Around a thousand people have marched the streets in central Auckland in a protest against the Port of Auckland’s plans to extend Bledisloe Wharf. It was only late last week when the ports corporate body agreed with its council-owner to only go ahead with the one wharf extension.
The protest group chanted slogans which shamed the Auckland Mayor, such as ‘Len Brown, flush him down’ and ‘stop stealing our wharf’.The groups aim for the protest is to get any expansion work halted until a long-term future for the port is established. Some protestors were totally against the port all together, with several wanting to see the port removed or relocated from Auckland’s city centre to either Tauranga or Whangarei.
It has been said that some overseas companies have become so frustrated at the management and coronation at the Auckland port that they have relocated their supply chains to other ports.