Options to be considered and chosen tomorrow
Tomorrow the Governing Body of Auckland Council will consider apparently one of four options in dealing with the Port situation. At the same time a poll was done on support (or opposition) for Ports of Auckland.
From NZ Herald
Auckland port: Options floated in wharf war5:00 AM Wednesday Apr 29, 2015 – Bernard Orsman
Aucklanders are being softened up for a compromise on two large wharf extensions which will still see the loss of harbour open space to Ports of Auckland, according to sources.
A secret briefing of Auckland councillors yesterday was presented with four “immediate options” to resolve the public outcry and stand-off between the council and port bosses over the extensions.
The options include allowing the port to proceed with the extensions and the council sticking to its guns for Ports of Auckland to down tools while a year-long port study is done.
But it is understood that councillors are being urged to accept one of two compromise options. The first is to go ahead with the eastern extension and reduce the western extension from about 92m to 40m. The second compromise is to only build the eastern extension and wait for the port study and new planning rules in the Unitary Plan before considering the western extension.Mayor Len Brown did not respond to calls, but issued a statement saying councillors had been briefed by chief executive Stephen Town and legal advisers on options
Aucklanders split over port plan
Aucklanders are divided over plans to extend Bledisloe Wharf to accommodate bigger ships at Ports of Auckland, according to the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey.
The survey found 49.8 per cent of Aucklanders either opposed the extensions because they believed the port had sufficient land, or were opposed to the port being in Waitemata Harbour at all.
Another 45.9 per cent supported the extensions about 100m into the Waitemata Harbour.
Outside Auckland, 45.3 per cent of New Zealanders supported the port’s cause and 35.4 per cent were opposed to the extensions.
When all the 750 respondents from Auckland and the rest of New Zealand were compiled, 45.5 per cent supported the port’s position, 41 per cent were opposed and 13.5 per cent did not know or refused to answer.
The survey, conducted between April 17 and April 26, has a margin of error of 3.6 per cent.
There were 245 respondents from Auckland.
I have asked Bernard for the opposition split in regards to no extensions and not wanting the Port there at all. This is because the not wanting port in Auckland at all option is something else entirely and those who might support extensions might also support shifting the port over a 50-year time frame as an example.
None-the-less based on the poll support generally favours the port. I did notice stronger support for the Port outside of Auckland as well. This is probably owing to links to the port especially if their business or economy is reliant on the port for trade.
The Council would best realise this tomorrow morning as the Port does affect not only Auckland but the national economy as well.