Media Statement from FUG, the Ferry Users Group of Waiheke
FUG, the Waiheke Ferry Users Group, asked Auckland Council to act on wharves and parking at Matiatia. Daniel Silva, chairman of the group, said, “Council needs to direct its controlled organisations, Auckland Transport and Auckland Properties, to respond to the concerns of ferry users.” He added “Ferry users pay for the maintenance of wharves but the service is sub-standard. The new ferry service operates from an open-air wharf in Auckland that is not suitable for use by the disabled, among others.”
The group is also concerned about Council organisations’ ongoing failure to provide adequate parking at the Matiatia park-and-ride facility. “People are missing important appointments in the city and asking friends and relatives to drive them to Matiatia and back, needlessly increasing traffic on Waiheke roads, because from mid-morning there are frequently no parks left. There is plenty of land available in Matiatia, but a lot of it is simply unused and that which is used for parking is not very well managed”, Silva said.
FUG wrote to Mike Lee, the councillor elected by the Waitemata and Gulf ward, asking for help in seeking solutions from the Council’s controlled organisations to the wharves and parking issues. The group started a new blog at fugwaiheke.wordpress.com and invites comments from ferry users.