Rules squeeze juice trailer
Fresh juice seller Graham Stiles wants traders to be more welcome in parks.
Auckland Council barred the small-business owner from taking his trailer with its freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable drinks to Parrs Park in Glen Eden.
Trading was not allowed, but ice cream trucks drove into the car park, peddled sugar to kids, made ‘‘a killing’’ and just drove off, he said.
‘‘How can you expect me to not get frustrated when I am trying to do some good,’’ he said.
‘‘I would love council to turn around and say ‘maybe we could do this better and we could do it together’.’’
Auckland Council’s Kim O’Neill said approval by the local board was needed and the Waita¯kere Ranges Local Board ‘‘has a policy of not allowing mobile vending at any parks’’.
But the board’s park spokesperson Sandra Coney said the board dealt with applications on a case-by-case basis.
In the case of Parrs Park, it had a management plan, there were stores close by that sell ‘‘similar products’’, and it was difficult to say no to the next trader once one was let in, she said.
‘‘Once you let traders into a park you could end up with a plethora – including foods that are not particularly healthy,’’ she said.
‘‘We felt there was a benefit to having a park where parents and children aren’t under pressure to spend money,’’ she said. ‘‘There is vending in other parks.’’
‘‘Once you let traders into a park you could end up with a plethora’’ Sandra Coney
Graham Stiles feeds apple into his juicing machine for customer Amina Moton of New Lynn.