Sun sets on New Lynn Night Mar­ket

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MAHVASH ALI

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.

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