Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


ACC seeks control of America’s Cup base sites

Auckland City seeks control of America’s Cup base sites

Auckland City is talking to America’s Cup Village Ltd, a subsidiary of Infrastructure Auckland, concerning the ownership of the land used for America’s Cup bases on Halsey Street Wharf.

Auckland City is gradually acquiring key land in the Viaduct Harbour area, with a vision of creating a marine stadium. The marine stadium concept is for an entertainment centre offering on-water entertainment, while interfacing with the viaduct’s land based infrastructure.

Councillor Scott Milne, Chairperson of the council’s Recreation and Events Committee, sees the area on which the America’s Cup bases are built as eminently suitable for this purpose, and a cost effective solution to Auckland City’s desire to see more Aucklanders enjoying the viaduct.

“We are delighted with the comments of John Robertson, Chairperson of Infrastructure Auckland, concerning the option for Auckland City to take over ownership of the America’s Cup bases land,” says Mr Milne.

“Auckland City does not currently own this land, the face of which is going to change dramatically according to the syndicates’ contracts with America’s Cup Village Ltd, when the cup bases are dismantled later this month.”

“It would be a significant loss if the land on which the bases were built is not part of the marine stadium concept and retained in public ownership.”

“We are keen to talk to other Auckland councils about the future ownership of this land. Over the next two decades this area could become one of New Zealand’s finest recreational resources. A world class facility that we are proud of and other countries envy, at the heart of the city and on the edge of the beautiful Waitemata harbour.”

Auckland City is in negotiations with current landowners Ports of Auckland about purchasing the Eastern Viaduct. This land will complement Te Wero Island, which is already owned by the city. The Eastern Viaduct has been secured to provide public spectator space for events on and off the water.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election