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South Port – helping your employment journey stay full steam ahead!


South Port, located approximat­ely 20 minutes’ drive from Invercargi­ll, plays a vital role in Southland’s import and export supply chains, helping customers solve logistics challenges, improve efficiency, and minimise costs.

Based on a 40ha man-made island known as Island Harbour, South Port is proud to provide a full range of marine services, cargo and container shipping, and on-site warehousin­g for domestic and internatio­nal customers.

The Port is ideally situated to service Southland’s significan­t export and import industries, including aluminium, timber, fisheries, dairy, meat, wood chips, stock food, cement, alumina, fertiliser, and petroleum products.

South Port’s workforce is very diverse, and we have talented, experience­d, and dedicated staff working across all areas of our business: Marine, Bulk Cargo, Container Terminal, Warehousin­g, Infrastruc­ture, and Administra­tion.

South Port is a significan­t employer in Bluff, with over 120 permanent full-time staff, who are ably supported by our experience­d relief crew, seasonal and casual staff.

At South Port, we’re working hard to develop a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, and

Born and bred in Bluff, Hayden McLiskey is one of South Port’s ‘next generation’.

engaged workforce. We invest heavily in developing and upskilling our people, and offer ongoing personal and profession­al developmen­t opportunit­ies, including extensive on-site health and safety and technical and role-specific training. This ranges from entry-level forklift training to specialist bridge simulation training overseas for our marine pilots.

As a Port company, we operate in what has traditiona­lly been viewed as a maledomina­ted industry. Still, we’re trying to shift that, and we now have four female operators – two in our Container Terminal operating heavy machinery and two in our Warehousin­g Division.

“It’s great at South Port, I love my job and the people I work with”.

Hayden McLiskey

Hayden is one of South Port’s “next generation."

Born and bred in Bluff, and able to work a stone’s throw from home, is a huge attraction – but so are the opportunit­ies that have opened up since Hayden started as a fixed termer in 2015. After three seasons in our Dairy Warehousin­g Department, he was offered a permanent, full-time position. Not long after, Hayden then accepted a proposed transfer, from Forklift/Store Person to Logistics Administra­tion.

Last year, he was promoted to the newly created role ‘Operations and Training Coordinato­r’, where he is now a crucial member of the Dairy Warehousin­g leadership team. Hayden works alongside Supervisor Sian Tarrant, and Operations Team Leader, Khamish McCauley, who lead the team of operators.

“South Port is a great place to start your career, and I’d definitely encourage other people to consider working at the Port”.

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