A legal bid to halt the extension of two Auckland wharves before a case goes to court has failed.
Lobby group Urban Auckland had sought an interim injunction against the Ports of Auckland project, saying it should not have been granted resource consents.
The High Court has decided against granting the injunction because with a judicial review of the consents due to be heard in six weeks similar cases would have had to be prepared for both legal actions.
The decision leaves Ports of Auckland free to continue construction in the meantime.
The company is also locked in negotiations with its owner, the Auckland Council, which wants the work stopped pending a wider review of the ports' future.