The Government has released the final Report by the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) Working Group.

The Government has conducted the comprehensive Upper North Island logistics and freight review to ensure New Zealand’s supply chain is fit for purpose in the longer-term.

The Report examines the issues around the future of the Port of Auckland and makes the strategic argument to move freight operations from Auckland to Northport, and the continued development of the Port of Tauranga,

The Working Group’s analysis and recommendations raise a range of economic, social and environmental questions for the Government to consider. The Government has instructed the Ministry of Transport to undertake further technical and financial analysis and report back to Cabinet in May 2020.

The review delivered a freight and logistics strategy for the Upper North Island. This includes a feasibility study to explore moving the location of the Port of Auckland, with serious consideration to be given to Northport.

The Report includes priorities for investment in rail, roads and other supporting infrastructure, with the goal of creating a robust supply chain that delivers to New Zealand’s interest over the next 30 years.

The work was led by an independent working group of experts who reported to the Ministers of Finance, Transport, and Regional Development.

The Ministry of Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment provided support to the Working Group.

Final Report (November 2019)


Second Interim Report (October 2019)


Interim Report (April 2019)


Terms of Reference (February 2018)


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