Queens Wharf cruise upgrade consented

Three independent commissioners have released their decision to grant resource consent for upgrades at Queens Wharf to provide berthage for large cruise ships.

“After considering the evidence we have decided to grant consent, subject to conditions,” said the commissioners in their decision.

“We have found that although the proposal would have a range of adverse effects on the environment, both during construction and operation, those effects are able to be avoided, remedied or mitigated to an acceptable level by way of good construction management, engagement with Mana Whenua and consultation with other stakeholders.”

In November 2017, Auckland Council agreed to proceed with the development which would provide infrastructure for the cruise industry to operate at a higher standard and more efficiently when visiting Auckland.

The resource consent application was lodged by Panuku Development Auckland (an organisation controlled by the Auckland City Council) in July 2018.

The appeal period on the decision is open until 15 May 2019.