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Residents upset by checks
Frustrated: Annelies Zwaan is not impressed with the way liquor searches were conducted during the recent one-day international at Eden Park. Photo: JASON OXENHAM
By HANNAH SPYKSMA
SECURITY around Eden Park has
tightened another notch with a
recently introduced booze blitz pro-
voking some strong reactions.
Checkpoints were set up on
prominent walking routes to the
stadium, including Sandringham
Rd and Bellwood Ave before the
Black Caps took on Pakistan in a
one-day international cricket match
on February 5.
But some residents are concerned
Eden Park security staff were also
involved in the searches.
I understand all the things about
a booze ban but enforce it with your
staff on your property and let the
police look after the streets of my
city,'' resident Peter Clark says.
The police are the only group that
can enforce a bag search in the
newly created liquor ban area sur-
rounding the park, while security
staff have to get the patron's con-
The checkpoint Mr Clark came
across on Sandringham Rd was only
manned by security contracted to
Annelies Zwaan, who was visiting
friends that live on Bellwood Ave
during the match, is also frustrated
by the way the search was conduc-
It feels completely unreasonable
that you have to have your bag
checked just to go up to the shops
She approached a police officer to
ask him what the rights of residents
within the zone are.
The officer said the only way we
could buy a bottle of wine and walk
back with it to a private property
was to produce proof of address
when we went through the check
point. I mean, it's not as if residents
carry a bank statement everywhere
they go,'' she says.
Eden Park Trust Board chief
executive David Kennedy says
while the bylaw is enforced by
Auckland Council, it has been a
joint effort between the trust, the
council and the police to set up the
He says the board was
approached and asked to
help out by providing security
staff to support police during the
The brief was to search the bags
of people who were profiled as look-
ing like they may have alcohol on
them and we haven't had any nega-
tive feedback about the process thus
far,'' he says.
Mr Kennedy says searches have
been introduced in the interest of
educating the public to the rules of
the liquor ban well ahead of the
Rugby World Cup.
Because what we don't want is
people drinking before a game then
turning up in the area already
Streets surrounding Eden Park
were swamped with alcohol-fuelled
patrons last year following a rugby
league test featuring the Kiwis and
Waterview cycleway link possible says NZTA
By RHIANNON HORRELL
The provision of a community
cycleway is one idea which surfaced
last week during a board of inquiry
hearing about the Waterview
The hearing opened on February
7 and is set down for several weeks.
New Zealand Transport Agency
officials were cross-examined by
representatives of the Auckland
Council, the Albert Eden Local
Board, the Onehunga Enhancement
Society, Forest and Bird and Living
Council representative Sarah
Hartley questioned agency state
highways manager for Auckland
and Northland Tommy Parker
about providing a cycleway link
between State Highway 20 and
State Highway 16.
Mr Parker indicated the project
would be primarily below ground
but says there is no approved route
for a cycleway: NZTA is happy to
fund a cycle route but it's not part of
this state highway project. We can
talk to Auckland Transport and
develop a way forward.''
He said as a result of council
restructuring there had been little
traction on certain issues.
Issues of open space replacement
were also discussed.
The agency accepts it has a res-
ponsibility to replace open space
and in a form that is no worse than
existing open space,'' Mr Parker told
He said no agreement had been
reached on replacement.
Albert Eden Local Board rep-
resentative Rachel Devine asked Mr
Parker if he thought many of the
adverse effects would be borne by
Mr Parker said that would be the
case and noted the benefits are at a
regional and national level.
Ventilation stacks were also a
bone of contention.
Obviously they are part of the
scheme --- we can't get rid of the
stacks and ventilation buildings
completely. There have been huge
strides in levels of design to improve
the appearance of them. The build-
ings will become part of the urban
fabric,'' Mr Parker told the board.
The hearing is set to continue and
board of inquiry members will
decide if a resource consent should
be granted for the project.
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