WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
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. It says it needs the extra capacity to cope with increasingly larger ships and more traffic. It gained the consents under old regional council rules which did not require it to notify the public. The port company says it did tell its owners, Auckland Council Investments Ltd, but it didn’t flag it with city councillors who only found out about the planned extensions in February. Opponents say the structures will be a blight on the landscape, blocking off the view out to the entrance of the Waitemata Harbour from Queen’s Wharf.