Wrong side of town

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

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