Mayoral candidate John Tamihere's plan for an 18-lane superstructure to replace the existing Auckland Harbour Bridge would be an "ugly munter", says an advocate for a new harbour crossing.

Nine years ago, Auckland City councillor Richard Simpson headed the Anzac Centenary Bridge Group for an iconic harbour crossing to define Auckland in the way Sydney's Harbour Bridge defines that city.

The group's proposed bridge had general traffic lanes with potentially two dedicated bus lanes, two tracks for light rail and walking and cycling lanes. It would link Wynyard Pt and Onewa Rd, replacing the existing bridge.

Simpson, who now lives

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