Port Otago is committed to operating in a sustainable way.

We are currently measuring and understanding our operation’s many inputs and outputs so we can set targets to work towards. Sustainability practices have been an important part of our business in recent years. It is timely to formalise our processes and identify where we can make improvements.


Our Environment

Port Noise Liaison Committee

The Port Noise Liaison Committee provides a forum to monitor the Port’s performance against The Port Noise Management Plan. The committee meets six weekly and is made up of representatives from DCC, ORC, Port Otago, Port Chalmers community groups and Port users.

Port Environment Plan 2018/19

Port Otago Noise Subsidies

Port Otago Noise Management Plan: March 2020


Automated Noise Monitoring

Port Otago joined forces with Microsoft to develop an accurate automated noise monitoring and classification programme. Click here to read more.


Te Rauone Beach Development

The restoration of Te Rauone Beach moves a step closer to reality, with public notification of the resource consent. Click here to read more.


Flagstaff Hill Project Completed


After 20 years of continual problems, Flagstaff Hill is finally stable and Beach Street has been returned to its original position.

The $3 million project finished on time, within budget and without any public complaints.

The 55m hill sits adjacent to Port Otago operations to the south-east and has a long history of slipping. A series of terraces were formed on the hill's problematic east and north-east faces and approximately 47,735m3 of earth – that's 3731 truck and trailer units – were removed over four months.

At the project's conclusion, the road, rail and footpath were realigned to improve safety and in readiness for future operational requirements at the port.


Supporting our Community

Port Otago supports a wide range of community groups and local projects.

Wildlife Hospital


Port Otago has boosted its support of the Wildlife Hospital Dunedin by supplying a new electric Nissan e-NV 200 van as a Wildlife Ambulance. Click here to read more.



Free swimming lessons for local schools


A seed was sown, when Port Chalmers School approached Port Otago to sponsor swimming lessons.
Fast forward 2020. Port Otago took the school's great idea to the next level by supporting not only Port Chalmers Primary, but another five West Harbour schools - Sawyers Bay, St Leonards, Rudolf Steiner, St Joseph's and Ravensbourne.
These schools continue to run their two-term swimming lessons, but Port Otago pays the lesson fees – a total of about $25,000 for the year. About 400 children are benefiting and each has a flash new swim bag.
And how chuffed do these four look with their new bags? From left: Daisy Olsen (5), Monty Olsen (7), Emily Mears (5) and Eli Olsen (8).
Port Otago Chief Executive Kevin Winders: "Port Otago already sponsors a range of watersports for teens, from rowing to sailing. We live in a harbour community, surrounded by water, so it’s important we encourage young children to learn how to swim."