NZ Herald on Queens Wharf

June 15th, 2009 at 8:14 am by David Farrar

The editorial today:

If ever the case for a single city was clinched it was last week on Queens Wharf. The old wharf, a terminus for Gulf ferries but otherwise little used, could be purchased from Ports of for $20 million and turned into the public centrepiece of the waterfront in time for the 2011. …

And hopefully it will happen.

They are not, of course. The mayors of Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere cities, inveterate opponents of the single-city plan, have missed an opportunity to show that progress is possible with the present set-up. They are disinclined to share the Queens Wharf development lest Auckland City’s mayor and council take the lion’s share of the credit.

And soon they will all be gone – or at least their positions.

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8 Responses to “NZ Herald on Queens Wharf”

  1. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    By their (the three Mayors) actions they show

    1. They are motivated by self interest
    2. They do not see the big picture
    3. They recognise that they have no hope of being the Mayor of the Super City

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  2. wreck1080 (3,858 comments) says:

    Seems to me , that the other auckland councils (nth shore, manukau etc) are happy for their ratepayers to use auckland city amenities but not to pay for them.

    The north shore/waitakere/manukau mayors are a disgrace. Thankfully they will likely all get the boot. Hopefully they end up on the minimum wage jobs they justly deserve.

    Shows the absolute ridiculousness of the entire auckland situation.

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  3. adc (588 comments) says:

    “a terminus for gulf ferries but otherwise little used”.

    I’ve never heard so much BS. Tell it to the several thousand people who commute each day from Waiheke.

    WTF do we need any more waterfront development for? Look what happened at the Viaduct harbour.

    Is this so-called “Super” city going to save me rates?

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  4. Dave Mann (1,206 comments) says:

    It beats me why a non-rugby-playing nation such as NZ is so interested in this 2011 Rugby World Cup. Wouldn’t it be better to put the money and effort into a sport which we do play well such as …. um… such as…. err… well… ahhh… football? You know, that other football game with the spherical ball-shaped ball thingy that you kick. Just a thought….

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  5. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    adc ‘Is this so called super city going to save me rates’

    In a word NO

    Notice that all thru this excercise there has been no definition of what will constitute success or failure at a given future point in time.

    There are no measureable KPIs .

    This of course is deliberate.

    By adopting this approach pollies and civil servants avoid being judged on the actual outcome.

    Instead the poor rate payer and taxpayer will be forced to stump up for the grand follies of these certins.

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  6. Marc (25 comments) says:

    Granny is really showing her colours about Queens Wharf isn’t she, very refreshing for a change!

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  7. Owen McShane (1,226 comments) says:

    Why should ratepayers be funding a commercial development?
    I wharf is just like an airport.

    We have a company which runs the Auckland Airport – why not have a listed public company which leases the wharf and runs the commercial development and operation. If no one subscribes then maybe it is not such a good idea.

    Then ratepayers don ‘t risk losing their money and it doesn’t matter whether people in Warkworth or Cleveland use it or not.

    If they want to benefit they can buy shares but don’t have to visit it.

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  8. Sushi Goblin (419 comments) says:

    It has just been announced that the ARC and the Government have bought Queens Wharf from the Ports of Auckland.

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