What can you buy for $28 mil­lion?

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Find­ing out ex­actly what $28 mil­lion can buy will de­cide the fu­ture of the One­hunga fore­shore.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil is set to ap­proach the mar­ket­place to price the op­tions – which will de­ter­mine how many fore­shore hectares could be pur­chased for recla­ma­tion and beaches.

Maun­gakiekie MP and Auck­land city coun­cil­lor Pe­seta Sam Lotu-Iiga says in mid-May the coun­cil will put the pro­posal out to the mar­ket for pric­ing.

“The ques­tion is what can we buy with $28m? We will be looking at all mar­ket play­ers.

“We have been asked to price up the 11-hectare model.”

The $28m comes from $10m pro­vided by the Auck­land City Coun­cil and $18m from the New Zealand Trans­port Agency.

NZTA re­sumed work in the area on April 2, widen­ing the One­hunga cause­way.

Mr Lotu-Iiga says there has been dis­agree­ment about what $28m will buy.

He says the coun­cil is en­sur­ing that the One­hunga En­hance­ment So­ci­ety, which has been push­ing for the 11-hectare re­claima­tion, is part of the process.

The so­ci­ety is pre­par­ing a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing, which it hopes will be signed by the coun­cil and NZTA.

Chair­man Jim Jack­son says it is seek­ing the max­i­mum ben­e­fit from the $28m.

“We feel that 11 hectares is an ap­pro­pri­ate size.”

Mr Lotu-Iiga says: “If it comes in at $31m to $32m the par­ties will look at how they can make it work. There is a spirit of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween par­ties.”

The so­ci­ety is work­ing with the Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil to put mark­ers in the har­bour which would show the bound­ary line of 11 hectares.

“It would give the pub­lic a chance to see the size for them­selves,” says Mr Jack­son.

He says there are ways to achieve a good out­come us­ing re­sources from the area.

By re­mov­ing mud around the fore­shore it could be used as a ba­sis for restora­tion and says re­cy­cled glass could be used for con­struct­ing a break­wa­ter among other things.

The coun­cil has taken re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fore­shore project which is be­ing man­aged by the arts, cul­ture and recre­ation com­mit­tee.

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