Sun sets on the New Lynn Night Mar­ket

Western Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MAHVASH ALI

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’’.

MAHVASH ALI/FAIRFAX

Shian Taithul of The Wise Col­lec­tive serv­ing up home made de­lights at the mar­ket. The mar­ket’s last night is on June 29.

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