Group storm the castle to reopen info centre

A group of enthusiastic locals took matters into their own hands last week when they re-opened the closed Howick Information Centre- under their own volition.

The gathering made the decision to open the facility (which had been closed during Covid restrictions) to once again provide a Justice of the Peace facility, and other community-based services, after a spirited public meeting.

A group marched its way from the Fencible Lounge at the Howick Library, to the information centre on Picton St, and with the assistance of key holders, re-opened the centre for business- in defiance to council.

Photo Times/Jim Birchall

For an earlier story, the Times approached Auckland Council with readers concerns and were directed to a statement from an unnamed person acting as the Auckland Council Manager of Community Places, who said “Like so many other businesses and organisations around the country Auckland Council is not immune to the impacts of Covid-19. In the early days of lockdown, to focus on essential business and manage the financial cost of Covid-19, we made the difficult decision to reduce our spending on contingent staff.”

Council wouldn’t be pressed on a date for the centre to reopen, saying on June 12, 2020, “At the moment there is no confirmed opening date for the Howick Information Service.”