People flocked to P.O.P Up Maketi 834 to farewell and commemorate the old pub before its deconstruction due to health and safety risks. They bought goods from local businesses and memorabilia from the Te Atatū Peninsula building including the iconic Park in the Bar sign, and old rugby league posters signed by Joe Vagana.
So far, $1,614.00 has been raised for the community. The tavern doors, front door and on-road signage as well as more commercial kitchen equipment are yet to be sold. All profits will be donated to Rutherford College in Te Atatū Peninsula to split between their performing arts department and Māori Arts/Kapa Haka.
Families relished the karaoke and live entertainment at the night market run by deconstruction company TROW Group. Local companies received temporary free space to sell their goods and services. P.O.P stands for people over profit.
West Auckland Trust Services (the Trusts) on behalf of Waitākere Licensing Trust expects to finish deconstruction of the tavern by December if no unforeseen issues cause delays.
Built in 1974, the tavern was permanently closed in May after an inspection report identified potential health and safety risks in the building. Allan Pollard, CEO of The Trusts, says the safety of staff and patrons has been the most important consideration in the decision to close the tavern. “The tavern had very loyal patrons and we know this news will be disappointing for them, but we cannot and will not compromise the safety of our staff or the public,” Mr Pollard said.