The $25million replacement of the Old Mangere Bridge is cause for concern and raises serious questions over how this project aligns with other major transport projects being undertaken in Onehunga, says Maungakiekie MP Denise Lee.
"The replacement of the Old Mangere Bridge was first designed and consented back in 2016, so it doesn’t take into account other major projects in the area such as the East-West link, the Government’s Light-Rail to Mangere, or the Onehunga Wharf development.
"All of these projects are converging in one single area, and the local community deserve some assurances that NZTA have a wider, strategic plan for the community. The last thing we deserve is short sightedness that results in sub-standard outcomes for Onehunga.
"This sentiment is shared by a number of local stakeholder groups, including the Onehunga Business Association, Onehunga Enhancement Society, the Onehunga Sea Scouts, and the Deputy Chair of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board in her personal capacity.
"My recent requests to meet with NZTA to discuss these issues have been declined, and I am concerned that NZTA are becoming too political. I am not the first National Party MP to be declined a meeting.
"NZTA are really dropping the ball. Onehunga is a major growth centre for Auckland and NZTA should give our community the recognition it deserves” Ms Lee says.
Image: Mark Wilkinson - Onehunga Sea Scouts, Debbie Burrows - Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, Denise Lee - MP for Maungakiekie, and Amanda Morgan - Onehunga Enhancement Society