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Auckland Mayor Phil Goff thanks firefighters, predicts city will return to normal by tomorrow

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the Auckland CBD will hopefully be "pretty much back to normal" by the tomorrow morning as he expressed thanks to the firefighters battling the convention centre fire.

The fire, which broke out on Tuesday, is now in the final stages of being extinguished, with firefighters working on dampening down hotspots which could potentially flare up again, officials said.

Firefighters prepare to send up an aerial unit as they battle the SkyCity NZ International Convention Centre fire. Source: Luke Appleby/1 NEWS

Mr Goff said firefighters now appear to be "really on top of it and their strategy has worked".

"There's a little bit of roof left there but I'm imagining this time tomorrow we'll be pretty much back to normal," he said.

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He said that the CBD was much less busy this morning, with people seeming to mostly get the message to stay away from the scene.

"People understand what's happening here and they understand the imperative of keeping these roads clear so that the emergency services can do their jobs."

Fire and Emergency New Zealand had so far done an amazing job, Mr Goff said, fighting a very difficult and complex fire.

"The men and the women in the fire service have been fantastic - all credit to them and a big thank you from the people of Auckland."

Firefighters rest on the street while battling the SkyCity NZ International Convention Centre fire. Source: Luke Appleby/1 NEWS

Mr Goff said SkyCity's New Zealand International Convention Centre may have been controversial in its origins, but that controversy had passed, and the centre would be a huge benefit to the city economically.

"We are now a globally sized and competitive city and we have to have a centre this size," he said.

"Yes, we have other convention centres but not the size this will be."

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“They’re really on top of it and their strategy has worked,” the mayor said of firefighters who have been battling the inferno since Tuesday. Source: Breakfast


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