Central Leader : January 18th 2013
www.centralleader.co.nz 3 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 18, 2013 NEWS Special for this weekend from: 18 Jan - 20 Jan 2013 OPEN 7 DAYS 9am - 9pm Add: 446-450 Manukau Rd, Epsom, Auckland (opposite Alexandra Park) WE ARE HERE Alexandra Park Green Ln West Manukau Road Fruit & Vegetables Meat Fish & Seafood Phone: 09 631 7278 Watermelon Blue Berries New Season Potatoes Sweetcorn $4.99 /Each 1 for$1.99 $6.99/bag (10kg per bag) 4 for $1.99 $0.79/Each Salmon Fillet Skin On $21.99/kg Tuna Loin $19.99/kg Cooked Prawn Cutlets Premium Prawn (Peeled & Deveined Tail/On) $7.49/bag (450g per bag) Cooked Prawn Meat Premium Prawn (Peeled & Deveined Tail-Off) $4.99/bag (450g per bag) Pork Loin Chop Skin On Pork Loin Chop Skin Off Pork Leg Roast Beef Sirloin $8.99/kg $9.99/kg $5.99/kg $19.99/kg Residents oppose market By JOE DAWSON No thanks: Some Church St residents are upset by the prospect of a night market running in the Dressmart carpark every Thursday night, right across from where they live. From left: Aaron Eruera, Don and Colleen Hodges, and Karen Murray. Photo: JOE DAWSON Bustling, left: The Auckland night market in Pakuranga. A scaled-down version is planned for Onehunga. Photo: SIMON SMITH Go to centralleader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video of the Pakuranga Night Market. NIGHT markets set to start operat- ing in Onehunga next month will cause traffic chaos, noise and litter problems, say those living next to the site of the new addition to the suburb's evening scene. But the man behind the markets says the Thursday night events will be low key, family friendly and refined. Paul De Jonge has for the last two years run a night market in Pakuranga that sees up to 12,000 people head along for international street-style food and other stalls every Saturday. He has other markets up and run- ning in Glenfield and Papatoetoe and says all have proved to be a great addition to the suburbs. Onehunga's will be about half the size of the Pakuranga version -- which has 200 stalls, around 80 of which are food -- and Mr De Jonge envisages it becoming similarly attractive if on a smaller scale. The market will run from 6pm till 10pm every Thursday and was orig- inally due to kick off in the Dress- mart carpark next week. After bumping into a bit more red tape'' things have been put off until February. But some residents on streets surrounding Dressmart say they would rather it stayed grounded permanently. Church St neighbours Aaron Eruera, Don and Colleen Hodges and Karen Murray only learned of the development after reading about it in the Central Leader ear- lier this month. All live across from the Dress- mart car park and believe the mar- ket will have adverse effects. They are concerned about an influx of stallholders further clog- ging up the already very busy Church St, noise until the market closes at 10pm and beyond as the clean-up takes place, and rubbish accumulating on the streets. They also say Onehunga's exist- ing food businesses will suffer. We live with Dressmart and it's not too bad, it finishes at 5pm and it stops dead, but we're dealing with something different here,'' Mrs Hod- ges says. It's an unknown quantity. As ratepayers we should have some say, this is quite major and I thought we could have been consul- ted.'' In Pakuranga the markets are held in a car park beneath The Warehouse. Mrs Hodges says there the dis- tance between houses and the shop- ping centre is much greater than in Onehunga where there are houses on three streets surrounding Dress- mart''. Karen Murray says other sites would be better suited. What about Mt Smart Stadium or Waikaraka Park? If it was twice a year we'd join in but every Thur- sday -- we just don't need it.'' Mr De Jonge says he was sur- prised to hear people were not look- ing forward to the market starting up. I've had nothing but positive feedback, I thought everybody was 100 per cent behind it. I think once they see it up and running they will realise it's a posi- tive thing like in Pakuranga and Glenfield where we have nothing but praise and support.'' He says the markets run like clockwork and Onehunga will be smaller and offer a slightly more refined menu''. He had intended to do a letter drop to inform residents of the plans and provide some more detailed information but in the planning rush it was overlooked. He is confident the market will be a positive addition to Onehunga. There will be a bit of activity but nothing that's really going to dis- turb people. The council has been very strict about ensuring we're not doing any- thing to disturb the neighbours and they are certain it won't bother any- body.'' He says he is willing to talk to anyone if they have concerns. Visit aucklandnight markets.co.nz for more information.
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