Sun sets on the New Lynn Night Market
The Whau Local Board is pulling the plug on a night market because of dwindling numbers.
On June 29, the New Lynn Night Market in west Auckland will wrap up for good after four years.
Whau Local Board chairwoman Tracy Mulholland said the weekly Thursday night 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, she said.
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.
Local events needed to reflect the community demographic and the New Lynn Night Market was no longer doing that, she said.
The number of stalls at the market had declined and of the ones that remained, most came from outside the Whau area, the chairwoman said.
Visitor numbers had also dwindled, the New Lynn Business Association manager said. Four food stalls at the market were operated by former refugee women of The Wise Collective, a
‘‘The board has also allocated additional funds to town centre activation and pop up events.’’ Tracy Mulholland, Whau Local Board
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 migrants, refugees and the local community. But it was now time to take the next step.
‘‘The board has also allocated additional funds to town centre activation and pop up events. This programme is still to be finalised.’’
She said the board was also looking at developing a new Ethnic Communities Plan that ‘‘celebrated diversity’’.
Shian Taithul of The Wise Collective serving up home made delights at the market. The market’s last night is on June 29.