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Community

We want to help make New Zealand the best place it can be.

With more than 3,600 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.

We focus on activities where we believe we can do this best. They make good use of our unique rail infrastructure, expertise and relationships to help New Zealanders. And they’re all activities which communities across the country tell us matter to them.

This is where we focus:

  1. Keeping people safe around rail
  2. Supporting national and local community groups, events and projects
  3. Celebrating New Zealand’s rail heritage.

 

Keeping people safe around rail

Tracksafe

We’ve been a proud sponsor of TrackSafe New Zealand for many years. TrackSafe is a registered charitable trust that raises awareness about rail safety and educates New Zealanders about staying safe around level crossings and the rail network. You can find out more about Tracksafe’s work at www.tracksafe.co.nz

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Life Flight

Interislander crew in front of a Life Flight helicopter. Interislander is a key sponsor of Life Flight.

Rail Safety Week

Some of our KiwiRail team ambassadors in the Waikato region visit a local school during Rail Safety Week 2018.

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Rail Safety Week

Rail Safety Week in August is an important event in our annual calendar. Our team of staff ambassadors are out in schools around the country helping young people learn how to be safe around trains. You’ll also see us spreading the rail safety message to the wider public, on trains and platforms, in social media and in the wider media.

Safe Kids days

We’re a regular attendee at annual Safe Kids days around the country. Our local teams join schools and community partners like the New Zealand Police and WaterSafety New Zealand to help students learn how to keep themselves safe. 

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This video forms part of an education programme that encourages children not to play on the Ngāruawāhia rail bridge.

Supporting national and local community groups, events and projects

We love hearing about the many community-led events and projects that are making New Zealand a better place to live, work and learn and we’re keen to support them. Find out more about how to get help for your event or project here.

Cycleways

KiwiRail is a supporter of shared paths and cycleways where they can safely be accommodated near our tracks. In recent years we have helped to facilitate 30 pathways around the country and are working on another 21 with councils, community groups and other stakeholders.

Find out more here.

SeePort

Here’s our loco on display at SeePort 2019, an annual family fun day run by our transport partner Ports of Auckland. The event’s a favourite with our KiwiRail team, and an opportunity to give young people a taste of rail, to help Aucklanders understand the value of rail to the region and to talk about staying safe round trains and tracks.

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Travel vouchers

We’re pleased to donate travel vouchers to help community groups raise funds for their great work. The vouchers cover travel on our four Great Journeys of New Zealand services: the Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine trains and the Interislander ferry.

In recent years, we’ve given away around $250,000 in vouchers each year. We give priority to communities located near railway stations connected by our scenic train services and our Interislander terminals in Wellington and Picton.

You’ll find more information, including funding guidelines, here: https://www.greatjourneysofnz.co.nz/about/community/

 

Beautification

We work with community groups to reduce litter and prevent and remove graffiti, including the talented students from the Kākano Youth Arts Collective, who have created a number of fantastic murals for us. By supporting projects like these we’re showcasing local talent, reducing graffiti and discouraging taggers from putting themselves in danger by trespassing on the rail corridor.

Murals

This container mural at the Ranui Railway Station was created by the very talented students from the Kākano Youth Arts Trust.

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Celebrating New Zealand’s rail heritage

We’re pleased to support the great work of the Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand. The Trust encourages people to preserve and restore New Zealand’s rail heritage and maintain records of heritage rail buildings and equipment. Our sponsorship also helps the National Railway Museum at Ferrymead in Christchurch.

Find out more about our history here.