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Heart of the City launches petition to Parliament to support local businesses

Press release
Tuesday 1 Oct 2019

Heart of the City has launched a petition today to Parliament to call for assistance for businesses that have been severely impacted by City Rail Link construction.

“After months of urging the Minister of Transport to show human decency and support for businesses severely impacted by City Rail Link construction, we are given no choice but to petition Parliament to seek action,” says Viv Beck, Chief Executive of Heart of the City.

“There are people in Albert Street who are deeply distressed and experiencing serious hardship as a result of a project that we believe has not respected the needs of business and has had significant delays. To date nothing tangible has been delivered to help these people in their time of need.”

“Auckland Council was prepared to hear the case to support seriously impacted businesses and it changed its position a few months ago. We are asking central government to do the same and commit along with Auckland Council to enable City Rail Link Limited to provide appropriate business disruption support from the project budget.  It will need a robust mechanism with clear criteria to ensure fairness and we have offered advice around this.”

“We are working with Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, who will present the petition to Parliament to consider once signatures have been obtained.”

“We urge people to show their support and sign this petition. This is an unprecedented situation and a matter of human decency. There are people who need urgent support, and we ask central government to join with Auckland Council to do the right thing.”

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For more information please contact:
Tania Loveridge, Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Heart of the City
027 293 0835
tania@hotcity.co.nz

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