First step in Matiatia conversation
A workshop about the pressures on the island's main transport hub got participants thinking from a bigger perspective than just their own.
The "conversation about Matiatia" was the first step in trying to sort out the problems at Matiatia wharf and for the Waiheke Local Board, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council Property to hear from its competing users.
It was organised by the board's transport spokeswoman Jo Holmes in a bid to start addressing the "thorny issue", and to discuss how to make the area more user-friendly.
Representatives from shuttle, bus and taxi companies joined business owners, commuters, the disabled, health professionals, parents with young children, cyclists, walkers and other interested residents for the Saturday afternoon session hosted by the local board and run by independent facilitator Jo Wiggins.
Donald Lindberg from Auckland Council Property also attended the workshop. Mr Lindberg will be writing a use analysis for Matiatia which will eventually inform a new design brief for the area.
Ms Wiggins asked small groups of participants to look at the issue from the viewpoint of commuters, visitors, business owners at the wharf, transport operators and all other non-commuting residents.
Ideas were shared and the second part of the workshop involved looking at short, medium and long-term solutions for the entire area.
Written submissions were also made by people who couldn't attend.
"We'll take everything that people said and feed it to Auckland Properties, which manages most of the council land at Matiatia, and Auckland Transport, which manages the two paid car parks, the roads and wharf, so they have a clear understanding of residents' needs," Ms Holmes says.
"This is just a start of sorting out the muddle that is Matiatia," she says.
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