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Auckland Waterfront Transformation Given the Green Light for 2021 America's Cup

Transforming Auckland’s Waterfront to be America’s Cup ready was given the go-ahead in September 2018 by the Environment Court and we were particularly thrilled to have played a key part in the decision.

In late 2017, we were engaged by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand Major Events (MBIE) and Panuku Development Auckland (Panuku) (the economic development arm of the Auckland Council) to peer review the proposed 36th America’s Cup Location Decision reports - prior to lodgement of the associated resource consent applications.

As the location for the proposed America’s Cup Village was on sites currently housing facilities for operating and storing hazardous substance tanks, 4Sight performed a gap analysis between the Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) reports and NZ’s adopted international best practice baseline. We also undertook a desk-top evaluation of risk, based on the absence of control measures, rather than the controls and assumptions used in the projects QRA. In addition to this, we also carried out an environmental assessment and impact study which peer-reviewed the supplied environmental assessment reports to ascertain assumptions, including risk profiling the severity and potential exposure to sources of harm to people and environment associated with land redevelopment. 4Sight then performed a semi-quantitative risk assessment, based on mandatory controls for the respective classes of dangerous goods and associated processing systems.