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Ports of Auckland (POAL)

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POAL provides container terminal handling, bulk cargo handling, freight hubs, cruise industry facilities, and other services. Although Auckland Council owns 100 per cent of POAL, it is governed under the Port Companies Act 1988 and is not a council-controlled organisation (CCO).

​What POAL does

POAL is New Zealand's largest container port and supports the country's trade and growth.

POAL is responsible for:

  • container terminal handling services which include receipt, delivery, transit storage and shipment of a wide range of import and export cargos
  • a variety of cargo handling services
  • marine services which include pilotage, towage, hydrography and bunkering services
  • maintenance of freight hubs in south Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Manuwatu
  • provision of services and facilities to support the cruise ship industry.

POAL's objectives

POAL's objectives are to:

  • operate as a successful business
  • deliver Aucklanders with goods to support their growth and way of life
  • serve New Zealand's national freight needs in the most efficient and sustainable way
  • be a world-class port company known for skilled people, innovation and sustainable practices.

POAL website

For more information, see the Ports of Auckland website.