New Zealand’s only oil refinery was built at Marsden Point, near Whāngārei, in the 1960s. By 2003, it was producing 70% of New Zealand’s petrol and 90% of its diesel. A deep-water berth was developed to handle Northland’s exports, including about half the refinery’s oil output, and logs and timber. Crude oil for refining is also unloaded there.
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