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Good morning, 

I start with the good news that following submissions to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage from PrintNZ, Community Newspapers Association and Magazine Publishers Association we were successful in securing $4 million of funding from the Media Relief Fund.  Applications opened in late October and yesterday MCH have confirmed that 331 mastheads will be paid $12,084.59 each.  This is a great outcome and the funding has been gratefully received by the publishers I have spoken to about it.

On the not so good news front is the issue of shipping.  There are ongoing issues moving product both around the globe and locally and you need to be aware of the implications of this for both imports and exports.

It is essential that you take this into account when ordering raw materials, equipment or product over the next 3 to 6 months, especially if you run on a just-in-time basis. The global Covid situation is looking to get worse and with Christmas and Chinese New Year (11-17 February) just around the corner, this situation is not likely to improve quickly.

  • Freight carriers globally are facing a shortage of shipping containers while at the same time there is a wave of demand for the USA and Europe. Container manufacturers are running at full capacity and can’t keep up with the demand.
  • Coronavirus is resulting in tighter capacity amongst consolidated carriers. Reduced vessel sailings to NZ are impacting both inward and outward capacity.
  • Strikes at Australian ports are creating problems on multiple fronts; containers, reduced shipping, slow processing etc. This has flow-on impacts to NZ supply chains.
  • Asia – lead times are approximately 8 weeks from order
  • Thailand, Singapore and Tokyo are worsening – lead times into January and February.
  • The entire system is clogged up at present including coastal shipping. This is leading to delays in container movements, but also couriers (up to a week where normally overnight).
  • Frequent delays for exports of up to a month.
  • Auckland Port:
    • Covid-19 and Australian strikes have created congestion at Auckland port resulting in ships being stuck waiting for up to six days. Some of these ships then go on to only partially unload, leaving stock on the water needing to be shipped from another port.
    • As a result, congestion surcharges of $200-$300USD ($300-$450NZD) per TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) are being introduced by shipping lines coming into Auckland. This is on top of already heightened freight costs.
    • Covid-19 testing regimes are exacerbating the issues and leading to incomplete workgroups and increased use of inexperienced workers on the ports.
    • Port appears to be on a ‘go-slow’ due to combined impacts of increased health & safety measures following September fatality and Covid testing.
    • There is a shortage of workers.
  • Tauranga Port
    • Ships skipping Auckland due to congestion are creating flow-on congestion in Tauranga.
    • Large backlog of containers waiting to rail north. Auckland MetroPort is at full capacity
    • General advice on timeframes is:
      • 10-12 days from date of discharge for general cargo
      • 3-5 days from date of discharge for containers that were priority managed through Shuttle Select. Note that containers can only be prioritised  before they discharge the vessel.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted,

The role of the PrintNZ Board is to set the direction and oversee the operation of the organisation.  The Board is made up of members of the industry who are nominated and elected into their positions at the AGM held in May each year.  

In May 2021 we will have a couple of vacancies arising on the board due to the rotational requirements of the constitution.  This is an opportunity for you to nominate yourself or someone else to take up one of these roles to help steer the future of PrintNZ.  We are always keen to have fresh ideas and viewpoints from a broad cross-section of the industry.

If you wish to nominate someone please complete the attached form, or if you have any questions about what is required please give me a call.


We are pleased to be working with New Zealand Printer to present the inaugural NZP People in Print and the Rising Star Awards. The awards recognise people who have made an exceptional contribution over the last 12 months, and the emerging talent in our industry.  This is a chance to celebrate those that have made a difference this year, no matter what the field.

Nominations are now open and can be made here.

The Awards will be presented at Sorrento, One Tree Hill, Auckland, on Tuesday 1 December. As well as celebrating our wonderful people, we will be putting on an exhibition of a selection of the Pride In Print Awards category/process/gold medal winners for 2020.  This is the first opportunity there has been for many years to see the work up close.

Full details and booking information for the event will be provided shortly.

A huge welcome to Tania McDougall who started with us today in the role of Events Manager.  Tania will be responsible for organising our industry events, in particular the Pride In Print Awards.  Entry forms will be available shortly both online and hard copy, and we will keep you updated as the event evolves. 

That's it for now.


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