Auckland Council vote in favour of Wynyard Basin development for 2021 America's Cup site

A full meeting of the Auckland Council has voted for its preferred option for the America's Cup syndicate bases, with the Wynyard Basin development gaining support.

The Council has explored a range of complex and expensive options around the city's harbour to create a central hub for event in 2021.

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It will also be home to what's expected to be eight challenging syndicates.

Two options were on the table for the vote – one favoured by the government and one preferred by the council.

Both involved the development of Halsey and Wynyard Wharves and cost more than $100m.

The Wynyard development was the preferred option of Emirates Team New Zealand, but 1 NEWS understands it is a scaled back version of their initial proposed idea.

The Council vote has enabled its officials to get on with the time critical process of lodging resource consents.

However, the government has indicated a preference for a second option involving greater use of Wynyard Wharf.

This option remains on the table when government and council officials get together to negotiate the final plan for the next America's Cup defence.

The Auckland Mayor says the new plan is about $40m cheaper than TNZ's idea. Source: Breakfast

Talks will now continue with the government, who favoured the other option in the vote, about hammering out costs to present a final plan for the 2021 regatta.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff told this morning's meeting that the government's preferred option might not end up being the least expensive option.

"On paper, 'yes', in practice 'no'," Mr Goff said.

"I'm being careful what I say. I don't want to paint the government into a corner."

The Council's development arm, Panuku Developments, has done some more work on the government's preference that would see a modest 15m extension of Halsey Wharf instead of the 74m proposed in the Council's option.

However, the reworked plan only allows for seven syndicates rather than eight.

Panuku Developments has also raised concerns over the costs, time frame and lack of legacy in the Wynyard Point option, and urged the government and council to make a decision as soon as possible.

"We can't stress enough how critical getting a decision is," Director of Design and Place Rod Marler said as he outlined a tight resource consents time frame.

"Things cannot shift, they cannot be pushed out. We must be ready to go by the time teams start arriving in late 2019."

The Auckland Council today took a step closer to finalising where the team bases will be built. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: The top shots in Getty Images Year in Focus photo collection

This year has been a big year for New Zealand, from big sporting success to a new government. 

To celebrate this, Getty Images has released its Year in Focus collection. 

The collection includes images of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about to be sworn in as the new PM, the America's Cup Team celebrating their win, the Lions Tour and Lorde performing at the Vodafone Music Awards. 

Photographer Hannah Peters told TVNZ1's Breakfast to be able to capture the moments is "a special position to be in".

She said the sign of a good photographer is "seeing the moment before it happens".

Jacinda Ardern makes more than one appearance in the selection of top photos. Source: Breakfast


Hamilton's Salvation Army shocked Auckland charity turning away tinned tomatoes

Yesterday, an Auckland refuge said they weren't taking any more donations of tinned tomatoes. 

However, Hamilton's Salvation Army is happy to take the tinned tomatoes off everybody's hands. 

The Hamilton charity is in the midst of a tinned tomato shortage and says the refuges are "being a bit fussy", Fairfax reports. 

Auckland charity The Aunties had deemed the tinned tomatoes useless for women and children and that a Porirua refuge boss wasn't sure on what people would use donations of chickpeas and lentils for. 

Hamilton Salvation Army food bank coordinator Christine Canty said she was "shocked" at the charities for turning the donations away. 

"We are very short on things like tomatoes." 

She said the rejected cans of tomatoes, chickpeas and lentils are staples in Salvation Army food parcels given to families at this time of year. 

At the moment, some parcels are only getting one can instead of the usual two. 

"The staples are never going to go out of fashion."

And hungry families will usually eat anything, Ms Canty said.

Dieticians NZ's Helen Gibbs said children in a refuge situation needed familiar foods to make them feel safe in a difficult time.

She recommended people ask charities what they needed before donating.

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