What's happening this month at Auckland’s Port AUGUST 2016

Working hard for 
How did we do in the last year? Well, our container volumes have fallen but we've improved productivity and kept costs under control, delivering an even bigger return to Aucklanders. 

This year we'll pay a dividend of $54.3 million, up from $41.7 million last year. That adds up to $103 per Auckland household, or 4.4% of the average residential rates bill.

Our success is down to our people and a positive work environment. We were recognised with two awards in this area: "Excellence in People & Culture Creation" at the 2016 Shared Services & Outsourcing Network Excellence Awards and "Gender Diversity in Leadership" at the Women in Governance Awards. 

Keeping people safe at work is our top priority. In recent years we've been working to build a more collaborative safety culture and this has had good results - this year we had just four lost-time injuries, down 67% on the previous year. 

We care for our environment and operate sustainably. We've led a successful initiative to protect our local Bryde's whales, which are vulnerable to being hit by ships. Slower speed was the answer, and as a result of the work we've done with the shipping industry, ship speeds in the Hauraki Gulf are down by a quarter. 

You can find out more about our performance last year here.
Rosie Mercer, Civil & Environmental Engineer
Rosie - Civil & Environmental Engineer

Q: Tell us what your role entails?
A: I work in the infrastructure team to deliver and maintain assets at the port such as wharves, heavy duty pavements and buildings. On an average week my role is made up of civil engineering, project management, working with stakeholders and planning for resource consents or building consents. I also undertake the environmental management at the port. This is a developing sector for us and we have some exciting work underway. 

Q: What challenges do you enjoy in your job?
A: I love working with people from all over the port and working their requirements into projects I manage. It's great to learn about the variety of roles right across our business - it never ceases to amaze me the skill that we have throughout the port that I don't get exposed to until I work closely with a new team on a project. 

Q: Have you always worked as an engineer?
A: Yes I have, although I have found different ways to enjoy and apply my engineering. I worked for a consultancy in airfields in Australia, did some highway design work in Central America and worked in the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan. 

Q: Ports of Auckland recently won an award for 'Gender Diversity in Leadership'? What do you think of the port's performance in this area? 

A: In joining as a civil engineer at the port three years ago, I think I was probably the first female to take up that  role in the history of the company. This showed me that the port is willing to view women on a level playing field with men, particularly in a historically male dominated area. I like the focus the port has on diversity, not just focusing on a minority, and finds ways to provide equal opportunities. I am really fortunate that currently, the port is supporting me on the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme. 

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A: I grew up on a farm so always wanted to be a vet! 
Take a trip back in time!
Celebrate our city during this year's Auckland Heritage Festival on a 90-minute cruise aboard the historic William C Daldy steam tugboat, one of the port's first tugs built in 1935.

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News in Brief

A Strategic Alliance with Napier
Earlier this month we announced a strategic alliance with Napier Port which will create operational, economic, sustainability and economic benefits. Check out this video of our CEO Tony Gibson and Napier Port CEO, Garth Cowie, talking about what it will mean for the two regions. 

Leading Gender Diversity in the Workplace
We've recently been recognised for Gender Diversity in Leadership at the Women in Governance Awards, beating out ANZ to win. The judges said we "linked leadership to increased productivity" and commended us for promoting gender diversity in all areas of our business.

Farewell, Tamaki!
We've said bon voyage to one of our tugs, Tamaki. She was renamed Alwiyah before departing on a 4,380 mile journey to Surabaya, Indonesia to start a new life. She'll be traveling at five knots so it will take her about 37 days to get there!

Botanical Bollards
Keep an eye out for the new nautical themed playground at the Auckland Botanical Gardens - we donated some of our old heritage bollards dating back to 1909. We had no use for them so we donated them to be incorporated into the playground design. 
Plan ahead for the School Holidays

Get the family together for a boat tour of the port next school holidays. 

Tuesday, 27 September - 11.00am

Tickets for public port boat tours are just $5 per adult and free for children under the age of 16. Bookings are essential. Please call 360 Discovery on +64 9 307 8005 to book. 
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