South Port goes into bat for Tiwai Point smelter

By Paul McBeth | Fri, 08 Nov 2019


South Port New Zealand is the latest Southland firm throwing its support behind the Rio Tinto-controlled smelter across the harbour at Tiwai Point, saying the government should take the closure threat seriously. New Zealand Aluminium Smelters accounts for 33 percent of the cargo volume through the country's southern-most port, although South Port is paid a fixed licence fee rather than wharfage revenue based on tonnage. That arrangement - fixed until 2043 - mitigated the impact of a potential closure, which chair Rex Chapman said would be...