A port gives back a lot to the community in an economic sense, acting as it does to facilitate trade and all the jobs that go with it. However our location in the heart of the city means that there can be some less positive external impacts from our work, particularly on our close neighbours.
We meet quarterly with the port ‘Community Reference Group’, made up of representatives from surrounding residents to discuss any concerns they may have and deal with them. We also keep them up to date with what’s going on at the port.
We like to play an active part in the community, supporting events on the waterfront and a variety of charities. Here are some of the events and charities we support.
For the last seven years we’ve brought together our customers and suppliers, who include shipping lines, logistics providers and recruiters, for an enjoyable day out on the green. Our customers generously sponsor each of the 18 holes and donate prizes that are raffled off throughout the day.
Together this year we raised $52,000 for the charity Cure Kids, taking the total raised for Cure Kids in the last seven years to over $280,000.
WAS RAISED THIS YEAR FOR THE CHARITY CURE KIDS
IS THE TOTAL WE'VE RAISED FOR CURE KIDS IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS
Held on Captain Cook wharf over Auckland Anniversary weekend, SeePort is a three day celebration of our port, shipping industry and maritime heritage. This year over 60,000 people came to enjoy the free bus and boat tours of the port, fun rides, live music, food stalls and fireworks.
SeePort includes displays from the port and our partners, including the Royal New Zealand Navy, NZ Customs and the New Zealand Maritime Museum.
SeePort will be on again over January 28-30, 2017.
This year we were delighted to announce a new partnership with SCOUTS New Zealand, building on our relationship over the past few years. We are providing financial support of $50,000 per year over the next three years to help support a new Regional Development Officer to grow scouting in the Auckland region. Local Scouts and Cubs also took part in SeePort again this year, taking kids out on the water in their cutters, teaching knot tying and demonstrating considerable skill with a wet-sponge catapult to cool down the crowds!
WILL BE DONATED PER YEAR OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF SEA SCOUTING
For the seventh consecutive year we sponsored the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, and over 25,000 people joined in to run 8.4 kms from Ports of Auckland to St Heliers. Now in its 44th year it is New Zealand’s largest mass participation sporting event and a celebration of Auckland’s waterfront.
The event supported charities CanTeen, SHINE, Heart Kids New Zealand, Garden to Table Trust and New Zealand Riding for the Disabled which each received $10,000.
Not everything we do is on a grand scale and some of our favourite community activities are the littlest.
We continue to run tours of the port by boat, which are free for schools during term. We work with the New Zealand Maritime Museum who host the schools after their boat tour to learn more about Auckland’s maritime history.
The tours are popular with schools, but not all schools can afford the cost of transport to the waterfront. To help fix that, we’ve started charging a small fee for our school holiday port tours which are open to the public. We still fund the full cost of the tour, so all money raised goes toward providing transport for kids from less well-off parts of Auckland.
Two members of the Ports of Auckland executive provide mentoring to the Boards of two South Auckland Schools, Wiri and Te Papapa. Our staff also volunteer to visit these schools to read to the kids during their book week, and this year we were able to donate some of our old – but comfortable chairs – to Wiri school.
In June we donated heritage bollards to the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Used by the Auckland Harbour Board since 1909, the bollards were used to tie the incoming ships to the berth, but now they form part of a new nautical theme playground, giving younger Aucklanders an opportunity to enjoy a little bit of the city’s history.
We’ve been connected to the Regatta since it began, not just through the harbour and city we belong to, but also through sponsorship and our participation in the much loved annual tug race. We are proud to be the naming rights sponsor of this iconic Auckland event, now for the fourth year.