14 Sep 2009

Government not ruling out more Queen's Wharf cash

9:38 am on 14 September 2009

The Government is now open to the idea of pumping additional money into the redevelopment of Queen's Wharf in Auckland.

The wharf's red gates were briefly opened to the public on Sunday to show off some of the options for the site that will act as 'party central' during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and house an international-standard cruise ship terminal.

The Government bought the wharf jointly with the Auckland Regional Council in June for $40 million and warned it did not want to spend any more on it.

However Prime Minister John Key now says the Government could contribute further.

Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully says he welcomes that, but says the current environment is not one where the Government should be too generous, too quickly. He says other possible contributors in the region are being spoken with.