Onehunga port set for sale and redevelopment

Panuku Development Auckland is negotiating to buy the Onehunga port from Ports of Auckland.
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Panuku Development Auckland is negotiating to buy the Onehunga port from Ports of Auckland.

The sale of the Onehunga port on the Manukau Harbour could see it turned into a bustling attraction.

The council controlled organisation Panuku Development Auckland is negotiating to buy the site from Ports of Auckland (POA) and make it available for public use.

An area similar to Wynyard Quarter is envisaged with a waterfront village, apartments and shops.

POA chief executive Tony Gibson says the port is being sold as it has become too shallow for modern shipping.

"The construction of a new cement import facility at the Waitemata port, to be completed in 2016, is the final phase in the move of freight operations from Onehunga," Gibson says.

POA spokesman Matt Ball says larger ships are unable to cross the sand bar and enter the harbour.

"This happened for containers in later 2012 when Pacifica got a new larger ship and it will happen next year when Holcim gets a larger ship for cement imports."

Technical and environmental due diligence on the site has been completed by Panuku Development Auckland. It is looking to enter into a conditional agreement for the site in the coming months.

Maungakiekie MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga can see the are becoming a bustling hub for Aucklanders.

"As a local resident, former city councillor and as the local MP, I and the local community have always had a vision for the development of this beautiful part of Auckland," he says.

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Denise Krum, Auckland councillor for Maungakiekie-Tamaki, imagines the port's development will be a priority.

"It is awesome they want to purchase it but what are the chances Panuku will buy it and then sit on it?

"The only way to quickly unlock the port's potential is for it to become one of their top priorities."

Krum says the developed port would complement the redeveloped Onehunga foreshore.

 - Stuff

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