25 Sep 2018

Smooth sailing for America's Cup resource consents

7:44 pm on 25 September 2018

Plans for Auckland to host the America's Cup have sailed through the Environment Court with resource consents being granted four weeks earlier than expected.

The proposed America's Cup Village around the Wynyard Quarter.

The proposed America's Cup Village around the Wynyard Quarter. Photo: Emirates Team New Zealand

The 36th America's Cup will be hosted in 2021 with bases and other infrastructure to be built at the Viaduct in central Auckland.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said the decision paved the way for the council to build team bases.

America's Cup

America's Cup Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"Over the next couple of months, we will see Team New Zealand move into the Viaduct Events Centre to begin its preparation for the Cup defence and a start to the building of the Hobson Wharf base for Luna Rossa," he said.

"The demolition of the hazardous substances tanks at the South end of Wynyard Point will then take place, marking a new future for the precinct."

Mr Goff said the village was designed to limit encroachment on the harbour.

Economic development minister David Parker said the cup would be a world-class event.

"Limiting the extent of harbour incursion, and ensuring an enduring legacy has been a key focus," he said.

"I am continuing to work with officials to ensure that any loss of environmental amenity can be appropriately taken into account in resource management decisions."

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