I've not had a lot to say on last week's Party Central debacle, because others have said it better than I could.
A central venue for people to gather and watch RWC games wouldn't be a bad thing, but more important is a long term plan for Queens Wharf. So the ARC decision is a sensible and pragmatic one.
It is debatable whether the sheds on the site have any heritage value. On the other hand, we have an appalling record of ripping down heritage buildings in this town; and we may find that future historians and architects judge us harshly for what we tear down today. So keeping one shed seems a reasonable compromise.
Those who think that the "Party Central" debacle proves yet again that Auckland local body politics is a shambles, would be right. But central government has to take some of the blame too. There has never been consensus on what to do with Queens Wharf. For Murray McCully to get in a lather because he didn't get his way merely shows the arrogance and hubris of the man.
If the Government are intent on having a Party Central done their way, then let them go for it. Just so long as they don't expect the ratepayers of Auckland to pick up the bill.