Our community

Working with and supporting our communities is important to our success. Spreading awareness of Port activities and how the industry impacts each one of us has been a key focus of 2013/14.


The shipping industry though quite visible in New Zealand because of containers that travel on trucks or trains, is not one that people relate to. Ports of Auckland teamed up with Maersk Line to commission a 40-ft ‘ArtBoxNZ’ which was painted during SeePort 2014 by well known New Zealand street artists – Askew One and Trust Me. People can track the container’s journey across the world on Maersk and Ports of Auckland’s social media channels and get information the cargo it carries.

The ArtBoxNZ left Auckland for Philadelphia with a load of Coromandel Greenshell mussels in February 2014. It then left to New Jersey to drop off the mussels and pick up its next lot of cargo – US military supplies that were headed to Dubai. From Dubai, the container filled with chocolates, made its way via Tangiers to Casablanca, Morocco and is currently heading to Tema, Ghana with a cargo of frozen fish.

The aim is to bring the ArtBoxNZ back to Auckland in time for SeePort 2015 to tell the story of its travels.

The Port continued to offer free boat tours of the port and harbour to the community and schools. Nearly 8,000 adults and children participated in the 50 boat tours offered through the year. In addition to the boat tours, the Port offered fourteen bus tours during SeePort 2014. Around 900 adults and children took advantage of these tours.

The Port’s Community Reference Group continued to meet every quarter to discuss various issues from port development to truck activity.



Auckland has a wonderful and vibrant waterfront and Ports of Auckland is keen to support events that bring Aucklanders to enjoy it. We’re also passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle and our sponsorship portfolio looks to mesh these two passions.

The Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta like the Port is as old as Auckland. Ports of Auckland has been a connected to the event for many years as a sponsor, through this history and the Waitematā harbour we share. The Port was therefore pleased to be able extend our support of the event by signing up as the naming rights sponsor.

Each year Ports of Auckland suspends operations so the Regatta can run smoothly, competes in the popular tug boat race, and provides free boat tours of the port and harbour during Anniversary Weekend.

Ports of Auckland celebrated the fifth year of its sponsorship of the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays in 2013/14. In its 42nd year, the event continues to promote a healthy lifestyle while supporting childrens charities and celebrating Auckland’s wonderful waterfront.

The 2014 event supported the following charities:

• Radio Lollipop received funds for new studio equipment.

• The Hearing House will use the funding to funds raised will provide for new equipment – a tympanometer (approx $13K) and audiometer (approx $15K).

• Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand – IBD Youth Camp for 25 participants.

• Auckland Cystic Fibrosis Branch – Exercise grant – encouraging participation in physical exercise to positively affect quality of life.

• Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust – Six months of subsidised music therapy sessions for 10 children.

• Lifeline (Kidsline) – Training of volunteer buddies.

• Fairfax First Books will provide children in disadvantaged communities with access to books

The Port also signed up to a two year sponsorship of Ironman 70.3 Auckland and continue to support the Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Auckland by providing access to Captain Cook wharf and the breastwork for the event.

The Port also continued its support of the Atamira Māori in the City event organised by Ngāti Whātua in September 2013.


We are now in our 5th year of sponsoring Round the Bays


In January 2014, the Port opened up one of its wharves to host SeePort – a celebration of the Port and the industry. SeePort featured displays, free boat and bus tours of the port and a carnival with fun games, rides, live music and food stalls.

Nearly 18,000 people visited the festival over three days. The Company aims to make SeePort its signature event. The 2015 event is scheduled for 24 – 26 January. We hope to see you there.

Celebrating Business Excellence is the aim of the Westpac Auckland Business Awards and Ports of Auckland is pleased to sponsor the “Excellence in Exporting” category for the Central, North and South regions.

The Port has been involved with the prestigious awards programme in the Central Auckland area since its launch in 2011 and is pleased to be able to support the North and South regions this year.

Recognising excellence in business, the Awards celebrate the great value businesses bring to Auckland City, while highlighting true local business successes and providing a high benchmark to businesses.



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