Protests continue over wharf expansion plans
Protesters vow to continue challenging the controversial Auckland wharf extension.
More than 1200 people gathered on Quay St near Ports of Auckland on May 3 and marched along the waterfront to the Viaduct.
The protest came days after Auckland Council and Ports of Auckland came to a compromise over the expansion plans.
Councillors narrowly voted on April 30 to accept the deal to only build the ‘‘B2’’ extension on one side of its Bledisloe container wharf.
The port will not build the ‘‘B3’’ extension on the other side until after the yearlong Port Future study commissioned by the council has been completed.
If the study concludes ‘‘B2’’ is unnecessary it will be removed.
Mayor Len Brown told the council meeting the offer was ‘‘as good as we can get’’ and used his casting vote to get the deal through.
‘‘I want to strongly encourage the view that we should accept at this time what is a significant reduction in the port’s expectations, but also a reduction in our expectations.’’
Urban Auckland’s Julie Stout says the compromise is not good enough.
All expansions should be halted until alternatives are properly explored, she says.
Ports of Auckland has resource consent for two 100m extensions on to the end of its Bledisloe container wharf on the city’s waterfront.
It gained the consents under old regional council rules which did not require it to notify the public.
Opponents say the structures will be a blight on the landscape, blocking the view to the entrance of the Waitemata Harbour from Queens Wharf.
More than 1200 protesters gathered on Quay St near Ports of Auckland and marched along the waterfront road to the Viaduct on May 3.