New night markets for Auckland

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 26/12/2012
Paul De Jonge
NEW NIGHT MARKET: Paul De Jonge.

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Auckland is set to get two new night markets next year.

Following on from the success of the weekly Pakuranga and Glenfield markets, Victoria and Paul De Jonge will launch new markers in January at Dress-Mart - on Thursdays - and at Hunters Plaza on Fridays.

The De Jonges owned a restaurant and bar in China for six years before starting the first market at Pakuranga in October 2010, despite being told it would never be a success.

"In Shanghai we saw this sort of thing all the time, but here there's no nightlife," Victoria said.

"People told us Kiwis don't like to go out on a Saturday, but I said to Paul: 'No that's because there's nowhere for them to go'."

She said there are limited things to do at night for young families and teenagers, especially on weekends.

"Children just go to movies, there's nowhere for them to go," the Remuera resident added.

Victoria knew the experiment was a gamble and stallholders might leave if people didn't come - but that was never a problem.

"After the first night I knew this market would not fail."

The Saturday night market has since run weekly, and is full to capacity with about 200 stalls. The Glenfield version sprang up a year later as visitors of diverse ethnicity experienced food from all over the globe.

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- Eastern Courier

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