Our Focus

Regeneration Plan

CentrePort is embarking on an ambitious plan to better serve the needs of our customers, our people, and our region.

Planning for CentrePort’s future: an innovative, future-focused Port for central New Zealand

CentrePort’s vision is to build a 21st century operational asset of which central New Zealand can be proud.

To achieve this, the business is working with customers and other stakeholders to inform its long-term plan for the next 30 years and beyond, with the first iteration to be delivered in June 2019.

CentrePort’s response to the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake is a key driver for this long-term plan. The earthquake led to a wide-scale demolition and Port improvement programme. These improvements have created opportunities to reconsider the port’s layout.

Included in longer term planning is the multi-user ferry terminal project and the shipping channel deepening project.

CentrePort is also looking at how technology can be used to make the Port more resilient.

"We need to evolve into a port of the future that benefits our community and our business goals."
Anthony Delaney, GM Infrastructure and Environment

World Class Expertise

CentrePort is working with several international experts to inform future design and approach.

A key partner is Hamburg Port Consulting of Germany, who are specialists in port design. Their team has been onsite looking at the space available and considering different options for the most effective and efficient layout and supply chain solutions. The team will consider all options, from how the Port uses its land to how technology can be brought into the business.

CentrePort has also engaged international experts to help the business understand the hazards and risks it faces, and how it can mitigate these risks.

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"We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to plan for our future. We’re looking at how we create resilience, adaptability and flexibility in our people and infrastructure. The decisions we make now will impact the Wellington region, as well as wider central New Zealand and our place in it for decades to come."
Anthony Delaney, GM Infrastructure and Environment

Projects Towards Long-Term Vision

As the long-term plan is developed, CentrePort is focussed on five key areas encompassing a range of projects — some current, some in the medium term. These focus areas all provide a path towards the long-term vision to support an innovative, future-focused port.

To create efficiency through the use of technology and space to enable the big future regeneration projects while we keep the Port going.

  • Projects creating space and enhancing utilisation to ensure we are growing our freight capacity.
  • Building demolition programme. A total of 10 buildings were demolished / partly demolished including;
    • Shed 29 (G&A Building) and the former Seaworks building on the ‘E Site’ to create a new vehicle marshalling area for Strait NZ Bluebridge.
    • Former Statistics House – vehicle parking.
    • Partial demolition of Shed 51 to create a second log berth.
    • Shed 37 to expand the log yard capacity.
    • Wellington Port Coldstore
    • Former Quay Marine Building
    • Dimond Building
  • Separation for improved health and safety and control; access realignment and improvements including Hinemoa Street and North Gate improvements projects (at planning stage).
  • ICT and technology platforms and operational efficiency measures; new systems and container-handling equipment introduced improving container operations.

We are tackling key areas of Port operations resilience to ensure continuity for the business and the region.

  • Upgrades to Seaview Wharf including fenders, lighting, and improved mooring systems.
  • Planning for resilience work on Kings Wharf, Aotea Quay berths 1-3, and demolition of Thorndon Container Wharf.
  • Pavement works across the Port including the log yard, as well as improving storm water drainage.
  • Significant horizontal infrastructure repair /replacement including communications and power systems.

To ensure we can grow freight capacity.

  • Expanding and investing in development our network of inland freight hubs in New Plymouth, Whanganui, and the Wairarapa.
  • 5000 tonnes of asphalt laid to repair paving improving depot running roads, container transfer sites, and log yard.
  • Completion of $28 million gantry crane project.
Demolition work