Auckland promoter gutted by NZ decision

Street race promoter gutted by decision Auckland V8 street race promoters IMG NZ Ltd are gutted and frustrated by the decision that resource consent has not been granted for their proposed downtown city proposal. The independent planning ...

Street race promoter gutted by decision

Auckland V8 street race promoters IMG NZ Ltd are gutted and frustrated by the decision that resource consent has not been granted for their proposed downtown city proposal.

The independent planning commissioners declined the application for the proposal V8 Street Race for 2006 citing their concerns over whether traffic could be suppressed sufficiently, noise and amenity effects.

IMG NZ general manager Dean Calvert said he was bitterly disappointed by the decision, and most significantly that another major international sporting event has been lost to New Zealand.

``We lost the Rugby World Cup co-hosting, the America's Cup has gone, and this was a major sporting event presented to us that would have not only been a wonderful sporting spectacle but also brought huge economic benefit and worldwide tourism focus,'' Mr Calvert said.

``It would have been a showcase motorsport event and a major sporting experience for this country.''

The event had a proposed economic benefit of $315 million over seven years while the event would have been broadcast to 500 million homes across the world and a global television audience of more than 100 million people on race day.

``We have worked so hard on this for more than 12 months now and we believed that we had answered all the issues, especially with Transit New Zealand withdrawing their opposition.

``While I respect the decision made by the independent commissioners, this whole process has been an eye-opener to me. I'm saddened as a New Zealander that our regulations and processes are aimed at saying no, rather than finding ways to make good things happen.''

Mr Calvert said motor racing is a major sport with a rich heritage in New Zealand but next April's round of the V8 Supercars at Pukekohe will be the final time they will be seen in this country.

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