local councillors and member of parliament about the importance of great public transport
Ask them for improvements that you care about whether it is different timetables, warm dry bus shelters, single ticketing, journey planning apps or accessible buses.
Vote for local councillor/s and members of parliament who support and advocate for environmentally friendly sustainable public transport
Petition political parties for environmentally friendly sustainable public transport
Why advocate for public transport ¶
Public transport whether it is by bus, scenic coach, passenger train and/or ferry is a sustainable environment friendly way of getting around Aotearoa New Zealand. It could be so much better and help Aotearoa New Zealand meet or exceed its climate targets. Imagine travelling hassle free on a frequent public transport services using one easy to use payment/ticketing system, easy to use travel information website and smart phone travel app.
Unfortunately, for too long politicians in councils and government have spent most transport dollars on trying to make driving easier. By putting cars first and denying us affordable and frequent transport choices, they have forced more and more people to drive allowing for carbon and other toxic emissions to escape into the atmosphere warming our planet.
It's time for politicians in councils and government to start to think about our environment and starting work towards Aotearoa New Zealand net zero emissions goals.
Background reading and useful links ¶
A collection of links useful information about public transport in New Zealand, including government documents.
- The Sustainable Public Transport Framework (SPTF) and its predecessor the Public Transport Operating Model.
- The New Zealand Rail Plan
- Future of rail. A lot of government documents on rail get proactively released here.
- Heriot Edivale (a public transport and rail consultancy) hosts a long list of independent reports, publicly released government documents and articles on rail.
- Making Rail Work: A community’s proposal for the re-introduction of an intercity passenger rail link to Tauranga.
- The letter of Expectation for the KiwiRail Board 2021-2022. This outlines what the Shareholding Ministers expect KiwiRail to do. Earlier letters: 2019/20, 2015/16.
- KiwiRail Holdings disclosure documents
- The Terms of Reference for the Entity Form Review of KiwiRail.
- KiwiRail’s explanation of why it doesn’t run interregional passenger transport.
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