Environment Court approves America's Cup base plans

The Government is welcoming progress towards holding the next America's Cup.

Consents to transform Auckland's waterfront have been approved by the Environment Court. Auckland Council and the Government are spending $212 million on the event.

Economic Development Minister David Parker says the process delivers the best outcome.

"Throughout the process I have been focused on ensuring that Auckland and New Zealand can host a world class event, while balancing economic, environmental and social outcomes," he said.

"Limiting the extent of harbour incursion, and ensuring an enduring legacy has been a key focus. I am continuing to work with officials to ensure that any loss of environmental amenity can be appropriately taken into account in resource management decisions.

"This is an important step towards a successful America's Cup event for New Zealand and Emirates Team New Zealand."

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said Aucklanders will soon see the event base starting to take shape.

"Over the next couple of months, we will see Team New Zealand move into the Viaduct Events Centre to begin its preparation for the Cup defence, and a start to the building of the Hobson Wharf base for Luna Rossa," he said.

"The demolition of the hazardous substances tanks at the South end of Wynyard Point will then take place, marking a new future for the precinct."

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