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Some party central events may move - report

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Wellington, July 13 NZPA - Senior ministers are threatening to move some festival events around Rugby World Cup 2011 to other centres after problems with the Auckland "party central" site, it was reported today.

Auckland Regional Council last week changed plans for sheds to be removed from Queens Wharf in Auckland so a temporary structure could be put up for the event which prompted Prime Minister John Key to say another site may be needed. On Sunday he said Victoria Park and the Viaduct were both options.

But The Dominion Post reported this morning that some events may go instead to Auckland and Wellington although it was hoped a compromise with Auckland could still be reached.

Wellington city councillor John Morrison said the city would happily put its hand up because Auckland was "hopeless" and what was supposed to be a showcase event for the Queen City had turned into an embarrassment.

"On every count, they've got a cross instead of a tick."

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said the Auckland waterfront was a fantastic site but; "they are continuously battling it out over where the facilities should be and what they should look like; it is most frustrating because we just hear a very loud ticking noise - the seconds and minutes are running out for Auckland".

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