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Night Markets Proposed For Auckland's CBD

Auckland's city centre may soon have a new attraction, with a night market proposed for the CBD.

The council will be inviting expressions of interest from the private sector in February with the aim of identifying an operator to establish a CBD night market by September 2010.

A number of potential short-term locations for the market have been identified, including blocks on Queen Street and High Street, however it is hoped that the introduction of shared space as part of the Fort Street, Elliot and Darby Streets and Lorne Street upgrades will present more long-term venues ahead of Rugby World Cup 2011.

Councillor Greg Moyle, chairperson of the Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee, says that there are already a number of popular markets across the CBD and the concept of a night market is an exciting one which would add to the vibrancy of the area.

"Many great cities across the world offer night markets. This is a fantastic opportunity to add to the sophistication of Auckland's CBD and encourage people into the city centre during the evening.

"I'm sure once established, the markets would be a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike," he says.

It is envisaged that the night market will consolidate its position and be a significant destination by Rugby World Cup 2011.

The council will play a facilitation role in the establishment of the market by providing support and advice around consents, licenses, traffic and noise management and promotion.

The market would be owned and operated by the private sector, who can propose frequency and hours of trading, dependent on location.

The night market proposal has been endorsed by the council's Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee, as well as the CBD Board.

More information about the expressions of interest process will be available in the new year.

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