Hon. Minister Michael Wood shows support for Coastal Shipping at CentrePort

3 May 2023

Group posing for photo on the Takutai Chief

Hon. Minister Michael Wood visited CentrePort on Monday to board container ship the ‘Takutai Chief’ and show support for Coastal Shipping. Swire Shipping recently added a new Pacifica NZ route which includes a call at CentrePort every Monday. 

The government has announced a $30m investment in four coastal shipping suppliers who each bring at least one additional service into play. This funding will help to improve the resilience of coastal shipping, and add diversity into the New Zealand supply chain, which in turn helps reduce overall carbon emissions.

The Takutai Chief is part of the Pacifica NZ coastal shipping network, which calls at Port of Tauranga, CentrePort and Port Nelson. Pacifica’s second vessel, the Moana Chief sails weekly between Ports of Auckland, Lyttleton and Timaru (and Marsden Point on alternating weeks.)

​​​​​​​General Manager for Container Services Stefan Reynolds said it was great to have the Minister on port with representatives from Swire Shipping and the owners of the Takutai Chief.

"CentrePort understands how important the growth of coastal shipping is in making the supply chain more cost effective, efficient and resilient, while helping reduce New Zealand’s freight carbon footprint." - Stefan Reynolds

Pictured above from left to right: Alistair Skingley & Capt. Graham Forsyth from Pacifica Shipping, Hon. Minister Michael Wood, CentrePort Chief Executive Anthony Delaney, GM Container Services Stefan Reynolds


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Jan-Hendrik Hintz – Pacifica Shipping Line Manager & Hon. Michael Wood, Minister for Transport