Sideswipe: April 27: A wee bit too hot


By Ana Samways

Night at movies left in ruins by parking ticket horror

Jeremy parked in the Civic car park the other night, went to a movie. "Never a cheap night out," he writes. "But a good movie is almost mostly worth it. But we won't be parking there again anytime soon because I lost my parking ticket. In the past I have paid a $25 fee grudgingly in the same situation - I can understand it costing something for a parking assistant to check a camera to verify our time of arrival and issue a ticket to leave the car park.

This time when we approached the pay station that the ticket was nowhere to be found, I pushed the lost ticket button and was told it would be $72. Cross words were exchanged and we went back up to the Event Cinema in the vain hope of finding the ticket. Didn't happen. In my opinion the fee is extortionate. Why $72? Why not twice that? Or half? There is no reason for the cost of a lost ticket fee.

Auckland Transport replied: 'The rate is based on parking for three days at the maximum daily rate and serves as a deterrent to avoid customers deliberately throwing away tickets and claiming they had parked for less time. There was an issue with customers leaving their cars in buildings for several days while they went to the Gulf Islands and claiming their ticket had been lost'."

Boutique bins utter rubbish

A reader writes: "This is a rubbish bin already overflowing at 3pm on Kohimarama Beach walkway, on Anzac Day. All of the ridiculously tiny bins along this popular beach area on Tamaki Drive are similarly overfull halfway through the day on weekends and holidays.

Small, aesthetically designed bins are useless in these locations. Photo / Supplied
Small, aesthetically designed bins are useless in these locations. Photo / Supplied

Small, aesthetically designed bins are useless in these locations. We need huge bins that can meet the needs. If they're really loud and yellow or pink, who cares? Or why not simply put in multiple temporary ones, like households get, for high demand days?"

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"Looking for the honest Kiwi who found my Canon SLR camera lost on a track in Shakespear Regional Park yesterday, Anzac day," writes Bernd. "Had a great day with wonderful weather to shoot many photos just to leave the camera on the walkway to the car parks, silly me. I returned later that afternoon but it had gone by then. Really missing the camera but especially all the hundreds of photos taken since the start of the year all around New Zealand." Please contact Sideswipe if you found it.

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09:01 am Sunday 30 April 2017
Well Jeremy, how about you just don't lose the ticket? Are you one of those 'have you seen my keys / wallet / phone' types? You could just put these items in one (the same) place everyday so you can find them yourself and stop wasting everyone's time! Oh and stop moaning, the Civic car park is possibly the cheapest in town (thanks, AT), imagine what you would have been charged at Wilson's.


- Hamilton
09:01 am Sunday 30 April 2017
So the Kohimarama beach has small, fancy rubbish bins overflowing with disposable coffee cups. Could it be more Auckland?

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