However I am aware that in most cases the mayors who voted against this think big proposal at the Auckland Mayoral Forum, were representing the views of their councils. In other words, the mayors were not acting alone, making it up as they went along, they were representing the mandate handed them by their councils.
North Shore City Council considered matters relating to Auckland at a confidential meeting on the 19th of February. The minutes of that confidential meeting have now been released to the public. They read as follows:
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that there was very strong opposition to Option 4 by NSCC. I understand also that a similar meeting of Waitakere City Councillors expressed unanimous opposition to Option 4. Thus, while the two relevant mayors may have individually expressed personal support for Option 4 - after being subject to purposeful presentations and suchlike from those advocating for the big Cruise Ship project - they finally also listened to their councillors and represented their council majority views at the mayoral forum.
the minute relating to item CCNL-11 "Auckland Council Issues Update" be transferred to the public record.
Item CCNL 32 / CCNL-11 reads as follows:
”His Worship the Mayor addressed this item and sought the Council's direction on matters due for consideration by the Mayoral Forum at its meeting on Friday, 19 February.
Eden Park Project
His Worship the Mayor advised of suggested options to cover the $40M shortfall on the Eden Park Development Project. It was noted that any recommendation from the Mayoral Forum would be subject to consideration by the respective Councils.
A straw poll was taken in respect of the following option:
"That, in principle and subject to a Business Plan, each of the Councils in the Auckland region provides some form of guarantee to secure the funds to cover the $40M shortfall on the Eden Park Development Project."
In favour of the above option = 9
Opposed to the above option = 3
Queen's Wharf Development
The Mayoral Forum would be discussing options and preferences for the Queen's Wharf Development.
A straw poll was taken in respect of the following statement:
North Shore City Council does have concerns about an elaborate and costly development of Queen's Wharf. Although the Wharf needs to be "dressed up" for the Rugby World Cup this needs to be modest in terms of cost and scope and along the lines favoured by the Heart of the City, and working towards a more permanent plan. Any cruise ship terminal must be subject to a master plan. Master planning of the wider area is essential, including provision for future adequate ferry services.
In favour of the above option = 12
Opposed to the above option = 1
Support for master planning of Auckland's waterfront in the area of Queen's Wharf, consistent with Auckland City Council and the Heart of the City views was noted.
It was further noted that His Worship the Mayor will report back to the 24 February Council meeting on the Mayoral Forum discussions."
And rightly so.