Sun sets on New Lynn Night Market
A popular Auckland night market is shutting up shop after losing out on ratepayer funding.
On Thursday, the New Lynn Night Market in west Auckland will wrap up for good after four years.
Whau Local Board chairman Tracy Mulholland said the weekly event had received $75,000 since 2014 and it was time to allocate the funds to other community activities.
The board’s investment had covered appropriate certifications for stallholders, traffic management and a market co-ordinator who worked 20 hours a week.
An additional $15,000 per year was spent to make the event waste-free in partnership with Ecomatters Environment Trust.
‘‘It’s easy to think it’s a new board, a new term and a new chair and they are taking away something from the community, but it’s not like that,’’ Mulholland said.
The number of stalls at the market had declined and of the ones that remained, most came from outside the Whau area, she said.
Mulholland, who is also the New Lynn Business Association manager, said visitor numbers had dwindled.
Four food stalls at the market were operated by former refugee women of The Wise Collective, a project of the Auckland Regional Migrant Services.
Chief executive Rochana Sheward said the group had noticed a decrease in visitor numbers after the New Lynn floods.
She said the market had helped the women generate more business during the week.
Mulholland said the weekly event had been established as an ‘‘activator’’ that attracted people to the heart of New Lynn and the idea was to represent to migrants, refugees and the local community. But it was time to take a different approach.
‘‘The board has also allocated additional funds to town centre activation and pop up events. This programme is still to be finalised.’’
Mulholland said the board was also looking at developing a new Ethnic Communities Plan that ‘‘celebrated diversity’’.
She said staff were ‘‘scoping’’ what the plan will cover and how the board will achieve it.
The Ethnic Communities Plan would cater to the non-Maori, non-Pakeha and non-Pasifika population in the Whau area, she said.