29 Apr 2010

Renewed argument over Queens Wharf sheds

9:23 pm on 29 April 2010

There has been fresh sniping between two Auckland leaders after the offer of tens of millions of dollars to refurbish two cargo sheds due for demolition on Queens Wharf.

The century-old sheds are to be cleared so the wharf's owners, Auckland Regional Council and the Government, can build a temporary fan base for next year's Rugby World Cup.

Auckland City Council has renewed an offer of up to $26 million for the development if the sheds are preserved.

Auckland City mayor John Banks calls the offer a hand of co-operation, but regional council chairman Mike Lee says it is hypocrisy.

Mr Lee says the city council will not support the regional council's bid to save two character buildings in another waterfront development at Wynyard Quarter.