The Huddle: Will court action help Queen Street's woes?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 29 Apr 2021, 7:13PM
Vacant retail premises on Auckland's Queen St. (Photo / Michael Craig)
Vacant retail premises on Auckland's Queen St. (Photo / Michael Craig)

The Huddle: Will court action help Queen Street's woes?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 29 Apr 2021, 7:13PM

A war over Auckland's iconic main street.

The Save the Queen Street Society is applying for a High Court injunction to halt a new $1.1 million makeover to Queen Street.

The group is made up of 13 committee members from local businesses, who argue Auckland Council's ongoing pedestrian trial is causing economic harm.

Save the Queen Street Society Secretary Andrew Krukziener says the council's handling of the golden mile has been disastrous.

He says council's proposal is not worthy of New Zealand's main street, as it's cheap, nasty and is basically lipstick on a pig.

Meanwhile, Polynesian Panthers members were there as the Green Party launched a call for an overstayer amnesty.

The Greens also want temporary visa holders granted residency.

Immigration spokesperson Ricardo Menéndez March says migrant workers here are treated as cheap labour - and second class citizens.

The Polynesian Panthers want a Government apology for the Dawn Raids of the 1970s and 80s - and a pathway for residency for thousands of Pasifika overstayers.

Listen above as David Farrar and Simon Wilson discuss the day's news with Andrew Dickens on The Huddle