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Desperate calls for an answer on financial relief for businesses impacted by CRL construction

Heart of the City and Albert Street area businesses affected by CRL construction are calling for answers and accountability from Government and Auckland Council to make a decision on financial relief.  

While this longterm project will deliver benefits to the city centre and the rest of Auckland, the pain borne by businesses adjacent to the works must be acknowledged and managed. 

Efforts to secure support for impacted businesses have been underway for some time. In late 2019, following significant lobbying, City Rail Link Ltd put in place a hardship fund for delays only for the C2 contract, though limited in scope and extent. 

In March 2020, Heart of the City presented to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee, which recommended that the Government “moves swiftly to consider and develop policies that will assist businesses where there is long-term business disruption” and “considers how the Albert Street businesses can be fairly supported or compensated which may require increasing the overall funding for the project.”

What have we heard so far?

Mayor Goff has said he supports a Hardship Fund and he is in discussions with Government. Minster Wood has said that he’s sympathetic and is reviewing the proposal that we submitted for rent relief.  He has indicated that he wants to move that discussion along as quickly as he can. Whilst this is positive, there must be a decision as soon as possible and we will continue to advocate for this position until there is one.

Recent press releases

Business owners standing in front of Auckland Council headquarters with signs calling on decision makers for answers about financial support

Media coverage in response to these calls for action