Auckland's latest plan for America's Cup

Latest America's Cup plan could work, says Team New Zealand - and much cheaper

America's Cup: Team New Zealand give half-hearted approval to government's 2021 home base plans

Mr Goldwater said there should be no talk of any temporary solutions for the America's Cup Village.

Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton said it looks like the plan could work, but there are still problems that need to be resolved.

It said it could not support the plan yet. But much worse, it creates a new, permanent and completely unnecessary encroachment on Aucklanders' harbour.

The latest plan reduces the extension of Halsey St Wharf from 75 metres to 45m.

The government minister overseeing the negotiations, David Parker, has pushed relentlessly for more use of the tank farm land and reduced extensions to wharves so encroachment into the Waitemata Harbour is contained. A second double base will be located on Halsey Wharf and additional bases on Wynyard Point as syndicates are confirmed. This negotiation needs to be concluded before this plan could be considered viable. We are unsure of the timeframe for those negotiations to be concluded.

"We along, with Government and council, have concerns about the works timetable and availability of specialist construction resource in an already stretched environment".

The America's Cup holders have a meeting with challengers in Europe within weeks and Dalton said "confirmation of Auckland as a venue and the class rule [covering what types of boats] are eagerly awaited by them".

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Team New Zealand have given a half-hearted tick of approval to government plans for the 2021 America's Cup on home soil. It involves wharf work and other development costing an estimated $130m with up to $80m in spending on other public infrastructure and an unknown amount in shifting existing users.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Spokesperson Ngarimu Blair says the iwi's objection is based on the recognition of the Waitemata Harbour as a taonga.

Dalton said the Government presented it with the latest plan last week.

Government, Auckland Council and Emirates Team New Zealand have butted heads on controversial options, some of which would see large intrusions into the harbour costing millions extra.

Complicating the process is the passage of time as the start of racing is already planned for January 2021.

Dalton's statement on the latest Parker plan, which he suggested is "closer to the one designed by Viaduct Harbour Holdings" and "on the face of it and to the layman's eye looks like it could work" was hardly a striking endorsement.

None of this is ideal but we will continue to work through the challenges in an effort to see the Americas Cup hosted in 2020/21 in Auckland.

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"It's where our home is and where our heart is". Council and Government have their own challenges and we recognize that they are doing their utmost to meet them.

The Viaduct Harbour Holdings chief executive Angela Bull called today's plan an "expensive, unnecessary and environmentally irresponsible rugby field-sized expansion into Aucklanders' harbour". He has been forced by Viaduct Harbour Holdings threat to disrupt the resource consent process to back away from that commitment and move our base to the eastern end of Halsey wharf.

Dalton said Parker had agreed Team New Zealand would have a permanent base on Hobson Wharf.

Richard Gladwell, writing on the Sail World website has reported "time is now even more important than money" in achieving adequate Auckland bases for the Cup defence.

Parker's announcement comes the same day public submissions for Auckland Council's resource consent for its preferred option, known as the Wynyard Base option, close.

Deadlines are fast approaching to start work building Auckland's 2021 cup facilities.

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