Crone talks central Auckland issues
Auckland mayoral candidate Vic Crone has shared her views on important Auckland central issues in a Facebook Live Chat.
She is the third mayoral candidate to take part in the video chats in a series the Central Leader is running with the top candidates.
When it comes to transport in Auckland City, Crone says she is concerned about the growing cost of the City Rail Link.
‘‘It’s really hard to negotiate your commercial position once you start building a project. So I am worried about the costs,’’ Crone says.
She says there does need to be better public transport from the airport to the city, but this should not entail building a new rail network.
‘‘For me, building a complete new rail or light rail network through Dominion Rd, no, that does not solve the problems we need it to.’’
Instead, Crone says Auckland Transport should look at improving rapid bus transport from the airport to Onehunga and connecting rail into the existing rail lines.
Crone says she is a fan of moving the port and believes it should not grow any further into the harbour.
‘‘Yes I am a fan of moving that and working with Tauranga and Whangarei … you could completely have a whole waterfront area you can open up.’’
Crone says if the port is moved she would like to see a stadium or something equivalent to an opera house.
She would also like to see ‘‘a much better ferry terminal so we can open up the harbour’’.
Crone says Auckland needs to intensify by building up and out at a rate a lot faster than is currently happening.
‘‘That is actually the only way we are going to take the sting out of the housing market, failing a global financial crisis or war somewhere.’’
She says inner city suburb intensification needs to happen in areas where there are already main transport nodes.
‘‘My focus is where there is already transport or where we are building transport in the next decade then that is where we should be intensifying because otherwise we are just contributing to the congestion.’’
Tune in to the Central Leader Facebook page for interviews with Chloe Swarbrick on September 28 at 11am and Phil Goff on September 30 at 1pm.
Victoria Crone left her role at Xero to run for mayor.