Pokemon mob Mission Bay
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past fortnight, Pokemon Go is taking over the world.
The augmented reality smartphone application is sending thousands of users chasing the creatures all across Auckland.
And Mission Bay is bearing the brunt of the storm.
The carefully manicured grass of Selwyn Reserve is being trodden to a muddy bog under the weight of hundreds of Pokemon trainers’ boots.
But a little mud is unlikely to stop them coming in their droves.
Mitchel Ter-Weijden and Caleb Forsyth travelled from Pakuranga mid-week in hopes of making some good catches.
‘‘We’ve only been here for 10 minutes and we’ve already caught heaps,’’ Ter-Weijden says.
‘‘It’s a great excuse to get outside to socialise and get of your comfort zone, it’s better than being inside all day. eager
‘‘Grass is made to be walked on but hopefully it won’t get too bad,’’ Forsyth says.
Orakei Local Board chair Desley Simpson says tourist buses have even started showing up full to the brim with avid trainers.
‘‘It’s turning into a major phenomenon,’’ she says.
‘‘[Selwyn Reserve] gets a huge variety of use . . . we have quite a complex management system for our open spaces but we may have to look at providing some support if things get busier.
‘‘But I think for the businesses, this is an advantage.’’
Catching Pokemon is proving to be hungry work and local eateries are seeing an influx of new customers.
Mission Bay Business Association chairman Mark Goldstine says it’s often the Pokemon themselves that are getting people through the doors.
‘‘They’re coming into the businesses and looking for [Pokemon] in there as well as spending some time drinking and eating,’’ he says.
‘‘One of the takeaways has done quite well with hordes of people going in to get hot chips to keep them going.
‘‘It just happened over a day or two and now there’s been hundreds of people if not more down here all hours of the day and night.
Simpson says the real concern is people staying aware of their surroundings while playing, especially when it comes to crossing Tamaki Drive.
Mitchel Ter-Weijden and Caleb Forsyth were inspired by the original Pokemon series (right).