What's happening at Auckland’s Port  APRIL 2017

Did you come down to SeePort this year? Check out the video and see if you can spot yourself!
Looking back on  
SeePort 2017

It's hard to believe our SeePort Festival was just over two months ago! If you came down to visit us, you would have been one of 50,000 who did so over the two day event. Great weather and buzzing activity allowed for a stellar festival over the Auckland Anniversary weekend. 

Our second SeePort Sunset Symphony and Fireworks was a magical evening, with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, the Stellar Singers and emerging talent from Play it Strange playing to a full crowd across Captain Cook and Marsden wharves. 

We were really pleased over the weekend to present our friends at the William C Daldy Preservation Society with a cheque for $12,000 that we raised during the last Auckland Heritage Festival. The society are a volunteer group who do a great job at maintaining one of the oldest steam tugboats in the world. We also support them with an annual grant for the purchase of coal.

During SeePort we raised $1,500 for Auckland Land Search & Rescue through sales of our crane experiences. This has allowed them to buy new wet weather gear for all their volunteers (modeled on the right by our Operational Performance Coach and Land SAR volunteer, Dan Pehi).

Let us know how you enjoyed SeePort - drop us a line at and tell us about your experience. We would love to hear from you!
Mark Kennington, IT Specialist
Mark - IT Specialist
Q: How would you describe your role at the port?
A: I work in the IT team with specialist experience in the terminal operating system; the core system in the container terminal for planning, executing, controlling and servicing all the container movements at the port. My day-to-day role is a mixture of supporting current systems operations and working with other business teams on any new requirements. 

Q: How does your application of experience of IT at the port differ compared to other industries?
A: The key difference for me is the sheer breadth of responsibilities across the many aspects of port business. In all my roles prior to the port, the focus of IT was much narrower. The IT team here covers a diverse range of operational needs involving people, machinery, pilots, tugs, containers, cars, breakbulk cargo, finance, reporting, control systems and much more - all of which involves an array of networks, information and control systems!

Q: What do you like to do when you're not working?
A: I love spending time with my wife and two kids, whether it's just relaxing or being active outdoors. After that, my passion is music and in the past few years I've evolved from a 'would-be' singer-songwriter to an actual published artist with an upcoming release of my debut album.

Q: How do you balance your musical career with you day job?
A: Balancing is always a challenge because the port, my family and my music all want me full time! However, joining the port was an amazing opportunity for me to change from working a full-time frole to a part-time role, allowing me to spend the remainder of the work week focusing on my music - in particular, recording an album over the past three years.

There's a launch party for Mark's debut album Going Nowhere (Faster than you) coming up soon. Find more details on Facebook here.
Click on the image above to see more great photos from SeePort!
News in Brief

The Day Auckland Runs
What a turn out at Ports of Auckland Round the Bays last month! More than 30,000 took part in the event, including our 800-strong Ports of Auckland team. Our quickest runner crossed the finish line in just 33 minutes! We were privileged to support three charities this year through the event; Variety, Child Cancer Foundation and Great Potentials.

A Successful Six Months
At the end of February we released our interim results for the six months ending last December. We're on track for another successful year, commercially and otherwise. We've also set ourselves some ambitious sustainability goals with an aim to be carbon neutral by 2025 and have zero emissions by 2040. Read more about what we've been up to in the full report here. 

Saving Energy
As part of our drive to become New Zealand's most sustainable port, we've joined forces with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to install LED floodlighting at the port. We're the first port in the country to do so and stage one of the installation will cut our total electricity usage by nearly 7%. Read more about the project here.

Tall Traveler!
We're no strangers to unique cargo down here at the port. Our latest interesting visitor was 15-month old male giraffe Mtundu, who arrived here from Auckland Zoo before boarding Hamburg Sud container ship, the Hammonia Galicia, bound for Sydney. His final destination was Mogo Zoo on the southern coast of New South Wales. Check out our Instagram to see him on his commute.
What's coming up?

School Holiday Boat Tours of the Port
Tuesday, 18 April at 12.30pm
Monday, 24 April at 12.30pm

These hour-long tours weave in and out of the busy commercial wharves to give you a close-up look at the big ships, cranes and other machinery at work, accompanied by a detailed commentary.

Tickets for public port boat tours are just $5 per adult and free for children. Bookings are essential. Please call 360 Discovery on +64 9 307 8005 to book.
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