Over July and August 2021, we have been busy gathering the views of Aucklanders. Thanks to everyone who shared their views on the Auckland Light Rail Project.
The team will use all feedback received to create an engagement report to be issued to the Minister of Transport at the end of September alongside the Light Rail business case and recommendations.
The Minister will announce next steps for the project by the end of 2021.
We will provide an update after an announcement has been made and share a summary report with you about what people shared during the engagement period.
If a decision is made to progress the project, there will be opportunities to give feedback during the next phase. For example the location and design of stops or stations, route and community connections.
We have a great response at our events. Thanks to 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.
Māngere Market, 17 July 2021
South Auckland communities headed to the Māngere Markets last weekend 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 on Thursday 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, 5 August 2021
Around 60 people attended the Kāinga Ora led drop-in session in Sandringham, People learned more about light rail as well as upcoming Kāinga Ora developments in Sandringham and Kāinga Ora community development. It was great to talk with residents, hear their views and passion for their community.
Eden Park, 7 August 2021
The Light Rail Team headed to Eden Park on Saturday night (7 August) 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. 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.
Balmoral Central Flea Market, 15 August
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.