Coca-Cola may oppose the construction of a new eastern highway in New Zealand, according to press reports. The Business Herald reports today that the drinks giant is threatening to fight Auckland's NZ$4 billion highway project which is expected to run through its property.

The newspaper says that Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) has warned the mayor of Auckland, John Banks, that it plans to oppose the route "by all means at our disposal" unless there is a compromise.

Coke has plans to add an automated warehouse, at a cost of NZ$45m, at the front of its site in Mt. Wellington, which would be located in the path of a preferred route recommended for the 27-kilometre highway.