An early-engagement public consultation process offering you the chance to let Northport know through this website what you think about potential future growth at the port and the questions we should be addressing.
There’s been a lot of discussion about what can and can’t happen at Northport, and about what should and shouldn’t happen. We’ve been listening, and although we have no firm plans at this stage we would like to show you what our vision is for possible future growth at Northport.
It’s important to say up front that this is not a confirmed plan. It’s a vision, based on what we believe is possible here. At this early stage all we’re doing is prompting a discussion among tangata whenua, other Northlanders, our neighbours, our customers, port users, our suppliers and other groups with an interest in what happens here, about what role you see us playing in the future of our region.
Situated at the entrance to Whangarei Harbour 140 km from central Auckland, Northport is positioned to support economic growth in both Northland and Auckland.
Along with a natural deep-water channel perhaps our most significant advantage is that we have more space at our disposal than any other port in New Zealand. The port itself has a potential footprint of 75 hectares and close to 700 hectares of designated port and commercially-zoned land nearby, all with easy access to the entire upper North Island through the State Highway network.
Built specifically as a multi-purpose facility, Northport is ideally positioned to handle substantial growth in imports and exports, and flexible enough to accommodate whatever business comes our way. We are ready to respond to whatever role we might be required to play in the development of Northland’s economy, as well as Auckland’s.
Significant growth is possible here. And while we don’t yet have any confirmed plans to expand the port, Northport will need to grow if it’s going to play a key role in the future growth of the upper North Island.
Importantly, we don’t need to expand northwards into the harbour to grow. Instead, we are able to extend our existing linear wharf east and west. The images below will give you a good idea of what this might look like.
But first we’d like to know: what do you think?
This is a vision that is based on many years of research, technical planning and engineering input from a raft of experts in this field. We now have a good idea about what is possible, and what isn’t.
However, we know full well that what we look like in the future will also be shaped to some extent by our communities and our customers. So now we’d appreciate your help in planning for this future by letting us know what role you see us playing in Northland’s and the upper North Island’s growth.
Marsden Point is growing, changing. Like Northland itself, it has huge economic potential. We can help make it happen.
We are just at the very start of the process. Although we don’t have any confirmed plans to build anything right now, we need to plan now for potential growth in the future.
We know you’ll have comments and questions about possible growth plans. We want to hear these and respond to them as well and as thoroughly as we can.
We’ve thought about some obvious questions and provided the answers. Use this website to ask other questions and make comments and we’ll add them here, along with our responses.
Also - if you know of a community group that you think we should be engaging with directly as part of this consultation exercise, please let us have their details. We’ll need the group’s name, a contact name and phone number.
Hear what some members and leaders of our community
have to say about the idea of possible growth at Northport:
Thank you for taking the time to look at our Vision for Growth. If you are interested in taking the opportunity to visit Northport and be given a first-hand view of the port facility and its potential for growth, we are providing tours for small groups of up to 10 people at scheduled times during the week and the weekends.
If you wish to discuss an alternative time please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure to bring valid photo ID when you come for your tour.