Contaminated land holds up America's Cup

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 14, 2018

After multiple proposals, Team boss Grant Dalton comments on the latest plan for America's Cup base location and design.

It said it could not support the plan yet.

"There is little point in agreeing to a plan that can't be delivered on time", he said.

Stop Stealing Our Harbour can not support a 45 x 220 metre extension of Halsey Wharf out into the Waitemata Harbour, spokesman Michael Goldwater said today.

MP David Parker says an agreement is close. According to Team NZ, Stolthaven has been persuaded by the government but negotiations continued with Bulk Storage Terminals. This negotiation needs to be concluded before this plan could be considered viable.

He said the Wynyard Wharf tank removal and remedial work are complex and time consuming.

"We along, with Government and council, have concerns about the works timetable and availability of specialist construction resource in an already stretched environment".

"The Government is seeking a second expert opinion on the timetable issue and we support them in doing this".

He said Team New Zealand have a meeting with Challengers in Europe at the end of this month and confirmation of Auckland as a venue and the class rule are eagerly awaited by them.

New developments have been announced in the ongoing discussions between Emirates Team New Zealand and the government to create a venue on Auckland's waterfront capable of hosting the 36th America's Cup. Spokesperson Ngarimu Blair said: "The iwi's objection is based on the recognition of the Waitemata Harbour as a taonga".

The government came to us with a further plan last week.

The new option, known as "Point-Halsey", has an approximate cost of $140 million, between $15 million and $35 million cheaper than earlier options.

Complicating the process is the passage of time as the start of racing is already planned for January 2021.

Stop Stealing Our Harbour and Viaduct Harbour Holdings have said the latest plan is unacceptable because it will see a permanent 45m by 220m extension of Halsey Wharf - the size of a concrete rugby field.

None of this is ideal but we will continue to work through the challenges in an effort to see the Americas Cup hosted in 2020/21 in Auckland.

"It is where our home and where our heart is".

"Council and government have their own challenges and we recognise that they are doing their utmost to meet them".

Similar arguments are advanced by a major landowner in the area Viaduct Harbour Holdings which is against the construction of what it calls a rugby-field sized wharf extension.

It involves moving the Team New Zealand base from a 75m extension on Hobson Wharf to Halsey Wharf.

Richard Gladwell, writing on the Sail World website has reported "time is now even more important than money" in achieving adequate Auckland bases for the Cup defence.

A contractor has been lined up to build the infrastructure, said Parker, who is confident the cup bases can be ready by the end of next year when the first syndicates are due in Auckland.

Deadlines are fast approaching to start work building Auckland's 2021 cup facilities. If the project is delayed through restarting resource consent applications then the visiting teams would be forced into running a two-season strategy.

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