Auckland mayor Phil Goff announced an in-principle agreement today between Auckland Council, the Government & Emirates Team NZ for Auckland to host America’s Cup 36 in 2021.
The in-principle agreement confirms the location of the America’s Cup bases and is subject to a vote by the council’s governing body on Thursday.
The business of that meeting is:
- To update the governing body on the investigation works led by the Crown on base location options for the 36th America’s Cup and to outline the Hobson Pt option agreed by the mayor & Economic Development Minister David Parker, and
- To agree to proceed with the lodgement of a resource consent application for the Hobson Pt option and withdraw the Wynyard Basin resource consent application.
You can check the links to the agenda below, but there’s nothing in them. The council will post a comprehensive agenda report before the meeting.
Mr Goff said: “Today we can look forward to hosting an America’s Cup in New Zealand. It’s good for Auckland and great for Kiwis who will get to experience in person the thrill of an America’s Cup contest in 2021 and cheer our team on.
“We have agreed a base configuration that is less expensive than previous options and requires a much smaller extension into the harbour.
“It allows the earlier removal of hazardous substance tanks from the southern part of the point, is more straightforward to consent, will be quicker to construct and creates a positive legacy for Auckland.
“The cup will bring vibrancy & economic benefits to Auckland and a chance to showcase our city & harbour, cutting-edge technology & the sporting skills of Kiwis.
“Hosting the cup enables the council to improve the city’s waterfront & city centre, and the facilities can be used again at minimal cost for further cup defences.
“The land on Wynyard Pt will ultimately become a linear park which will be a great public space, and the sheltered water area between Wynyard & Halsey St wharves will also be a valuable asset for other maritime sports events such as dragon boats & waka ama.”
Mr Parker said: “I am very pleased to advise that we have succeeded in negotiating a venue on the Auckland waterfront that Aucklanders & all New Zealanders can be proud of. It significantly reduces the intrusion into the harbour at the lowest practical cost.
“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, mayor Goff & I all stated our commitment to limiting the intrusion into the harbour, while achieving a word-class venue for the cup event, and this delivers that.”
America’s Cup costs & base location
Mr Goff said: “Construction & related costs totalling $212 million will be shared between council & government, with council contributing $98.5 million. Included in the Government contribution is the Team NZ hosting fee.
“Under the agreement, the Viaduct Events Centre will now be home to Emirates Team NZ without extending Halsey St wharf into the harbour. One base will be on a Hobson Wharf extension and up to 5 bases on the eastern side of Wynyard Pt.
“Officials from all parties have worked collaboratively over the past several months. I acknowledge the role played by all the parties in what was a robust negotiation.
“I look forward to working with Government & Emirates Team NZ to deliver the best America’s Cup yet.”
A new resource consent will be put to the council’s governing body this Thursday and, subject to its approval, will be lodged by Friday 6 April.
The alliance design & construction partners to deliver the infrastructure for the America’s Cup have also been appointed. They are McConnell Dowell, Downer, Beca and Tonkin & Taylor.
Governing body extraordinary meeting agenda, Thursday: 9, America’s Cup 2021 – decision on location & infrastructure requirements (covering report)
C1, Confidential: America’s Cup 2021 – decision on location & infrastructure requirements (covering report)
Attribution: Council release.