Pricey park­ing for Auck­lan­ders

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - JOHN AN­THONY

Auck­lan­ders sick of pay­ing through the nose for car park­ing should con­sider mov­ing to Ti­maru or Palmer­ston North where a park costs 1200 per cent less per hour.

New Zealand’s largest pub­lic park­ing provider, Wil­son Park­ing, op­er­ates more than 300 park­ing fa­cil­i­ties na­tion­wide, park­ing about 50,000 ve­hi­cles daily.

The Kiwi branch of the park­ing giant is owned by Sin­ga­pore-based Wil­son Park­ing Hold­ings, which was es­tab­lished in 1979.

In cen­tral Welling­ton, Wil­son Park­ing charges $10 per hour or $45 all day while in down­town Auck­land it charges $13 per hour or $45.50 for 12 hours.

The eye-wa­ter­ing amount seems hard to be­lieve when com­pared to the $1 per hour Wil­son Park­ing charges for the same ser­vice in Ti­maru and Palmer­ston North.

It even seems on the steep side when com­pared to ma­jor in­ter­na­tional cities.

A park in the heart of Lon­don, next to the Lon­don Bridge, costs £9.50 (NZ$17.74) per hour or £38 for 24 hours.

Auck­land park­ing is nearly on par with the car-mad city of Los An­ge­les where one hour of down­town park­ing costs US$10 per hour (NZD$14.11).

Wil­son Park­ing charges about the same in Mel­bourne and Perth as it does in Auck­land.

Com­pa­nies Of­fice records show that in the year to June 30, 2015 Wil­son Park­ing New Zealand made a $6 mil­lion profit, a 122 per cent in­crease on the year be­fore.

Wil­son did not want to be in­ter­viewed for this story, but in a writ­ten state­ment said a chal­lenge fac­ing the in­dus­try was im­prov­ing the park­ing ser­vices.

It was in­vest­ing in car park guid­ance sys­tems and re­cently de­vel­oped ParkMate - a mo­bile app that al­lows cus­tomers to pay for park­ing with­out hav­ing to use a ma­chine.

The com­pany has been in busi­ness for more than 50 years and em­ploys about 300 staff in New Zealand.

Tech­nol­ogy is start­ing to pro­vide Auck­land mo­torists with new paid park­ing op­tions be­yond coun­cil parks and com­mer­cial park­ing build­ings.

Apps such as Park­able and ParkBub­ble have en­tered the mar­ket over the last year, al­low­ing the pub­lic to rent out their pri­vately owned park­ing spa­ces.

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