The future of the port of Auckland might have little material impact beyond the shores of New Zealand, but the discussion under way in the city says a lot about the relationship between freight and society in the 21st century. With mayoral elections in Auckland looming, a majority of the candidates argue that the entire port needs to be moved, rather than grant it permission to extend its facilities, as port authority figures have requested. The debate has a ring of familiarity to it – there are major port cities the world over that have struggled to reconcile the needs of business and people, and while Auckland is simply the latest to weigh up its future, this report, complete with video debate, from the National Business Review, is absorbing.

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