Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye says there needs to be greater transparency, collaboration and better communication to ensure New Zealand doesn’t lose the opportunity to host the America’s Cup and that we get the best plan for developing the base in Auckland.
“We know from history that the development of the America’s Cup base has the potential to create an enduring legacy for the city. Hosting this event is a huge opportunity so it’s important that we get it right for the future of Auckland.
“Auckland Council is currently accepting submissions on the original Wynyard Basin proposal. A number of stakeholders have concerns about this option.
“There have been a range of other options put forward by the Government, Council, Team New Zealand, landowners, urban Auckland and Stop Stealing Our Harbour whose option has the support of some key community groups
“Public submissions for the original proposal close next Wednesday. There is a need for the Government and the Council to be open about what process is followed once submissions close given the other options on the table. The public deserves complete transparency.
“It’s important to try to implement an option that will have the least impact on our harbour while ensuring that the event has the facilities it needs.
“I understand that Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht squadron have certain requirements that they believe need to occur to ensure the event goes ahead. They are focused on boat logistics and event facilities.
“As it’s also unclear at this stage how many syndicates there will be, a phased approach should be considered properly so that we don’t build bases that don’t need to be used.
“There is also limited time to deliver the new facilities due to pre-Cup events. Each month that there isn’t clarity has the potential to see less activity building up to the Cup.
“We need the Minister and the Mayor to provide clarity on the process and funding, and a clear timeline of when we can expect the build to start and the village to be delivered.”