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Park venues proposed for church march

27 January 2005

Park venues proposed for church march

Auckland City and the Police met yesterday to discuss options for accommodating the 20,000 people expected for Destiny Church's Civil Union Act protest march within the Auckland CBD and ways to minimise traffic congestion.

Destiny Church is negotiating with Transit to review Transit's refusal of its application to march across the Harbour Bridge on 5 March.

Auckland City's Event and Film Facilitation Manager, Richard Taki, says "A range of alternatives for end-of-march venues which could hold the numbers expected have been presented to Destiny Church for consideration.

"If Destiny Church is successful with Transit, marchers will come over the bridge and use the passive area of Victoria Park.

"If they are unsuccessful with Transit they will gather at the bottom of Queen Street, walk up Queen Street and disperse on Myers Park or Mayoral Drive (depending on numbers).

"Auckland City supports the public's democratic rights to protest on public open space and our role will be work with Destiny Church to find an appropriate venue and then commence traffic management planning with the Police to minimise disruption to the city", says Mr Taki.

Auckland City has asked Destiny Church to reach a decision with Transit next week.

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