Gini Welch

Leads the Rail Regulator, Waka Kotahi
Gini Welch

Virginia (Gini) Welch joined Waka Kotahi in June 2021 and leads the Rail Regulator. She came from the New Zealand Police, where she served since 1994. During her time in Police Gini carried out several roles, including District Commander, National Manager Road Policing, District Prosecution Manager, and GM Training. Gini has strong regulatory and people leader experience and is someone who demonstrates values-based leadership. Her leadership was recognised when she was nominated for most outstanding female police leader in the Australasian Council of Women in Policing Award, and when she became a Woolf Fisher Fellowship recipient. Originally from Dunedin, Gini has spent most of the last 27 years in Wellington where she lives with her family. 

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AusRAIL Custom Stand Venue guidelines

All temporary structures will be professionally designed, structurally sound and will contain reasonable provision for:

  • Safety of persons to be accommodated in the event of fire including means of egress
  • Prevention of fire
  • Suppression of fire
  • Patrons must give consideration for wheelchair access to the Stand (NCC – Section D3.3) The reduction of the existing level of fire protection is not permissible.

Designers and builders have an obligation to design and construct to these principles and any relevant standards or legislation while meeting the special needs of their client. Parts of these principles include:

  • Stands over 18m2 where roofing is fitted must have a “Smoke Detection Device” and have a fire extinguisher installed. The recommended material for the roofing is “shark tooth” type material that allows water penetration from sprinklers and fire cannon.
  • Audience chairs within a temporary structure must be secured in groups of not less than 4 and not more than 16. Maximum seats in each row must not exceed 8 where there is an aisle at one end only or 16 where there are aisles on both sides of the row. (NCC NSW H101.11.1).