We had a great response at our events over July and August 2021 and appreciate everyone who stopped by to see the Auckland Light rail team and shared their views with us. Watch our event videos below to hear what some Aucklanders have had to say about the project. You can also read more about the results of our engagement here.
This video captures some of the main themes and topics that people shared. We enjoyed meeting everyone, being able to share our future vision for the project and have one-to-one conversations. Thanks again Auckland for sharing your views, aspirations and concerns with us!
Hear what Minister of Transport Michael Wood has to say about the light rail project and its importance for communities and all Aucklanders, and how to learn more and get involved in the conversation.
Māngere Market, 17 July 2021
South Auckland communities headed to the Māngere Markets to find out more about Auckland’s first light rail line, which is set to cut travel times from Māngere to the airport by 20 minutes. Watch our event video and hear what people had to say about a future with light rail. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us.
University of Auckland, 22 July 2021
At the University of Auckland’s orientation event students from all corners participated in the engagement. We enjoyed hearing students’ thoughts about what their neighbourhoods could look like in the future and how light rail could connect them with their future workplaces.
Otara Market, Saturday 24 July 2021
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us last at the Otara Markets. It was great talking to everyone and capturing people’s views. Our children’s art table is proving to be very popular - we collected lots of new entries for our competition. Good luck kids! Watch our event video and hear what people had to say.
Māngere Bridge Sunday Market, 25 July 2021
Amongst the aromas of delicious food we had conversations about living in Mangere Bridge, about the places people travel to for work and study, how they get around and how the area has become busier over recent years. We heard the views of long time residents and recent arrivals, all of whom showed huge pride in their community and lots of support for light rail.
MIT Manukau Orifest, 28 July 2021
The team had a stand at the bustling MIT Manukau Orientation Fest on Wednesday 28 July. With the train station and bus interchange on site, many students are already frequent users of public transport. Students shared their experiences travelling to campus from near and far, and we had good discussions about the network wide benefits of light rail.
AUT City Campus, 29 July 2021
Our team had great engagement at the AUT city campus Orientation, with conversations including students, lecturers and a librarian. We were impressed with how passionate the AUT community are about their city and its future and we enjoyed hearing their aspirations for future jobs, study and making their homes in Auckland. We think Auckland’s future is in good hands with these guys!
MIT Otara Orifest, 4 August 2021
Our team had a stand at the vibrant MIT Otara Orientation Fest. Students and teachers alike shared their experience of travel to and from campus as well as their interest in reducing our carbon footprint and their future aspirations. Many students shared their desire to live closer to reliable and frequent travel options and hopes for the future of a more connected city.
Sandringham Drop in Session (Kainga Ora led), 5 August 2021
The team attended the Kainga Ora community drop in session in Sandringham. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about upcoming Kāinga Ora developments in Sandringham, Kāinga Ora community development and Auckland Light Rail. It was great talking to the Sandringham community, thanks to all those who dropped by.
Eden Park, 7 August 2021
The Light Rail Team headed to Eden Park to talk to eventgoers ahead of the All Blacks v Wallabies game. Many of the event goers had arrived by public transport and are behind any addition that will make game nights a breeze. Thanks to those who stopped in to talk to the team before finding their seats!
Wesley Market, 13 August 2021
The Mt Roskill/Wesley community braved the wet and cold to attend the Wesley Community Centre Friday markets and talk Light Rail with the project team on 13 August. Councillor Cathy Casey came to say hello with her little dog ‘Susan Boyle’, and ALR board member Margi participated in community discussions and gathered feedback. Great engagement and feedback received and amazing veggies taken home by the team.
Mt Roskill Coffee Cart, 14 August 2021
The Tinman coffee cart was a great drawcard for parents, grandparents and teachers and the team was able to discuss the project in detail, taking feedback on how people move around and would use the light rail in the future. Parents are keen to see safe access to school and university for their families. Minister of Transport Michael Wood, a Mt Roskill local, joined in the conversations.
Onehunga Arts and Craft Market, 14 August 2021
The Light Rail team had a great time attending the Onehunga Arts and Craft Market. It was a good opportunity to connect with the Onehunga community, hear their views, and answer some questions. Thanks to all who stopped by to talk to the team, there was great interest and feedback shared.
Balmoral Central Flea Market, 15 August
At the Balmoral Central Flea Market we engaged with people from the Mt Eden, Sandringham and Dominion Road communities. Hot topics were the impacts of light rail for housing, business and retail along these roads and making sure heritage areas in Dominion and Sandringham Roads are considered in planning.