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K Road Business News September 2016
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First Thursdays
First Thursdays The Great White Way was a great success in spite of the winter cold and rain.  Our thanks go to light sculptor Angus Muir whose technical and creative skill helped illuminate K’ Road’s shop windows, arcades, building facades and the Beresford Square tree.  Anecdotally we believe around 6-7,000 people attended the event throughout the evening and the number of pedestrians counted passing by St Kevin’s Arcade throughout the entire day was 14,770.  This is in comparison to a total of 10,657 people counted throughout the previous Thursday and 10,833 on the following Thursday.  A Marketview report on the evening over the 6-9pm period shows spending and transactions were up 3.1% and 7.6% respectively over spending and transaction numbers at First Thursdays on 7 May 2015.

The results of a street poll on the theme for the next First Thursdays on 1 December are in and the theme will be Carnivale.  So we encourage you to start thinking about how you can participate in this by dressing up your stores and yourselves and making the event a street-wide celebration.  Masks, colourful costumes and samba music and dancing are all features of what’s believed to be the world’s largest carnival - the Rio de Janeiro carnival.  So let’s make First Thursdays Carnivale, the alternative Rio street fest.
NZ Fashion Week
AW17 Only U Know; SS17 Luna with a Preview of AW17 Kame – ZA; Chapter Seven, Always the More, Never the Less; SS17 Combined with a Preview of AW17 Bad Feng Shui.  No it’s not a covert computer code, it’s a list of the titles of the fashion collections shown by the four designers who represented K’ Road at NZ Fashion Week 2016.

Jimmy D, Maaike, Lela Jacobs and Ovna Ovich made an impressive appearance at K’ Road Presents keeping our stroppy strip top of mind with 600-plus local and international fashion media, buyers and invited guests.  And the sartorial skills of our designers continued to wow audience members on into the night at the AOK after-party at Galatos where an additional seven K’ Road designers exhibited.

The media were impressed - "K Road Presents featured some of Auckland's best streetwear" - Josie Steenhart - Stuff, Life & Style and after-party goers stayed the distance enjoying, amongst other things, a live tableau of Edward Stothers’ models and an illuminated 5m-long dress installation by Naked Empire – The Style Syndicate.
 
Auckland Artweek
The KBA has an impressive programme lined up for Auckland Artweek 2016 including; street gallery tours, a shop window exhibition, a speaker series at the Langham, late night gallery openings, with one featuring a concerto performance and the option of booking a free electric bike to peruse the night’s events.  For further information visit www.artonkroad.
 
Auckland Heritage Festival
Auckland Heritage Festival starts this month and the KBA will again be offering a programme of walks and talks outlining the history of our local buildings and environs.  A series of guided walks by Edward Bennett will take in K’ Road’s collection of heritage buildings, Symonds St Cemetery, Grafton Bridge and Myers Park.  These will be complemented by a talk at Otago House revealing the history of our much-loved St Kevin’s Arcade.  Full programme here.
K’ Road Street Enhancement & Cycleway Project
Consultation with individual business owners over the K’ Road Street Enhancement & Cycleway Plan is continuing until the end of this month.  Auckland Transport project representative Aaron Hutching is making his way around the precinct canvassing members for their feedback.  He can be contacted directly on 021 802 495 or aaron.hutching@at.govt.nz

"I’d encourage all interested parties to participate where possible in helping the KBA articulate this feedback as it’s important we speak for as many of our members as possible in this." – Ross Liew, KBA Chair

This is a unique opportunity to have your say on this redevelopment work and we urge you to make your views heard before the plan goes out for public consultation in October 2016.  Most recent update here.
Quarterly Spending in the Precinct
The information above is taken from a quarterly report prepared by Marketview Statistics for Auckland Council based on BNZ credit card and Eftpos spending for the period Apr – Jun 2016.  It shows spending in the K’ Road precinct was up 4.5% over the same period in 2015 while the average transaction value was down 9.6%. The number of transactions over the same three-month period was up 15.7% over 2015.  Full report here.
Parking
Following a request from one of our members the KBA approached Wilson Parking about the possibility of the Mercury Lane car park staying open an additional two hours on Friday and Saturday nights.  Wilson Parking were agreeable to this and the car park at 24 Mercury Lane is now open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

K' Road Day Security Hours

10am to 6pm Monday-Friday
Day Security Guard - Teisina Tua
021 045 2305

AUCKLAND COUNCIL
For enquiries regarding events, rubbish, rates, roads, footpaths etc
Ph 301 0101 - 24/7days
www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
 

 

Night-time Security Patrol
The KBA is investigating the possibility of replacing the night security foot patrol, which ceased at the end of June, with a mobile patrol which would operate from 10pm – 4am.  This is being trialled at the moment and would operate in addition to Barwatch.  The viability of this service will depend on whether or not we can get enough private licensees to agree to contribute to the service to offset the KBA’s contribution.
K' Road Night Security Hours
10pm to 4.00am Friday & Saturday
Night Security Manager Barwatch & Mobile Patrol - David Korewha - 021 469 939
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