The Future Is Rail Conference 2023.

More than 200 people attended the inaugural Future Is Rail conference in Wellington in June 2023. Attendees included transport political decision makers and top policy advisers from central and local government, iwi, rail operators, business/industry leaders, and climate, community, enhanced mobility and rail advocates.​

The event provided an opportunity to develop a shared vision of the contribution that a rebuilding of inter-regional and long-distance passenger rail services can make to creating a more sustainable future through reducing carbon emissions and increasing mobility choices for New Zealanders, especially those living in regional New Zealand.

Conference proceedings.

The conference provided an opportunity to hear from government, business, and civil society on the contribution rail could make to social connection, economic development, and environmental sustainability. Read a summary of proceedings here or watch a video of the full event here.

Conference proceedings video.