Cen­tre city mar­ket to grow

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Foodies are be­ing tar­geted in a re­vamp of Porirua’s Satur­day morn­ing mar­ket, a project city lead­ers hope will bring more busi­ness into the CBD.

In April, Porirua City Coun­cil will spend $ 134,000 in­stalling power out­lets and water taps in Cob­ham Court car park for use by mar­ket stall­hold­ers, mayor Nick Leggett says.

The up­grade is the lat­est stage of the city’s re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion scheme, and should at­tract a greater va­ri­ety of stalls, from hot food to craft and fresh pro­duce.

‘‘ This is a pretty sig­nif­i­cant change for the mar­ket, and will pro­vide the sort of in­fra­struc­ture re­quired by a mod­ern mar­ket fea­tur­ing qual­ity food stores.

‘‘In time, the mar­ket will be a key fea­ture of the city cen­tre ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he says.

‘‘ A re­vi­talised mar­ket in­tro­duces peo­ple to the idea of shop­ping in the cen­tre of town in an area that would oth­er­wise be quiet at this time of the week.’’

Week­end mar­kets are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity across the Welling­ton re­gion but Mr Leggett says Porirua should not try to em­u­late suc­cess­ful mar­kets at Chaf­fers Ma­rina or in Lower Hutt.

‘‘There’s so much com­pe­ti­tion now, we ac­tu­ally have to find our dif­fer­ence, what’s unique and what will at­tract peo­ple,’’ he says.

Next month, the coun­cil will also de­cide whether to per­ma­nently ex­tend the mar­ket’s hours till noon on Satur­day, or re­tain a 10am fin­ish. Power and water sup­ply will al­low large events such as fairs in Cob­ham Court.

Fare go: Porirua Taxis man­ager Raj Gor­don wants Porirua res­i­dents to have a choice of taxi com­pa­nies.

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