The purpose of this paper is to promote and stimulate discussion in regard to the
movement of goods and people around the New Zealand coast and between the North
and South Islands.
It looks at the opportunities to achieve better results, environmentally, economically and
ethically — true triple bottom line issues. It also looks at problems that could and should
be resolved and barriers that should be removed. The rapid rise of freight movements
around the coast and internationally gives this issue great urgency.
New Zealand is an island nation, defined by our coastline. You can see this on a map and
New Zealanders live it every day. We watch the ships and take an interest in them as
they come and go from our ports and as they sail past the coast. Our nation relies on sea
transport to get goods to New Zealand and to export goods to market.
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