Hikoi or­gan­is­ers and trans­port man­agers fo­cus on CBD

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Carly Tawhiao

The wheels of prac­ti­cal lo­gis­tics are turn­ing for Mon­day’s hikoi.

About 6000 peo­ple are ex­pected to walk up Queen St in sup­port of the Royal Com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tions for three Maori seats on a 23-seat coun­cil.

Ngati Whatua, the coun- cil, the po­lice and trans­port au­thor­i­ties are work­ing to­gether to min­imise traf­fic dis­rup­tions.

Con­voy par­tic­i­pants can meet at the Manukau City Coun­cil, Bas­tion Pt, Awataha Marae or Westhaven’s Te Piringatahi o te Maun­garongo Marae, be­fore con­gre­gat­ing at the bot­tom of Queen St by noon.

Park­ing is avail­able at Auck­land Do­main’s in­ner roads and at Pier Z, Westhaven Ma­rina Drive.

The Auck­land Re­gional Trans­port Au­thor­ity says bus pas­sen­gers can ex­pect de­lays around Queen St dur­ing work­ing hours.

“Avoid trav­el­ling in the CBD dur­ing this time, and con­sider us­ing al­terna- tive pub­lic trans­port ser­vices, such as trains or fer­ries where pos­si­ble,” says cus­tomer ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Mark Lam­bert.

“If pas­sen­gers are un­able to avoid trav­el­ling by bus in the area at this time, they are ad­vised to al­low con­sid­er­ably more time for their jour­ney.”



Coun­cil rec­om­mends com­muters de­part for work ear­lier than usual while avoid­ing Ta­maki Drive, Sy­monds St, Cus­toms St and Fan­shawe St.

De­lays can also be ex­pected on the har­bour bridge, north­west­ern mo­tor­way and State High­way 1.

Po­lice say Queen St be­tween Cus­toms St East and Welles­ley St, will be closed from 1pm to fa­cil­i­tate pedes­trian safety.

From about 12.30pm Queen St be­tween Welles­ley St and May­oral Drive will close to ac­com­mo­date the marchers out­side the Town Hall.

For in­for­ma­tion call 9290010 or to find al­ter­nate pub­lic trans­port routes con­tact 366-6400.

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