Res­i­dents op­pose mar­ket

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

NIGHT mar­kets set to start op­er­at­ing in One­hunga next month will cause traf­fic chaos, noise and lit­ter prob­lems, say those liv­ing next to the site of the new ad­di­tion to the sub­urb’s evening scene.

But the man be­hind the mar­kets says the Thurs­day night events will be low key, fam­ily friendly and re­fined.

Paul De Jonge has for the last two years run a night mar­ket in Paku­ranga that sees up to 12,000 peo­ple head along for in­ter­na­tional street-style food and other stalls ev­ery Satur­day.

He has other mar­kets up and run­ning in Glen­field and Pa­p­a­toe­toe and says all have proved to be a great ad­di­tion to the sub­urbs.

One­hunga’s will be about half the size of the Paku­ranga ver­sion – which has 200 stalls, around 80 of which are food – and Mr De Jonge en­vis­ages it be­com­ing sim­i­larly at­trac­tive if on a smaller scale.

The mar­ket will run from 6pm till 10pm ev­ery Thurs­day and was orig­i­nally due to kick off in the Dress­mart carpark next week.

Af­ter ‘‘bump­ing into a bit more red tape’’ things have been put off un­til Fe­bru­ary.

But some res­i­dents on streets sur­round­ing Dress­mart say they would rather it stayed grounded per­ma­nently.

Church St neigh­bours Aaron Eruera, Don and Colleen Hodges and Karen Mur­ray only learned of the devel­op­ment af­ter read­ing about it in the Cen­tral Leader ear­lier this month.

All live across from the Dress­mart car park and be­lieve the mar­ket will have ad­verse ef­fects.

They are con­cerned about an in­flux of stall­hold­ers fur­ther clog­ging up the al­ready very busy Church St, noise un­til the mar­ket closes at 10pm and be­yond as the clean-up takes place, and rub­bish ac­cu­mu­lat­ing on the streets.

They also say One­hunga’s ex­ist­ing food busi­nesses will suf­fer.

‘‘We live with Dress­mart and it’s not too bad, it fin­ishes at 5pm and it stops dead, but we’re deal­ing with some­thing dif­fer­ent here,’’ Mrs Hodges says.

‘‘It’s an un­known quan­tity. As ratepay­ers we should have some say, this is quite ma­jor and I thought we could have been con­sulted.’’

In Paku­ranga the mar­kets are held in a car park be­neath The Ware­house.

Mrs Hodges says there the dis­tance be­tween houses and the shop­ping cen­tre is much greater than in One­hunga where ‘‘there are houses on three streets sur­round­ing Dress­mart’’.

Karen Mur­ray says other sites would be bet­ter suited.

‘‘What about Mt Smart Sta­dium or Waikaraka Park? If it was twice a year we’d join in but ev­ery Thurs­day – we just don’t need it.’’

Mr De Jonge says he was sur­prised to hear peo­ple were not look­ing for­ward to the mar­ket start­ing up.

‘‘I’ve had noth­ing but pos­i­tive feed­back, I thought ev­ery­body was 100 per cent be­hind it.

‘‘I think once they see it up and run­ning they will re­alise it’s a pos­i­tive thing like in Paku­ranga and Glen­field where we have noth­ing but praise and sup­port.’’

He says the mar­kets run like clock­work and One­hunga will be smaller and of­fer a ‘‘slightly more re­fined menu’’.

He had in­tended to do a let­ter drop to in­form res­i­dents of the plans and pro­vide some more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion but in the plan­ning rush it was over­looked.

He is con­fi­dent the mar­ket will be a pos­i­tive ad­di­tion to One­hunga.

‘‘There will be a bit of ac­tiv­ity but noth­ing that’s really go­ing to dis­turb peo­ple.

‘‘The coun­cil has been very strict about en­sur­ing we’re not do­ing any­thing to dis­turb the neigh­bours and they are cer­tain it won’t bother any­body.’’

He says he is will­ing to talk to any­one if they have con­cerns.


No thanks: Some Church St res­i­dents are up­set by the prospect of a night mar­ket run­ning in the Dress­mart carpark ev­ery Thurs­day night, right across from where they live. From left: Aaron Eruera, Don and Colleen Hodges, and Karen Mur­ray.


Bustling, left: The Auck­land night mar­ket in Paku­ranga. A scaled-down ver­sion is planned for One­hunga.

Go to cen­tral­ and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of the Paku­ranga Night Mar­ket.

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