Market hut rents are set to double

Tuesday June 25, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Teremoana Napa has won over countless passersby with her love of local fruit. 19062416 Teremoana Napa has won over countless passersby with her love of local fruit. 19062416

Small vendors at the Punanga Nui Market are wary of a proposed rent increase.

 

Market manager William Taripo has confirmed they will be reviewing the rent price for public tents and huts.

Taripo said it has been 28 years since the rent price was reviewed.

He said they are planning to have a public consultation with public vendor's and huts before they start enforcing payments.

The tent vendors are charged rent of $15 every Saturday. This rate is proposed to increase to $20. The market-owned huts that are charged out for $30 or $40 rent will double to $70.

Teremoana Napa sells fruit at the market, on behalf of mamas and other small producers around the island.

Because she doesn’t have a car, she spends her week travelling round by bus to pick up small quantities of home-grown fruit.

Napa has been told her weekly rent will rise from $30 to $70.

That's too much, she says. “Small stallholders could be driven out.”

But Victoria Dearlove, who has been selling baked goods for nearly 10 years at the market, said a $5 increase for tent space was reasonable considering all the improvements that had been made.

Dearlove said it would be good if the market built a large permanent structure that vendors who sell from their vans could drive their vehicles under, and be sheltered.

Market manager Taripo said they were wanting to make a number of improvements to the market space.

The tar-sealed road has lessened the dust that once accumulated near vendors, and the new signs let people know it is now a smoke-free area. 

One of the pressing issues Taripo has mentioned are the public toilets at the markets: after 30 years, he said, they were overdue for an upgrade.   

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