Auckland Council’s war on workers continues via parking fees

The ‘mode shift’ to push Aucklanders into public transport continues as Auckland Transport prepares to hike car parking rates in the CBD.

Auckland city workers and inner-city dwellers could be paying more than $60 a day to park on the CBD streets from June.

As part of its regular review, Auckland Transport is planning to increase its inner city rates in response to the increased demand.

The central area, which is at present priced at $4/hour for the first two hours, is proposed to increase to $4.50/hour for the first two hours then $9/hour for every subsequent hour.

For an eight-hour working day this would hit $63.

The city fringe zones, which are at present priced at $2/hour and $3/hour for the first two hours, would rise to $3/hour across both zones for the first two hours and would cost $6 for every subsequent hour.

This would cost $42 for an eight-hour working day – a significant price increase from the present $16/day in the lower-priced areas around Wynyard Quarter, some streets around Sale St and Vector Arena.

The CBD is going to become a horrendous place to work. Physical construction above ground will make moving around the city difficult.

But the tension will be about car parking. With nearly $2b in major projects underway shortly (Convention Centre, Commercial Bay and CRL enablement works) the construction workers will be piling into town, filling up car parks early and squeezing out office workers.

Add to that a cost increases and it’s entirely predictable that staff retention along with recruitment will be a headache for employers.

But it’s also obvious that the harm will be directly upon the wallet of ordinary people.

People like construction workers and office staff who are already feeling the pinch where it concerns costs of living in Auckland.

And now they will be have the additional burdens of excessively high car parking costs.

Auckland has a useless public transport network that doesn’t provide access near where most people live. A lot of them have no choice but to drive.

I can see businesses shifting out of the CBD and I can see Aucklanders tiring quickly of the costs and disruptions.


– NZ Herald


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  • Evan

    The Worlds most livable City….

  • metalnwood

    “As part of its regular review, Auckland Transport is planning to increase its inner city rates in response to the increased demand.”

    Thats what a business does. Increased demand means they can charge more. I would have thought the council’s job was not just charge more with no more service because they can.

    They are there for us, unlike a business that is there for shareholders and owners.

    Funny, we are the shareholders so to speak but we dont get treated like it.

    Council, when the carparks are all full, putting up the price wont help reduce demand. When demand is still at 100% you have to provide more car parks.

  • Quinton Hogg

    This means more and more people will drive to stations and bus stops outside the cbd, park and go into town. In other words the parking problem will shift to suburbs outside the cbd.

    • OneTrack

      Where is the parking at the train stations?

  • I’m sure a lot of businesses would love to move out of the city, but much like housing supply, hit current council has also not supplied any commercial land for development – so where do they go

    Council will not doubt gloat at increased numbers on trains while they take away the lube for the rest of those that public transport doesn’t suit

  • venator

    I suspect that a few of the corporates will be shifting back to Welly. As they will be unable to recruit junior to middle management staff because their incomes and travel times are being gobbled up with modern day Ak shortages and congestion.

    • one for the road

      Damned if you do and damned if you dont – the big rush by Corporates over last 20 years to move to the big smoke ! yet Council is so business UNfriendly that they have done nothing to help these businesses once they arrive….. be prohibitavly expnsive to move to another city now, but they can at least move out of the CBD.. still land on Shore up Nthn morotrway to Silverdale and out NW

    • sheppy

      I suspect lyin’ Len’s social engineering council may cure the Auckland House crisis all by themselves by making Auckland a truly unlivable city for those who have a modern job that involves travel time between clients not measured in fractions of a day

  • DangerMice

    Jokes on the council, where a friend works (CBD fringe suburb) is surrounded by P30 & P60 parks. He parks there all day anyway and the most expensive ticket has been $12 so far. Cheaper than the early bird parking and he only averages 1 ticket a fortnight.

  • cows4me

    This might be a good thing, your council might have pushed it’s luck to far with this latest thievery. Is this the straw that will break the camels back or will the people bend over and take a bit more? Is it time to buy futures in pitchforks and flaming torches ?

    • Effluent

      Don’t forget the barrels of tar and bales of feathers.

  • Tiger

    You aint seen nothing yet, if the retards in council have their way, watch the disruptions when the Auckland CBD light rail comes to fruition. Before a single track is laid, there will be a couple of years worth or re-routing pipes, cables and intersections, all underground work. Whilst you are looking up to see where the construction site bricks are falling from there will be a hole waiting to swallow you up!

    • Mark

      They are already digging up streets in the CBD for this,it is pure economic sabotage.

  • sheppy

    Our response to the ever increasing cost and hassle of getting into the CBD is to avoid the place like the plague. I pity those who have to go to the CBD every day!
    Worlds most livable city? Worlds biggest wasted opportunity more like!

  • Simo

    We stopped travel to clients about 3 years ago and use remote connection to the clients IT systems to help and discuss business with them. No travel involved. This I admit is not for every job type but its suits our business well and I recommend maximising the use of remote connection software of which there is plenty you can use. We have accomplished the big swerve around the CBD and having to go any where near the CBD except for a meal and a few bevvies at night.

  • Jafarma

    Many Christchurch office workers found somewhere else in that city to keep operating from when downtown Chch became destroyed in the earthquake. At the rate Len is going with destroying or impeding worker access to downtown Auckland and trying to force people to do what they dont want to do, many like me will be finding somewhere else to work from asap as well (in my case, as soon as the building lease expires next year, I’ll work from home).

  • “I can see businesses shifting out of the CBD and I can see Aucklanders tiring quickly of the costs and disruptions.”

    Good, because the reality is a lot of this nonsense is a direct result of Auckland Councils legacy of pandering to Auckland City CBD landlords. If their onslaught against the businesses that actually inhabit those tenements and buildings causes those businesses throw in the towel and leave what point the CRL and the moronic theft of roads for buses?

  • WBC

    I think this is a very good thing.

    The CBD centric ideal of the Auckland council (it even wants to set different closing time for bars etc) is outdated and in a broad city like Auckland it is simply illogical.

    Auckland has great potential for Hubs in Henderson, Albany, Howick and Manukau with future growth creating at least three smaller ones in Pukekohe, Helensville (yes, it will happen) and Orewa/Silverdale.

    This CBD Suicide attempt should be encouraged, expanding the Hubs reduces transport and infrastructure hassles while and improving services and jobs for developing areas, allowing the actual creation of real neighbourhoods.

    Once this has occurred, the CBD actually has a chance to become more enticing as a central cultural and entertainment destination then it is at present.

  • Toby

    Just the thought of driving and parking in Auckland gives me heart palpitations now.
    I moved to Masterton, 5 minute drive to work, park outside the office for free and if I want to go to town I can park outside the show I want to go to.

    No wonder people are moving back to the provinces to have some semblance of a lifestyle.