By Taryn Dryfhout
Earlier last month, the National Party launched its transport policy at the Papakura train station, a move which Auckland Transport (AT) says breaches their regulations.
Due to a last-minute venue change, National’s Auckland transport policy launch quickly became the focus of scrutiny, as it was revealed that The National Party did not seek permission from AT before using the train station for election purposes.
According to AT spokesman Mark Hannan, National did not ask whether the train station could be used for such a purpose, before they used it to announce their policy.
Prior to the event, AT sent an email to all political parties, pointing out that policy announcements were not to take place at train stations.
“Auckland Transport has a clear policy around its facilities and any other resources not to be used for electioneering purposes,” the email said.
In a later statement, a National Party spokesperson said the event was very popular, and had to be moved to accommodate the larger crowd.