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What you need to know

The New Zealand freight and supply chain strategy will take a long-term 30 years plus view 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:

Low emissions – New Zealand’s freight and supply chain system is underpinned by a low emissions freight transport system.

Resilience – New Zealand’s freight and supply chain system is resilient, reliable, and prepared for potential disruptions.

Productivity and innovation – New Zealand’s freight and supply chain system is highly productivity and innovative, and performs well when measured against global standards.

Equity and safety – We transition to a low emission, resilient, productivity and innovative freight and supply chain system in a way that is equitable and safe for all.

We expect it will take around two years to develop the strategy.

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 you can also email us at

The work to date

Jun 2022

Engagement with stakeholders

Apr 2022–Jun 2022

Public consultation on the issues paper

Aug 2021–Mar 2022

Issues paper developed