Five expensive America's Cup base options decided

Panuku Development work and design and place director Rod Marler confident resource consent will be decided in time

Between $140-190 million will be spent on creating team bases for the next America’s Cup.

The options for the team bases have been narrowed down to five on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour wharves from Halsey St to Captain Cook Wharf.

The cost will be shared by Auckland Council and government, although the private sector is expected to contribute significantly, so the cost and risk come down for ratepayers. The government is expected to consider its involvement by next month with a decision due early next year.  

A council workshop was held today to discuss the options in detail.

All the wharves will need extensions into the harbour. Two of the options do not have agglomerated bases and are split.

Captain Cook Wharf has been virtually ruled out because of the problems that would create for the cruise industry while construction is being carried out, and for Ports of Auckland which would have to move its car business, and the ferries and other boats in the harbour creating problems for launching the America’s Cup yachts.

Team New Zealand prefers Halsey Wharf with bases agglomerated, which is the most expensive option.

Captain Cook Wharf, meanwhile, is the cheapest option.

It is also easiest to build the bases on one platform.

The council’s governing body will make a decision on a final preferred option in 10 days.

Resource consent will be lodged under a fast-track procedure in January next year in time for construction to start in June/July so the bases are completed by the time the first teams arrive in summer of 2019.

The fast-track resource consent procedure involves a normal consent process but it is then sent straight to the Environment Court for a decision.

Council-controlled Panuku Development has led the work and its design and place director Rod Marler is confident the council will get a resource consent in time after technical experts undertook a robust evaluation of the possible locations.

The locations were evaluated on three criteria – the ability to meet the construction deadline, the ability to meet the requirements of the events such as security and an event village, and the extent to which any investment will leave a legacy for Auckland and New Zealand.

Auckland tops the list as host for the 2021 America’s Cup races but team chief executive Grant Dalton made it clear in September that the construction of new infrastructure in Auckland must be confirmed and begun by the end of August next year. The total size of the team bases required by the syndicates is 30,000sq m.

It is expected the event will bring in between $550-977 million for New Zealand and $450-850 million for Auckland.

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"... All the wharves will need extensions into the harbour. ..."

Ahem, Save Our Harbour, cough cough.

"...It is expected the event will bring in between $550-977 million for New Zealand and $450-850 million for Auckland..."

How much does Ports of Auckland bring into the economy, each and every year, not just once every four years? Really precious Aucklanders need to get rational about the beauty of industrial ports, they should be celebrated for their innovation and copious economic activity not denigrated like poor labourer cousins.

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Exactly, thought this on seeing the news. No to Ports of Auckland for commercial purposes, but a boat race...... Hypocrisy. Extend for the Ports and extend for the Race, There's theoretical "save everything" attitudes and then there's reality.

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I am not an Aucklander but I will go there to see the races. However I cannot see why the Govt should put any MORE money into this. Goff suggests Government takes the biggest share of the cost, yet the return is majorly to Auckland. So here is the challenge to Ardern and her co-horts for every dollar they give to the America's cup be it in developing a site supporting to boat etc they put $100 additional into health, education and child welfare shared equally. Somehow I think I may be swimming against the tide

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Go for Captain Cook for the challengers -- whatever is the least comfortable for them & a Gucci fortress at Halsey for TNZ

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Better still - just tell the challengers to go sort their own base/s out.

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Port Waikato? The size of the population is congruent to the worldwide interest in this event.

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lol, too true!

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Good way to make mates would be to oppose that RC all the way up and down a few times. lol

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Shift the car business elsewhere.

It has to go eventually, and this is a great opportunity to increase public space. A waterfront stadium was a missed opportunity, and it looks like being another big miss for short sightedness.

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Most of the cars end up sold in Auckland - bit silly to clog the roads with transporters....

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Why are we spending huge amounts of money on a rich man's sport?
This is enough money to fund another rocketlab or even enough to land a small satellite on the moon.

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Good question, why indeed. After all, these are some of the richest people on the planet, and they are more than happy for ratepayers and taxpayers to foot the bill for it. Not only that, but they are on record as saying that they even want the most expensive option. With the silly spendthrifts that we have running the place now days, I wouldn't be surprised if they get it. What's another $200 million on the total. I'm sure the poor old struggling workers out there on $40k a year will be more than happy to pay extra on their rates to pay for it. Yeah right.

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How about some floating concrete wharves ? Build them at Whangarei (to get Winston on board) float them down to Auckland and tie them to the end of Halsey St or wherever. AT the end of the race they can be sent to the islands as aid. I think that the Allies did this for the D Day invasion so not new technology.

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Yes they did, and they're still there. A bit run down now of course.

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I see a rates rise coming. Councils wonder why people can't stand them. It's because of this sort of thing, and it's not just happening in Auckland, it's everywhere. Example. The council where I live spent $2 million redesigning the frontage outside the railway station. End result, the footpath is now 10 meters south of where it was. It just an example of something that didn't need to happen. Or the rates rise that had to pay for it. Still some councilor will be able to tell everyone that they know, hey look what I did. It's my legacy. They should put a sign up saying, just another example of wasteful council spending. Now that would be worth paying for.

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ATEED has to go. More money blown, higher rates and a surtax to pay for public transport. Time the Council sorted core infrastructure needs from wants.

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The Council. I would say all councils.

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Follow the lead from the Americans...when the Alan Bond syndicate aske where are the facilities for his team the Yanks gave the Aussies the Yellow Pages!

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like it. A copy should be sent to all the yachting syndicates.

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We can't have rich people paying for their own fun.
Who makes these estimates up?
Coming from the former home of the V8s we know not everything that glitters is gold.

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Remember that the GST alone exceeded public funding to say nothing of the tax take. It is self funding. (edited).

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Do you have a link or can cite the research that backs this up? Just curious.

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So what yachting syndicate do you belong to?

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