Ports of Auckland

Can candidates for the Auckland mayoralty next year find a way to move the Ports of Auckland? If so, where to and at what cost?

On a recent Sunday I was at dinner in the restaurant in the old Seafarers' building on Quay St, Auckland. Through big picture windows we looked out over the Waitemata harbour on a beautiful spring day. We could see the boats on the water, the houses sprinkled around the North Shore...

Auckland is again debating the future of its waterfront and port, but the truth is it doesn't all have to be decided now

The past few weeks have seen a renewed burst of angst about the Ports of Auckland's expansion plans. More wharf here, demolitions there; where to put the cruise ships, cars and people? All the arguments about Auckland's waterfront have been reignited.

The way to get the Ports of Auckland back on track is for the Auckland City Council to step back, change its expectations and take the long view. As it stands, two key assumptions about the port are dragging it down

All the detail and distraction in the Ports of Auckland dispute make it look like a complicated industrial mess. And on one level, it is. Depending on your point of view, it's all about who controls the port, or work-life balance or bad faith bargaining. But the two central points for me come back to the Auckland Council's ownership of the port.

Hooray. Aucklanders finally have Queens Wharf. But is the best use for it really a new terminal for an industry that could be in terminal decline?

It was this very cool graphic in the Atlantic – still my favourite magazine – that got me wondering.

Ports of Auckland could be privatised; Government ditches green schemes; police investigation of Bain murders under scrutiny; agricultural "super-university" proposed; Auckland and Wellington now cheaper to live in; national cycleway gets the tick

It has been suggested that the country's largest port be sold into private ownership, reports the Herald.