Cash parking to stay

The Dunedin City Council will not follow Wellington’s lead and trial cashless parking meters.

Last week, the Wellington City Council began installing several cashless meters like those found in Auckland and Christchurch in an effort to combat theft and vandalism.

Council parking operations team leader Reece Smith said vandalism and theft from parking meters was rare in Dunedin, "although two meters were broken into in 2019".

Cash was the preferred parking payment method in Dunedin; 46% of people used it in 2019, while 37% used credit cards and 17% used the PayMyPark app.