Following several recent incidents in Central Auckland, Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, facilitated a meeting today with representatives from the Local Board, New Zealand Police, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council staff, Auckland University Students Association and the New Zealand Chinese Students Association.
“This meeting was to discuss ways that we can make Central Auckland safer, says Ms Kaye.
“There was a good discussion between everyone who attended, and we have agreed on a way forward.
“Since the incidents, some people have made comments regarding police numbers. I understand there has been an increase in police numbers and general police resourcing in both the wider Auckland City and Central areas, and this was confirmed today.
“From our discussions, it was agreed that a report will be commissioned by the Local Board, focusing on additional investment in other solutions, including cameras and lighting in Albert Park.
“The Board will work with the Police, Auckland Transport and the Student Associations. They will then present a report to Council for consideration.
“The engagement of students in this issue has been positive, and I congratulate them for taking the initiative to secure better safety resources for students and others in Auckland.
“I have committed to ongoing work with the Student Associations, especially on the safety information provided to international students, and other support available to them. We will also work with Auckland Transport to ensure that transport connections in the central city are a safety focus.
“I am aware that there will be an event tonight in Albert Park. It will be positive that this update can then be given to students. At the meeting we did have an update from the Local Board and Council where they confirmed that investment in Albert Park has happened over the last few years.
“I’m pleased that we’re making progress, and I look forward to working with all groups involved on this issue.”