Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully says “we don’t need to have winners and losers here” but he has had to bow to the decision of the ARC to keep at least one of the sheds on Queen’s Wharf.
While this may appear to be a change to the construction of “Party Central” it is still possible that the wharf could still become a parking structure for the cruise ship behemoths instead a unique and picturesque public space on Auckland’s waterfront.
When the ARC ceases to exist in a few months the plans could be changed by the new authority responsible for the wharf.
Following the election of Barack Obama, politicians the world over sensed the call for negotiated practical solutions and an end to bitter partisan squabbling by elected officials. However, New Zealand politicians, like those in the US, have of late returned to “wallowing in the mire”. Friday’s decision is in keeping with that “wind of change” but this cynical voter doubts we could be so lucky.