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Tranz Rail Appoints New CFO

26 April, 2002

Tranz Rail today announced the resignation of Chief Financial Officer Mark Bloomer and the appointment of former investment banker Wayne Collins as his replacement.

Tranz Rail Managing Director Michael Beard said Mr Bloomer's decision to leave the company after more than three years in the leading financial role was due largely to a desire to return his family to Australia.

"Mark also indicated that following the change in our company structure from a centrally run single entity into three separate units, and the near completion of much of the major re-engineering of the business, he would like to look for new challenges," said Mr Beard.

"Since joining the company in February 1999, Mark has played a key role in changes at Tranz Rail," said Mr Beard. "He took a leading role in the sale of the Tranz Scenic passenger network and was also part of the team that negotiated the sale of the Auckland Rail Corridor to the Crown.

"He also been heavily involved in our current strategic plan that created three stand alone business units - Rail Services Group, Distribution Services Group and The Interisland Line - within Tranz Rail and led to the outsourcing of functions such as locomotive and wagon maintenance, infrastructure maintenance, forklift operations and telecommunications.

"We are very grateful for the quality of work he has contributed to this process."

Mr Beard said he was looking forward to working with Mr Collins who is well-known in the New Zealand investment community after nearly 20 years experience in New Zealand capital markets, raising equity and debt and performing advisory roles.

"Wayne also has background in a CFO role.

"Following the recent change in our ownership structure and our wish to add more New Zealanders to our Board, it's also good to be able to add a face familiar to New Zealand's financial community to our management team."

Mr Beard said it was fortunate a candidate with Mr Collins' knowledge of Tranz Rail's business and strong links in the New Zealand financial community, had been available to replace Mr Bloomer.

Mr Beard said Mr Collins would formally take up his position on April 29 with Mr Bloomer staying on to provide a seamless transition.

"We are also fortunate that Mark will continue to be available to work with us through any issues that may arise."

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