Our port is our people

We place a great deal of importance on creating a positive work culture and a supportive, rewarding and inclusive environment here at the port.

Excellence in People & Culture Creation


We hold a number of family-friendly staff events throughout the year, including entering a huge team in the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays and our annual Christmas party, where Santa arrived on a tug! We have a very culturally diverse workforce which reflects the Auckland community and we celebrate that with events like a Matariki Hangi and a yearly Diwali feast.

This year our work to strengthen the port culture has been recognised with two awards. In June we won the “Excellence in People & Culture Creation” award at the 2016 Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) Excellence Awards. That was followed shortly after when we were recognised for Gender Diversity in Leadership at the Women in Governance Awards beating finalist ANZ Bank.

The judges said:

“Ports of Auckland clearly and convincingly linked leadership diversity to increased productivity. Theirs is a remarkable story of rapid diversity change and business turnaround in a traditionally male dominated industry. This is reflected from board level through to all organisational levels and they are a role model for not only their industry but for all businesses in New Zealand.”

We are particularly proud to have won these awards.

Staff sports sponsorship

Every year we offer a staff sponsorship programme where staff can apply for support for their own sporting efforts or those of teams they are involved in. Here are some of their stories.

Edwin Ng

“Sponsorship from the port helped me with the purchase of equipment for my powerlifting competitions last year; the Auckland Powerlifting Championships 2015 and the New Zealand Powerlifting Championships 2015. I managed to squat 245kg (which was 5kg over the Auckland record!) at the nationals. It was my highlight of competitions last year.

After breaking my ankle earlier this year, I am just getting back into training and getting ready for a novice competition later this year and then the New Zealand Powerlifting Championships in 2017.”

Jacqui Latu

“Ports of Auckland kindly sponsored my over 40s indoor netball team when we represented Action Manukau at this year’s Indoor Netball Nationals. Since we won last year’s Nationals we had high hopes of defending our title. Unfortunately we were up against some tough competition in the quarter finals and were pipped at the post by Hamilton’s In-Zone team by a couple of points.”

Justin Maddock

“East Coast Bays Rugby League Club received sponsorship from Ports of Auckland to help with fuel and travel costs for some of our members. As games are spread all over the greater Auckland region often kids didn’t turn up for practice or the game because the additional travelling meant families needed to choose which to attend. This funding has helped us ensure families don’t have to make that choice.”

David Heilbron

“Ports of Auckland sponsored a new pod for my Blokart so that I could compete in the 2016 Blokart World Championships held in Ivanpah, USA. The sponsorship meant that both my 15 year old daughter, Natalya, and I could race and represent the port at the North American Blokart Championships and World Championships.

In the North American Championships I won the Lightweight Performance division and Natalya came third in her event, her first internationally, and recorded a top speed of 81.3km per hour!

In the World Championship I won the Lightweight Performance title and was part of the kiwi team that took out the World Teams title. Natalya was awarded the number one youth (under 21) sailor in the world.”








Over the last year our collaborative project management tool, i-lign, saw 107 new ideas submitted from staff business wide. These ideas stimulated conversations, generating 620 comments and bringing 27 ideas to fruition. This has helped to build staff engagement, increased innovation and decreased incidents of departments working in isolation.