A report by independent consultants Sapere on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations has been released by the Government, along with associated working papers.

In December 2019, Cabinet considered the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy Independent Working Group’s final report. At that time Cabinet noted that the Ports of Auckland was not viable as the Upper North Island’s key import port over the long term and tasked officials with undertaking further work on the issue.

As a result officials from the Ministry of Transport, the Treasury and the Provincial Development Unit within MBIE have been looking at five options for relocating the Port of Auckland:

  • Northport (as recommended by the Working Group)
  • Port of Tauranga
  • a shared increase in capacity at both Northport and Port of Tauranga
  • a new port in the Firth of Thames
  • a new port in the Manukau Harbour.

Sapere’s report was commissioned to inform this work. 

Because the three Agencies have been focused on COVID-19 response and recovery work they have not yet been able to provide policy advice on Sapere’s assessment of the benefits, costs, risks and uncertainties associated with the options. As a result further policy analysis will be needed in 2021.

Beehive release: New Report on Auckland Port Relocation(external link)

Sapere Report

Working Group Final Report (November 2019)

Working Group Second Interim Report (October 2019)

Wokring Group Interim Report (April 2019)

Working Group Terms of Reference (February 2018)


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