Going, going, gone! Ports of Auckland announce the sale of Onehunga Wharf to Panuku Development Auckland, the development arm of Auckland Council. This is essentially a shuffle as Ports of Auckland is wholly owned by the Auckland Council.
As the Manukau bar and harbour are too shallow for container ships to navigate, Ports of Auckland have been consolidating shipping to their Waitematā port over the past few years, freeing up Onehunga Wharf for development. The proposed project to turn the wharf into a new centre may take up to 25 years and work will not start on the site for five years, as negotiations still need to take place with NZTA and existing leaseholders.
Chair of council's Planning Committee, Chris Darby, sees the potential for Onehunga Wharf to become a new Wynyard Quarter. He says, "The wharf can plan for a future as a magnet for Aucklanders, with the flavour of a new Wynyard Quarter. People can relax, socialise or enjoy commercial, cultural and tourism activity - all alongside the existing fishing industry."
Council takes possession of the port on 01 October 2018.