Chapter 10

Hosting the 36th America's Cup

Hosting the 36th America's Cup - Wynyard Quarter

The victory at the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda meant that Aotearoa New Zealand played host to the 36th America’s Cup Event in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Together with Wynyard Edge Alliance, Eke Panuku worked hard to lay down the infrastructure for the bases, wharves and breakwaters required to host the world’s oldest sporting trophy.

Improvements made to Wynyard, Hobson and Halsey Wharf were well received over the event. These new spaces accommodated the Challenger of Record’s base and hospitality centre, housed big screens for spectators to watch the action and offered new vantage points over the Wynyard Basin, Viaduct Basin and Waitematā Harbour.

Now that the event has passed, the infrastructure offers a lasting legacy across the waterfront for the public to enjoy.

To host the 36th America's Cup, a resource consent was granted in 2018 that has a duration of 10 years to allow for public access, marine related activity, and events on Hobson and Wynyard Wharf.

Due to this consent, and the unknowns relating to the 37th America’s Cup, Eke Panuku is working to utilise these new public spaces in a transitional/non-permanent way.

To do this, Eke Panuku is building on the momentum and reputation proven over the last decade across the waterfront of bringing to life spaces in a transitional way.

Much-loved spaces like Silo Park feature temporary infrastructure in the form of basketball courts, playgrounds, a container library, modular ‘kit of parts’ furniture and pop-up events such as silo outdoor cinema and night markets.

With the new spaces offering a blank canvas, Eke Panuku is drawing on what has worked well in the past and has created a transitional use strategy to enliven these new spaces with activities, events and public amenities that can be enjoyed by everyone.