Government approves hardship fund for businesses impacted by the CRL construction
We are delighted that human decency has prevailed today. People seriously impacted by CRL construction will have an opportunity to seek hardship support with the government’s announcement that approval in principle has been granted to establish a hardship fund.
For those impacted, it has been a long, hard road to get to this point. Our Chief Executive Viv Beck would like to acknowledge the people who have shown their support and those who bravely stood up to say they need help.
The Shakespeare's Sunny Kaushal has been a strong advocate for seriously impacted businesses and we have also worked with the MP for Auckland Central Hon Nikki Kaye to raise the importance of this issue. We also appreciate that Mayor Phil Goff and Councillors have recognised the need to support people in desperate need.
It is crucial that there is a speedy and efficient resolution for affected businesses, so the next steps will be important. We look forward to hearing more detail to ensure fair and quick action.
It is our hope that there are lessons learned from this situation. Future works need to take more care to mitigate the impact of construction on business. The planning of large-scale, long-term public projects must consider how business disruption will be addressed in advance of works beginning. It is heartening to see the intent is there for this to happen.