THE IS­SUES

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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