Protest march over wharf extensions
Boaties and architects will be among those marching along Quay St on May 3 to protest the controversial wharf extension.
Protest group Stop Stealing Our Harbour wants Ports of Auckland to stop work on extensions to Bledisloe Wharf until Auckland Council completes its Port Future Study.
Ports of Auckland has resource consent to build two 100-metre extensions on to the end of its Bledisloe container wharf on the city’s waterfront.
After huge public outcry over the expansion Auckland Council wrote to Auckland Council Investments Ltd, the body which owns Ports of Auckland, on ratepayers’ behalf asking it to hold fire until a comprehensive study of the port and its impacts on the city could be done.
It’s estimated the report will take about a year.
A legal team opposing the expansion is seeking an urgent Court of Appeal hearing after an attempt to get a halt on works failed on April 28.
Stop Stealing Our Harbour has organised the Quay St protest in a bid to make Aucklanders’ opinions on the matter heard.
Spokesperson Michael Goldwater says construction of the wharves will significantly impair the harbour.
‘‘Don’t leave it until it’s too late.
‘‘We need to send a very clear message to Len Brown and his councillors that this is something that Aucklanders don’t want,’’ he says.
‘‘What we’re saying is that the wharf extension will damage this harbour not only for this generation but for generations to come.’’
The Stop Stealing Our Harbour group is organising a march along Quay St on May 3 to protest the controversial wharf extension.