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America's Cup harbour grab irks iwi

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Ngati Whatua Orakei is opposing Auckland Council property arm Panuku's plans to extend existing wharfs to house America's Cup bases.

Spokesperson Ngarimu Blair says the mauri of the Waitemata Harbour has been significantly degraded by extensive reclamations and port developments.

The new concrete wharf proposed by Panuku that will extend 75m into the harbour.

The hapu is also concerned about the two proposed 110m concrete wharf structures on Wynyard Wharf, which it was not notified about in our meetings with Panuku.

Panuku wants resource consents to relocate the ferry and fishing industry berthage located on Wynyard Wharf, Halsey Street Extension Wharf and Western Viaduct, and establish a new ferry and fishing industry facility to the western side of Wynyard Point, opening up space for the America’s Cup base and syndicate base infrastructure.

Mr Blair says Ngati Whatua Orakei are disappointed that Panuku, which was originally established to develop and protect Auckland’s waterfront assets, were not protecting the Harbour which is the jewel in Auckland’s crown.

 

Ngati Whatua Orakei has recently established an America’s Cup Iwi working group, including Waikato Tainui, Ngati Paoa, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Kawerau a Maki, and Hauraki Gulf iwi Ngati Manuhiri and Ngati Rehua, to support the America’s Cup and help Maori maximise opportunities the event will bring such as jobs in the sailing industry through to supply of goods and services.

 

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