Wrong side of town
New Zealand Post completed its move from under the canopies to the MegaCentre last week and the world kept turning – albeit with a few grumbles.
As we reported back in November and again last week, the post office/Kiwibank has closed due to its Serlby Pl building not meeting NZ Post’s own – rather lofty – earthquake standards.
Relocating the post office to the MegaCentre has peeved off some customers and the city’s leaders, mayor Nick Leggett and MP Kris Faafoi fearing the detrimental impact on the already struggling ‘‘Canopies’’ area.
Initially, I felt for the old and not so mobile, with transport services to the MegaCentre not up to much but the rest of us in the CBD are looking at, what? The inconvenience of an extra five minute walk? Lazy bastards, right?
But think about that walk. It’s not just the old and infirm who are impeded.
The MegaCentre is so close to the CBD it should be considered part of it. But it’s not – and that’s part of the problem. The pedestrian linkage between the two is horrible.
The MegaCentre was designed as a regional ‘‘big box’’ retail destination, ie, you drive your family to it and fill your car boot with all the consumer goodness on offer. (Just don’t stay too long because there’s no public loo.)
From Serlby Pl, pedestrians would have to cross five roads – and two Mega car parks – to reach The Warehouse with only one proper crossing. Three roads must be crossed to now get to NZ Post.
A post office is as local as community services get. The MegaCentre is anything but.