Until now Waiheke and other commuters have been well served by the Britomart transport hub’s rail, ferry and bus connections. In particular the Hospital bus, Airport bus and City Link bus have been lifelines for Waiheke residents and all have been conveniently placed at the end of a long ferry commute.
All three services have been moved away from Britomart to make way for Mike Lee’s vision of Britomart and Quay Street as a playcentre for cyclists and walkers who want a coffee during lunch.
The revitalisation of Britomart by the old Auckland City Council has been a huge success, changing the area from a wasteland of dropouts, drunks and doss houses to a vibrant centre of city life. It defies belief that this success story should be trashed by Len Brown and his sidekick on the Auckland Transport Board, Councillor for Waiheke, Mike Lee. It’s almost as if Lee and Brown couldn’t bear to keep any reminder of the success of the old Auckland City Council. Forget the glossy brochures featuring latte drinking yoppies, removing commuters from Britomart will return the area to the bad old days. As businesses close and the lifeblood is being sucked from the city centre, the vagrants are already moving in.
From day one of the Supercity, a new plan for Britomart was in place. The first Waiheke Local Board fought in vain to retain the lifelines that Britomart provided for its residents. Missing in Action (MIA) was Mike Lee who frankly, has not achieved a single thing of any benefit for Waiheke residents in six years. Also MIA has been the second Waiheke Local Board members who have been so busy with plans to create a separate state of Waiheke that they have abrogated all responsibility for its residents whose life and work is intertwined with the city.
Contrast Mike Lee’s abysmal performance as Waiheke’s Councillor with the representation of Councillor George Wood who is fighting a last ditch battle to save the commuter connections at Britomart that have served his North Shore residents so well. Here is a video of George Wood outlining why moving bus services out of Britomart is a poor outcome for North Shore residents.