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Ports of Auckland accepts High Court decision

Tony Gibson, CEO of Ports of Auckland, has today said that the company will not appeal the recent High Court decision which revoked resource consent for the Bledisloe wharf extensions.

“While the decision causes us some problems with consenting and our ability to accommodate more and longer ships, we feel that appealing this case would not produce a sustainable resolution to those issues,” said Mr Gibson. “We will now look to Auckland Council’s ‘Future Port Study’ to help find workable, long-term solutions to Auckland’s sea freight needs.”

“We still have an immediate need to accommodate longer ships at our general cargo wharves and we will talk to our customers and stakeholders to try to find possible short-term solutions. We have made no decision yet on whether or not to reapply for consent for the B2 extension.”

“Our container operations at Fergusson Terminal are not affected by this decision and continue to thrive. Over the coming months we expect to be able to announce a number of exciting new initiatives to improve that part of our business further,” he added.

ENDS

For further information contact: 

Matt Ball
Head of Communications
P: 09 348 5262
M: 021 495 645
E: ballm@poal.co.nz