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

 

Aucklanders slam “concrete rugby field” in their harbour

Aucklanders slam “concrete rugby field” in their harbour

Aucklanders overwhelmingly reject the new America’s Cup Village proposal that would put a rugby-field-sized concrete wharf extension into the city’s harbour, a new poll shows.

“The numbers couldn’t be clearer,” said Michael Goldwater of Stop Stealing Our Harbour, which commissioned the poll. “Aucklanders don’t want an America’s Cup Village that involves paving over our harbour.”

“Given a choice between an America’s Cup village built on existing waterfront land and structures, or building a new wharf extension out into the harbour that’s 45m by 220m, in line with the new proposal, 70% chose the option with less impact on the harbour,” Mr Goldwater said.

“Only 27% said their preference was for a wharf expansion.

The new proposal for the America’s Cup Village was revealed by Emirates Team New Zealand on Wednesday and backed by government.

“Some supporters of the most recent proposal released on Wednesday have praised it for intruding on ‘only’ 9900 square metres of the harbour. That’s the size of a rugby field. It’s a far cry from what the people of Auckland want, which is not a metre more of our harbour lost.

“Minister for the Environment David Parker has said that his preference is for the option with the least cost and the least encroachment into the harbour. That’s also what the people of Auckland want, and there is now real pressure for the government and Council to deliver it.

“The proposal on Wednesday showed that all the bases for America’s Cup challengers could easily fit on Wynyard Point. And yet the proposal, being pushed by Council, also includes a wharf extension of 45m by 220m on Halsey Point to house a single challenger base.

“There is a real risk the Council will lose public goodwill for the America’s Cup by continuing to push out into the Waitemata.”

Editor’s note:

Curia Research polled 500 Aucklanders on Wednesday 14 March. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.4%.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Science Advisors: Stopping Family Violence – The Evidence

A new report “Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by Justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Dr Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved...

Dr Lambie says family violence is widespread and goes on behind closed doors in all suburbs, affects the childhoods of many New Zealanders, and disturbs adult and family relationships. More>>

 

Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>

ALSO:

Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>

ALSO:

Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels