Protest march over wharf ex­ten­sions

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.’’

Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The Stop Steal­ing Our Har­bour group is or­gan­is­ing a march along Quay St on May 3 to protest the con­tro­ver­sial wharf ex­ten­sion.

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