What can you buy for $28 million?
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.