Ports of Auckland has confirmed it is determined to continue with the extension of two wharves, despite legal action and moves by owner Auckland Council to stop the work.
The port company has filed papers in the High Court in which it says it cannot pause construction on the 90-metre extensions to Bledisloe Wharf.
Ports of Auckland says a contract has been agreed for the building work.
The court papers are in response to a legal bid by lobby group Urban Auckland to overturn the resource consents granted last year for the extensions.
They are the clearest indication yet of the intentions of the port, which is still involved in negotiations with the city council.