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TIME: 9.00am – 10.30am
DATE: Monday, 22 May 2017
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.

We need a strong showing to send a clear message we will not allow our future generations to be limited to a roads only future in Northland. So please all available group members and friends show up in support. We have an outstanding line-up speaking to submissions, presenting power point displays and providing a business case. Banners, signs welcome, we also have tee shirts printed available to wear- both Grow Northland Rail & Rail Link to the Port.


You have advised us that you wish to present your feedback in person to councillors at the hearings meetings for the Combined Consultation 2017.

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

Established in 2007/08, the purpose of this rate was to fund activities relating to the development of regional infrastructure projects, starting with the Marsden Point Rail Link. The rate was set for two years in our Long Term Plan to provide for further decision making by central government regarding the rail link.

The future of the rail link is unclear, and council is awaiting further direction from central government before reconsidering the purpose of the rate. Rolling the rate over for a further year will allow time for any required investigations. Council will then put forward options in the Long Term Plan and consult on what infrastructure investments the rate is best spent on.

4th of April 2016

Grow Northland Rail transport debate.

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
Where:Forum North, Whangarei

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Mainline Stream

Auckland to Whangarei return.
Saturday 11th February 2012
Sold out.

Travel the beautiful Northland behind Ja1275 to New Zealand's most northerly city, Whangarei. The train will start its journey from the Ellerslie station at 7am and travel over through the suburbs of the western districts and on into the isolated and beautiful country that surround the North Auckland Line. The train has a buffet car where you can purchase light refreshments during the journey and on arrival in Whangarei at 2pm you will have ample time to explore the city before our 5pm departure.
Book now to secure your place. A booking form can be downloaded here. Or you can telephone 09 810-9567 to make a telephone booking. A full timetable is available with the booking form.

Adults: $190. Children (2-14 years) $98. Family (2 Adults - 2 Children) $498. Station stops are Ellerslie, Newmarket, Morningside, Mount Albert, Henderson, Swanson, Helensville, Wellsford.

Please Note: If you are boarding at Ellerslie Station there is construction work taking place to install a new foot bridge.You may have to access the station via the subway off Sultan Street which comes off Kalmia Street. Signage is in place to direct you to the station.We advise arriving at least 20 minutes before the advertised departure time to give yourself enough time to get onto the station.


Save Our Rail Northland , Meeting
Tuesday the 11th of October 2011, from 7p.m. at Forum North, Whangarei.

Friday the 9th of September from 4.30 at the Community Meeting Rooms at the Citizens Advice Bureau , Whangarei

Kia ora to everyone interested in appropriate transport solutions for Northland : i.e. Retention and enhancement of  the North Auckland Line and Dargaville Branch Lines and the construction of the Marsden Point Rail Link

As reported in the Northern Advocate today Monday the 22nd of August 2011

The Minister of Transport Stephen Joyce will be in the Northland region for a Public meeting at the Anglican Church in Wellsford from 7.30 p.m on Wednesday 24th of August 2011

Prime Minister John Key will be holding a public meeting at the Bay of Islands golf club Kerikeri on Thursday 25th of August from 1p.m.



31st of August 2011 :  Petition deadline.

Saturday 26 November 2011
New Zealand General Election

Our most recent meeting was from 2-4pm Saturday 31 March 2012 @ Citizens' Advice Bureau 71 Bank Street, Whangarei
New Zealand General Election


The Save Our Rail Northland meeting held at Forum North in Whangarei on Tuesday the 11th of October 2011

To read the article by the Northern Advocate Newspaper ,click here  and by the NZ Herald, here.
To hear Radio New Zealand National's coverage, click here
  • Viv Shepherd and Moea Armstrong opened the packed out meeting of approximately 120 people at 7p.m.
           For more from Northland Regional Council's Regional Land Transport Committee click here 
            Teresa Moore is the Green Party Candidate for the Rodney Electorate through which the railway passes Te Hana, Wellsford, Helensville and Kumeu on its way to Auckland.
  • John Johnson from South Pacific Express/ Orient Express : Check out the Gondwana Express slide show on our web-site:  here .
  • Kelvin Davis, Labour party spokesman on Tourism and Lynette Stewart, Labour's candidate for Northland reiterated Labour's support for retaining and improving rail in Northland.
  • Rick Bazely, Green Party candidate for Whangarei spoke briefly and mentioned the 2010 Bolland Report providing independant advice on the costs and benefits of rail vs road for freight transport and the 2009 Ministerial report on Oil Prices and Resilience in the transport sector which we have had released under the Official Information Act.      
  • Bob Scott, a property owner threatened with the bulldozing of the proposed Puhoi-Wellsford motorway extension through his land, spoke on how long this project is now likely to take.
  • Ken Goodhue, candidate for Democrats for Social Credit , spoke on some of the reasons why funding for the Marsden Link to NorthPort has not (yet) been granted.
A member of the public questioned why there was no emphasis being given to using Northland's railway lines for passenger transport.

Alan Preston questioned the2009 Northland Region Council's 30 year transport plan's lack of a mention of resilience - with regard to the May 2011 announcement by the International Energy agency that governments urgently need to reduce their vulnerability to increasing oil prices.

  The meeting closed at about 9 p.m.
 Save Our Rail Northland has submitted an application to the Charities Commission to become a charitable trust.

 For more , see www.saveourrailnorthland.org.nz  and if you'd like to get in touch with suggestions, our contact details are listed below.

And remember , we are not the only community in New Zealand fighting the battle to ensure that we have appropriate, efficient, sustainable and resilient transport choices.
To find out about the others , go to:  www.thewayforward2011.org.nz


FRIDAY 22 JULY 2011 4:30PM
@ ECOSOLUTIONS, 3 Bank Street,  Whangarei

 Welcome
 Apologies: Jenny Kirk, Kelvin Davis, Rick Bazeley, Monique Portegys, James Bellamy
 Minutes of last Meeting
 Matters arising
 Correspondence in
 Correspondence out
 Reports
o Finance- Kelvin Taylor
o Communications- Moea Armstrong
o Data Base Vince- Cocurullo
o Design- Karl Satherley
o Banners and other gear- James Bellamy
o Web site- Alan Preston
o Petition- Vivienne
o Postcards- Vivienne
o Other- Vivienne
o Other-others

 Next steps
o Planning discussion for Coordinating group last meeting
o The Big Rail

 General Business


Day of National Significance

6th of July 2011
Save Our Rail Northland  met in Whangarei created a human railway at Mander Park in Whangarei ( to highlight both the selling of that park for road widening and the proposed dismantling of the North Auckland and Dargaville railway lines ).

Check out this page containing media reports on the event

"Plankers rallying for rail line"
- the Save Kapiti group staged a March on Parliament against the motorway of 'National' significance that is being bulldozed through their 'Community of National Significance'.   See what's actually planned for the day here.

 Other groups such as the Rail and Marine Transport Union will be sending photos of groups of themselves with placards to MPs.

These are just a couple of examples of ideas activities that we can carry out wherever we happen to be at mid-day on the 6th of July 2011.
We'll keep posting other ideas we hear of for the Day of National Significance page on this web-page.
What could you do in your area on the day ?
Let us know @ saveourrailnorthland@gmail.com

3rd of July 2011
GreenPeace launched a campaign to 'Save Kiwi Green Collar Jobs' ( and our railways)

Saturday 25 June 2011.
A Parliamentary by-election in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate ( Northland ) Click here for details
We've sent the candidates some questions re the future of rail in Northland and you can see their replies here
Kelvin Davis : Labour
Hone Harawira : Mana
Kelvyn Alp : Our NZ Party
Maki Herbert: Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
Solomon Tipene: Maori Party

If you're entitled to vote, don't miss this opportunity,- and if you know others who are entitled to, please remind them.
16th of June 2011
Save Our Rail Northland: Meeting re Day of National Significance : 6th of July 2011
@3 Bank Street,Whangarei

3rd-6th of June 2011.
The Federation of Rail Organisations New Zealand will be holding their annual conference at Shantytown, Greymouth

Saturday 28th May 2011.  Northlander Passenger Steam Train Auckland to Whangarei return.
Save Our Rail Northland and supporters gathered at Whangarei Train Station at 2.45 to meet the Mainline Steam train as it arrived from Auckland to hand more that 5,000 signatures on the Save the Auckland to Northland Rail petition to David Clendon of the Green Party who was arriving with CR Aaron Edwards from the Whangarei District Council who had also travelled from Auckland.


Southward from Wellsford

19th May 2011
Gisborne Regional Transport Committee Meeting.

13 May 2011
Save the North Auckland Line Executive Group Meeting
Friday 4:30pm Ecosolutions  3 Bank Street.Whangarei

12th of May 2011
Stratford-Okahukura Line
7pm Thursday Old Goods Shed at Stratford
 Peter Hancock: Taranaki Flyer Society Phone: 06 7551255 or  06 7546695  ngamihi@xtra.co.nz

11th May 2011  Wednesday
Gisborne Napier Line Rail Action Group meeting:
 4.00pm in the Committee Room, Gisborne District Council.

Saturday 7 May 2011
Save Kapiti Group
.Welcome starts promptly at 9am.
The 'Expressway Hui' to be held at Whakarongotai Marae 11 Elizabeth St Waikanae
We have some well-informed and interesting speakers and plenty of opportunity for you to have your voice heard. 
So please send this out to all your interested friends and come along and support this community event.

Saturday the 30th of April,2011
Stratford-Okahukura Line
The AGM of the Taranaki Flyer will discuss what action to take to prevent the closure of the Stratford Okahukura Line
Peter Hancock: Taranaki Flyer Society
Phone: 06 7551255 or  06 7546695  ngamihi@xtra.co.nz

Thursday 28th April 2011
Hawkes Bay Rail Action Group  will be holding a public meeting from 7p.m on the.  at the Napier Cosmopolitan Club
Hastings Street, in Napier.
Contact: Richard Sceats in Napier & Hastings Telephone:  06-870 7210  hawkesbayrailactiongroup@gmail.com
web-page: Hawkes Bay Rail Action Group


Wednesday 27th of April 2011
Save the North Auckland Line ! Meet Viv Shepherd and others at 9.45a.m outside the main entrance of the Council Chambers
Whangarei District Council Meeting from 10a.m. Item 7 on the agenda is 'The future of rail in Northland' and the CEO will be advocating that
the Council support KiwiRail in mothballing the line.
See this article about the meeting

Tuesday 26th April,2011
Gisborne-Napier Rail savers meeting @ Gisborne
 4.00pm in the Committee Room, GDC
Liz Graham : (06) 8673861 ( after 9 p.m. best )  or cell 027 4140895 liz.graham@xtra.co.nz  or Gillian Ward : grass.hopper@xtra.co.nz

Friday 15th of April 2011.
North Auckland Line Rail-savers meeting @ Whangarei
4:30pm @Ecosolutions 3 Bank Street.
Gareth Hughes from The Green Party will be attending to give up date from Parliament.
Whangarei ( WAGONS group ) Contact Viv Shepherd
(09)438 8710 (work)  021656605  vivshepherd@clear.net.nz

 7th April, 4.00pm, held in the Committee Room, Gisborne District Council
Gisborne-Napier Rail Action Group Meeting,

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