Supply Chain and Distribution

The supply chain, distribution and logistics sectors in Aotearoa are crucial to the day-to-day running of the country. The logistics sector reflects the complex supply chain of order processing, inventory management, and distribution. It comprises our ports (air, sea, and land) operations such as customs clearance and freight forwarding, third party logistics and a large, interconnected workforce encompassing road, rail, sea, and air transport.

The Supply Chain and Distribution NIAG is made up of:

  • Logistics
  • Warehousing and storage
  • Customs and freight support services
  • Postal and courier services
  • Supply chain

Supply Chain and Distribution NIAG’s priority areas:

  • Skills gaps in the industry
  • Retention of workforce
  • Automation and new technology
  • Clearer career pathways
  • Ageing workforce
  • Communication Challenges affecting training and day-to-day operations
  • Need for targeted training to align with specific skills and emphasize soft skills
  • Diversity and inclusion challenges in training programs for a diverse workforce
  • Industry Awareness Gap impacting attracting and informing individuals about career opportunities
  • Integration of Digital Data and Technology for flexible and inclusive training
  • Reliance on On-the-Job Training for skill development
  • Collaboration with Educational Institutions to gain skills, and recognising academic qualifications
  • Tailored Training Programs for specialised skills
  • Women in the workforce concerns, including work-life balance, inclusivity, and leadership.

Anita Va’afusuaga 

Denise McCamish

Emma Walsh

Gerard Anngow

Heather Donnachie

Lauren Parr

Rachel Madden

Robert Radics

Suhai Sequeira

Andrus Lei 

Blair Morgan

Debra Kingi 

Jacqui Whaanga 

Jody Bloomfield 

Kelly Potter 

Lisa De Silver

Michael Jones 

Phil Burgess 

Robert Reid

The next NIAG meeting will be held at the end of March 2024 – date TBC


The Industry Manager for this sector is Andrew Riches, so if you have any queries please get in touch - he'd love to hear from you! Or contact Duane Mackwood at [email protected], as this is a joint NIAG with Ringa Hora WDC.