Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Newstalk ZB: Drinking Times, Easter Trading, A New Stadium

Michael Sergel from Newstalk Zb has done a round of ‘hot issue’ surveys with the leading mayoral candidates in the final week.

He asked what we thought of a new international cricket ground in Auckland. Phi Goff’s a fan despite having no funding plan or location agreed. I said we need to do a better job utilizing/potentially rationalizing the excess of stadia we currently have before sinking money (we don’t currently have) into a new one.

He also asked what we thought about the police’s desire for earlier bar closing and lock-outs. Phil says he supports the police’s line but (as he usually says)  will be “evidence based”. I said (as I usually do) the evidence already exists. Council had 2,800 submissions when considering our local alcohol policy and not everyone got what they want (including the police). Our policy (once the appeals are resolved) needs to crackdown on offenders and support good operators.

Lastly, Michael asked if we thought local shops in Auckland should be able to trade over Easter. Phil adopted his Member of Parliament stance, not thinking about the different role the mayor has. I said local boards should decide – within a general regional framework as we do with dog rules.


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