NZ First pledges to relocate port further north
Auckland mayor Phil Goff supports Winston Peters’ proposal to relocate the Ports of Auckland.
The NZ First election promise has also been welcomed by local iwi Ngati Whatua Orakei, which offered financial support for the port’s relocation should the promise come into action.
Peters is vowing to shift container operations from Auckland to Northland should his party come into a position of influence after the election.
Peters said his party’s ’’cast iron commitment’’ would see operations move to Northport at Marsden Point near Whangarei by the end of 2027.
Goff said he was in favour of relocating the Ports of Auckland.
‘‘I think most Aucklanders are, but they also believe there should still be a port in Auckland,’’ Goff said.
A relocation decision would not be made without Auckland Council’s input on behalf of rate payers, he said.
A business case which stacked up both economically and environmentally would also be required, he said.
Ngati Whatua Orakei spokesperson Ngarimu Blair reiterated the iwi’s support for moving the Port of Auckland.
Repositioning the port further north would lead to an ‘‘economic renaissance’’ in the area, he said.
Ports of Auckland is valued at $1.1 billion and is owned by Auckland Council.