Auckland Transport's bus terminal relocation plan causes anger

6:49 pm on 26 February 2020

An Auckland hapū says it is angered by the lack of engagement over a plan by Auckland Transport to relocate the regional bus terminal.

The terminal, on Hobson St, is part of the Sky City complex.

The Auckland regional bus terminal is currently part of the the SkyCity complex. Photo: 123RF

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa says in January, Auckland Transport shared its plans to relocate the regional bus terminal from SkyCity to their land on Beach Road.

The chief executive of the commercial arm of the hapū, Andrew Crocker, says it asked Auckland Transport to identify relocation options more than three years ago but has only heard about it now.

"We have expressed our opposition and concerns to Auckland Transport. We have a clear plan for the long term use of our land at Quay Park as featured in the masterplan we released in December 2019.

"A bus terminal is not aligned with that plan and it would not fit with our environmental goals for the site," he said.

Crocker believes Beach Road is no a better or long term solution for a regional bus terminal and has concerns the preliminary designs, which encroach on to Te Taoū Reserve, are in conflict with Auckland Council's lease obligations.

"We challenge Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to revisit the current site and options for improving it for the long term. We are thinking long term as reflected in our visionary masterplan for Quay Park. We urge Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to do the same."

In a statement, Auckland Transport says no decisions have been made on the future of the regional bus terminal.

Its chief executive, Shane Ellison, said Auckland Transport had engaged with Ngāti Whātua as the land owner at Quay Park with very early concept ideas.

"We greatly value our relationship with Ngāti Whātua and sincerely hope to continue positive dialogue with them," he said.