Crone talks cen­tral Auck­land is­sues

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM CARNEGIE

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.

BE­VAN READ / FAIRFAX NZ.

Vic­to­ria Crone left her role at Xero to run for mayor.

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