A legal bid in the High Court at Auckland has failed to immediately halt the controversial extension of Bledisloe wharf by the Auckland Council-owned port company.
Justice Venning ruled the company did not have time this morning to submit evidence countering the bid by North Shore resident Carol Banks.
The judge has called for the matter to be considered in June at the same time as the case being brought by lobby group Urban Auckland.
Ms Banks said after the hearing she would ask the Court of Appeal to urgently review the decision.
Her main motivation was protecting the harbour environment, she said.
"I personally would like to honour the legacy that was left to us by Sir Dove-Myer Robinson in his decision and his efforts to keep the sewage out of the Waitemata."