'Locked out': Iwi reveal plans for Port of Auckland - but needs $1 billion to get there

The debate over the future of the Ports of Auckland will be at the centre of cabinet committee discussion tomorrow. 

It comes as the local iwi reveal they what they want to happen. 

On Monday Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei revealed its development plan. The plan includes a beach, seawater pools and a space for cruise ships to dock.

But more importantly, it includes space for everyone. 

"We've been locked out of there for over a century now, behind a red fence, told to stay out, locked out and can't touch our water," said Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei deputy chair Ngarimu Blair.

The iwi would need the help of Waikato-Tainui, Ngāi Tahu and Tuapopaki to raise the billion dollars needed to buy the land and develop it.

Finance minister Grant Robertson will chair a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the recommendations of the report into moving Auckland's port north. 

Then Cabinet will consider the matter. If the Government opts to push ahead with a shift, it could happen by 2030.

"We haven't said yes to it. We need all the information we need," said Robertson.

"I've got further questions. I want answers; this is a massive, massive move we're talking about here."

On Monday an open letter signed by more than 100 people including Sir Graham Henry, Lady Pippa Blake and Brad Butterworth was sent to the Prime Minister. 

The debate over moving the port has been raging for years

"Rather for us to say they need to go, we need to put our vision for what it could look like in the future," said Blair.

But other developers have their own plans for the land and it'll take a big call from the Government to truly open up Auckland's waterfront.