Dear Wynyard Quarter – Thank You

On August 29, 2011 by Eye on Auckland

Wynyard Quarter is A okay.

On 22 August 2011 we reported that Wynyard Quarter had attracted some dubious car drivers and that there was a major problem regarding parking spaces. Since then we have been in contact with Mike Lee, Nikki Kaye, Christopher Dempsey and John Dalzell who all made a concerted effort to rectify the problems that we had listed. It is with great pleasure that we can now announce that Wynyard Quarter is functioning as it was meant to be i.e. no-parking signs have been installed at all pedestrian crossings, Auckland Transport officials are patrolling the area and street furniture have been installed that act as barriers between pedestrian spaces and cars. The Wynyard Quarter experience has just got even better and is hard to beat – what a pleasure to be walking around there now (even Jellicoe Street has more pedestrians using the area) and we would like to thank everybody for all their hard work and determination to make it work. Thank you, thank you, thank you ! We would also like to share the email that we received from John Dalzell (care of Christopher Dempsey) with you:

Thanks for your email and I fully take on board what you are saying. We are in the process of sorting this out the best we can.  We are conscious of the need to act quickly, however, it also needs to be remembered that this is a completely new environment and we want to give people a chance to familiarise themselves with the new roading layouts and parking areas.  At this stage, we are reluctant to paint big yellow lines and start towing people away.  Rather than behaving in a similar, unacceptable fashion, we’re trying to educate and encourage in a positive way. After all, this is the sort of community we’re looking to build down at Wynyard Quarter.

Here’s an indication of what we are doing in respect of this and other relevant issues:

Inform and educate – increase staff at the Kiosk to assist with communicating with the public, additional people walking the Quarter to monitor such situations and using the Jellicoe Precinct Society, of which all tenants are members, to push the message.

Encouragement – trying to get media, including social media, to pick up on the issues.  Installation of physical measures such as seating that clearly flags to the public the only vehicles permitted on the wharf are for the loading and unloading of fish.

Enforcement – from today (Friday, 26 August 2011) we have started issuing warning notices and repeat offenders have been told they will towed. We will continue to work with Auckland Transport for strategies to combat illegally parked vehicles.

We are aware of the seriousness of this issue and I will keep you appraised of further actions we use to address this as they evolve.

Kind regards,


19 Responses to “Dear Wynyard Quarter – Thank You”

  • James B

    Awesome work. I went for a run there on Saturday night and Sunday morning and only counted 1 car parked in a dodgy way.

  • Margaret

    Well I’ll be damned. I am just as impressed and look how happy the pedestrians are crossing the road :) Thanks to all those involved, it is much appreciated.

  • Osmand

    Awesome, a big thanks from me as well.

  • Liam W

    Great job all involved, the experience is now complete, and all done without granny Herald moaning yay! I now won’t have to resort to keying cars in the name of pedestrian rights :)

  • Christopher Dempsey

    Thanks. I’m pleased to help out here – I too was quite concerned at how easily Wynard Wharf seemed to slip back into a vehicular dominated space. Fortunately we have a very able CEO in John Dalzell who listens and acts.

    Hopefully the message will start to get through to many motorists to avoid going to Wynard Wharf by car, and instead just take buses, or park further away and walk down.

  • EyeonAucklandFan

    Ooops I forgot to say thank you as well, we are quick to moan but never quick enough to give thanks. Thank you Auckland :)

  • Andrew

    Awesome stuff. Congratulations and a job well done.

    I’m still rolling in laughter over the clown who took out the prize for “First driver to crash into a tram in Auckland for more than half a century”.

    Now they just need to get on to enforcing Elliott Street.

  • Gollum

    A big thanks Christopher and to all of those involved. The photograph posted above is the image that we all want to see, well behaved cars, happy pedestrians and a beautiful street-scape :)

  • Thanks,
    You made a difference. Actually I have always found John Dalzell willing to listen and to constantly improve. Also I don’t want dumb cars blocking our tramway. Need to get the cars to be tram-respectful by the time we get the trams to Queen Street.

  • Simone

    Thanks Christopher, Mike, The Eye and everybody else who made this happen. I am stoked to see that we all want a better city that is more people focused and less dependent on cars.

    I can’t wait for the trams to run down Queen Street, if anybody can make it happen it is Mike Lee :)

  • Karumba

    Hip Hip Hooray, fantastic news and a big thank you with that.

  • Good work everyone involved. It is looking good for the future of trams down Queen street as proposed in the draft Auckland plan.

  • Gotham

    Bravo, a big thanks to all. As for the nanny Herald, I wouldn’t worry about them, the majority don’t give a toss what they have to say.

  • MollyBrown

    I am very impressed, thank you to all concerned with getting this right for all of us to enjoy.

  • HotPixel

    I am ecstatically happy to see this post. Great work everybody.

  • Matt

    Fantastic work everybody. I was down at the waterfront myself and the change is immense, it is great !

  • Tui

    Fantastic news !

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