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Independent commissioners grant consent for Queens Wharf upgrade, controversial moorings to go ahead

Independent commissioners have granted consent to build the $10 million extension to Queens Wharf which will provide berthage for large cruise ships.

The 90-metre fixed gangway extension and two 15m by 15m concrete mooring structures fixed to the seabed, known as dolphin, is now set to go ahead.

Yesterday, the panel of three announced their decision to grant resource consent for the dolphins, subject to certain conditions.

Numerous community and urban design groups have been fighting to stop the dolphin proposal, opposing further expansion of the harbour for port use.

See Herald article 23 April here:

Phil Goff defends decision here:

See link here for the full decision by Hearing Commissioners: