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LATEST NEWS:

Cruise ship to make extended stay in Tauranga

Regular cruise ship visitor Noordam will be making an extended stay in Tauranga later this week for an unprecedented visit. It is extremely rare for a cruise ship to spend more than one night at Port of Tauranga – but there will be no passengers on board on … Continue reading

Container Volumes Continue to Grow at New Zealand’s International Hub Port

Profits hold steady and cargo growth still expected long-term Port of Tauranga today announced stable profitability for the first six months of the 2020 financial year, despite total cargo volumes dipping 4.2% to just under 13.3 million tonnes. Group Net … Continue reading

Port of Tauranga Announces New Commercial Manager

Port of Tauranga today announced Blair Hamill as its new Commercial Manager, effective 1 July 2020. Blair replaces Leonard Sampson, who was appointed to the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer in September 2019. Blair is currently the Chief Global … Continue reading

Tainui Group Holdings and Port of Tauranga team up to deliver Ruakura Inland Port

Tainui Group Holdings and Port of Tauranga today announced they plan to develop a 50:50 joint venture to bring the Ruakura Inland Port at Hamilton to fruition within two years. The new joint venture will take an initial 50-year ground … Continue reading

Port of Tauranga Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Port of Tauranga Limited today announced Simon Kebbell as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective 1 July 2020. Simon succeeds Steve Gray, who retires at the end of June after 12 years as CFO and 32 years with the Company. … Continue reading

Corporate Services Manager Sara Lunam to retire

Port of Tauranga Limited today announced that Corporate Services Manager, Sara Lunam, will retire from the Company in March 2020. Sara has been with the Company for almost ten years. Port of Tauranga Chief Executive, Mark Cairns, says Sara helped … Continue reading

Port of Tauranga Welcomes Next Stage of Port Discussions

Port of Tauranga is looking forward to participating in discussions on the future of the Upper North Island Supply supply chain. Chief Executive, Mark Cairns, said today that he hoped Port of Tauranga’s expertise in operating New Zealand’s largest and … Continue reading

Port of Tauranga Chair David Pilkington Wins Prestigious Business Award

Port of Tauranga Limited’s David Pilkington has been named Chairperson of the Year in the Deloitte Top 200 Business Awards. David joined the Port of Tauranga Board in July 2005 and has been Chair since 2013. Since then, Port of … Continue reading

Ngā Mātarae Scholarship 2020

The Trustees of Ngā Mātarae Charitable Trust are pleased to offer the Ngā Mātarae Scholarship Programme. The Trust is a partnership between the Port and Tauranga Iwi with the primary purpose to promote the wellbeing of Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour. Applicants … Continue reading

Cargo Volumes Flat at Port of Tauranga in First Quarter of Financial Year

Port of Tauranga, New Zealand’s international hub port, today reported a slight decrease in cargo volumes for the first quarter of the 2020 financial year. From 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019, Port of Tauranga handled nearly 6.8 million … Continue reading