More weasel words from Crone over the port

Vic Crone

Vic Crone is feeding nice stories to Bernard Orsman constantly now.

But if you actually look at what she is saying it is just more corporate weasel words with no promises for anything other than more weasel words and meetings,

Auckland mayoral candidate Vic Crone is promising to look at relocating the city’s port, saying its current downtown location is obsolete.

The port, she says, will be unable to keep up with the growth of Auckland in the next 50 years unless is expands further into the harbour.

“The community has spoken loudly and clearly,” Ms Crone said in a speech to the Committee for Auckland today.

“As mayor I will commit to leading a robust decision-making process to seek out a new home and transition our port there.”

A talk-fest…wow, that’s her promise? She is talking about a 50-year process.

A Future Port Study set up after last year’s public furore over wharf extensions into the harbour by Ports of Auckland is currently underway to look at the economic, social and environmental impacts of the port on the wider city.

The study has short-listed the Manukau Harbour, Firth of Thames and Muriwai as possible options for a new port.

What a stupid report that was too. Two of those options are ludicrous, leaving just the Firth of Thames.

Ms Crone said ports were a critical piece of infrastructure for any major city, but questioned the economic value of its 77ha footprint and its dividends with the economic return of similar land in the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter.

“By 2040 the Wynyard Quarter waterfront redevelopment is expected to contribute $4.3 billion to Auckland. The Auckland port dividend of around $50 million pales in comparison,” Ms Crone said.

Once a new home was found for the port, she said, the city could turn its mind to the exciting possibilities of transforming the largest piece of land on the waterfront, not just economically but socially.

I wonder where she is going to find the several billion dollars needed to move the port.

But what Vic Crone won’t tell you is what she told a public meeting in Orewa that I attended.

Her statements on the port were based on two things:

  1. The Port was in the harbour
  2. The containers block her view from her apartment because they are stacked six high.

On that basis she said the port had to move. I’m not kidding; that is precisely what she said.

It might be news to Vic Crone but ports generally sit inside harbours and not on the tops of mountains.

No wonder she is too chicken to have a debate. She would get shown up by professionals like Mark Thomas and passionate people like John Palino. As for Phil Goff he will be just grinning from ear to ear that Michelle Boag and Nikki Kaye thought this deadhead was ever going to challenge him.

 

– NZ Herald


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