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


Public’s Rejection of Harbour Encroachment

Viaduct Harbour Holdings Welcomes Public’s Rejection of Harbour Encroachment

Viaduct Harbour Holdings has welcomed research showing strong public support for a vibrant America’s Cup Village built on existing waterfront land, and rejecting the latest proposal for further extensions into the harbour.

The poll, reported in the New Zealand Herald today, showed that 70% of Aucklanders want an America’s Cup Village that was built on existing waterfront land and structures, and only 27% want an option that required a 1 hectare wharf extension into the harbour.

“Like 70% of people in Auckland, we support a lively, vibrant America’s Cup Village that uses existing land on the waterfront, and we oppose building an unnecessary new permanent wharf extension the size of a rugby field in Auckland’s harbour,” Viaduct Harbour Holdings Chief Executive, Angela Bull said.

“The 2000 America’s Cup Village developments opened up the waterfront for Aucklanders. The planned wharf extensions for the 2021 America’s Cup event would do the opposite, acting as a visual barrier on the waterfront, with a four-storey-high wall of sheds between Aucklanders and the harbour.”

“The latest proposal calls for a 45m x 220m wharf extension with two four storey (15 metre) high sheds, effectively fencing off the most lively and vibrant part of the waterfront from the sea. That’s unnecessary and, as today’s poll shows, unacceptable to Aucklanders.”

“As time has gone by, proposals have shifted away from permanent encroachments into the harbour, and towards a vibrant, cohesive village on existing land and structures around Wynyard Point.”

“That instinct has proved right, as the public clearly wants less intrusion on their harbour. We know that we can do even better as a City, with a world class America’s Cup village at Wynyard Point.”

The plans show five challenger bases could be located on Wynyard Point, with Emirates Team New Zealand across the water on Halsey Wharf (which would not require a significant wharf extension).

“The second challenger base, and the rugby-field-sized concrete wharf extension on Halsey Wharf, are absolutely unnecessary and unacceptable.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Using PPPs To Meet Auckland’s Roading Needs

More than once, the coalition government has ruled out using public private partnerships (PPPs) to fund the country’s infrastructure needs in health and education – apparently private profiteering in those areas is recognised as being undesirable. Not the same story though with transport, and the reasons for that differential treatment are mystifying. Earlier today, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced that one of two new roads that the government would be co-financing would be a PPP – namely, the Penlink project that will link the northern motorway to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.



HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>


PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>


Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>





Featured InfoPages