In 2018, planning for the next America’s Cup development was fully underway.

Visitor Solutions’ Craig Jones was commissioned by Panuku Development Auckland (Panuku) to compile and present expert witness and supporting evidence on the legacy outcomes from the proposed development, i.e. how the proposed spaces and buildings would be utilised following the event.  This included consideration of events, tourism, arts, cultural and community development opportunities from the facilities created. The evidence was based on extensive data analysis, detailed research, an assessment of potential user demands and an assessment of facilities currently supplied. This material was compiled and presented as evidence in Environment Court hearings. The evidence provided was uncontested in the Environment Court.