Why are New Zealand taxpayers and Auckland ratepayers having to stump up with $40million (so far) for a 'party central' venue on Queens Wharf when there is a purpose built (yes, it was built for the America's Cup defence) venue just over 300m away at the Viaduct Harbour?
I admit that there is a need for a cruise ship terminal on the Auckland Waterfront, but I fail to see the point of building a new 'party' venue when there is an existing venue with over 30 restaurants and bars within spitting distance.
Have I missed something? Is there something fundamentally wrong with the Viaduct? The only advantage I see for Queens Wharf is that it's ever so slightly closer to the Britomart Transport Centre, and feeds directly off Queen St, but I would have thought that an existing, popular venue would have worked just as well - if not slightly better.