Upper North Island supply chain strategy. Second interim working group report: options and analysis

Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy Working Group
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A report from the Working Group undertaking the review of Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy, UNISCS. August 2019

The Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy Working Group was asked by Cabinet to undertake a comprehensive review of New Zealand’s freight and logistics sector for the Upper North Island, including ports. This review will guide the development and delivery of a strategy for the Upper North Island to ensure the supply chain is fit for purpose in the long-term.

The Working Group

We are the independent working group leading this review. We have expertise in a range of areas including economic and business development, regional development, transport and logistics, infrastructure management, investment and planning.


Second Interim Report

Our first interim report presented the progress we made in the first stage of our work. This included a number of site visits, including visits to Northport and Ports of Auckland, supported by stakeholder engagement and initial analysis and advice to gain an understanding of the current system. We have since also visited Port of Tauranga and met with a number of other stakeholders.

A number of key themes emerged during our discovery phase that are guiding us in our review. These include:

inefficiencies of the network, encompassing rail, road, ports, inland ports and freight hubs

complex and inefficient owner relations between the ports, network infrastructure and assets

the importance of social licence and working within the communities that the network is there to serve, particularly in Auckland but also in Tauranga

infrastructure investment by different parties and their rationales

the wider context within which the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy is being conducted, with a particular emphasis on optimal land use.

This second report back to Cabinet builds on our interim thinking and provides a strategic and investigation of the Upper North Island Supply Chain. Our work in this term has focused on determining the possible options that different stakeholders have and using a strategic approach to analyse whole system performance. Our economic analysis has been used to guide our thinking but is necessarily built on assumptions of future supply chain performance, the analysis may therefore be further refined as we progress toward our final report later this year.

Options and Analyses

We have undertaken an economic and multi-criteria evaluation of a range of potential future options for the configuration of the Upper North Island Supply Chain. Combining this with our stakeholder consultation and additional research undertaken (polling activity and other advice), we have identified a preferred option for the design of a future Upper North Island Supply Chain. We will expand and develop the requirements for this option, including potential implementation plans, as we progress our final report due later this year.

Under the direction of the Working Group, a consortium led by Ernst and Young, including experts from Advisian, Warren & Mahoney and WT Partnership, undertook the analysis.


See also, Ministry of Transport

Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy


Last updated: 2019-11-19