Free parking is a valuable commodity for Auckland drivers – especially in high demand areas like shopping centres and, in this case, park and rides. Of course, in New Lynn and Avondale park and ride facilities are still like a mirage on the horizon; but Onehunga has its own very nice carpark.
Around 8am most weekdays the Onehunga train station carpark gets full. Imagine if you arrived and just missed out on that last vacant space. Well, you would have got a carpark if this little red car had not been parked there 24-7 for over eighteen months!
Auckland Transport will tow you from a clearway within twenty minutes, but it is looking like it could take them twenty months to remove a mould-infested, abandoned car from Onehunga.
Yes, it’s the little red car that could. It could just sit there obliviously collecting tickets – the latest one this January. Yes, it has just sat there and not been vandalised or stolen, which says a lot about the good people of Onehunga.
It still has its tyres chalked with the date 01/07/19 by some long-forgotten parking officer. Truth can be stronger than fiction!
Stuart Dawson says, “It’s been more than eighteen months as it was [already] parked there when I started working here [eighteen months ago]”.