Clarity needed around cruise ships and ferries

The New Zealand National Party

I am disappointed that residents from Waiheke and Devonport have been disrupted as a result of Fullers ferry cancellations, Auckland Central’s MP Nikki Kaye says.

“Ultimately public transport must take priority over cruise ships. It is my understanding that there are arrangements in place to try and avoid cruise ships disrupting public transport particularly in peak times.

“Scheduling is known months in advance with the Ports of Auckland who publish this information. Therefore unless cruise ships are delayed, which rarely happens, there should be no excuse for late notification of delays and cancellations.

“I have spoken to Auckland transport and I am still trying to get answers from Fullers. Fullers need to explain what has occurred and why they have made these cancellations so late given they have this information so far in advance.

“There are reports from the public that Fullers have said changes may be due to delays of cruise ships and time taken to dock. Ports of Auckland have said there have been no delays by cruise ships in the last few days.

“I will be asking Fullers, Auckland Transport, the Harbourmaster, Ports of Auckland, cruise ship operators and local representatives to meet and clarify what has occurred and the ongoing arrangements. More people are travelling on ferries and more people are coming on cruise ships so we need to get this right.

“I have called for the exemption to be lifted so that there can be greater service guarantees over Fullers. The Minister is not moving on this as he has said it is being considered as part of the public transport operating model review. The Government needs to move on this to ensure better services.”

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