Aotearoa-New Zealand is an island nation dependent on trade to survive.
But because our coastal shipping was deregulated by the Government in the 1990’s, we now rely on multinational shipping companies to carry our goods between our cities and beyond.
That’s cost us local jobs and valuable skills, it’s harming our climate by pushing more freight onto our roads, and it makes us vulnerable to the whims of a few huge shipping companies with no loyalty to New Zealand.
We need the government to protect and grow our coastal shipping and strengthen our shores just like the UK, US, Canada, Japan, and EU governments do.
We’ve been promised real change that makes us stronger as a nation. Taking back control of our coastal shipping would be a good start.