The Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT)
The OPT is a historic building, sadly lacking in maintenance. The development proposals for the OPT are poorly thought through and we are extremely concerned about the quality of the public space being offered, the traffic issues, and the sheer size of the building that is being proposed. Consequently, we have appealed the development plans to the Environmental Court (July 2008).
As an example of our concerns, consider the traffic issues even now and right next to a very popular children's playground:
And, how much of this magnificent view from Frank Kitts Park will remain should these plans go-ahead? Will you still be able to see the famous monastery, one of Wellington's most iconic views?
Queens Wharf Outer T
Plans to remove Shed 1 (where 2,500+ people participate in indoor sport each week) in order to effectively privatise the Outer T were defeated by us and associated parties at the Environmental Court in April 2008. It was defeated primarily on the grounds that it did not comply with the Waterfront Development Framework. Shed 1 is in a prime spot and deserves a public facility which everyone can use and be proud of. WCC is currently reviewing the options for Shed 1, and we are watching closely that so far secret path.
We firmly believe the waterfront should retain it's boating heritage, the Hilton proposals would have stopped ships docking close to town:
Frank Kitts Park
Frank Kitts Park was designed to provide a relaxing, flexible spot, sheltered from the prevailing northerly winds. It hosts a huge range of events and as well as being a popular meeting place for lunch, the area also includes a playground for children to play in. Plans are afoot to spend $4M on "upgrading" Frank Kitts Park. We are watching these plans with great interest. Do we really need to spend $4M on what is already a popular park?
Teddy Bear's Picnic January 2011
While there has been many other functions for families over the summer and apart from more play equipment, Waterfront Watch feel, there is no need for millions of dollars to be spent on re-arranging the park to accommodate a Chinese Garden. This should be placed in the "transition: zone" near Te Papa, which the Chinese community indicated was their preferred option.
Who says Frank Kitts Park, doesn't work?
Images from the Wellington Dragon Boat Festival, 17 March 2012.
Kumutoto (Sites 8, 9, 10)
The new Meridian building, and the area around it, is called "Kumutoto". Whilst appreciating some of the popular public space improvements in this area, we note with great concern the plans to build several huge buildings on Sites 8, 9 and 10 (roughly the remaining car-parking area).
In the opinion of the members of Waterfront Watch the planned buildings would be completely out of place in an area which should be retained for the public’s enjoyment and freedom of access to all of the present amenities. It is anticipated that some of the proposed buildings will cast objectionable shadows, will create wind disturbances and will obstruct views and view shafts.
As well as concern at the prospective loss of this precious land, there is bound to be public opposition to long-term leases which the Council is likely to propose for the sites. We watch with real concern the development of these sites.
Come and Help Us!
If the projects above are of concern to you, then come and join us and help protect our magnificent waterfront.