Rules squeeze juice trailer

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - SI­MON SMITH

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

SI­MON SMITH/STUFF

Gra­ham Stiles feeds ap­ple into his juic­ing ma­chine for cus­tomer Amina Mo­ton of New Lynn.

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