Protests con­tinue over wharf ex­pan­sion plans

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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.

Photo: LAURA WAL­TERS

More than 1200 pro­test­ers gath­ered on Quay St near Ports of Auck­land and marched along the wa­ter­front road to the Viaduct on May 3.

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