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Meet Donna Harley

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Job: 

Operations Manager, Masterton.

Job description: 

Manage the day to day operations of rail within the Wairarapa.

Work background: 

Used to be a short hand secretary before working for KiwiRail (have also worked for a cricket bat company). Within KiwiRail I have held positions in a secretary role, customer services, sales and now shunting, driving a forklift, driving a shunt engine and managers role.

Favourite part of job: 

Driving a 48 tonne container toplift forklift and a small shunting engine affectionately called “Little Toot.”

Least favourite part of job: 

Putting my wet weather gear on and long meetings!

What I am working on now: 

Working on organising two 30 wagon log trains to run between Wellington and Waingawa this weekend. Each train is the length of 4 rugby fields end for end and the weight of the train is equal to over 1040 cars!

Qualifications: 

Shunter, Train Examiner, TR train driver, trainer, heavy forklift driver, heavy truck driver and many more.

Interests outside work: 

Horses, motorbikes, mountain bikes and sunshine!


Donna Harley is the Masterton Operations Manager for KiwiRail. Image: Supplied.