When Auckland Mayor Phil Goff was a boy, his oil company worker dad took him to Wynyard Wharf for the Christmas parties put on for workers' families.

"I loved the Christmas party, but it was a pretty scungy area — contaminated soil, heavily industrial," the man who now leads our biggest city says.

In October last year, Goff returned to the wharf, the western-most of almost a dozen wharves pushing into Waitematā Harbour below downtown Auckland.

He watched as some of the first of 12 steel silos, which have been an ugly feature of the wharf for decades, were pulled

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