Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa is pleased Auckland Transport has listened to its concerns and decided to discontinue plans to relocate the inter-regional bus terminal at SkyCity to hapū owned land at Beach Road.
Chief executive of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa, Andrew Crocker, says the hapū raised its concerns with Auckland Transport and Auckland Council when it was first informed of the plans on 6 January 2020.
“In comparison to its current site at SkyCity, a bus terminal at Beach Road would not provide more capacity, would be more isolated from main public transport nodes and would cost the ratepayer.”
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has a long-term vision for Te Tōangaroa including the Beach Road site that considers the best use of the land, the impact on the environment, seeks to improve connectivity and helps to rebuild and create a vibrant international city.
“Our vision and plan will transform the eastern end of the waterfront including the land that we own.”
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa looks forward to working more collaboratively with Auckland Transport regarding areas of mutual interest for the betterment of all of Tāmaki.