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Muriwai a possible port location

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/04/2016
Muriwai, the beach 40km northwest of Auckland. © AAP Muriwai, the beach 40km northwest of Auckland.

Muriwai, the beach 40km northwest of Auckland, is one of three possible places Auckland's port could move to.

The others are Manukau Harbour and the Firth of Thames.

Auckland's current port is downtown and after protests against its expansion plans, mayor Len Brown commissioned a Port Future Study.

A working group within the study produced a short list of options on Friday comprising constraining the port where it is, allowing it to grow where it is and moving it somewhere else.

The three sites elsewhere have been identified as suitable for further investigation.

"Auckland is on a steep growth trajectory. With an expected population of at least 2.6 million and potentially quadrupling of freight trade in the next 50 years, Auckland will need a strategy to ensure freight can flow for continued trade and prosperity", says Dr Rick Boven, the chair of the study's consensus working group.

The working group will make recommendations to Auckland Council.

Ports of Auckland says it's New Zealand's most significant port, handling more than 818,000 20-foot equivalent container units (TEU) per annum.

Muriwai is a windswept rugged coastline on the region's west coast with spectacular black sand surf beaches, a gannet breeding colony and a regional park.

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