Save Our Rail : Northland
Last updated : 20191003
This changes everything !
NZ Herald 2019-09-07
May 2019 :
Rail tourism in Northland
A recent business case found rail tourism could bring millions of dollars into Northland.
Newshub Nation spoke to a coalition of locals determined to make it happen
6th of May 2019
Northport is seeking feedback on their vision for expanding their facilities at Marsden Point. Go to : to have your say.
Trains Save NZ $1.5 Billion per year - Ernst Young Report (  commissioned by National government who decided not to release it to the public ) .
You can read about it on KiwiRail's website here and the actual The Value of Rail to New Zealand study  here.

Northland's rail network to get $800 million upgrade

From Checkpoint, 5:25 pm on 27 October 2017
Here's the link to the Newshub video re the September 2017 RAIL FORUM meeting :

e-mail :
TIME: 9.00am – 10.30am
DATE: Monday, 22 May 2017
Council Chambers , 36 Water Street, Whangarei.

the date for speaking to submissions to ensure the NRC & their agencies
 do not push the National Governments agenda to scrap the Marsden Point Rail Link.

17 August 2017 : Greater Auckland : Regional Rapid Rail - see page 42 of the report

10 May 2017 : here's the link to the Grow Northland Rail Petition

20160522 : Radio New Zealand National : Insight ( Sunday Morning )
Go to to see other Official Information Act Requests to KiwiRail ( 2016-08-10 )

Future of Rail Coverage in New Zealand ( Otago University Study ) 
In mid-March 2016 it was revealed that KiwiRail was not planning to renew its contract with Marasumi Woodchip carting logs from the railhead at Otiria to their plant at Portland, south of Whangarei.   ( Listen to this Radio NZ report ) Also to be discussed is the proposed/designated/consented Oakleigh-Marsden Point Link

Northlanders meet to demand future for rail

8:40 am on 5 April 2016

More than 2-hundred Northland people packed a Whangarei theatre last night to demand a future for rail in the region.
Listen to the report on Radio New Zealand National here

KiwiRail delivers a reality check at Grow Northland Rail meeting in Whangarei 

April 6 2016

Where:Forum North, Whangarei

contact Alan Preston in Mangawhai, Northland ( web-site)  Tel: +64 9 4315389 .

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2nd of June 2015: Petition to improve and extend passenger services along the North West Auckland rail corridor
Public Transport Users Association :
19th of March 2015 : KiwiRail response to Official Information Act request on the current status of the NAL and traffic on it. Here.
7th of November 2014 : ( Northern Advocate ) Shadow over Rail Route to Auckland
11th of December 2012: Whangarei Leader: Northland Ports Must Grow
30th of November 2012 : Dargaville Branch Line: Proposal to close the last 15kms : Official Information Act Request
(see response received 11th of February 2013)
20th of August 2012: Northern Advocate : Fresh Push To Keep Rail Link
29th of July 2012 : Social Impact Assessment ( see also under 'resources' tab above )
July 2012 Turning Northland Rail into a Self-Sustaining Business - by Kelvin Taylor ( Whangarei ) 71 pages in .pdf format

11th of May 2012. Suggestions for the North Auckland Rail Line Social Impact Questionnaire

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and here are some  recent stories:
"the Environment Court has issued consent to Kiwi Rail for the Oakleigh to Marsden Point rail link"
20120310 Northern Advocate Editorial: Bring Freight North as Port Sinks
2012/03/07 Listen to this audio from Radio NZ National's Nine to Noon program
The call for Auckland's port to be moved north
Northland port upgrade a win-win, leaders say
2012/03/05 Impossible to get public transport needs past capital's road-builders 
!!!Suppression of Information!!!

The North Auckland and Dargaville Branch Railway Lines are strategically essential alternative transport infrastructure networks
that contribute to Northland's ability to continue to function
efficiently and sustainably in today's world while providing resiliance and security against the challenges that lie ahead in the post peak oil age that we have already entered.

On the 5th of October 2011  13,471  people had signed our petition ( for reasons like these )

 "while many people are supportive of rail, this doesn’t translate into individuals and businesses using it. "
Phil Heately : National Party MP for Whangarei and Minister of Energy and Resources 2012
30th of May 2011

Mainline Stream Train Excursion on the Northlander
Auckland to Whangarei return.
Saturday 11th February 2012
Sold out.

February 2012: The New Zealand National Government has directed our State Owned Enterprise, KiwiRail to implement the 'KiwiRail Turnaround Plan'
 under which it is being forced to rationalise  operations, to concentrate its resources on the Main Trunk Line between Auckland and Wellington
- at the expense of some our our regional regional railway lines.
Click here to read some of our concerns about the inconsistancies inherent in the plan.

January 2012:  The NZ$21million that New Zealand spends on importing oil every day increased 22% to NZ$7.7 billion over the 2010-2011 year
and is forecast by the International Energy Agency to continue this upward trend. 
Concerned? Listen, Watch, read about here

The National Government has suppressed access to the following documents that substantiate and validate
the case for retaining , improving and extending our rail transport network
The Bolland Report (2010) & The Ministerial Report on Oil Prices and Transport Sector Resiliance (2009)

1st of July 2011 you can sign and send  off a Letter from Greenpeace To Stephen Joyce:
Save green collar jobs/rail. - It's a quick and easy way to let them know

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contact for this web-site: Alan Preston , Mangawhai, Northland
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