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What you need to know

The New Zealand Freight and Supply Chain Strategy will cover the next 15-30 years and lay out:

  • Collectively what we want the system to achieve - objectives, outcomes, and vision.
  • How we will get there - pathways and priority actions.
  • How we will work together - how government works with others, how we make trade-offs, the roles of different organisations.

The Strategy will inform investment decisions by central and local government and the private sector. Given the challenges we are facing with climate change and Covid-19, the supply chain may need new approaches to cooperation, regulation, and investment over the coming decades to meet New Zealand’s expectations. We want to identify the best possible mix of investment, regulation, and other approaches to ensure New Zealand can flourish.

The main drivers for change that the Strategy will address are:

Decarbonisation – Net zero carbon emissions by 2050 to meet our climate change mitigation obligations – as part of a global plan to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

Resilience – Prepared for future threats and events including extreme weather and other natural disasters, rising sea levels, national security, and disruption to supply lines.

Productivity and innovation – While facing challenges we need to be able to adopt new technologies, access skilled labour, ensure health and safety and support the economy to grow.

Wellbeing – We expect our freight investments and infrastructure to provide broader benefits to people, communities, and the country.

Have your say

If you are a stakeholder in the freight and supply chain system, we invite you to engage with us and help shape the future of New Zealand’s supply chain. There are many ways you can participate from attending workshops and meetings to responding to surveys or hosting site visits. 

If you would like to engage with us on the Strategy, please email us at

The work to date

Aug 2021–Present

The work to date

Work on the Strategy started in August 2021 when the Ministry began engaging with stakeholders to identify the issues in the system and agree what we want to achieve through the Strategy.

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